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One of a Kind Outdoor Laser Tag Opens at Hatton

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The first outdoor pay and play laser gun attraction for youngsters and their parents has been launched at Hatton Adventure World near Warwick, in time for the Easter holidays.

Called Laser Combat, the £70,000 laser tag game is expected to be a major attraction over Easter, said Adventure World manager Richard Craddock.

He said: “This is the first laser game of its kind, where you can just turn up without a booking and pay to play -we’ve trialled it on a couple of member nights and it was a huge success. The parents, especially the mums, were having as much fun as the kids.”

The games, which include Team Death Match and Capture the Flag, last 40 minutes and can be played with up to 40 children and parents at a time. This includes a health and safety briefing, getting kitted out with high-tech gear, dressing in army uniforms and being armed with MP5 style submachine guns.

“The staff have been brilliant, designing and building the bespoke half-acre arena full of obstacles such as sandbags, broken buildings and crates painted to look like explosives” added Richard.

Management at the park, which has until now primarily appealed to younger children, said the laser game had been introduced for children aged eight and above, and accompanying adults. Other recent attractions for that age group include a reptile house, an assault course and the new code-cracker game, comprising a series of riddles around the adventure park.

Laser Combat will be available during normal park opening times (between 10am and 5pm) and is included in the entry price.

In addition, the school holidays will also feature falconry displays, fun fair rides, an indoor soft play area, a miniature JCB driving zone, children’s shows, a disco and the opportunity to meet farmyard animals. Visitors will also be invited to pick a bunch of daffodils to take home.

NB:  For price details, the format is:  under-2s, under-5s etc.Hatton Adventure World is located just off the A4177 between Warwick and Solihull. For further information call 01926 843411 or visit www.hattonworld.com.

 

Notes: Laser Combat is only for children over the age of eight and more than 1.2 metres tall.

 

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New Edinburgh Woollen Mill Store in Hatton Country World

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The Edinburgh Woollen Mill is investing in a new store located in the shopping village within Hatton Country World, bringing eleven new jobs to the area with the leading retailer recruiting now to fill a number of part-time positions.

To celebrate the landmark opening of the new Edinburgh Woollen Mill store on Thursday, 19 March, staff will greet the first 20 customers to make a purchase in store with a goody bag containing gifts including a scarf, tartan mug, shortbread and voucher.

The outlet will also mark its arrival in the area with an in-store competition rewarding 20 lucky visitors with a prize. The first visitors to find the envelopes hidden around the store will walk away with a voucher to spend in store.

The new 3,750 sq. ft. store will create eleven jobs, including a new full-time store manager, and will feature some of the retailer’s most sought after men’s and ladies wear including County Rose, Isle, Honor Millburn and James Pringle.

The store will feature the new spring collection from popular label Country Rose. The stylish but practical leisurewear range includes signature floral and stripe prints and 100 per cent cotton designs.

For men, the James Pringle menswear collection offers outstanding quality with items made from natural fibres in a number of timeless designs. The range includes wardrobe staples such as breathable jumpers and short-sleeved shirts in a selection of colours and designs perfect for the spring season.

The gift retailer will also stock a full range of accessories as well as featuring favourites from its cashmere range for men and women, a selected children’s range and renowned brands Harris Tweed, PG Field and Hippo golf wear.

As part of one of the UK’s largest high street chains, the Hatton store will join a portfolio of 380 Edinburgh Woollen Mill stores spanning the UK.

Carolyn Lloyd Ansell, Area Manager for The Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Hatton Country World, said: “We’re delighted to see The Edinburgh Woollen Mill join the retail mix in this fantastic local centre and feel our store will really complement what is already on offer and go some way towards creating a great day out for our customers.

“As we continue to grow throughout the UK, we consistently pride ourselves on bringing quality, fashionable and affordable clothing and gifts to customers throughout the UK. Our Hatton Country World store is the perfect example, delivering exciting ranges which are exclusive to our stores such as Country Rose and James Pringle that cater to the needs of new and existing customers.

“We can’t wait to open the doors of our new store to visitors. Customers can expect to be greeted by a new and friendly team who will be on hand to showcase exactly what The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has to offer.”

Candidates interested in applying for the opportunity to become part of the new team at the Hatton store can contact Ryan Mills on 01228 815 638.

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TRICKS AND TREATS AT HATTON ADVENTURE WORLD

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trish brown as the witch and beth milesVisitors to Hatton Adventure World will get both tricks and treats this half term as part of the attraction’s annual pumpkin week, which this year takes place from 25 October to 2 November.

Now in its sixth year, the Pumpkin Festival will see hundreds of children visit the Warwickshire location to take home their favourite free gourd, choosing from the 40,000 ghost rider seeds which were planted back in March.

