Hot on the heels of my recent posts bemoaning the end of the summer holidays, I wanted to sneak in a piece about our recent trip to see Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park. As ambassdors for Roald Dahl at Tatton Park (hooray!!) we couldnt’ wait to visit again. Our last visit in April this year was a huge success; we loved every minute.
The thing is, this summer has been so wet! Luckily, there’s still lots to do at Tatton and particularly with the Roald Dahl activities and events, such as Matilda at the Mansion house and Fantastic Mr Fox at the Farm. However, we really wanted to wait for a terrific sunny day so that we could spend time in the gardens once more.
Roald Dahl aside, as you can see from our photos, Tatton is always a great place to visit. Last week, there was a mini-fairground adjacent to the adventure play area, so we began our day with carousel rides and ice cream.
Moving onto the gardens (via coffee at the excellent cafe/tea rooms – a recurring theme of my posts!) I always take the opportunity to take lots of photos of the girls (aged nearly 6 and nearly 4) here. They really are beautiful and looking so amazing at this time of the year. A big favourite with my girls is the rose garden, where they smell the different varieties of rose and avidly watch the pond for creatures and critters!
The girls are already huge Roald Dahl fans, which is great as I used to love his books when I was young (and still do). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a big hit with them, and on that note they were overjoyed to see the huge replica of a ‘golden ticket’ chocolate bar adjacent to the entrance road as we drove towards the parking area.
In the gardens you can find activities and exhibits relating to Danny Champion of the World, The Twits and the BFG. A big favourite here for my girls is the Twits – check out the Twits grumpy faces my youngest is pulling.
I don’t think I could do better myself! The Twits’ House is set in the Tower Garden and really well done, with the silly Twits dangling upside down from the ceiling and mirrors, pictures and the like also upside down.
They also love the Twits’ oversized and undersized chairs…because of course a silly trick is played whereby Mrs Twit thinks she is shrinking (might try it on the husband).
There’s lots to get through just completing the Road Dahl activities in the garden alone. The Danny Champion of the World trail is amazing, with lots of well crafted huts, a wooden adventure trail and fire station.
We found the BFG hiding in the conservatory – peering out from the tall tropical plants, surrounded by snakes and other various creatures. We also saw where he kept the dreams of children – suspended from multicoloured jars from a colourful tree.
We spent the best part of an entire day in the gardens, in part because the Roald Dahl exhibits (see his own writing hut, below) fired the girls’ imaginations meaning they spent a long time at imaginary play. It was lovely to see. I got a nice sit down too, of course, as they ran in and out of the bushes, pretending they were in their very own writing hut.
Next up is a Frightsome Halloween from the 22nd – 3oth October, based on The Witches! There’ll be activities galore in the Mansion, Old Hall, Farm and Gardens. I really can’t wait for that. I love a good spookfest! A family ticket for all of these activities is £27.50 which I think is really reasonable.
Well, summer is over, but autumn is here. Happy new term everyone!
Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park and was given a free pass for my family. All opinions are my own.