We holidayed at Butlins for the first time last year. We booked onto one of their Tots Weekends which included a Mr Tumble Show which was fabulous to watch. This year we booked to go again, but not for the Tots weekend.
The kids were in high spirits and nagged all morning asking when we would be leaving. Unfortunately their dad, my husband was working a week of night shifts therefore we had to allow for him to get some sleep. Check into the resort accommodation wasn’t until 4pm though so we didn’t mind waiting. Although you can arrive on site before this and enjoy the facilities; fairground, swimming pool etc. We prefer to go straight to the room, unpack and get ready for the evening.
When we arrived we found our accommodation easily. Having stayed at the back of the resort last year and getting lost, we decided to book a silver apartment with patio nearer to the Skyline Pavilion.
Our first evening we headed inside and we all enjoyed the slot machines and arcades, followed by a sit down fish and chips meal.
The next day we decided to go swimming in the morning. The pool itself is split into larger pool with wave machine, slides and a lazy river. The kids pool has a slide and fountain. The changing facilities are suitable for families with them being shared and we never had a problem in accessing lockable changing cubicles.
The swimming pool was one of our children’s favourite activities whilst we were at Butlins. They are water babies and have always loved being in the water. After more money was spent in the arcades we headed to the funfair and the indoor area.
The funfair itself has a few rides; these include the Helter Skelter slide; or as my kids call it the Peppa Pig slide! Carousel, Rockin’ Tug boat, Swing Boats, Waltzers, as well as hook a duck and other similar fairground games.
The indoor area has a ride on train, tall slides, airplane, tea cups, a bouncy castle and few other rides. Plenty to keep the children entertained especially if you experience any traditional British weather!
There is also mini golf, rock climbing, and play areas too, and you can find the Red Coats providing entertainment too including plate spinning, which I was not very good at!
The afternoons and evenings are jam packed with shows and entertainment in a variety of the venues on offer. Although this was not a Tots weekend there were still some amazing shows to be seen. We saw Mr Potato Head which was by far the most entertaining show and had the kids and us in stitches. We also saw the Paddington Bear show, and on the main stage in the Pavilion you can watch the Teletubbies show, Mr Men, Billy Bear and The Skyline Gang.
After the shows there a plenty of opportunities for a photo shoot, although the queues can be a bit of a wait.
I think most of the accommodations contains a small kitchenette with microwave and oven. I would highly recommend bringing your own food shop as opposed to eating in the restaurants and facilities on site and they are very overpriced.
We thoroughly enjoy Butlins each time we go it most definitely is a holiday for the kids, jammed packed with lots of entertainment and activities.