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Have you ever been on a Butlins break?

We have been twice, both times to Skegness in Lincolnshire. The first time recorded here. I can’t believe how little Ethan is! He was 2.5 – wow! The second time was Christmas 2011 when Ethan was 5 and Noah was 2.5. We opted to stay in a silver apartment with premium dining package (after all it really isn’t really a holiday if you have to cook for yourself!). In my opinion the silver and gold apartments are fairly similar. You don’t spend much time in your apartment after all! Upgrading the dining package is something I would recommend as the restaurant has a more relaxed ambience and, even a soft play area for the kids to enjoy once they have finished eating. The live shows included the essential Christmas panto, Lazytown live, Titan the Robot (mummy and daddy’s fave), Looney Tunes, Father Christmas (along with the Gingerbread man and Christmas Fairy), and even WWF type wresting match. Phew! We even found time for a splash in the pools every day and hit the funfair.

Here are some photos of what we got up to on our break…

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At the moment there are some wonderfully affordable Family breaks for February half term.

Here are a couple more tips for enjoying a Butlins break (from our experience of Skegness)..

  • It will be a “full on” holiday. When you check in you are given the entertainment and activities schedule (you can check this out online before you arrive too). This includes character meet and greets (where you can have your photo taken with one of the characters) and details of live shows for adults and children.
  • For character photo shoots Butlins have their own team of photographers who also take a photograph but you can snap one of your own too. It is best to get to the designated place 5-10 minutes early to ensure you aren’t queuing too long.
  • As well as the entertainment there is the funfair, Splash Waterworld (which is simply amazing and comprising of five separate water experiences!), free sports coaching and activity sessions.

Butlins is not somewhere I would visit without children. But, with children it is the perfect place for kids to be kids, indulge themselves in their favourite characters, wear themselves out in the pool, run carefree along the beach and have lots and lots of fun.

Next time we go I would love to try out the Bognor Regis resort. I love the idea of the submarine style kids rooms in the Wave hotel’s Dolphin rooms and the beautiful sea views from Nelson’s Staterooms.

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I will also make sure I factor in some “me” time in the Spa to revive spirits.

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