Days Out: Finding Fantastic Mr Fox at the Farm

This year Tatton Park in Cheshire have a full programme of events to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl. Being epic Roald Dahl fans, we hot footed it down to the farm at Tatton Park to see if we could find our friend, The Fantastic Mr Fox.

Fantastic Mr Fox

The farm is a short walk from the main car park at Tatton Park. I have some mobility problems, but it was a virtually flat walk on a good tarmac road and I found it fine, even  in the rain.

At the farm you pay to get in (£6 per adult and £4 per child) and you’re free to explore the farm. We had a good wander around and found cows, pigs and piglets, chickens, ducks, chicks, rabbits, orphan lambs, goats (lots of cheeky goats), horses and much more. There are a large number of permanent displays and things to do at the farm which make it good value to visit anyway. 

This year they’ve added a few fabulous features to fit in the Fantastic Mr Fox theme. When you enter the farm you’re given a map to help you explore and find Fantastic Mr Fox’s Den. Dotted in and around the farm are a few key features from the famous Roald Dahl story. Can you find Farmer Bunce’s Duck & Goose Shed? Farmer Bean’s Secret Cider Cellar or Farmer Boggis’s Kitchen? There’s also a craft room where you can shelter from the rain and design an invitation to Mr Fox’s scrumdiddlyumptous feast.

Fantastic Mr Fox

After you’ve explored the farm and (spoiler alert) failed to find the den, there’s only one more place to look, and that’s the Woodland Playground. The Woodland Playground is a great little spot to let the kids run wild. There’s a storytelling circle, an insect hotel, a den building corner and an adventure playground to explore and conquer. The small boy loved it and set to work building a den of his own. 

We managed to spot a fox’s tail hanging from a tree and following the signs found Fantastic Mr Fox’s Den. You could clamber inside and have a little sit down if you wanted, but the boy wasn’t keen, there was too much adventure going on elsewhere!

Fantastic Mr Fox

We had gone to Tatton Park wanting to explore a few of the Roald Dahl attractions, but we had far too much fun at the farm and didn’t have time to look at anything else – a treat we’ll save for another day.

To our shame we’d not read any of the Roald Dahl stories to the small boy (now aged 5), so we picked up a copy of Fantastic Mr Fox from the farm shop, took it home and began reading it together that night. We all loved it. It was nice to re-visit a story I’ve not read for *coughs* 30 years, and it was even nicer to read it to my boy who loved it as much as we did. 

The farm at Tatton Park is great, but it does have one failing – there’s no cafe so you can’t get a hot drink and have a sit down. You can buy crisps and biscuits etc from the farm shop, but it was a cold wet day and I was desperate for a hot mug of tea. So maybe take a flask if you’re just visiting the farm.

The small boy does enjoy a visit to the farm and this was even more special because we were looking for Fantastic Mr Fox. I think this is a marvellous addition and a real must for Roald Dahl fans. We are really looking forward to going back and exploring what else Tatton Park has to offer Roald Dahl fans this year.

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7 responses to “Days Out: Finding Fantastic Mr Fox at the Farm

  1. This is great! Love Fantastic Mr Fox and Roald Dahl so I love that they have all these activities about them. Brilliant xx

  2. What a great day out and a lovely thing to do to celebrate Roald Dahl. I would have wanted a cup of tea too, I’m a bit of a sucker for a coffee shop when out and about #CountryKids

  3. Must go, my Dad lives not far away and we love Dahl. Was just telling the kids how I remember Dad reading Dahl to us, as the kids were saying how amazing his books are. Great to see this in pics, you have sold it to me! #countrykids

  4. Sounds like a great tip on the flask of tea, I always have to take a hot drink with me. a lost opportunity for the farm though not having a cafe. Apart from that it sounds a great value day out made even more special with the Ronald Dahl focus. Fantastic Mr Fox was always a favourite here too. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  5. Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

    Oooh this looks brilliant and my eldest has just finished Fantastic Mr Fox so she would LOVE this! I must look and find some events celebrating Roald Dahl a bit closer to us.

  6. entertainingelliot

    Wow what an amazing day out, it looks brilliant! It’s been a long time since I read any Roald Dahl books but I can’t wait til my little boy is old enough to read them to him! x #countrykids

  7. This sounds like a fun family day out. I like the idea of tea, great tip X #countrykids

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