A ‘Thirsty Fun Day’ ice skating with Robinson’s

For some time now, our eight-year-old daughter, Helen, has been wanting to go ice skating. It’s something she had an unsuccessful attempt at a few years ago, but with enough water under the bridge, she wanted to try it again.

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Helen prepares some Robinson’s Squash’d before our ‘Thirsty Day Out’.


The opportunity landed square in her lap when the guys at Robinson’s got in touch and alerted me to the ‘Thirsty Fun day’ promotion it’s running until the end of March. I’ll go into more detail about the Thirst Fun Days in a moment, suffice it to say one of the options was to take the family ice skating and readers of Dadbloguk can win a Thirsty Day of their own (again, more below).

Needless to say, tickets were booked. A few days later we found ourselves at the Spectrum Centre in Guilford, ready to take to the ice and when I say we, I mean Mrs Adams and I plus our two girls, not to mention several bottles of Robinson’s squash that had been prepared in advance to keep us refreshed.

Oh yes, this was a family outing. It was going to be an interesting one as Izzy and Mrs Adams had never skated before.

We hired some penguins (see pictures) for the girls. That was it, Helen was away. Although I asked her to stay with me she was off and round the rink at her own pace and nothing was stopping her.

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Izzy ventures on to the ice with her penguin.

In fact part way through the session she dumped the penguin and went off skating on her own. This took Mrs Adams and I quite by surprise, although it was great to see her doing so well.

Izzy, meanwhile, loved the experience, although she stayed with me and the penguin throughout. Even so, every time she fell over she found it hilarious!

Mrs Adams was nervous at first. After a short while, however, we persuaded the kids to stay at the side while I went around the rink with her.

Although it required some encouragement to get her on the ice, she has said she’d like to try it again. I think maybe another trip to the rink could be on the cards but without the kids.

As for me, well I can’t claim to be particularly experienced at ice skating. It had been a very long time since I’d been to a rink but I am a reasonably experienced in-line skater and that helped me enormously. I’m definitely keen to get back on the ice.

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Helen was very soon off and skating with just a little help from her penguin friend.

We had great fun and being active, we had prepared some Robinson’s Squash’d drinks and took them with us to stay refreshed. If you aren’t familiar with the Squash’d range, they come in small bottles and are highly concentrated with 20 servings in each. They are 0% sugar with no artificial colours or flavourings, making them ideal for days out or when travelling.

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I help Izzy and her penguin skate round the rink.

We had great fun and being active, we had prepared some Robinson’s Squash’d drinks and took them with us to stay refreshed. If you aren’t familiar with the Squash’d range, they come in small bottles and are highly concentrated with 20 servings in each. They are 0% sugar with no artificial colours or flavourings, making them ideal for days out or when travelling.

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Robinson’s traditional orange squash and the super-concentrated Squash’d.

I’m very glad we took drinks as I was certainly very thirsty and both girls regularly asked for drinks. You imagine line skating to be very sedate but it isn’t: you definitely work up a thirst.

Helen is generally very good at keeping herself hydrated. When she was in Reception class she had a session or two about the subject and ever since she’s always gone out of her way to drink lots, be it fruit juice, water or squash.

Izzy, meanwhile, can be a little more difficult when it comes to drinks. She will drink water but prefers squash or fruit drinks.

What about these Thirsty Fun Days? What do you need to know?

Robinson’s wants to raise awareness of the importance of drinking water (check out the hashtag #EnjoyMoreWater). When you have little ones, this can sometimes be easier said than done and so a drop of squash can help.

Robinson’s has, therefore, organised a giveaway of 100,000 ‘Thirsty Fun Days’. They range from ice skating, trampolining, ten-pin bowling and dancing.

To take part, you can find details on participating promotional packs. There will be a unique code that you input on Robinson’sthirstydays.co.uk Full terms and conditions are on the website.

Very best of luck to everyone that takes part. If you do win, I hope you enjoy your day out as much as we did.

Your chance to win

Readers of Dadbloguk have an added chance of winning a Thirsty Fun Day of their own. Three lucky readers stand to win their own Thirsty Fun Day simply by entering via the Rafflecopter below.

It’s very simple, simply tweet about the competition or leave a comment below and you and your family will be in line to win a chance to go on your own Thirsty Fun Day. Be quick as the competition closes at midnight on Wednesday, 8 February.

Good luck to all those who enter the competition. Most importantly of all, however, remember to #EnjoyMoreWater.

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Disclosure: This post was produced in partnership with Robinson’s.

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50 Comments

  1. michelle o'neill
    February 2, 2017 / 7:14 am

    i try to drink plenty of water, but sometimes i forget lol

  2. Emma Whittaker
    February 2, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I am trying to drink more I have a 180ml bottle that I carry round with me and try and make sure I drink 2 of those a day 🙂

  3. Susan Lloyd
    February 2, 2017 / 8:52 am

    My children do, but I’m guilty of drinking too much coffee x

  4. Martina Pichova
    February 2, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I drink enough… but only because it’s always flavoured – I get fed up drinking tap water and wouldn’t drink enough if I didn’t like the taste.

  5. Lorraine Mabbitt
    February 2, 2017 / 11:20 am

    I drink lots of water in the day I’m always thirsty and I work woth hot ovens so I get plenty.

  6. Angela Treadway
    February 2, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    i try to drink as much as i can but sometimes i forget whilst trying to sort my kids out lol x

  7. Rachel Craig
    February 2, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    I don’t drink much water on it’s own. I tend to drink tea, though I should bear in mind that tea has a diuretic effect. I do drink squash at times. I find when outdoors I can become thirsty, so worthwhile accessing or carrying some diluted squash, flavoured water etc. The younger generation seem to be more accustomed to drinking plain water.

