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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas at Butlin's

I've just returned from a great weekend away at Butlins in Bognor Regis, where the Tots100 held their second Christmas Party. I chose to go down with my family and make a weekend of it as we were offered a special rate for the weekend. We left at lunchtime on Friday, earlier than originally planned, as the weather was forecast to be bad so collected the eldest two children early from school and headed straight off, only hitting heavy traffic around Winchester.


After a bite to eat in our lovely multi-coloured hotel room (we went well prepared with a box full of food for the weekend ahead) we ventured out to discover all that was on offer at the action packed resort where the kids got to see Santa and his sleigh


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Bewildered

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Ho Ho Ho


have fun in the Snow storm


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and make new friends.


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On Saturday afternoon there was a meet & greet reception laid on by Sally where I met  up with other bloggers (whilst the family enjoyed the Goldilocks & The Three Bears Panto)  and get in the festive mood with a spot of gentle Christmas Tree decorating - not gentle at all in fact as it was a contest between 4 teams of very competitive bloggers to dress the best tree. Unfortunately our team were robbed beaten fair and square to the prize of a fabulous hamper, despite our best efforts to decorate the tree and win over the heart of Sally with our Tots 100 decorations and cheesy lovely festive poem, written in around 1 minute by the talented Wendy. There were no hard feelings what so ever.........


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Team C


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a work of art


After a play in the amusements with the kids, a lovely glass of Mulled wine and then Pizza (for the family not me) in Papa John's with Mummy Mummy Mum, Multiple Mummy and The Boy and Me and their families (how we managed to squeeze all 18 of us around that table I'll never know, it was time to get ready and head off to the pre-party drinks, where we enjoyed a very lovely festive cranberry Cocktail in Bar Rosso before walking the short distance to Turner's Restaurant for our meal. The 3 course dinner was lovely, starting with a parsnip soup, followed by a poshed up Christmas dinner and followed by a healthy breakfast dessert of ice cream, prunes, apricots and pear - the less said about the dessert the better I think! 


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a very berry Christmas
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Glamorous Bloggers

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Yum


Some of us party poopers opted for a quiet (ish) drink in the Ocean Hotel bar whilst others continued to party the night away in a bar filled with elderly gents dresses as Santa's and Christmas Puddings....complete with dangly plums encased in small fitting tights......the less said about that the better too! 


The weekend was a great chance to spend some quality family time together as well as meeting up with, and having a laugh with, bloggers both that I'd met before and not - including Mummy and The Beastie, Mummy Daddy and Me, The Boy and Me, Mummy Mummy Mum, Multiple Mummy, Mummy Mishaps, Inside The Wendy House, Dear Beautiful Boy and many more that are too many to mention. The kids all had a great time and there was plenty there to keep them amused all day and evening - swimming, amusements, fairground rides, entertainment, sports and shopping.


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Freezing cold Carousel


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sibling love



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The Ocean Hotel


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awards ceremony


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footie champ

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big kid

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even bigger kid

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on the bus

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more sibling love

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enlisting help to take big brother down!
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all too much
We finished off our weekend on Monday with a lovely brunch of bacon rolls and chips, followed by mince pies before the long drive home.
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brunch
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It was a great weekend and I would like to thank Sally for all the hard work she put into it and Butlins for the reduced rate accommodation allowing us to take a much needed family break away, and last but not least The Beastie family who became our drinking buddies (albeit only soft drinks for expectant Mummy Beastie) and very competitive pool and darts opponents and playmates for the weekend, as well as Daddy Beastie giving up some of his valuable time to make my blog header look extremely festive.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like you all had a fantastic time and I wish even more that I could have gone. Looking forward even more to our trip next Mon. Great post and loving all the photos Xx

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  2. Sounds like you all had a fantastic time and I wish even more that I could have gone. Looking forward even more to our trip next Mon. Great post and loving all the photos Xx

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  3. Your photos prove it's a superb place for a family break.
    Great to have finally met you,
    Liska xx

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