Spending Easter with my Holibob Bear // Review

*A collaborative review

Just before the Easter holidays, we had a little guest arrive in the post to join us and I couldn’t wait to introduce Olly to him. Olly is a big fan of cuddly toys so I knew he would love him straight away. We were sent the very loveable Holibob Bear to stay with us for the Easter holidays and he has been a big hit.

Holibob Bear

Holibob Bear isn’t just your average cuddly bear. He’s a bear that has been designed to help Parents overcome the holiday boredom that little ones get when they’re on their school holidays. Children love routine and Holibob Bear can help Parents set up the day ahead with the help of a very cute and cuddly friend. Holibob Bear can help little ones look forward to the day ahead and think about what activities they’ll be doing throughout the day.

We were sent the Holibob Bear deluxe pack which includes the Holibob Bear (HBB), Suitcase, Summary cards, Activity Cards, Pawsport and Stickers as well as HBB Journey Book and HBB Mini Blackboard and chalk.

Holibob Bear

I had a few days off over the Easter break (sadly I have to work throughout the school holidays) and wanted to make sure we got the most out of our holiday time together. I planned to introduce Holibob Bear to Olly on the afternoon that he broke up from school and I couldn’t wait to see his little face. As I said earlier, Olly is a huge cuddly toy fan, he’s got lots of friends and they always end up in bed with him at night. I knew that Holibob Bear would make the cut amongst the top 3 bears and I was right. He loved him.

I set up Holibob Bear on the table so that he saw him as he walked in from school. He ran straight to him and gave him the biggest cuddle once I said he was his to keep. I explained what the cards were for and the mini blackboard and chalk and Olly was really excited. It was lovely to see his little face light up when I told him we were going to be taking Holibob Bear with us.

Holibob Bear’s first adventure with Olly and the family was a train trip to Coventry to watch the Rugby. Olly was really excited that Holibob Bear could accompany us on the train (we usually say no to teddies coming with us anywhere in fear of us losing them and them being unreplaceable) and Olly took really good care of him. It was lovely for Olly to take ownership of him and look after him. We think Holibob Bear enjoyed his day out too!

Holibob Bear

Holibob Bear

Holibob Bear

Each day of the holidays, you can introduce the days planned activities to little ones with the use of Holibob Bear and his activity cards. Each pack comes with Activity cards which can give ideas and indicate to little ones what kind of activity they’re going to be getting up to with their Holibob Bear; Going Places, Quiet Time, Creative, High Energy to name just a few. We only used Holibob Bear and the activity cards when Olly was with us all day as I didn’t think it was fair to lay that kind of pressure on to his Grandparents.

Holibob Bear

Throughout the Easter holidays, Holibob Bear went on various days out, stayed in two different hotels, got up close and personal with nature on an Easter nature trail and has been completely showered with love and attention. Olly renamed our Holibob Bear to Big Bear and he has been taken to bed with Olly and Little Ted every single night since he arrived with us. Olly is inseparable with him and he’s here to stay now, not just for the school holidays.

Holibob Bear

Holibob Bear

We really love his little suitcase and his Pawsport which Olly has enjoyed sticking the different coloured stickers into once the days activities are over. To be honest, I’ve enjoyed setting up his little chalkboard and writing on it for Olly to find the next day. It’s a nice little bit of fun and something that I’ve enjoyed doing for him.

Holibob Bear

My Holibob Bear (standard pack) is priced at £19.99 with the deluxe pack being priced at £24.99. The Holibob Bear is a really lovely bear that is well made and all his accessories are good value for money.

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Disclosure: We were sent the deluxe pack to review in exchange for this post. All words and images are my own.

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  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    Over to the Whitley Bay lighthouse to explore the rockpools and look out for ships!

    28/04/2017 at 4:46 am
  • Reply Tracey Peach

    To the local seaside for a picnic on the sandy beach

    28/04/2017 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Fiona

    To the seaside for the day.

    28/04/2017 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Sarah Rees

    On our holidays to Florida – Cant wait to go

    28/04/2017 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply stuart hargreaves


    28/04/2017 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Harline Parkin

    On a picnic with my grandchildren

    28/04/2017 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply laura stewart

    we would take him on our trip to the woods x

    28/04/2017 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Fiona K

    To a picnic in the New Forest

    28/04/2017 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply amy bondoc

    id take him on an adventure walking along the beach collecting shells!

    28/04/2017 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply laura banks

    to the pleasure beach

    28/04/2017 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Vicki Davitt

    I absolutely love this teddy bear it’s adorable

    28/04/2017 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply kim jackson

    round to the park :D

    28/04/2017 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Andrea Fletcher

    On our holiday to the Lake District.

