Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Our fun night away on BEN 10 Rust Bucket at Swiss Farm, Henley-on-Thames

James and Liam are at the age when they could happily watch Cartoon Network ALL DAY LONG (EVERY DAY)! Adventure Time is totally wacky, The Amazing World of Gumball has them is whole hearted laughing  hysterically, it's because their dad is Richard and they base themselves on Gumball and Darwin,  I am Nicole of course especially when I'm mad.

Cartoon Network have now added the courageous Ben 10 the their list of fun and funky, children's cartoons.

As part of the launch we had a last minute invite to spend the night in Grandpa Max's Rust Bucket.  Of course I jumped at the chance.  Thank you my lovely friend and blogger Christine Taylor of Mummy of 3 Diaries, who pointed me in their direction.

The boys have never spent in a caravan before and this would be a massive treat to get away from home and spend some time together.  The locate was Swiss Farm in Henley-on-Thames.

Straight after work, my adventure begin, I bolted home, grab the kids and headed to Henley-on-Thames.  One train, two buses and almost 2 hours later we had reached our destination, Swiss Farm, Caravan and camp site in the beautiful Henley-on-Thames.

I should mention travelling on public transport with 2 kids was a doddle, the journey was really smooth and the connections seamless.  By the time we had arrived, James and Liam were wired for action, they wanted to run around like headless chickens. We headed to the main reception, greeted by the a lovely lady on the reception who explained what the site has to offer.

My host soon arrived and escorted me and the boys to the Rust Bucket, walking in the dark the boys were bouncing about, Liam spotted the RV ahead to sped towards it.  It was great to see our home for the night, the RV was all lit-up by the nights sky.  The RV was just what I had expected, the kids on the other hand had no expectations and while James seem to chill and was doing his dad impressions, Liam searched every nook and cranny, he left no stone unturned and opened every draw and door open at least twice.  Nosey little git.

We received a super duper Ben10 hamper, a gorgeous canvas bag, a lovely writing pad and some pens.  A voucher for dinner to get a takeaway if we wished.  Some sweets and a lovely bottle of wine for me, this was just what I needed after our long track.   

Also a recipe for Ben 10 dinner aka Spag Bol!

The RV had plenty of space, with a cute kitchenette, microwave, fridge.  Lots of seating areas that transform into beds.  A shower and toilet room.

The RV had nice big drivers seats, Liam took a shine to sitting in the drivers seats.  Of course what does a cheeky 6 year old do, when his mum isn't watching him.  Little rascal found the horn and bided it, twice.
Gleaming with a huge smirk on his face he said, 'That was an accident Mummy.'  

I couldn't get the TV to work, nor the PlayStation Wi-Fi, thankfully my mobile worked, we listened to music, then I started cooking dinner.  By 9.30 we had stuffed our chops on Ben10 Spag Bol. They boys found a few games, we played connect 4 a few times.  Later, James managed to scary the life out of me, by locking himself in the bathroom, my heart sunk.  I think his too, we decided to pee with the door open.  James and Liam were exhausted, it was time for bed.

The RV could easily sleep 6, however the three of us all slept in the main bedroom. Surprisingly we all had a goods night rest.  I sleep pretty hard, not surprising I had been that morning at work from 8.10.  The bed was firm, comfortable, the boys seemed to sleep okay, I think Liam woke a few times, wanting his middle of the night pee-pees. I left the kitchen light on so he could see were to go. James slept like a log.

I woke to find both boys semi dressed, playing Fifa17 on the PlayStation.  James needed his morning poo, as you do.  Everyone knows the unspoken rules about caravanning, never number twos in portacabin and caravan loos.  So we got dressed and headed over the showers and toilet block.

The block was very nice, smelt fresh, looked spotless.  There was music playing in the back ground.

James did his business however refused to shower, Liam on the other hand was game.   Unfortunately I had forgotten what he is like in showers.  He is one of 'these kids' who hates water in he face and screams the house down.  At home we are okay because I can move the shower head around, the ones in these cubicles are fixed to the wall.  After a few minutes of a distressed child he was okay.  The showers have warm water with good pressure, no complaints from me.

Walking back to our RV I noticed how well organised the Caravan site was, there are a lot of pitches, the caravan pitches were all taken, it looked as if a lot of pitches were for residence too. We spied some top of the range caravan homes, very expensive looking, grand looking, luxurious.

He boys had some cereal and I tidied up.  From one of our windows, we could clearly see out, there is a little a park on site, the boys were keen to go and play.  We had a football to play with too. prefect for a outside fun.

The boys played and started making friends with neighbours little girls.  It was around now I started missing my boyfriend.  He is an outdoor person, He would of loved this experience.

The boys continuing playing in the playground until the sky went grey and weather turned.  We headed over to the Swiss Farm cafe.  I wanted breakfast and a decent cup of tea.

I order a sausage baguette and bacon baguette, a croissant and mug of tea and 2 juice cartons. It cost £13, that was very reasonable.   The sausage baguette were delicious too.  looking around I could see they make a mean cooked breakfast too.  There were a mixture of guests, little groups of families, friends in the Cafe shop.  The staff very attentive, everywhere super clean too.  They offered a Breakfast and Lunch menu.

We headed back to the Rust Bucket and had a wonder around the site, there is a huge camp site for tents, this is almost empty at this time of year.  Also a little lake area, already fisherman were their with they rods out.  Plenty of ducks could be seen marching around.

There was also a Swimming pool on site, it was too cold to be using it.  However on warms days, I bet it gets packed around the poolside.

We didn't have too much time before we had leave, I managed to charge my mobile, during this time I taught the boys some cards games Black Jack and Snap.

All in all we had a lovely time, we had a good laugh.  We spent some real quality family time together.  The boys are eager to return to a campsite.  Daddy is now looking in tents.   I have been spoilt by the Luxury Swiss Farm has to offer and will want to go back.  Hopefully to stay a few nights there and get the real experience of Henley-on-Thames and explore the village.

The Campsite does have Wi-Fi and if you are do have a caravan the pitches can be connected to electricity and water sources.

We arrived home late afternoon and the first thing we did was watch Ben 10 on Cartoon Network, the boys were impressed with the cartoon.  I like the animation, good storylines.  I like the way Ben 10 has been updated and modernised.  Ben 10 is just like any kid, he has to do his chores without his powers to access the wifi.  Yep this sounds like my rules.

If like me you want to catch Ben 10 new super cool new Series on Cartoon Network, its on every weekend at 10am!
Sky Channel 634
Virgin Media Channel 704
BT Channel 486
TalkTalk Channel 486 

Disclaimer: Please note this is an unsponsored post.  I was offered a night away to give an honest review.