Once the pumpkins have been selected, the youngsters will then create their own designs at a carving station in the ‘Pumpkin House’, a spookily decorated events marquee complete with witches and ghouls.

Richard Craddock, manager at Hatton Adventure World, said: “This year our pumpkin house is scarier than ever. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of the day for the children so this year we’ve gone all out and have even included live spiders and snakes which can then be handled as part of our scales and tails attraction.”

The Spinning Jenny restaurant will also be serving horror-themed meals and all staff will be in fancy dress costumes to keep the theme running across the attraction.

Richard continued: “It should be great fun but if the Halloween activities aren’t your thing, we still have plenty of other activity going on around the farm. There are more than 300 farm animals to visit, an indoor play barn, an adventure playground, tractor rides, falconry displays and much more.”

TAKING THE TOIL OUT THE SOIL AT HATTON ADVENTURE WORLD’S POTATO SHINDIG

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Hatton Adventure World is once again taking the toil out of the soil by inviting families to get involved in its annual potato shindig.

To celebrate another bountiful harvest, the adventure farm near Warwick is hosting its fifth annual event every weekend during the autumn.* Families are welcome to get their hands dirty and gather a free bag of farm-grown potatoes for their efforts.

With two acres of land cultivated for growing 50 tonnes of Picasso potatoes, Hatton is enjoying a bumper spud crop as well as strong visitor numbers this season. Adventure farm manager, Richard Craddock said: “The potato shindig is proving popular once again, as we are seeing in the visitor footfall through the farm, and the fact that the growing conditions have been perfect.”

Designed to help young children understand the added health benefits of eating potatoes and the link between field and fork, potato shindig is just one of the many agricultural programmes hosted on the farm that advance the youngsters’ awareness of where their food comes from.

Richard added: “These events are especially popular because the children get to put on their wellies and get out into the fresh air and experience something new.”

NEW ARRIV’OWLS AT HATTON ADVENTURE WORLD

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Owls

Three new baby owls are making their debut at Hatton Adventure World, near Warwick, this summer as part of the Arden Falconry display team.

The owlets are being raised by falconers Danielle Shearsby and Jason Raynor from Arden Falconry, which relocated to Hatton in 2011 with a large collection of birds of prey which provide exhilarating flying displays.

Danielle said: “We are delighted to have three healthy new owls.  Two ‘Little’ owls, which commonly live in hedgerows and wooded areas, are known for their pint-sized stature; and a ‘European Eagle’ owl, which are comparatively large in size, with some having wingspans in excess of two meters!”

GUINEA PIG BABY BOOM THANKS TO RANDY

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Randy

Richard Craddock, manager of Hatton Adventure World, near Warwick, said: “One of our male guinea pigs managed to find his way into the female enclosure.  We suspect a child may have placed him back in the wrong pen by accident after stroking him.  We believe that the newly named ‘Randy’ could have impregnated up to 100 female guinea pigs, which have litters of about four, so if you do the maths we could be expecting quite a baby boom!”

MYSTIC GUINEA PIGS PREDICT WORLD CUP WINNERS

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They’ve been in training for weeks at one Midlands Adventure Park, and now Gazza and Zola are going head to head to predict next week’s winner of the England versus Italy match on June 14th.

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Who can forget Germany’s ‘Paul the Octopus’ predicting the 2010 World Cup Results?  Now Hatton Adventure World’s very own guinea pigs are preparing to do battle on the pitch to give their own winning forecast.

Richard Craddock, Adventure World manager at Hatton, near Warwick, is looking forward to his mystic pigs bringing luck to the home team.

“It’s been a lot of fun preparing the guinea pigs for the world’s greatest football tournament, and we hope they will provide us with the winner,” said Mr Craddock.

“Who knows, they could become a lucky mascot for whichever team wins; we just hope that it’s England,” he added.

The 23 guinea pigs (a referee in black and 22 players wearing either England or Italy strips) were selected from among 300 in Hatton Adventure World’s own guinea pig village.  They will be playing on a specially adapted football pitch, chasing a football made from their favourite food and cheered on by young fans in England and Italian shirts with their faces painted in national colours.

PUMPKIN MADNESS AT HATTON ADVENTURE FARM

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Visitors at Hatton Adventure Farm will have the pick of the crop this season, thanks to staff who planted more than 40,000 pumpkin seeds back in spring.

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Fields at the popular tourist attraction are bountiful with large golden pumpkins, ahead of the big pick at Hatton’s popular Pumpkin Festival, which runs from October 26 until November 3.

Each year, hundreds of children eagerly pick the gourds from the pumpkin patch, while events in the marquee take on a spooky turn, with creepy crawlies (including real snakes and spiders), spine-chilling music and an array of ghostly ghouls and witches greet those brave enough to enter the horror-themed pumpkin house in the run up to Halloween.

