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About last weekend

According to Big M, Goodwood Revival with all its shiny vintage cars, brass bands and folks in period attire is the best event of the year.

For four years in a row now we have been making our way down to Chichester, putting on a bit of classic attire ourselves (to be fair, Big M takes the dressing up much more seriously than I do), dipping strawberries into cream and admiring automobiles that have been lovingly restored to their former glory.

Apart from chic and glorious and beautiful, Goodwood Revival might be best described as terribly civilised. It’s the kind of festival that deserves to call their loos powder rooms; that serves Champagne complete with ice buckets and flutes and that makes you want to bring your parents in law.

This time we treated Big M to weekend tickets and booked us in at a family friendly hotel nearby. I am feeling a bit feeble admitting it, but we kind of liked our stay at Butlins.

Kid in a cup

I have never been a fan of organised holiday entertainment, and had you presented me with the idea of Butlins pre child, I think I would have shrieked in sheer horror, spilling my Veuve Cliquot on my Louboutins.

Happy as the sun

A fun fair in the backyard of the hotel, Bob The Builder as VIP dinner guest and free carrousel rides are not necessarily my idea of a successful vacation. However, little L couldn’t have been happier, which made me happy in return.

I swapped the Louboutins for the Wellies and just went with it. What can I say – I am a changed person. Also, as the rooms are spacious, the beds comfortable and the room service and restaurant prices very reasonable, we might be doing it all again next year.

Hats off to my (so far childless) brother and his fiancé who met us at Butlins and endured the noisy spectacle with the utmost countenance. We love you guys!

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  1. We used to go to Butlins when I was a child, and even then I remember it being a bit naff, but so fabulous fun. There was a bar called The Beachcomber with a fake river running through the middle with bridges over it with gates. The families were to stay on one side of the ‘river’ and the serious boozers on the other lol. My sister and I played on the bridges while my Mum had a tomato juice and Dad had half a pint of beer. You used to leave your kids alone locked in the room at night, asleep obviously and Red Coats patrolled and there would be an announcement made over the speakers “baby crying in chalet no 4b” How utterly horrifying now eh.

  2. Ooh, a vintage car event. Love it! Except of course, that little green Morris Minor with the wood on the sides was actually in use when I was little!

  3. oh darling next time I want to see you in a Grace Kelly nipped at the waist dress and vintage pumps….but I guess that was vetoed cos it was too bleedin freezing!

  4. Hello! What a great weekend you had. I had so intended to go to the revival this year but time sort of took over and then I found i was too late for tickets. It does transform my little town for the weekend and goodwood always put on such a great show. Delighted that you liked it. We must try To catch up next time…Lou x

  5. We get to watch Goodwood on cable here, not the same you lucky dog!The little one looks so big now. Enjoy her.

  6. If the kids are happy, then so are the parents! Sounds fun. I made it to Pontins as a child where I think they had blue coats instead of red coats – or was it the other way around! Still it was a lot of fun for a child.
    drove a Cobra around Goodwood racetrack a few times – fast, fun and thrilling!! Sounds a lovely weekend away.

  7. Kelleyn says

    Love your daughters jacket! Also the photo with you on looking her at the beach.

  8. Little L looks so chic! I love all the old cars, much more beautifully designed and interesting than modern ones- though more drafty too I suppose!

  9. Hunters gift such freedom and playfulness…

    A day spent skipping through puddles with childish glee, will always make me happier than a few hours teetering – and, invariably, falling – in Louboutins.

    You look beautiful.

    Sarah x

  10. Sounds like a blast. And of course the wellies are fabulous on you. I must admit, the thought of Butlins did used to give me the heebie jeebies, as did for some reason Centerparcs but I hear both really are great for families.

  11. We tried a ‘Haven’ holiday for the first time this year, with complete trepidation… Esmae’s still too young for any of the activities but my 2, 6 and 10 year old cousins loved it- it’s amazing how much the adults’ happiness rests entirely on the kids’ enjoyment of the holiday; mini-archery and evening Discos (:S), although once avoided like the Plague in favour of Kenyan safaris and Thai beaches, are now welcomed with open arms. It’s a different world…

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