Hilton Avisford Park- Honest Mum

Heading back towards Brighton, this time to the enchanting market town of Arundel with its Medieval Arundel Castle and Roman Catholic Cathedral in West Sussex, we kicked off Half Term at the Hilton Avisford Park for a weekend of quality family time and fun.

Hilton Avisford Park- Honest Mum

Formerly a Georgian Manor House, the Hilton Avisford Park has retained many of its original features, providing a quintessentially English abode for tourists and locals alike, boasting elegant manicured lawns, multiple swimming pools, a golf course and 89 acres of breathtaking countryside.

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(Beautiful bag gifted by Luella Grey London/)

Alexander announced, ‘Well, this is a classy hotel’ on arrival which made us all laugh, and he was right.

Our huge suite was perfect for this family and became our base for the stay. With my very own dressing room, a massive TV we could all comfortably see from our respective beds and delicious room service accomodating our varied tastes and dietary requirements spanning burgers to veggie salads, spicy chicken wings, nachos and everyone’s fave: sticky toffee pudding, we certainly went to bed happy on Saturday night.

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I must add that every measure was taken to ensure we were as safe as possible with regular gel stations, enforced mask-wearing requirements and swimming times restricted by numbers and time (1 hour per family).

Breakfast was staggered too and there was a made-to-order menu as well as a buffet available.

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With two wonderful swimming sessions under our belt on both days (I can’t remember laughing as much as the boys cracked jokes and Oliver sulked when he didn’t win Swim Tag) and several long walks later, the weekend felt part-adventure, part-restoration, and was exactly what we needed after the jolt of restarting school after 5 months of homeschool and a return to normal working hours.

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I still can’t believe I would slog until the early hours after teaching the kids during the day, when the schools were closed. This was definitely my well deserved reward and I lapped up every minute aware that it would be Cinderella time again for the rest of Half Term!

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Sunday was dedicated to Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, an hour away from the Hilton, and en route home, back to Windsor. To provide some background, Marwell Zoo is owned by the world renowned, action-oriented charity, Marwell Wildlife, whose aim is to conserve global biodiversity and pursue a sustainable future, with their scientists working across the UK and Africa, creating initiatives to identify some of the most important animal habitats and help restore destroyed ecosystems.

It’s a conservation charity committed to the care and welfare of the animals who live there and it was one of the most most epic wildlife centres we’ve ever visited in the UK.

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We felt instantly transported back to the safaris of South Africa at Marwell Zoo as it’s set on 140 sprawling acres with 4 adventure playgrounds and literally hundreds of animals to gawp at.

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Providing daily talks, animal feeds, cafes and a gift shop, you need at least 4 hours to fully enjoy the zoo, and you could easily while away a whole day there. The food was top-notch too (something rare at zoos I’ve found) and the gift shop stocked lots of reasonably priced teddies, pens and chocolates (again, a rarity usually). The boys spent £5 each of their pocket money and left with a pen and toy each. I think it was the first time we’ve ever visited a zoo without them asking where the gift shop was. That’s how captivating Marwell Zoo is!

And look how stunning it is in autumn!

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Alexander has been obsesed with animals since he was a toddler (he sleeps with 16 animal teddies every night) and proclaimed that Sunday was the best day of his life.

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He also asked me if I’m planning on changing my job anytime soon because, ‘We are so lucky to do all these amazing things because of your work, Mummy’. Bless him. He’s not wrong there and it warms my heart that both my sons are so deeply grateful for the perks of my job.

The giraffes were just beautiful (and Peter even managed to fit them into a square for Insta so Go Insta Husband, Pete!) and I was certainly dressed for the occassion with my leopard print scarf! What must the leopard we saw, must have thought!

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The meerkats were Alexander’s favourites, the penguins and sloths were loved by Oliver, and the flamigoes stole my heart. Peter plumped for the lizards and zebras as his highlights.

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The thoughfulness of how the zoo is designed made it easy to navigate and enjoy, and the added touches of awe-inspiring themed LEGO sculptures means children of all ages will be utterly captivated.

