A Festive Butlins and a Tots 100 Party

by Hannah

It’s taken me a while to actually find some time to write this post on the Tots 100 Christmas Party. Everyone else has been super quick popping up their posts so without further ado here is my account of the weekend and the photo’s I took.

When we arrived at Butlins in Bognor Regis we were greeted by a very colourful looking Ocean Hotel and even from afar outside you could see the colour changing LED lights that featured in every room. It immediately looked like our kind of hotel and on the journey down there I had seen pictures tweeted by other bloggers of what would be in store and they looked impressive. Impressive they were once we had finally checked in, the bed was alight with colours, the room was very modern with all the amenities that you would expect. My favourite aspect of the room was the bathroom, this is always a crucial point for me. It also featured colour changing lights and the best bit was the over head shower, pure bliss! I would love to have a shower like that at home. Having never been to Butlins before I didn’t know what to expect but I thought the fixtures and fittings in the room were something you would expect elsewhere so it’s a big thumbs up to Butlins for providing a bit of luxury that costs less.

The room

Kid's room

The heavenly shower...

That evening we met up with Katie from Mummy Daddy and me makes three and Lucy from Dear Beautiful Boy with their families in tow. We all enjoyed pizza from Papa John’s which was only a short walk away from our hotel. We then went on to meet up with Helen from The Crazy Kitchen and her husband and kiddies in the sports bar, with the intention of some pool playing. We then moved on to the traditional style pub that was on site and had a nice evening catching up and the kids spent a considerable amount of time running around the extremely child friendly pub. As is all of Butlins which makes a welcome change and is certainly more relaxing as a parent.

Saturday was the day we met up with all the bloggers that were attending the Tots Party and we spent a couple of hours in the afternoon at a meet and greet session with a competitive streak! We were divided into four teams and challenged to decorate a winning tree. The winners of the team would each receive a Christmas hamper from Aldi full of festive goodies, this meant the challenge was on. It was basically a free for all where we grabbed one of the trees dotted around the room and chose from an array of decorations from a central table. After a rocky start with no lights, this was our creation afterwards (with lights). Sadly we didn’t win but good fun was had throughout and the team that won were very deserving! If only we had been more creative…

Our creation

We then had a few hours to spend with our families until the evening meet up and meal started. Everybody got into their glad rags and we all met up at one of the bars to be treated to a cocktail. Now I love a good cocktail so this part of the evening could very nearly have brought on a sulk as I did feel I was missing out. Luckily for me though the girls asked the barman if he could rustle up an identical cocktail for me, minus the alcohol, which he did obligingly. I also felt slightly better as it appeared that Helen had only received a thimble full of vodka in hers, of course I was sympathetic. We enjoyed a three course meal with an interesting pudding to say the least and had a good chin wag. I got to meet up with some lovely people that I have previously met that include Emma from Mummy..Mummy..Mum!, Kerry from Multiple Mummy, Wendy from Inside the Wendy House and Louise from Bloggomy. I also met some for the first time that included The Boy and Me, Lucy from Dear Beautiful Boy, Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and Jess from Mum 2 Baby Insomniac. We all moved on to have another drink but I didn’t last much longer although there were some ladies that partied until late and certainly made the most of babysitting husbands. My cop out was being pregnant, tee total and tired.

The main course

Ah what a lovely picture of Helen and Emma

On our last full day we had another look around the resort and braved the cold sea air and miserable rain whilst doing so. Although the place was lovely and festive, the nip in the air made it a chilly weekend indeed and being by the sea I can imagine the difference when visiting in the summer. I used to live by the sea when I was younger so I am usually straight down to visit a beach whenever we are near one, just to breathe in the air and appreciate it. Not this time though, brrrr.

The Pavilion - with lots of activities inside

Visit to see the Reindeer

We had a lovely final night down the pub (again) with The Crazy Kitchen family, where we endured some terrible karaoke (not by us I might add) but had a good old night and it rounded off the weekend nicely. Beastie also got to hang out with his new buddies in the form of Helen’s children. I think he would have happily gone home with them as an adoptive child! Helen’s two older children were also fantastic and willing babysitters/bodyguards, what more can you ask for?

Hanging out with the big kids

Mischief makers...

So thank you Tots 100 for a memorable weekend away with my family and the chance to meet up with some fellow bloggers and have a bit of a party.


HELEN 14th December 2011 - 9:22 pm

great post & great pics….although you do make us sound like drunken bums that only hang around in pubs!
Love the picture of Beastie & Jack- they really were very cute together.
Roll on the next time

Mum2BabyInsomniac 14th December 2011 - 9:48 pm

Ahhh I wish I got to spend more time speaking to you all! It was lovely to briefly meet you though 🙂 I am so jealous of the flashing coloured lights in the Ocean hotel, they insisted that we stay in the Shoreline for some reason, it was still good but a bit more basic. Hopefully they will do it again next year when Iyla would be able to appreciate a bit more. And you will have two little ones by then! X

jenny paulin 14th December 2011 - 9:58 pm

aww lovely account of your weekend away.It was lovely to meet you and you looked so glamourous and radiant being pregnant and all 🙂
i forgot about the reindeer so Burton didn’t get to meet them, but they look cute from your photo.
hope to meet you again x

TheBoyandMe 15th December 2011 - 12:04 am

Lovely to meet you, wish I’d had a better chance to chatter. Can’t believe our s’fistikated tree didn’t win!

Inside the Wendy House 15th December 2011 - 1:06 pm

The funky light up rooms were really cool!! We missed the reindeer on Sunday on account of a huge queue and hideous freezing, drizzly weather. Nice to see a photo!! It was a great weekend 🙂

would like to be a yummy mummy 15th December 2011 - 7:17 pm

aaahhh Lovely post and gorgeous photos. Looks like you all had a fantastic weekend even if it was a little cold. Would have been lovely to be there with you though and I cant wait till we all get to meet up again x

Katie @mummydaddyme 15th December 2011 - 9:56 pm

Those pictures of Beastie and Jack are so cute! My favourite part of the room was the lights as well- they were so cool! It was a great weekend wasn’t it? xx

Emma @mummymummymum 15th December 2011 - 11:36 pm

Ahhh, that picture of me is cropping up everywhere! It was lovely to see you again. You look fab! xx

SAHMlovingit 22nd December 2011 - 7:30 pm

Super post hun, really made me feel like I was there – wish I had been – so thanks for sharing xx

SAHMlovingit 22nd December 2011 - 7:30 pm

Super post hun, really made me feel like I was there – wish I had been – so thanks for sharing xx


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