Roald Dahl at Tatton Park ǀ Day Out

Jess McGlynnSeptember 27, 2016

I am a huge Roald Dahl fan, so I was thrilled when I realised that lots of places local to us were celebrating the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl.  In particular Tatton Park in nearby Cheshire has a whole years worth of events taking place so we decided to take a day trip over the summer holidays.

I will try not to gush too much about the fun that we had but I have to admit that I was seriously impressed with the level of thought and attention which has gone into the different Roald Dahl themed activities and exhibits installed at Tatton Park until the 30th October.

I think we were helped a lot by the fact that the weather turned out to be absolutely gorgeous and we were able to spend a large part of the day exploring the outside areas.  There is a trail for Danny, Champion of the World which takes you slightly away from the main hub but there are themed installations dotted all around the estate.

The kids were absolutely delighted when we headed into one of the greenhouses and stumbled across the BFG; I think it was so unexpected and he is one of their favourite characters so there was much jumping and pointing and squealing in delight.  I may have joined in just a little bit.

Aside from the installations outside there was also a Matilda in the Mansion trail which was a great way of getting the kids inside the house and engaged; I’ve chosen to only share a few pictures of this as I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun if you did decide to go.

We didn’t manage to make it to the farm to see the Fantastic Mr Fox themed activities as we had to make a choice between that and the Enormous Crocodile due to time constraints but I think Eli in particular was very pleased with the choice.  He loved counting the footprints and trying to spot where the next crocodile had tried to conceal himself.

If you choose to visit Tatton Park and missed out on the Roald Dahl events then I would still recommend visiting.  The adventure playground, woodland trails and sheer space for children to run around makes it a worthwhile family day out.

We will definitely be returning; we didn’t make it onto the wider estate to see the deer which was something I would like to do.  Perhaps an autumn visit to see the leaves falling would be nice too.

Overall we really enjoyed ourselves and I’ve tried to capture as much of our day as possible without waffling on too much; but do check out this video for even more of what we got up to.

Tatton Park is free for National Trust members although there is a parking charge.  There are entry charges for the gardens and the houses for non-NT members.

We visited Tatton Park of our own accord and were not asked to write this review.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.  We genuinely had a great time and wanted to share it with you!

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