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Enjoy a short break at Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Information | Posted on 20-04-2012

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The Legoland Theme Park near Windsor has been a hugely popular day out for children and their families since it opened in 1996, but in March of this year they opened their resort hotel, meaning you can now enjoy a short break at this themed hotel. Earlier this week I was lucky enough to get a guided tour of the hotel, and I am very keen to book myself in for a short break when Little Man is a bit older.
Upon arrival at the hotel you are instantly greeted by the amazing exterior design. Built from giant multicoloured Lego bricks its a bright and frankly incredible site. At the front of the hotel you’ll find a dragon on guard, and I suggest you watch out for any smoke coming from him!

Stepping in to reception you’ll be under no doubts as to where you are! Lego is everywhere! There is a huge pit of Lego in the centre of the room where children are invited to play and build whilst parents check in. Behind the vast reception desk you’ll find a wall of Lego figures – over 600 – there is a large magnifying glass hovering across the wall giving you a closer look at them as you wait. Above your heads is a giant Lego mobile with features from the park and its zones – Pirate Ships, Submarines – hanging from each point. In reception you will also find a small shop selling a fraction of the items and souvenirs available in the park shops.

For the children there is no where better to stay. There is a Pirate themed swimming pool area (and a calmer pool for parents) and a large indoor play area next to the Skyline Bar, so parents can enjoy a relaxing drink in the evenings and still keep an eye on their children. The restaurant has giant Lego men throughout and even has Lego patterned table clothes which children can colour in. Throughout the hotel there are Lego models – my favourite being the huge and impressive vase of flowers on the Skyline Bar.

Themed rooms provide fun filled accommodation. You have a choice of Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure rooms and each is designed and decked out to the max. Clearly the architects and interior designers have had a lot of fun here! Take a look at the three room styles below:

Anyone staying at the hotel gets access to the park via a Hotel Guest Only entrance. This takes into the the back of the park furthest from the public entrance and just a few yards from “Atlantis” the new underwater ride. This means you can start your day in what will be a quieter part of the park, and avoid the later queues on the big rides in that part. On weekends hotel guests get a 30 minutes head start on entrance, being allowed inside before the public.

Resort packages start from just £62 per person and I guarantee you’ll be just as excited as your children to stay there! In a year or two when Little Man is slightly older we’ll definitely be taking him there for a holiday – and I’m thinking the Pirate room looks best!

You can book your stay now online at the resort website.


John Lewis Opens First Store In Sussex

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Product Launch | Posted on 04-04-2012

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Retail giant John Lewis is opening its first ever store in Sussex on Thursday with a “John Lewis At Home” store on the Portfield Way Retail Park, just outside Chichester. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview on Tuesday and take a tour around the new store with branch manager Claire.

Boasting 40,000 square feet of selling space over two floors this new store has a wide range of products you’d commonly find within their bigger shops. There is a large selection of home décor and furnishing, as well as an extensive kitchen and lighting section.

Downstairs you will find the Click & Collect Service which makes shopping even easier – you just order the item and collect it from store the next day, and the only selection of Olympic Merchandising outside of a London branch. Perfect if you want to grab yourself a piece of memorabilia for this summers event without having to fight your way into the capital.

Jubilee fever has also struck with a number of Union Jack emblazoned products throughout the store from cushions to deck chairs and food gifts – I can highly recommend the Emma Bridgewater Biscuit Barrel!

Upstairs you will find a comprehensive electrical and gadgetry department which includes the brand new iPad and a number of TV’s – ideal distraction for the men! You will also find a small but well stocked baby section to pick up a few nursery essentials for your little ones, including cots, toys and a bedding.

The familiar John Lewis cafe is also upstairs where they’ll be selling a range of drinks, snacks and light lunches, as well as children’s lunch boxes. A supply of high chairs is ready and waiting! Customer toilets can also be found nearby along with spacious baby changing facilities, and a feeding room – something which is rare even on the high street!

One of my favourite “trends” on offer in John Lewis At Home is the ‘Playnation’ range. Here is the foyer of the new store, decked out in the range.

Can you believe that colourful book display is actually wallpaper? I love it and definitely want some for our home office!!

The ‘Playnation’ range is beautifully bright and encompasses a huge selection of products from table ware to garden items, home decor to office organisation. The mix of wood and colour looks brilliant and I can imagine several pieces finding a place in my home soon. Here are a few of my personal favourites:

This Tiffin Box would be great on family picnics this summer with four handy compartments for your lunch time favourites.

Office storage needn’t be dull with this brightly coloured unit featuring six large deep drawers.

Every cook and baker needs a good set of measuring spoons and I love this set of four – colourful additions to any kitchen.

Summer trips to the beach or just sitting in the garden will be stylish and comfortable for your little ones in this traditional deck chair.

John Lewis At Home opens on Thursday April 5th and with the extended Easter weekend it’s sure to be a busy one – I suggest you start queuing now!!

Product Review: Tidy Tray

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 29-07-2011

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Eating out with a baby or toddler can be a bit of a mission. The amount of things you need to carry is immense, ensuring you have spoons and snacks, and a meal that your little one will eat hopefully without tossing any of it at nearby people/walls/parents. One thing that all parents need to add to their bag of tricks – and one that fits easily into any bag – is the Tidy Tray.

Yet another genius idea, the Tidy Tray is a foldable washable cover that fits on the tray of all high chairs. Using an elastic edging the stretchy cover securely fits over the tray of the high chair and means you don’t need to do your usual anti-bacterial wipe attack when you get into the restaurant or café you are visiting. Available in two cute designs – pink ballerina for the girls and blue pirates for the boys – the Tidy Tray also features a handy pocket. This pocket holds the tray when not in use, but once unfolded it hangs on the side of the high chair and can hold a drinks cup. The tray is conveniently machine washable so after a particularly messy meal it can just be tossed into the machine ready for your next trip out.

My Tidy Tray is a permanent fixture in my changing bag and has been used on a few different shapes and sized high chair trays and I’ve not found any that it doesn’t easily fit over. A must buy for babies who lunch!

Tidy Trays can be bought online at www.tidy-trays.com
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