We drove to the venue, about an hour from us, up the A1 M to Hatfiled. Yellow AA roadsigns directed us right to the car park, where we parked in the main car park before moving just a little way, over to the VIP carpark, for which we had been given tickets. Situated right by the entrance to LolliBop, the parking was perfect.
As you may already know from my previous posts, the venue is new to LolliBop and I think it was just perfect. Lots more space, plenty of grass to sit and picnic, stalls, food outlets and stages spaced out more and it just had a good feel about it.
We decided not to have a plan to the day, just to take it as it came and be led by what the monkeys wanted to do. Our first stop, we collected our Brandon Wagon which we were kindly lent for the day. Then we wandered to the main stage to catch Alex Winters and Poppy Cat.
We then had a mooch around, and still early, so quiet, the monkeys got to have a play with the wagon and take turns sitting in it then pulling it along. It proved invaluable using it to carry our picnic and bits and bobs around all day!
We were given samples of Haribo sweets, Pom Bears, and Vita Coco drinks, plus there were numerous places to get all sorts of different food. I can't comment on that, as we only bought ice creams all day!
Little monkey was very keen to see Thomas and Friends, so we headed over. Unfortunately, once we got there the heavens opened! Luckily though, we were able to shelter under one of the Thomas tents, where the monkeys played in the ball pools and stayed as dry as we could until the clouds past over. Soon after we met friends, Liz and girls from Hart of the Munckin Patch, Clare and family from Emmy's Mummy and AK and family from My Buggy Junction. We spotted other well known bloggers too during the day, which was lovely.
The VIP and press area was awesome. An area designated for people who had upgraded to VIP tickets, bloggers and press, it had a disco bar and tent, outside seating, face painting, sand pit, toilets, food outlet and meet and greet area. Plus the press tent, where press and (bloggers) could sit and use wifi, have a tea or coffee and general chit chat.
We queued very briefly for meet and greets three times, met and had our photo's taken with Andy Day, Mr Bloom and The Fat Controller. This was met with much excitement by non other than Mr monkey (mostly) and little monkey too! A great perk of being an ambassador, rather than queuing in the main area with the general public.
Mr monkey spent a fair amount of time at the Kia stand lusting over the Kia Sportage. This meant the boys were happy using the Kia bouncy castle and putting their painting skills to good use at the tables and easels at the stand too.
After that we headed to the main stage with the intention of seeing Justin, but having sat right near the front on the grass for quite some time, waiting for him to come on at 3pm, the monkeys got fidgety and it was getting crowded, so we headed away to make use of the Vita Coco Kids beach area and the Skylanders area. I have to say the Skylanders area was the most disappointing area of the day for us, as big monkey had no idea what to do in there and couldn't get the game he was trying to play to work. Maybe that was just us though, having not played it before!
Later we met up with Clare and Liz again, over in the Pom Bears picnic area, where the monkeys and the other kiddies played in the colourful sheds amongst the trees and had fun running around. Then it was back to the VIP area for our final meet and greet of the day.
Finally right near to the end of the day, after arranging to keep our Brandon Wagon, we took the monkeys to the Little Tikes play area, where they most enjoyed using the Cosy Coupes around the track.
See you all there next year! We can't wait!
*As a LolliBop Ambassador we were given family tickets for the day. All thoughts and opinions are my own*.