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.

Get your very own Holibob Bear with a 15% discount

If you think your children would love their very own Holibob Bear, grab a 15% discount with the code shilts15 which is valid until Friday 19th May 2017. You can buy your own Holibob Bear online here.

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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.

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. Tracy Nixon
    28/04/2017 / 4:46 am

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

  2. Tracey Peach
    28/04/2017 / 10:24 am

    To the local seaside for a picnic on the sandy beach

  3. Fiona
    28/04/2017 / 5:27 pm

    To the seaside for the day.

  4. Sarah Rees
    28/04/2017 / 6:12 pm

    On our holidays to Florida – Cant wait to go

  5. stuart hargreaves
    28/04/2017 / 6:17 pm


  6. Harline Parkin
    28/04/2017 / 6:39 pm

    On a picnic with my grandchildren

  7. laura stewart
    28/04/2017 / 7:08 pm

    we would take him on our trip to the woods x

  8. Fiona K
    28/04/2017 / 7:17 pm

    To a picnic in the New Forest

  9. amy bondoc
    28/04/2017 / 7:33 pm

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

  10. laura banks
    28/04/2017 / 7:36 pm

    to the pleasure beach

  11. Vicki Davitt
    28/04/2017 / 7:49 pm

    I absolutely love this teddy bear it’s adorable

  12. kim jackson
    28/04/2017 / 7:53 pm

    round to the park :D

  13. Andrea Fletcher
    28/04/2017 / 7:57 pm

    On our holiday to the Lake District.

  14. jessica woods
    28/04/2017 / 8:12 pm

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

  15. T. Brailey
    28/04/2017 / 8:13 pm

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

  16. Zoe C
    28/04/2017 / 8:39 pm

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

  17. Inga Andersen
    28/04/2017 / 8:55 pm

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

  18. sarah rees
    28/04/2017 / 9:04 pm

    isle ofwight

  19. Anthony Harrington
    28/04/2017 / 9:12 pm

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

  20. Sidrah Ahmed
    28/04/2017 / 9:15 pm

    To the theme park

  21. MARGARET gallagher
    28/04/2017 / 9:21 pm

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

  22. Rachel
    28/04/2017 / 9:28 pm

    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!

  23. Kerry Kilmister
    28/04/2017 / 9:33 pm

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

  24. Tee Simpson
    28/04/2017 / 10:16 pm

    We would got to Cadbury World

  25. Kim Neville
    28/04/2017 / 10:17 pm

    Take him to a theme park

  26. Sarah Mackay
    28/04/2017 / 11:00 pm

    We would take him on our hikes

  27. melanie stirling
    28/04/2017 / 11:08 pm

    To Whitesands beach in Pembrokeshire.

  28. Gemma Cook
    28/04/2017 / 11:30 pm

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

  29. Danika Lloyd
    29/04/2017 / 1:14 am

    our local National Trust site :-)

  30. Sue McCarthy
    29/04/2017 / 7:08 am

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

  31. 29/04/2017 / 9:24 am

    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 :)

  32. iain maciver
    29/04/2017 / 10:49 am

    to scotland

  33. Tony Metcalfe
    29/04/2017 / 1:11 pm

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

  34. wendy moore
    29/04/2017 / 3:04 pm

    The city farm. My niece loves the giant pigs.

  35. Susan Smith
    29/04/2017 / 4:36 pm

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

  36. Allan Smith
    29/04/2017 / 7:12 pm

    To the beach!

  37. Emma Pattrick
    29/04/2017 / 7:39 pm

    To the woods for a teddy bears picnic

  38. helen tovell
    29/04/2017 / 7:54 pm

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

    29/04/2017 / 8:13 pm

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

  40. Stacey Carnell
    29/04/2017 / 9:25 pm

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

  41. Jennifer Roberts
    29/04/2017 / 11:17 pm

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

  42. Helen Stratton
    30/04/2017 / 9:35 am

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

  43. pauline hill
    30/04/2017 / 10:51 am

    the park

  44. Jo Curtis
    30/04/2017 / 11:48 am

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

  45. Rebecca Smith
    30/04/2017 / 12:35 pm

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

  46. Jo Glasspool
    30/04/2017 / 7:21 pm

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

  47. Lorna Ledger
    30/04/2017 / 9:07 pm

    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

  48. Leila Benhamida
    01/05/2017 / 12:08 am

    Will take it for a day out in the seaside.

  49. Ailsa
    01/05/2017 / 8:31 am

    To Great Yarmouth for candy floss and chips

    01/05/2017 / 11:05 am

    For a day out at Holly Farm in Lancashire

  51. Kay Sherman
    01/05/2017 / 11:26 am

    To the river tamer near my house

  52. Solange
    01/05/2017 / 1:26 pm

    Exploring in Kew Gardens.