The zoo really is an action-packed, thrilling day out for all the family, and I can’t recommend it enough. You will be wowed!

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Have you visited the hotel, or zoo before?

Excitingly, you can win a family stay (2 adults and 2 children) for 1 night (including bed and breakfast plus Afternoon Tea) at the charming Hilton Avisford Park.

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103 Responses

  1. Tracy Baines

    would love to win like everyone else would I’m guessing after such a year of upheaval and uncertainty that’s still not over

  2. Sadiyya Maryam

    It would be a wonderful treat for our lovely daughter. She is an only child and with no family here in London, this year has been tough and lovely for her but she has been incredibly patient and resilient.

  3. Ruth harwood

    I’d love to explore this part of the UK and relax after all the stress of the year so far – before we went in Lockdown I lost my kitten to FIP, and before that, last August I lost my 3yo cat, my best friend, from poison, I must be the most unlucky person there is, I swear, as neither was my fault, & I’m over-protective with our cat we still have xx

  4. Lewis clark

    I would love to win to spend some quality time with my kiddies in such a nice place after a challenging year

  5. Sophie Worrall

    You look like you had such a good time. I would love to take my two boys away for a few days. They’d love to stay in a hotel.

  6. karen hutchinson

    fingers crossed – never been to Sussex- would be a lovely treat as not been away this year which has been really hard for our son

  7. Petra B

    This looks to be a wonderfully inviting zoo. It would be a joy to win this competition.

  8. zatun suleman

    I havent explored here yet. Lockdown has made me realise there’s so much more to see in the UK.
    As a family it’s made us realise how we take things for granted and every moment should be special. Your pictures & family are always spot on!

  9. Rachel McMillan

    We love Marwell and have missed visiting this year. Would love to win this

  10. Caroline Tinsley

    I definitely need a special day out to look forward to after this year!

  11. Ann Yvette Chapman

    I’d love to take the family away for a well deserved treat and also celebrate special big Birthdays fr both my Husband and myself.

  12. Rebecca Nisbet

    It would be lovely to have some family time away, i had been working from home on first lockdown, so wasn’t that fun for them, and its been stressful for us all, like a majority of families out there.

  13. Nicki Evans

    I would love to win and take my family to celebrate my eldest son starting school this year

  14. laura nice

    Would be so lovely to treat my family to a break before the baby comes along! 🙂

  15. Rachelle Barrett

    What a fabulour prize. We are really missing our travels as we used to go away quite a lot. I wonder whether we will ever get to travel again, its so sad

  16. Bex Allum

    This would be a real treat for my family. I am studying full time so have limited time to spend with my children and husband.

  17. Katrina Harding

    Would love to win to take me grandson away. We take him for a weekend away every year but not been able to this year. He’d love to visit the zoo and be treated to an afternoon tea too.

  18. Claire Driver

    We haven’t visited this area of England as a family so it would lovely to show the children the area and the zoo

  19. Lucy Barlow

    I haven’t seen my partner and his 2 girls since MARCH because of Covid (he lives in Scotland and I’m in Cheshire) I think we’re overdue a family weekend treat

  20. S straw

    My children both love animals so this would be an extra special little break for them.

  21. AStevens

    We’re trying to visit different parts of the UK and it looks likely a lovely place to stay and there’s lots of do around the area.

  22. Elizabeth Noack

    I would love to win – as we didn’t have a holiday this year and it would be a lovely treat for all the family 🙂

  23. James Harris

    I want to win because it would be great to be able to treat my children to something nice after having their year ruined by Covid-19.

  24. Giuliana

    It’s a part of the UK that I am yet to explore. I would also love to treat my partner who will soon have a milestone birthday and really needs something to look forward to. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  25. Silvia

    Would be a great distraction, especially now with overseas holidays out of the picture, nice way to rediscover those little gems nearer us.

  26. Steven S

    I’m originally from Sussex so grab any chance to go back with relish as it’s still a very special place to me.


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