    28/04/2017 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply jessica woods

    To our local gruffalo trail nature park! He would love it

    28/04/2017 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply T. Brailey

    I would take Holibob on a balloon ride. I have one booked in a couple of months – Fly high little Holibob.

    28/04/2017 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Zoe C

    He would come with us for a picnic when we go for our family bike rides

    28/04/2017 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Inga Andersen

    We’d take him to the woods for a teddy bear picnic :)

    28/04/2017 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply sarah rees

    isle ofwight

    28/04/2017 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Anthony Harrington

    he would come out with us on picnics over the meadows and on trips to the beach

    28/04/2017 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Sidrah Ahmed

    To the theme park

    28/04/2017 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply MARGARET gallagher

    To st Anne’s to SEA what we can SEE
    He’s have fun

    28/04/2017 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    We’d take him to our local National Trust house and gardens for a fun-filled day of climbing trees, exploring nature and running around wild and free! Oh, and maybe for a sneaky cream tea afterwards!

    28/04/2017 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Kerry Kilmister

    We are going to Disneyland, so he would come with us

    28/04/2017 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Tee Simpson

    We would got to Cadbury World

    28/04/2017 at 10:16 pm
  • Reply Kim Neville

    Take him to a theme park

    28/04/2017 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply Sarah Mackay

    We would take him on our hikes

    28/04/2017 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply melanie stirling

    To Whitesands beach in Pembrokeshire.

    28/04/2017 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Gemma Cook

    I would take him to our local beach for a picnic. Our little boy would love him.

    28/04/2017 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply Danika Lloyd

    our local National Trust site :-)

    29/04/2017 at 1:14 am
  • Reply Sue McCarthy

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

    29/04/2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Jeannette @autismmumma

    Lovely idea, my SN children really struggle with the out-of-routine element of school holidays so this would be ideal.
    I’d take a Holibob to our vows renewal :)

    29/04/2017 at 9:24 am
  • Reply iain maciver

    to scotland

    29/04/2017 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Tony Metcalfe

    Down to the local beach at Saltburn, to watch the surfers.

    29/04/2017 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply wendy moore

    The city farm. My niece loves the giant pigs.

    29/04/2017 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Susan Smith

    Would be taking him to the sea front to enjoy the fresh air

    29/04/2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Allan Smith

    To the beach!

    29/04/2017 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Emma Pattrick

    To the woods for a teddy bears picnic

    29/04/2017 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply helen tovell

    We would take him sea shell hunting on the coast where we live

    29/04/2017 at 7:54 pm

    We would take the bear for a trip to Edinburgh Zoo to see all the animals

    29/04/2017 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Stacey Carnell

    We’re going on a family holiday to Portugal, this would be lovely for my son, niece and nephew :)

    29/04/2017 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Roberts

    To the forest for a swim in the streams and a teddy bears picnic!x

    29/04/2017 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Helen Stratton

    To London – so much to do and see and lots to learn.

    30/04/2017 at 9:35 am
  • Reply pauline hill

    the park

    30/04/2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Jo Curtis

    We’d take him to the park and down the slide. My little girls favourite thing to do.

    30/04/2017 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Rebecca Smith

    Cannock Chase woods it’s perfect there for a picnic and play

    30/04/2017 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Jo Glasspool

    To our local woods, where we take the dogs for a long walk.

    30/04/2017 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

    He would come out with my lovely Nephew , we would visit the caves of Nottingham, the Wollaton Park for a picnic and Ice-cream x

    30/04/2017 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Leila Benhamida

    Will take it for a day out in the seaside.

    01/05/2017 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Ailsa

    To Great Yarmouth for candy floss and chips

    01/05/2017 at 8:31 am

    For a day out at Holly Farm in Lancashire

    01/05/2017 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Kay Sherman

    To the river tamer near my house

    01/05/2017 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Solange

    Exploring in Kew Gardens.

    01/05/2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Sam R

    To Brighton pier, when we go this summer! :)

    01/05/2017 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Samantha Woodlock

    I would take him to London Zoo

    01/05/2017 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Lynne Durkin

    Trentham Monkey Forest, planning to go in the next holiday x

    02/05/2017 at 1:28 am
  • Reply Jo Carroll

    We’d take him to the Safari Park…I wonder what those naught Baboons will make of him tucked up safely in our car?

    02/05/2017 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Jodie Thompson

    To the beach!

    02/05/2017 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply leanne weir

    My son would take his to nursery

    02/05/2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Wlodyka

    Center parcs

    02/05/2017 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Nicola Marshall

    We would take him on our holiday to Crete.

    02/05/2017 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply kate kathurima

    fort nelson my daughter loves looking around there

    03/05/2017 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Colette

    How cute is he! A bit like having the class bear on holiday with you at all times!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    03/05/2017 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Karl Borowy


    03/05/2017 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Alison Johnson

    We’re planning loads of days out this summer to Castles, stately homes & the seaside so he would come everywhere with us.

