It is very rare that I get to have days out like this with Lily for two reasons. I work every weekend and lack of funds. I was over the moon when I was invited to Hatton Country World and I could take Lily out for the day. We ended up going with a friend from work and her little girl. I was really looking forward to this as when Lily isn’t at nursery she doesn’t really have other children to play and socialise with. I know it’s important so I will certainly be trying to do this more with her.
Another thing I was looking forward to, not just for Lily but for me was seeing the animals, when I think about it I would much rather go to a farm where the animals are almost in a natural area for them than a zoo as I just end up feeling upset and sorry for the animals in the enclosures.
Hatton Country World is somewhere I’ve never been before but I was surprised how big it was and how much it had to offer. There was an indoor area with baby animals in the full Spring spectacular vibe which was their recent event with so much going on for all the family. There was also animals outside as well which has so much space to play and graze, there was even a bridge for the goats to cross so they can get to even more open space. I loved it, not to mentioned goats are one of my all time favourite animals. I tried so hard to convince my mum to let me have one when I was younger but alas I did not succeed.
Hatton also have a reptile section which had snakes, lizards and *shivers* tarantulas (gross!) I was not a fan, they were huge. I had to pretend though because I don’t want Lily being scared of them. At the park they have regular session where you can hold a few of the animals like snakes, lizards and guinea pigs. There was a baby lizard that they could stroke when we were there but it was too young to be held. Lily still went and pinched it on the back. (face palm moment) but hey? They are kids they will do whatever they bloody well want.
After all the excitement of feeding the animals, stroking lizards and wandering round, we went for a picnic outside to recharge and then headed on into the soft play area. It was huge with all different age range areas so I didn’t have to worry about Lily being knocked around by the older kids while they run about enjoying themselves. Lily loved the baby bit, there was a ball pit, soft play shapes and a sensory tent. There was so much to do and she could of been in there for hours to be honest she was just living her best life!
Overall I would highly recommend it, for everything you are getting it is an amazing day out and really worth the price. You can easily spend the whole day their and they have swimming there too and soon to come an escape room. If you live close or can travel easy please go check it out, take the family, you won’t regret it!
What’s your favourite kind of day out with the little one? Leave some ideas for me next time in the comments below!