Roald Dahl at Tatton Park (Part Two)

Back at the beginning of June (right at the end of the Whitsun half term) we headed up to Tatton Park to enjoy their special extended Roald Dahl event celebrating what would have been his 100th birthday this year.  We had a fantastic day exploring the impressive Mansion (where we found Matilda) and stunning Gardens (where we took part in the Danny The Champion Of The World adventure) and were a little sad that we didn’t manage to see it all while we were there.  You can find out more about what we got up to here.

Fortunately the Totally Tatton Twit Ticket that we’d bought enabled us to go back to Tatton Park for free at a later date to do all the bits we didn’t cover on our first visit – we only had to pay for parking.  Despite Sophie not being with us this time we decided to go last Sunday as it was so close to Roald Dahl’s actual birthday on 13th September.

First we decided to go and find Fantastic Mr Fox at Home Farm.  We saw some awesome chickens with the fluffiest and featheriest (is that even a word?!) feet I’ve ever seen!  There were also goats, pigs, sheep, deer and some gorgeous horses that the girls and I all fell in love with a little bit.  You could pop into all of the buildings and see displays of what life on the farm would have been like during wartime, old farming machinery and equipment, plus various scenes and characters from Fantastic Mr Fox such as Farmers Bunce, Boggis and Bean and of course Mr Fox himself.  There was a dressing up room too.

From there we explored the Woodland Trail and adventure playground (and discovered Mr Fox’s Den) before getting lost in the Maize Maze hunting for the fox cubs – we found three out of the four before deciding that it was most definitely time for our picnic.

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Giant carousel in the Stableyard

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There’s always one isn’t there? Mimi is currently taking great delight in making silly faces just as I press the shutter!

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Dressing up as Fantastic Mr Fox

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Fun for everyone on the Woodland Trail – even the big kids get to join in!

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The entrance to the Maize Maze. I can’t deny that I’m more than a little bit in love with this photo…

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We found one of the fox cubs

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Disappearing round a corner in the maze

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The corn was too tall for even the husband to look over the top – no chance of cheating in this maze

After lunch we headed out into the Parkland (which was actually more woodland) to search for The Enormous Crocodile.  We followed a trail of crocodile footprints along the trail, passing various cunningly hidden crocodiles en route.  Considering the trail loop was quite short in comparison to when we explored the Gardens on our previous visit, there was absolutely loads of beautiful scenery along the way and the light was perfect to get some pretty shots of my little tribe exploring.

By this point the girls were begging to go on the epic adventure playground – zip wires, wooden climbing equipment, an obstacle course and more – and they had a blast.  For me it was uncomfortably busy (I’m not great in big crowds) but they had fun and that’s all that really matters in the end.  It was getting late, so knowing that we still had an hour or so in the car to get home we treated ourselves to an ice cream (possibly our last one of the year – sob!) and called it a day.

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The woods were beautiful

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An unexpected playground (with a crocodile masquerading as a seesaw)

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My little tribe 🙂

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Please note that nobody has asked (or paid!) me to write this post – all thoughts, ideas, opinions, feelings and images are my own.

We really enjoyed our two visits to Tatton Park and seeing as their Roald Dahl event is on until the 2nd of October I wanted to share it with all of you and encourage you to take a trip up there for a really fun family day out.

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