    03/05/2017 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Ema J Lowe

    we are off in a few weeks to stay in a welsh castle for a couple of nights, I would bring him along too.

    04/05/2017 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply beth kennedy

    For a picnic to Durdle Door

    05/05/2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Tracy b

    To London to see the sights. He’d see it all from The London Eye!

    06/05/2017 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Sally Collingwood

    To Buckingham Palace

    06/05/2017 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Zoe Payne

    for a walk in the woods

    07/05/2017 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Faye Gordon

    To the woods for a Teddy Bears picnic!

    07/05/2017 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Gerri Tennant

    To Pembreyairport Country Park to walk through the forest, paddle in the sea, collect sea shells from the beach and have an ice cream in the cafe.

    07/05/2017 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Claire Nutman

    Living in Dorset, we would go to the beach of course! many thanks

    07/05/2017 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply marie miles

    i would give him to my little grand daughter who would no doubt take it to wales where she frequents often with my daughter as my parents live there (we all live in london) it could become her new bedtime bear as she loves cuddeling bears in bed. he will also visit Florida towards the end of this year as thats where my grand daughter and her parents are holidaying in disneyworld, so he will get lots of adventure if i was to win him. id like to win him so fingers crossed for me but good luck everyone

    08/05/2017 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Stevie

    I would go to Blackpool on the train with a picnic.

    09/05/2017 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Victoria Hall

    I’d take him with all the children camping

    09/05/2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply michelle speight

    to sunny hunny !! (hunstanton)

    09/05/2017 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Allan Wilson

    He would come camping in Kielder with us.

    10/05/2017 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Laura Nice

    we would take it to the isle of white :)

    10/05/2017 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    We’d love to take him to the beach to make suncastles

    10/05/2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Annabel Greaves

    My daughter would love to take him to the beach in Swansea x

    11/05/2017 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply gillian moloney

    Kids would love to take him on a bike ride down the red path near our home

    11/05/2017 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    Glamping in Cornwall!

    12/05/2017 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Robyn Clarke

    Geronimo Fest next weekend :-)

    13/05/2017 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Alice Azucena


    14/05/2017 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Marie Powell

    On a family walk to the woods where we would have a picnic, lots of thing to do and see

    15/05/2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply cara vaughan

    To our local beach, playing in the sand and finding shells x

    15/05/2017 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Kimberley Ryan

    to our local national park for a treasure hunt

    15/05/2017 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply MICHELLE Stewart

    He or she will have to join us on our bear hunt

    16/05/2017 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply leighanne palfrey

    out on dartmoor which is right on my doorstep :)

    16/05/2017 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Emily Hutchinson

    For a teddy bear’s picnic in the woods!

    17/05/2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Patricia Avery

    On a teddy bear’s picnic to Snipe Dales (a nature reserve) with the grandchildren :)

    17/05/2017 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Pamela Gossage

    When we go on holiday to the Coast

    17/05/2017 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson

    On a countryside walk

    17/05/2017 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Kristy Brown

    I would take him up Snowdon

    17/05/2017 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply emma walters

    to the wildlife park nearby to meet the lemurs and penguins :)

    18/05/2017 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Jenny Rogers

    Spetchley Park Gardens, near Worcester. It’s a lovely place to visit.

    18/05/2017 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Kate Knight

    I would take it to cornwall

    18/05/2017 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Emma Smith

    Leeds Castle in Kent – it’s stunning and serves great ice cream

    18/05/2017 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply kayleigh dudley

    we have so many mini breaks and family holidays booked in this year, i know my son would love his company throughout. He would come with us on an airplane to Spain to accompny my son on his first trip abroad.

    18/05/2017 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply katie w

    oh our holiday to the isle of wight

    18/05/2017 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Katy Malkin

    For a day trip it would be Padstow Cornwall :)

    18/05/2017 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply michelle thompson


    18/05/2017 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Kayleigh Devlin


    18/05/2017 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Diana

    We would take him for a walk on the riverside and a play in the park :)

    18/05/2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Jamie C Millard

    to the bonnie bonnie banks of loch lomond

    19/05/2017 at 12:16 am
  • Reply claire little

    the park

    19/05/2017 at 1:08 am
  • Reply Kinkkee7

    Jack and Olly would take him to Beamish museum, where he could meet people from the past, eat old fashioned fish and chips and fizzy sweets before going to an old schoolhouse to learn, then a trip on the tram.

    19/05/2017 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply sharon martin

    i’d take him on a walk around the Bosherston Lily Ponds which leads down to Broadhaven South beach where we’d end up for a picnic & sandcastle building contest.

    19/05/2017 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply greig spencer

    id take him to florida

    26/05/2017 at 9:37 am
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