Farm Manager Richard Craddock, who also oversees the running of the event which is now in its tenth year, said: “Children love to be spooked so we have given over part of the events marquee to a Halloween theme with a pumpkin house complete with a haunted forest, Dracula’s Castle, Witch’s Kitchen and an ultraviolet room. It’s pretty scary!”

This year, the farm’s onsite restaurant will serve delicious horror-themed dishes and staff will be dressed for the occasion, Richard said: “In order to fully relish in the festivities, we are encouraging all visitors to join staff by coming along in fancy dress costumes.”

Visitors will experience the thrills and chills of the season outdoors, as the adventure farm has also planted thousands of ‘ghost rider’ pumpkins that produce dark orange fruits, which have a rare, dark green handle and its sweet and stringless interior flesh, makes them perfect for carving and making jack o’lanterns.

“Pumpkin picking continues to be incredibly popular,” informs Mr Craddock, “The children get to choose their own fruit from the patch, which they can take home or be helped to carve on site for entry into a competition. We’ve also got a pumpkin hunt around the adventure farm and fun games for all the family.”  

PUPILS GIVE HATTON THE THUMBS UP

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PUPILS GIVE HATTON ADVENTURE FARM THE THUMBS UP!

Hatton Adventure Farm has announced its most successful year to date, thanks to its two educational group initiatives, with numerous schools in the district visiting and awarding great feedback.

           Official figures released by Hatton Country World shows a staggering 18,000 pupils visited the farm on school trips last year, with a seven-per-cent increase on visits made the previous year. Adventure Farm Manager, Richard Craddock says the educational programmes offered to schools has proved an affirmative success, he said: “We’ve done very well again with school visits, our numbers are up on previous years on the back of doing two educational packages, April and May time we had some schools open days and we invited them along, gave them a bit of lunch and showed them what we deliver and consequently its paid off for us.”

           The educational activities hosted on the farm are led by experienced guides and tailor-made to adapt the needs of pupils aged between five and 11 years old, learning key stages one and two.  Richard, who oversees the booking of school visits to the farm, said: “With children growing up with technology, a visit to Hatton allows youngsters to explore the countryside, its animals, where the food they eat comes from, how animals and humans work together and the importance of outdoor activity. And at Hatton Adventure Farm they do all this and more whilst having fun.”

                Schools can choose up to two, specialist farming programmes from six subjects including, caring for animals, plant growing, field to fork, animal growth and change, natural environment and animal adaption, as part of their visit. The popular adventure farm is home to 300 resident farm animals, including rare breeds and hundreds of guinea pigs in their own village. A bundle of live demonstrations and shows are also offered to schools including, animal feeding, free tractor rides taking pupils on an education tour of the farm, sheep racing, a breathtaking falconry display, and the midlands largest 12,000 square-foot indoor and outdoor play areas.

                Commenting on the praise already given to the farm by local schools, Richard said: “The feedback we have received so far this year has been excellent. We do a feedback form at the end of each school visit and teachers write down what they most enjoyed. The majority of them say how well organised the day is, how good the facilities are and what an excellent initiative it is for each child’s needs, alongside what they’re currently learning about at school.”

WHEN A CHILD IS FAWN

Christmas has come early for Hatton Adventure Farm as Aggie the reindeer has just delivered her first fawn – in the heat of the Summer.

December is the time to be jolly if you are a reindeer as it is their prime mating season and this was certainly the case for the four- year-old deer who was clearly making ‘doe eyes’ at new buck Prancer, who was the latest arrival to help out at Hatton during the festive period.

The result: the yet-unnamed fawn who was born last week to the proud parents who are preparing him for life on the farm.

Now staff are inviting visitors to its Facebook page to name the baby and win the chance to open the Christmas Grotto which is a major attraction throughout the festive period.

“Christmas is the mating season for reindeer, and the result is this beautiful new fawn,” said Richard Craddock, Hatton’s farm manager.
“We want the thousands of visitors to come and see the reindeer and come up with a suitable name through Facebook – you can see the baby online now,” he said.

Aggie, Prancer and the little fawn will be helping out with the grotto to Hatton Adventure Farm from November as they take part in the wonderland grotto and the nativity which uses real animals. “The nativity scene using real animals including donkeys and reindeer was a real attraction last year and we hope to repeat it for many years to come with more of our own farm-reared animals. Now we have an extra Santa’s little helper this year,” said Richard.

The reindeer will play his part in Hatton’s Summer Spectacular (July 20-Sept 1), which will feature sheep and goat racing and falconry displays, as well as children’s shows, a host of adventure activities and a giant soft play zone.