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 28/04/2017 at 4:46 am

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

  • Reply Tracey Peach 28/04/2017 at 10:24 am

    To the local seaside for a picnic on the sandy beach

  • Reply Fiona 28/04/2017 at 5:27 pm

    To the seaside for the day.

  • Reply Sarah Rees 28/04/2017 at 6:12 pm

    On our holidays to Florida – Cant wait to go

  • Reply stuart hargreaves 28/04/2017 at 6:17 pm


  • Reply Harline Parkin 28/04/2017 at 6:39 pm

    On a picnic with my grandchildren

  • Reply laura stewart 28/04/2017 at 7:08 pm

    we would take him on our trip to the woods x

  • Reply Fiona K 28/04/2017 at 7:17 pm

    To a picnic in the New Forest

  • Reply amy bondoc 28/04/2017 at 7:33 pm

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

  • Reply laura banks 28/04/2017 at 7:36 pm

    to the pleasure beach

  • Reply Vicki Davitt 28/04/2017 at 7:49 pm

    I absolutely love this teddy bear it’s adorable

  • Reply kim jackson 28/04/2017 at 7:53 pm

    round to the park :D

  • Reply Andrea Fletcher 28/04/2017 at 7:57 pm

    On our holiday to the Lake District.

  • Reply jessica woods 28/04/2017 at 8:12 pm

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

  • Reply T. Brailey 28/04/2017 at 8:13 pm

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

  • Reply Zoe C 28/04/2017 at 8:39 pm

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

  • Reply Inga Andersen 28/04/2017 at 8:55 pm

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

  • Reply sarah rees 28/04/2017 at 9:04 pm

    isle ofwight

  • Reply Anthony Harrington 28/04/2017 at 9:12 pm

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

  • Reply Sidrah Ahmed 28/04/2017 at 9:15 pm

    To the theme park

  • Reply MARGARET gallagher 28/04/2017 at 9:21 pm

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

  • Reply Rachel 28/04/2017 at 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!

  • Reply Kerry Kilmister 28/04/2017 at 9:33 pm

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

  • Reply Tee Simpson 28/04/2017 at 10:16 pm

    We would got to Cadbury World

  • Reply Kim Neville 28/04/2017 at 10:17 pm

    Take him to a theme park

  • Reply Sarah Mackay 28/04/2017 at 11:00 pm

    We would take him on our hikes

  • Reply melanie stirling 28/04/2017 at 11:08 pm

    To Whitesands beach in Pembrokeshire.

  • Reply Gemma Cook 28/04/2017 at 11:30 pm

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

  • Reply Danika Lloyd 29/04/2017 at 1:14 am

    our local National Trust site :-)

  • Reply Sue McCarthy 29/04/2017 at 7:08 am

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

  • Reply Jeannette @autismmumma 29/04/2017 at 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 :)

  • Reply iain maciver 29/04/2017 at 10:49 am

    to scotland

  • Reply Tony Metcalfe 29/04/2017 at 1:11 pm

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

  • Reply wendy moore 29/04/2017 at 3:04 pm

    The city farm. My niece loves the giant pigs.

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

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

  • Reply Allan Smith 29/04/2017 at 7:12 pm

    To the beach!

  • Reply Emma Pattrick 29/04/2017 at 7:39 pm

    To the woods for a teddy bears picnic

  • Reply helen tovell 29/04/2017 at 7:54 pm

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

  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER 29/04/2017 at 8:13 pm

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

  • Reply Stacey Carnell 29/04/2017 at 9:25 pm

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

  • Reply Jennifer Roberts 29/04/2017 at 11:17 pm

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

  • Reply Helen Stratton 30/04/2017 at 9:35 am

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

  • Reply pauline hill 30/04/2017 at 10:51 am

    the park

  • Reply Jo Curtis 30/04/2017 at 11:48 am

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

  • Reply Rebecca Smith 30/04/2017 at 12:35 pm

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

  • Reply Jo Glasspool 30/04/2017 at 7:21 pm

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

  • Reply Lorna Ledger 30/04/2017 at 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

  • Reply Leila Benhamida 01/05/2017 at 12:08 am

    Will take it for a day out in the seaside.

  • Reply Ailsa 01/05/2017 at 8:31 am

    To Great Yarmouth for candy floss and chips

  • Reply MANDY DOHERTY 01/05/2017 at 11:05 am

    For a day out at Holly Farm in Lancashire

  • Reply Kay Sherman 01/05/2017 at 11:26 am

    To the river tamer near my house

  • Reply Solange 01/05/2017 at 1:26 pm

    Exploring in Kew Gardens.

