Monday, 2 May 2016

Tatton Park Roald Dahl's Tremendous Adventures - Our Visit


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I miss last week's weather! It was really cold on Saturday, but the weather was absolutely beautiful (for the most day at least), and it was a perfect day to go to Tatton Park to check out some of their Roald Dahl's Tremendous Adventures activities, created to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl.

You can check my previous post for the list of Roald Dahl's events being held throughout the year at Tatton Park, but the ones that are currently available are:

At the Mansion:
Cover to Cover - Roald Dahl around the World
Matilda's mischief-making trail

In the Gardens:
Danny the Champion of the World

At the Farm:
Fantastic Mr. Fox

In the Parkland:
The Enormous Crocodile

There are a lot of other things to see that are Roald Dahl related throughout the whole park as well.

We had an amazing day, and I can now show you some of the things we saw at the park!



Things to know before you go:

- There is a picnic area and a BBQ (yes!) area near the main car park for those who'd like to bring their own picnic or barbie!

- Overflow car park is right next to the children's Adventure Playground and picnic area, and it's only a few minutes walk from there to the Stableyard, so it's not bad if you miss a slot for the main car park

- You can hire bicycles (see picture below. I'm not sure about prices) at the Stableyard, and there are immobility scooters for hire (£10 refundable deposit) as well at the entrance to the Gardens

- There is a train ride (I forgot how much, you can check the price on their website) to go to the Farm from the main car park.

- I printed out the map from their website, and it has been super helpful with planning.


Main Entrance:

Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire

Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Tatton Park is a deer park, and there are a lot of them!
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Spotted along the drive
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Is that Mr. Fox's tail?
My first advice is to drive slow! There really is no rush to go inside the park, even if there are cars behind you, because you wouldn't want to miss all these fantastic pop ups like we did when we drove into the park! For example, I missed the picture of the chocolate bar with the golden ticket popping out on the way in, so on our way out I could only take a picture of the back of it!

The kids really enjoyed seeing the familiar things from Roald Dahl's books, so wind down the windows and take a slow ride in.


The Stableyard:

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On our way to lunch inside the stableyard as Clay was getting grumpy!
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
The scene from the book The Twits
We reached Tatton Park at noon, and Clay was getting hungry, so we went straight for the Stableyard from the overflow car park (next to the Adventure Playground) where the restaurant and cafe (and shops! We love shops!) are. We took some pictures on the way, and were really amused by The Twits' pop up!


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Beautifully grown Spring flowers
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Inside the stableyard. It's massive!
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Gourmet Coronation Chicken from the Stables
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
A picture with BFG
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Cyclehire Shop
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
A great selection of Roald Dahl's merchandise and books inside the gift shop
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Roald Dahl's cookbook!
The Stableyard is massive, and there is even a Merry Go Round in the middle of it. This is also where you can hire bicycles (with baby seat or little cars at the back for kids!), enjoy a hot (or cold) meal and buy souvenirs. There is a great selection for Roald Dahl's souvenirs too.

There are plenty of benches outside to eat, and plenty of tables inside both restaurant and cafe as well. We decided to go for a quick bite, so the kids both had a lunchbox with 5 "Choose Your Own" items, and me and hubby shared a couple of sandwiches, which were made from deliciously soft and thick bread, filled with plenty of fresh ingredients! Their Coronation Chicken Sandwich is definitely worth recommending!


The Stableyard leads straight to The Gardens, and is a couple of minutes walking distance away from the Mansion's side entrance. We decided to go to the Mansion first to start our Roald Dahl's journey by visiting Matilda.


The Mansion:

Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire

Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
A room filled with fun things for children to do
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
The library with a hidden door!
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Matilda's book covers
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
A breath taking set up at the dining room
Tatton Park's Mansion itself is an attraction worth visiting, especially if you are a Downton Abbey fan. They aren't related of course but there are a lot of places I saw that I can relate to the show (The front entrance to the mansion, servant's quarter, the library and especially the dining room).

And they have cleverly added things related to Matilda's story throughout the Mansion, without them looking too out of place.

It is a one way tour inside the Mansion, and while the kids were going on Matilda's mischief-making trail, I was oo-ing and ahh-ing at the beautiful rooms and furnishings. I talked to the kids a bit about the mansion as well so that they won't miss the beautiful details while hunting for Matilda's trail.

It was a surprise when we popped into what seem like a very modern play room in the middle of the mansion (there is decals on the wall and modern tables and chairs!). The kids can have fun here trying out Matilda's tests and see if they are a genius like Matilda, or a nit-wit!

It was a very enjoyable tour, and we'd love to come back again.


The Gardens:

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Mobility scooters (I think that's what they are called?) and wheelchairs for hire
at the entrance to the Gardens
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Look through the telescope to see James' exciting journey 
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Beautiful hallway in the Orchard.
Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire
Left: Lots of places for beautiful wedding photos.
It's really hard not to notice all the beautiful corners in Tatton Park's Gardens and focus only on our Roald Dahl's adventure, it is just so beautiful! And the flowers haven't even bloomed yet. A lot of areas are being replanted too, but you just know that when you come visit during Summer time, the Gardens will be absolutely stunning.

The kids had lots of fun looking at all the telescopes at James and the Giant Peach corner in the Orchard. I think it's a really clever idea! The Gardens is a fairly big area, so do check the map given to children at the entrance that shows you where all the attractions are.

We didn't venture far enough to see Danny the Champion of the World Trail and The Twits, so we'll definitely come back for them, and all the other parts of the Gardens!


Overall we had a great day out at Tatton Park, and I have to say that the Roald Dahl's Tremendous Adventures were better than I thought! We were a bit limited on the day so we couldn't visit the other parts of the Garden, The Farm for Fantastic Mr. Fox and the Parkland to see the Enormous Crocodile and other attractions, but we will definitely come back for them. Attractions are open until October, and there will be more events added this Summer, Halloween and Christmas, so we know we aren't missing anything yet.

The next time we are going to Tatton Park, however, will be for Geronimo Festival! Maybe we should make it a weekend thing and visit the rest of Tatton Park again!


Tatton Park 2016 events, Roald Dahl 100 activities, Family Day Out Cheshire