We’re on our holiday countdown to Butlins!
I’ll start by saying, we are not Butlins Ambassadors. Well, not official ones anyway. But anyone who knows me or reads this blog will know that I genuinely love Butlins and I’m on a mission to tell the world about how great it is.
I love all three resorts that are currently in the UK; Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis! We go every year and I even took thirty of my friends to Skegness resort for my hen do (that was an adults only break, it was pretty messy..)
Butlins holidays are so much fun and even more so now we have two toddlers to entertain. Each resort has it’s own ‘pro’ in my opinion. Skegness has a fabulous swimming complex, Bognor is best for toddlers with their indoor tots fair, and I think Minehead is the nicest set up, surroundings and has accommodation.
Next week we’re heading to Minehead for a mid-week preschool ‘tots’ break.
We’ve booked a deluxe suite and with a ‘half board’ type meal deal, the total cost was just £242. That includes breakfast and dinner in the evening, it’s buffet style and for the cost, convenience and quality, it’s pretty good.
Personally, I think this is excellent value, and whilst we’re there the only things we’ll need to pay for are drinks on an evening, coffees during the day and any activities we want to take part in. The swimming and all the Family entertainment is included in the break so because our toddlers won’t be abseiling or similar (although you never know with Willow) I think most of our money will be going on the 2p machines in the amusements!
We’ve been to Minehead before, and I think it’s a great area to explore who lots of opportunities for local days out from the resort too. Nearby there’s the West Somerset steam railway (Gabriel loves trains..)and of course, Exmoor National Park which looks lovely too. If we have time I’d like to visit Cheddar and Weston Super Mare too. I do love a bit of cheese..
The last time we visited Minehead, Gabriel was just eight weeks old, so it will be nice to return with toddlers, rather than a babe in arms.
Last year we visited Bognor Regis Butlins resort and had a wonderful time. Ideally we’d be returning there this year due to their fantastic toddler facilities, but it’s just a bit too far a drive for a short stay. Minehead will take us about five and a half hours, and with the two smalls in the back, that’s long enough!
This week has been tough for me, work deadlines and studying deadlines, a lack of sleep and some very tired toddlers has meant a stressful few days. So I especially am excited for a break, and the opportunity to spend some quality time with my babies.
Also, to be able to sit down with a glass of wine (and stuff my face) having NOTHING to do but relax!
I also cannot wait for the cabaret shows. I love to be entertained, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Butlins have to offer for 2014. Yes, I’m that sad person who gets excited about these things, and will be up dancing with the Redcoats. Gabriel is very excited about seeing the Thomas, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam shows too, almost as much as his Daddy is!
As much as I adore Butlins, I do appreciate why some do not. There are a lot of tips I’d offer to have a more enjoyable time, like avoiding school holidays where possible! But if you leave your 5* expectations and stressed self at home, go armed with crates of fruit shoots and pay for the early check-in you’ll have a great time!
But, before I get to enjoy the break, I have quite a few thousand words to write, a house to clean, our things to pack and some work deadlines to complete.
But Billy Butlin, I salute you and your excellent ideas. My break is in sight!! I CANNOT WAIT!