Hatton Shopping Village and Hatton Adventure World will re-open on Friday 19 June, giving hope to the local independent shops that occupy the old Victorian farm buildings and for those looking after the animals.
Hatton Shopping Village, based at Hatton near Leamington Spa, with its Garden Centre and more than 20 specialist shops, is now open seven days a week and Hatton Adventure World is for the time being, open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hatton has been working with the authorities and has installed measures that include social distancing markers, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems, till screens and contactless payments.
Johnnie Arkwright, owner of Hatton Country World, said: “The health and safety of our visitors and staff is of course of paramount importance. Our acres of open space and bags of fresh country air are perhaps our greatest attributes now. Supporting small local businesses at times like this is in the forefront of everyone’s minds and in return we hope to bring back those happy days of countryside fun”.
The internal areas of Hatton Adventure World will remain closed in accordance with Government guidelines; however visitors can see the animals and the Old Nature Trail to Hatton Locks and back has been reintroduced. Visitors can also enjoy strawberry picking which is part of the entertainment for at least the next couple of weekends.
Takeaway food and drink are available in both the Adventure World and the Shopping Village with ample seating dotted around and the toilet facilities are also back in use.
Entry to Hatton Shopping Village is free and prices for Hatton Adventure World have been reduced to reflect the absence of shows and indoor entertainment. Tickets to Adventure World must be booked online so that numbers can be controlled, and social distancing maintained.
Hatton Adventure World is a fine example of a farm that has embraced the concept of farm diversification. It is part of a country estate owned by the Arkwright family who are direct descendants of Sir Richard Arkwright*, a pioneer of the industrial revolution.
The Arkwright family acquired Hatton Estate in 1830, and was originally seven small farmsteads. Over the years the small buildings on the farms became redundant due to the modernisation of British farming. The current owners, Johnnie and Arabella Arkwright saw a different future for these buildings and in the early 1980’s created Hatton Country World.
*Sir Richard Arkwright was a textile industrialist and inventor whose use of power-driven machinery and employment of a factory system of production were perhaps more important than his inventions.