On the 23rd of October my nephew and father-in-law were invited to London to take part in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul tour.
The festivities started in central London where guests were picked up by 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 were given exclusive access to the pigs and allowed to pet, hold, hug and play with them! After the excitement of the farm everyone was taken back to central London and treated to a meal at The Crowne Plaza.
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 did love all the scenes with the pigs in and 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 assumed to be the target audience for the book series.
A child’s perspective of the movie:
Although Fin who is a Wimpy Kid aficionado, has pointed out that some scenes from the book were omitted from the movie, including a visit to the water park. Other scenes I have reliably been informed were added into the movie but weren’t featured in the book. However, he 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 did result in a number of the adults having to sit under the screen which meant that they were unable to see the movie. So the tour if it’s continued does need some tweaks, but overall the kids enjoyed themselves
I don’t think the tour will be a permanent thing, from what I can gather it was suggested by 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), and puts on a show there, where the kids could 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 problems a lot of fun was to be 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!