  53. Sam R
    01/05/2017 / 2:07 pm

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

  54. Samantha Woodlock
    01/05/2017 / 7:39 pm

    I would take him to London Zoo

  55. Lynne Durkin
    02/05/2017 / 1:28 am

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

  56. Jo Carroll
    02/05/2017 / 11:29 am

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

  57. Jodie Thompson
    02/05/2017 / 1:09 pm

    To the beach!

  58. leanne weir
    02/05/2017 / 4:05 pm

    My son would take his to nursery

  59. Jennifer Wlodyka
    02/05/2017 / 6:33 pm

    Center parcs

  60. Nicola Marshall
    02/05/2017 / 9:14 pm

    We would take him on our holiday to Crete.

  61. kate kathurima
    03/05/2017 / 10:57 am

    fort nelson my daughter loves looking around there

  62. 03/05/2017 / 3:09 pm

    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

  63. Karl Borowy
    03/05/2017 / 8:52 pm


  64. Alison Johnson
    03/05/2017 / 11:01 pm

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

  65. Ema J Lowe
    04/05/2017 / 4:06 pm

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

  66. beth kennedy
    05/05/2017 / 1:44 pm

    For a picnic to Durdle Door

  67. Tracy b
    06/05/2017 / 11:25 am

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

  68. Sally Collingwood
    06/05/2017 / 7:32 pm

    To Buckingham Palace

  69. Zoe Payne
    07/05/2017 / 4:52 pm

    for a walk in the woods

  70. Faye Gordon
    07/05/2017 / 5:28 pm

    To the woods for a Teddy Bears picnic!

  71. Gerri Tennant
    07/05/2017 / 7:26 pm

    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.

  72. Claire Nutman
    07/05/2017 / 8:01 pm

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

  73. marie miles
    08/05/2017 / 8:01 pm

    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

  74. Stevie
    09/05/2017 / 10:31 am

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

  75. Victoria Hall
    09/05/2017 / 3:27 pm

    I’d take him with all the children camping

  76. michelle speight
    09/05/2017 / 10:57 pm

    to sunny hunny !! (hunstanton)

  77. Allan Wilson
    10/05/2017 / 11:04 am

    He would come camping in Kielder with us.

  78. Laura Nice
    10/05/2017 / 1:34 pm

    we would take it to the isle of white :)

  79. Rich Tyler
    10/05/2017 / 2:29 pm

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

  80. Annabel Greaves
    11/05/2017 / 2:42 pm

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

  81. gillian moloney
    11/05/2017 / 8:40 pm

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

  82. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    12/05/2017 / 9:31 am

    Glamping in Cornwall!

  83. Alice Azucena
    14/05/2017 / 7:44 am


  84. Marie Powell
    15/05/2017 / 9:23 am

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

  85. cara vaughan
    15/05/2017 / 12:24 pm

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

  86. Kimberley Ryan
    15/05/2017 / 2:15 pm

    to our local national park for a treasure hunt

  87. MICHELLE Stewart
    16/05/2017 / 12:46 pm

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

  88. leighanne palfrey
    16/05/2017 / 3:14 pm

    out on dartmoor which is right on my doorstep :)

  89. Emily Hutchinson
    17/05/2017 / 12:17 pm

    For a teddy bear’s picnic in the woods!

  90. Patricia Avery
    17/05/2017 / 1:35 pm

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

  91. Pamela Gossage
    17/05/2017 / 2:23 pm

    When we go on holiday to the Coast

  92. Lisa Wilkinson
    17/05/2017 / 9:26 pm

    On a countryside walk

  93. Kristy Brown
    17/05/2017 / 11:04 pm

    I would take him up Snowdon

  94. emma walters
    18/05/2017 / 10:05 am

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

  95. Jenny Rogers
    18/05/2017 / 12:16 pm

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

  96. Kate Knight
    18/05/2017 / 12:21 pm

    I would take it to cornwall

  97. Emma Smith
    18/05/2017 / 12:32 pm

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

  98. kayleigh dudley
    18/05/2017 / 1:57 pm

    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.

  99. katie w
    18/05/2017 / 6:28 pm

    oh our holiday to the isle of wight

  100. Katy Malkin
    18/05/2017 / 8:14 pm

    For a day trip it would be Padstow Cornwall :)

  101. michelle thompson
    18/05/2017 / 8:49 pm


  102. Kayleigh Devlin
    18/05/2017 / 9:38 pm


  103. Diana
    18/05/2017 / 9:59 pm

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

  104. Jamie C Millard
    19/05/2017 / 12:16 am

    to the bonnie bonnie banks of loch lomond

  105. claire little
    19/05/2017 / 1:08 am

    the park

  106. Kinkkee7
    19/05/2017 / 2:41 pm

    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.

  107. sharon martin
    19/05/2017 / 8:06 pm

    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.

  108. greig spencer
    26/05/2017 / 9:37 am

    id take him to florida

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