Getting Away From The Screens At Hever Castle

This half term Frankie seemed to hit the age where the only thing that was interesting him was screen time. The dreaded Xbox had firmly taken hold and anything I suggested doing was brushed aside.

However the mini dictator wasn’t going to get his own way and we headed out for some fresh air and to see what the Living With Nature event at Hever Castle was all about.

After a lot of complaining about having to leave the house, the minute the children left the car they made a run for it and bounded across the fields, making the most of all the beautiful open areas Hever has to offer.

The huge play area is always a favourite for us and we spent a good few hours picnicking, letting off steam and drinking delicious coffee and hot chocolates to keep us warm.

Frankie was especially snug in his cosy sweatshirt from T.J.Maxx.

Next up it was time to take a look at what was on offer at their Living With Nature week.

Hever is fabulous for children and they always manage to put on something exciting for them during the holidays and this half term they didn’t disappoint. The children got to watch an array of different birds of prey in the falconry display, meet a hedgehog and talked about bee keeping in the wildlife charity tent, make a super cute ladybird and bumble bee in the craft tent and explored the grounds whilst answering lots of questions in nature trail quiz.

We even managed to fit in a snowdrop walk which was so pretty and highly recommend.

Of course we couldn’t have a visit without a trip inside the castle. I always love looking at the grandness of all the rooms whilst the boys love to see the suits of armour and discussing how the poo would make it’s way from the toilet into the moat!

We managed to squeeze in an ice cream before the heavens opened and got us drenched…but that’s all part of the fun isn’t it!

For me Hever is a place where the adults can take in the beauty whilst the kids can just be kids and you can ask for much more than that can you.

Creating Pandamonium At Chessington World Of Adventure

We were super excited to be invited to the press launch of the brand new show Pandamonium and the opening of the fabulous new Smokehouse restaurant at Chessington Worls Of Adventure.

I am always amazed with how many changes this great theme park makes from year to year and I have to say that they have excelled themselves with some fantastic new additions to the park this year.

We arrived at the Azteca Hotel to a cocktail reception where everyone got to have a catch up whist the children enjoyed getting their faces painted and getting up close and personal with some of Chessington’s animals.

  
From here we made our way to the brand new Smokehouse restaurant.  The restaurant was one of our former favourites where we would always have a pit stop to have a nice sit down meal where I liked a bit of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the park so I was a little aprehesive about the change.

I needn’t have worried as the improvements are more than I could have imagined.  They have created a cool, spacious welcoming restaurant serving gorgeous food.

   
 
We sampled creamy potato salad, crunchy coleslaw, melt in the mouth pulled pork, tasty beef brisket and a super yummy macaroni cheese.

As you can tell from our clear baskets the food was wonderful and this has easily become our new favourite. 

   
Next stop was the brand new Pandamonium show which is positioned just next to the newly improved ‘trail of the Kings’.

The children all sat egerly awaiting the appearance of the pandas.  I have to admit when the animatronic Giant Pandas took to the stage I was quite taken back by how life like they were.  They graced the stage whist the actors engaged with the children, feeding them fun facts whist making them laugh throughout.

   
 
After taking a look through the ‘Trail Of The Kings’ we make our way back to the hotel for a stunning Asian themed buffet complete with oodles of entertainment for the children.

   
 
The boys were complety wiped out so after saying good night to the iguanas in the hotel reception we made our way to our room to get some rest before the adventures of the next day.

   

   
 
The themed rooms were outstanding and I loved it as much as the boys.  There were a set of cosy bunk beds for the children to sleep in adjacent to the main bedroom but as predicted they found our bed way more appealing!

   

 
Up bright and early we filled up on a huge breakfast.  There is so much to chose from and the children love to be able to walk around picking exactly what they want and getting a cheeky visit from a Madagascar character!

Straight after breakfast we had a quick walk outside to say hello to the monkeys. I meen there are not many hotels stays that allow you to do this are there!

   
  

We got given some wristbands which allowed us ‘fast track’  to the rides for the first hour of opening.  This is a great idea and is available to everyone that stays in the hotel.  It gives you that little bit of extra time to get on your favourite rides first.

We headed straight for the Bubbleworks which has been a family favourite since I was a child.

  

Little Truckers was next on the list followed closely by Tombblaster.

 

As we only had the youngest two with us there were no big rides today so we strolled around looking at the animals and climbing around Dragon’s Play area. 

   

  

 

The last treat of the day was to the newly refurbished sweet shop.  There seemed to be so much more on offer and the bright decor was wonderful.

  

Chessington World Of Adventure has given us an unforgettable trip yet again and I would encourage you to get along this holiday to sample it for yourselves.

They are adding and improving all the time and with Go Ape and new a new glamping area being added soon this really is a trip not to be missed!

We were invited along to the press launch at Chessington World Of Adventure and these are all my own honest opinions.  

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