  8. Hannah Lord
    February 2, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I know I dont I try to leave a timer on my phone to remind me

  9. Amy Pest
    February 2, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I always forget and only at the end of the day i remember

  10. Leanne Dempsey
    February 2, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    I never drink enough water by itself. I do live on coffee though.

  11. Tracy Hanley
    February 2, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Some days i do then some days i forget

  12. charlotte wilde
    February 2, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Yes I think I do – I used to live with someone who always started the day with drinking a pint of water and I always thought it was a good idea so copied – it does me ok! I think it helps with clear skin and no headaches!

  13. Lynn Heath
    February 2, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I don’t drink enough water at all – I know how much I should drink but I never seem to be able to manage it!!!

  14. claire woods
    February 2, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    When I’m at work I do because I keep a bottle of water on my desk.

  15. Andrea Upton
    February 2, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I don’t think I drink enough water, but I keep trying to drink more

  16. Laura Pritchard
    February 2, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I try to, I drink a lot at work as we have a water machine there but not as much as home!

  17. aj
    February 2, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    yes I do now because in the summer I was in hospital for 28 days due to dehydration which coursed many problems.

  18. Tee simpson
    February 2, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    No i dont think i do as i forget. Im more bothered about the kids getting plenty to drink

  19. Jules Eley
    February 3, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I do, I actually drink a lot because I enjoy water.

  20. Karen Gray
    February 3, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I don’t drink as much water since I moved away from Scotland. The water just tastes different wherever we have moved to. That, and I drink FAR too much coffee.

  21. Sadiyya Maryam
    February 4, 2017 / 1:52 am

    I am very fortunate in that my 5 year old loves water and knows how important it is to stay hydrated (thank you Doc McStuffins!). Myself, though am really lazy at drinking water it’s only when I start to get a migraine, I know my water intake has to go up.

  22. Nicola Andrijauskas
    February 4, 2017 / 8:44 am

    I probably don’t drink enough as I’m often on the go! But when I remember I try and drink some water, although I do drink tea quite often!

  23. Ruth Harwood
    February 4, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I try to drink water, but I never seem to get to the recommended ideal! still, at least I get some alongside my decaf coffee staple xx

  24. Lynne Durkin
    February 4, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I try to drink more when I think about it but I am guilty of not drinking anywhere near enough water. My girls put me to shame and drink lots of plain water every day. Grandchildren are forever drinking squash x

  25. Sophie Roberts
    February 4, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I’m a fitness fanatic so I always make sure I have at least 2 litres of water a day to keep hydrated!

  26. greig spencer
    February 5, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    no i really need to try and drink more xx

  27. Rena plumridge
    February 5, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I try and drink two bottles of water each day, it’s good to keep hydrated

  28. Sheri Darby
    February 6, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    No I really don’t drink enough water, mainly because I can never find a toilet

  29. Victoria Prince
    February 7, 2017 / 11:36 am

    I think I do now, because I’ve made a conscious effort – and I’ve actually always been a massive fan of water anyway, it makes up the majority of what I drink! I used bottled and make sure I have drunk X amount by X time

  30. Petra Hora
    February 7, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I think I should drink a bit more water.

  31. Ema J Lowe
    February 7, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    i don’t drink as much as I should, I do manage at least 1 pint a day though.

  32. Juanita Powers
    February 7, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I don’t drink anywhere near enough water, I know I should

  33. Joseph jones
    February 7, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    It’s important to remove your body’s waste via drinking water,keep your body hydrated try to keep your wee a clear colour..

  34. Maria P
    February 7, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    no, I always forget about it…

  35. Lynsey Buchanan
    February 7, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    I do on weekdays as there is a water machine close to my desk at work.

  36. Andrew Smith
    February 8, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Having been poorly and now requiring surgery I need to lose 3/4 stone.
    Drinking 3 litres of water a day since New Year is really helping

  37. Caroline Shepherd
    February 8, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I think I do, but getting my youngest to drink enough is a constant struggle! I don’t know how she hasn’t shrivelled up like a raisin.

  38. Dominique Clarke
    February 8, 2017 / 9:54 am

    As a family i feel we drink more than enough water and we don’t drink alcohol or carbonated drinks, However i should really cut down on the coffee too

  39. Kellie McIntyre
    February 8, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    During the week, whilst at work, I drink about a litre and a half of water a day. During the weekend, at home, I drink beer instead!!!

  40. Claire Nelson
    February 8, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    My children drink a lot of water but unless it is in tea I am really bad at getting enough.

  41. Mike Salisbury
    February 8, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    I usually drink a glass or two of Robinsons Apple & Blackcurrent squash a day as it’s our kids favourite drink and it’s rude not to have a cheeky taste or two 🙂 Mostly though, it’s cups of coffee which helps keep me awake at my work desk. Good luck everyone.

  42. David price
    February 8, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I don’t drive no enough water by itself, I drink loads in coffee!

  43. amer zaheer
    February 8, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    We try to drink as much water as we can as water is good for you

  44. Natalie Crossan
    February 8, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    I try to drink as much as a i can xx

  45. A.E. ADKINS
    February 8, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    I probably don’t – had kidney problems as a child & became a habit not to drink much. Ironically should drink more not less so I do make an effort now.

  46. Adrian Bold
    February 8, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I find it hard to drink enough water, but I do try each day.

  47. Alison Hartshorne
    February 8, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    We really enjoy the Robinsons Squashd, they come in a great choice of flavours and don’t take up any space in the cupboard!

  48. Leanne Bell
    February 8, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    No I don’t, I suppose I’m a bit of a hypocrite as I’m always making the kids drinks but rarely remember to make myself one x