  • Reply Sam R 01/05/2017 at 2:07 pm

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

  • Reply Samantha Woodlock 01/05/2017 at 7:39 pm

    I would take him to London Zoo

  • Reply Lynne Durkin 02/05/2017 at 1:28 am

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

  • Reply Jo Carroll 02/05/2017 at 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?

  • Reply Jodie Thompson 02/05/2017 at 1:09 pm

    To the beach!

  • Reply leanne weir 02/05/2017 at 4:05 pm

    My son would take his to nursery

  • Reply Jennifer Wlodyka 02/05/2017 at 6:33 pm

    Center parcs

  • Reply Nicola Marshall 02/05/2017 at 9:14 pm

    We would take him on our holiday to Crete.

  • Reply kate kathurima 03/05/2017 at 10:57 am

    fort nelson my daughter loves looking around there

  • Reply Colette 03/05/2017 at 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

  • Reply Karl Borowy 03/05/2017 at 8:52 pm


  • Reply Alison Johnson 03/05/2017 at 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.

  • Reply Ema J Lowe 04/05/2017 at 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.

  • Reply beth kennedy 05/05/2017 at 1:44 pm

    For a picnic to Durdle Door

  • Reply Tracy b 06/05/2017 at 11:25 am

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

  • Reply Sally Collingwood 06/05/2017 at 7:32 pm

    To Buckingham Palace

  • Reply Zoe Payne 07/05/2017 at 4:52 pm

    for a walk in the woods

  • Reply Faye Gordon 07/05/2017 at 5:28 pm

    To the woods for a Teddy Bears picnic!

  • Reply Gerri Tennant 07/05/2017 at 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.

  • Reply Claire Nutman 07/05/2017 at 8:01 pm

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

  • Reply marie miles 08/05/2017 at 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

  • Reply Stevie 09/05/2017 at 10:31 am

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

  • Reply Victoria Hall 09/05/2017 at 3:27 pm

    I’d take him with all the children camping

  • Reply michelle speight 09/05/2017 at 10:57 pm

    to sunny hunny !! (hunstanton)

  • Reply Allan Wilson 10/05/2017 at 11:04 am

    He would come camping in Kielder with us.

  • Reply Laura Nice 10/05/2017 at 1:34 pm

    we would take it to the isle of white :)

  • Reply Rich Tyler 10/05/2017 at 2:29 pm

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

  • Reply Annabel Greaves 11/05/2017 at 2:42 pm

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

  • Reply gillian moloney 11/05/2017 at 8:40 pm

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

  • Reply Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) 12/05/2017 at 9:31 am

    Glamping in Cornwall!

  • Reply Robyn Clarke 13/05/2017 at 8:01 pm

    Geronimo Fest next weekend :-)

  • Reply Alice Azucena 14/05/2017 at 7:44 am


  • Reply Marie Powell 15/05/2017 at 9:23 am

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

  • Reply cara vaughan 15/05/2017 at 12:24 pm

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

  • Reply Kimberley Ryan 15/05/2017 at 2:15 pm

    to our local national park for a treasure hunt

  • Reply MICHELLE Stewart 16/05/2017 at 12:46 pm

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

  • Reply leighanne palfrey 16/05/2017 at 3:14 pm

    out on dartmoor which is right on my doorstep :)

  • Reply Emily Hutchinson 17/05/2017 at 12:17 pm

    For a teddy bear’s picnic in the woods!

  • Reply Patricia Avery 17/05/2017 at 1:35 pm

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

  • Reply Pamela Gossage 17/05/2017 at 2:23 pm

    When we go on holiday to the Coast

  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson 17/05/2017 at 9:26 pm

    On a countryside walk

  • Reply Kristy Brown 17/05/2017 at 11:04 pm

    I would take him up Snowdon

  • Reply emma walters 18/05/2017 at 10:05 am

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

  • Reply Jenny Rogers 18/05/2017 at 12:16 pm

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

  • Reply Kate Knight 18/05/2017 at 12:21 pm

    I would take it to cornwall

  • Reply Emma Smith 18/05/2017 at 12:32 pm

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

  • Reply kayleigh dudley 18/05/2017 at 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.

  • Reply katie w 18/05/2017 at 6:28 pm

    oh our holiday to the isle of wight

  • Reply Katy Malkin 18/05/2017 at 8:14 pm

    For a day trip it would be Padstow Cornwall :)

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  • Reply Diana 18/05/2017 at 9:59 pm

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

  • Reply Jamie C Millard 19/05/2017 at 12:16 am

    to the bonnie bonnie banks of loch lomond

  • Reply claire little 19/05/2017 at 1:08 am

    the park

  • Reply Kinkkee7 19/05/2017 at 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.

  • Reply sharon martin 19/05/2017 at 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.

  • Reply greig spencer 26/05/2017 at 9:37 am

    id take him to florida

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