So, now it is time to tell you more about the Butlins Trip we took. As you know, we went to Bognor Regis for a four night trip in the Easter Holidays. I have been thinking about what people really want to know about holidays when they are reading reviews and what you may want to know about Butlin’s, here is what I came up with
Hotel – We were very excited to be staying in a ‘Nelsons Stateroom’, in the Shoreline Hotel. We were hoping for a view of the sea and a telescope – we were not disappointed! The room was clean and tidy and all four of us were happy to be there! The view from our bed was amazing, there was a safe, kettle, hairdryer and the best shower ever! The hotel suited the young children offering things to make it easier to be there with young ones. You could rent DVDs at reception to borrow for the room, there were activities with the characters and a little tv area in reception!
Beds – the kids loved there bunk beds, they were in an L shape and were absolutely fine for them. The double bed we had was great, very comfy and a nice size. In fact every evening before the kids bedtime and every morning it comfortably fitted all four of us for a cuddle!
Food – I have to be honest, I was impressed with the food. We ate in the Shoreline Hotel, The Deck and Papa Johns (only for breakfast). All were a kind of help yourself buffet with lots of choices, hot and cold. I was pleased to see many vegetarian options too, something I struggle with all over! I loved the kiddie stations where they can serve themselves too (with a lending hand from Mum and Dad)! None of us went hungry while we were there I can certainly tell you!
Swimming – Waterworld is fantastic, it was always busy but we never queued longer than five minutes to get in. The changing rooms were clean and even though there were a lot of people we never had trouble finding a locker (remember a £1 coin for them). The pool itself is BIG. There are different sections and there really is something for everyone. The kids loved the wave machine and the slides that they could go on, they even got mummy on one! The children were given a ‘Safe and Secure’ band to wear too so the lifeguards could keep an eye out for them!
Shows – Every show we saw, the kids loved. We spent most of our time watching in the main skyline pavilion – Thomas and Friends, Skyline Gang, Barney and more. We also watched Angelina Ballerina and Bob the Builder in the Character Theatre (remember to book early, go at the beginning of your break and book your tickets). As a guest at the Shoreline we were able to go and watch the Jack and Beanstalk pantomime at a hotel viewing, it was amazing! The one we didn’t get to see which we would have loved too was sesame street. People were queuing to get into it 2 hours before, our two kiddies wouldn’t have been able to do that. We were gutted, but went swimming instead!
Included Activities – Apart from the shows and swimming there were many other things you could do without spending extra pennies. The ones we did were rides for the kids inside; planes, ladybirds, cars and tea cups, there was the puppet theatre to watch, a treasure hunt with Dino, Storytime with Billy or Bonnie Bear, there was a spring farm (special for Easter), Breakfast with the Characters, Soft Play area, plenty of photo opportunities, and more I have probably missed.
Extra Pennies – If you wanted to you could spend a fortune at Butlins, on extra activities, food, treats, souvenirs. Some of the activities are not included in the price, for example, bowling – however we did not pay for any extra activities as there was enough to do anyway! Our biggest extra cost was food and drink. We were on a bed, breakfast and dinner package at the hotel. So it was just lunchtime that we had to sort out and drinks throughout the day. We did find prices were a little higher than the high street as expected, (although one carton of orange juice we bought was a lot higher). But, there is also a Spar on site, which we visited for sandwiches etc and it didn’t cost us too much!
We were really proud of ourselves that we managed to leave buying souvenirs until the last day, the kids had much fun before hand, so there wasn’t too much pester power from them to go in the shops!
The Redcoats are fantastic, and brilliant with the children, always on hand to give a smile and a helping hand!
Putting Billy Bear to bed was a highlight of the kids holiday, it made a special addition to our last night!
The Towels on the bed each day which were made into different animals really did add a new bit of fun each day to the room.
The amount of activities available is immense!
Bits we would maybe change
Change Billy Bears bedtime for a little bit earlier (a 3 and 5 year old are well and truly shattered by 8.30 after a day of adventure!)
Make the Safe and Secure bands available at the Shoreline Reception (being the hotel aimed at young children), so they can have them on all the time – just in case!
Bring down the price on Children’s Drinks in the Skyline Pavillion (not a major thing though because could easily pop to the shop)
Would we go again?
Yes, the kids absolutely loved it which was the main thing for us. We may look to try a different resort next time; one to discover somewhere new and two because Bognor is a 4 hour drive (without stopping for toilet breaks) from us! Although,on this occasion the long drive was totally worth it, so yes, we would visit Bognor again too!
Disclaimer: We were provided with a four night break as part of the Butlin’s Ambassador programme for the purpose of this review. However, our reviews remain honest at all times!