A fabulous Gruffalo themed stay at Chessington

This "year" my son started school, and this meant days out and holidays are to be taken with the masses in the holidays when the theme parks are busy and holidays are expensive.  Bit of a shock to the system, but we knew this would happen.

So when my son's school had an inset day on Friday, we decided to take full advantage of it being a school day and take a trip to Chessington.

Getting our own private parking space when we stay at Chessington's Gruffalo themed stay

Chessington world of adventures is 60 miles from my home, so what I call 'up the road', it's a day trip but somehow in deciding to 'nip up the road' I thought it would be nice to stay over, and then from that thought came 'wouldn't it be great to make the most of this trip and stay in a Gruffalo themed room'.

Fantastic stay at the Gruffalo room at Chessington

Something I've never done before and Max is of an age now where he's going to remember his stay as well as the theme park itself.

I am so pleased we did this!!  We had the most fantastic time!  We were treated so well, we got a lot for our Gruffalo-themed package and our stay has even prompted us to look into getting annual Merlin passes for even better deals for the summer!

Why I loved our Gruffalo-themed stay at Chessington

I drove up and arrived at the hotel at 9.30am.  The park opens at 10 am, but we were allowed to complete all our paperwork and get access to the park straight away!  Fantastic!!  We are allowed to book in from 2 pm, so my plan was to pop back at 2, freshen up and then go back out for the afternoon - that didn't quite happen.

Those who follow my blog will know that we're full-time employees and because of this, I took the day off work, but my partner couldn't so he came up after work, as it happened he managed to finish and be up at the resort by 2.30 so he actually booked in and got to see the room, and the reception staff were more than accommodating.

The staff were fantastic.

We couldn't book our breakfast and evening meal unfortunately due to a system error with the booking system.  I do think the hotel would benefit from a second and maybe even a third self-service system, for such issues as it relies on having a table when you want it otherwise.

We eat in the Safari Restaurant, and we may have ordered the Gruffalo Crumble for dessert, it took an age to come, but OMG it was massive!!!!

What's inside the Gruffalo Crumble at Chessington Safari Hotel

Our room was decorated in the Gruffalo theme of course, and there was even a secret bookcase which had a copy of the book and Gruffalo pops for Max to keep.   The room overlooked the safari section of the park, so we could see the animals all grazing and strolling around in the evening.  What a magical time to be 5 years old.

After that humongous dessert, my son finally bounced off to sleep at around 10.30pm!  I did wonder if we'd make our 8 am breakfast slot in the morning!

So that was day one!

Being watched over by the owl and snake from the Gruffalo in our themed Chessington room

As we'd booked the Gruffalo package, we got a second day at the theme park for free, so not only did we get to the park an hour before it opened, but we also got a fast track pass to 14 of the rides!   Which came in handy later on in the day as the second day happened to be a Saturday!

Other benefits that came with the Gruffalo Package

Gruffalo films on the TVs in the room.
Designated parking space
Animal meet and greets were an optional extra
Evening access to the Wanyama Village
Children's entertainment in the evening
Special Gruffalo pops!
Access to the Swimming pool
And more that I've forgotten.....

There was so much to see and do, we really felt special and spoilt that weekend and off the back of such a great experience with Merlin and Chessington, we've now purchased Merlin passes so we can take full advantage of the summer holidays!

For a theme park that is 'just up the road' for us, I'm so so pleased we stayed, I feel it will be a memory that we all cherish for a long time.

For that, Chessington, thank you.

Sorry professor bubbleworks but we fell in love with the new Gruffalo ride at Chessington World of Adventures

1 comment:

  1. Sounds fab. When we went to Denmark Legoland last year, my boys loved the themed room nearly as much as the rides


Thank you for popping by - and even bigger thanks if you're showing me a bit of love by leaving a comment :D xoxo