WHAT a weekend. There were so many great (and funny) moments I hardly know where to start.
First up, the the lovely chaps at Hertz UK offered to lend me one of their new Family Collection cars to go to the opening of the new Legoland Hotel this weekend. Bright and early Friday morning, a SPACESHIP was delivered. I kid you not.
After some initial teething problems, like waving the nice delivery chaps off assuring them I’d be fine, then realising it didn’t actually have a key and I had no clue how to start it (turns out you post the key fob into a little slot on the dash – you do not, as some wag on Twitter suggested, have to shout IGNITION ON!, but nice try though), I got on really well with it. The enormous beast took up my entire driveway and in a spectacular piece of teenager Tetris, I managed to fit FOUR of the fully grown and very gangly blighters into the boot.
Offski, then, to Windsor and the new Legoland Hotel, conveniently placed right at the entrance to Legoland, where a whole bunch of the media’s great and good gathered to celebrate its opening weekend. There were LOADS of celebs there: we spotted Zoe Ball, Dom (from Dick and Dom), Michael McIntyre, Vic Reeves and his gorgeous wife Nancy Sorrell, Warwick Davis and a host of other people that kept us in permanent ‘hey, don’t I know you?’ mode the whole weekend.
We met up with fellow bloggers Laura and Tara and their families and headed for the bar (as you do). In the restaurant we bumped into Tim Minchin. Instead of looking a bit awkward, both boys dived in, held out a hand and said hello (proud Mum moment there). He was utterly lovely and chatted to them for ages. Later he played football with them outside and they were absolutely made up. Isn’t it amazing when you meet people you really like and they turn out to be really nice in person?
The food was a good, solid buffet selection, with a carvery, a children’s section serving all the usual suspects, and a salad bar. I wouldn’t say it was amazing restaurant fare (my beef was very well done and a bit leathery, and the pannacotta poured out onto the plate like yoghurt), but we all ate well. We were all a bit taken with the lego cake, but sadly didn’t get a slice.
We were on the fourth floor in an ‘adventurer’ room. We were really impressed with the decor: a map for a carpet, lego creatures climbing the walls and a very posh bathroom (sorry about the picture – I did the classic ‘GET OUT OF THE WAY, WOMAN! thing in the mirror). It was compact, but the Prof is 5’9” and there was plenty of room for him in a bunk and the beds were mega-comfy.
The next day saw us up early (and hungover) for a big cooked breakfast before setting off for a bit of celeb-stalking around the park. We walked around the Star Wars exhibit, spotted Manta Rays on the Atlantis Submarine Voyage, whizzed around on The Dragon (this did nothing for my hangover – luckily Laura was the holder of the headache pills, as well as the map), did the Digger Challenge and zapped away on Laser Raiders. The boys took a final drenching on the Vikings River Splash and we headed for home, leaving the smaller dudes with more energy to enjoy the park.
What a fabulous place. And the icing on my dragon cake? This tweet from Tim Minchin:
About the Legoland Hotel:
The Legoland Hotel is now open for business with prices starting from just £248 for a family of 4 for a themed bedroom, including breakfast, 2 days into the Park and loads of added extras! Book early (the hotel is already fully booked on several dates through March, April May and even into June). For more info, go to legolandholidays
About the Hertz Family Collection:
The Hertz Family Collection launches on 4th April. Hertz Family Collection offers a variety of cars with ample room for passengers and luggage, plus 5-star NCAP safety rating: total reassurance for your journeys with family or friends. For more info, check out Hertz’ new blog: HertsTravelGuide, or go to hertz.co.uk