Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul Tourl

On the 23rd of October my nephew and father-in-law headed to London to take part in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul tour.
 
The festivities started in central London where guests travelled in a Diary of A Wimpy Kid inspired party bus. The bus offered a screening of the DVD whilst on the road, There was also sweets and pop included to add to the onboard movie experience. Whilst guests watched the movie the bus made its way to Old Amersham Farm which is a  micro pig farm.
 
Here the guests recived received exclusive access to the pigs and allowed to pet, hold, hug and play with themAfter the excitement of the farm everyone travelled back to central London and where we hesded The Crowne Plaza for a meal.

About the movie

Pack your bags for more fun, more laughs and more “wimpy” mischief! In diary of a wimpy kid: the long haul! The heffley family road trip to meemaw’s 90th birthday party takes a wild detour thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to attend a video gaming convention.

Based on one of the best-selling book series of all time. This cross-country adventure turns into an experience the heffleys will never forget!

What my correspondents thought of the experience

Having previously seen the movie at the cinema both myself and Fin (aged 9) knew that we would enjoy it. On our first viewing of the movie we attended with my other grandsons who are 12 and 4. Despite a lot of the humour going over our youngest grandsons head he love all the pig scenes. I myself enjoyed it both times, which shows that this movie appeals to different ages.

An adult’s perspective of the movie:
 
The plot is the almost inevitable US road trip, and the mishaps encountered along the way. I couldn’t shake the Griswald’ s trip to Walley World in the National Lampoon classic from my mind. However, that was definitely made for a more mature audience, this one more so kids, especially as they are the target audience for the book series.
 
A child’s perspective of the movie:
 
Fin who is a Wimpy Kid aficionado, has pointed out that the movie omitted some scences from the book, including a visit to the water park. Other scenes viewed were specifically for the movie and not within the book. However, Fin still very much enjoyed the movie in its own right.
 
We would both highly recommend this movie to older children and adults who like a good chuckle.

Our views on the tour:

The layout of the coach resulted in a number of the adults sitting under the screen. Resulting in them missing movie or straining their neck.

I don’t think the tour will be a permanent thing, from what I can gather from the lady who owns and runs the pig farm. She normally takes a selection of the pigs to the Crowne Plaza Hotel (where we had a rather lively lunch). Here she puts on a show and allows the kids to pet and hold the pigs. Unfortunately the visit to the farm itself meant entering the pig enclosure, and what do pigs live in, that’s right mud, and lots of it.

As no one including the Premier girls were expecting this lots of nice shoes and boots got very, very muddy. But despite the footwear issues a lot of fun was had at the pig farm.

The two Premier hosts, especially Jenny, were good fun. We even witnessed Jenny kiss a pig sadly it didn’t turn into a Prince though.

A big thank you to the wonderful team at Premier!

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