When you think of Butlins, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Nothing? Mind blank?
How about if I was to say Butlins entertainment?
I bet REDCOATS came to mind at one point there didn’t it? Admit it!
Well it may used have been all about the redcoats and yes they are still a huge part of Butlins however there is so much more to keep the children entertained – and most of it is free, included in your holiday price!
As you know we went on our Ambassadors break at the beginning of March during term time as Emmy is only at Pre-school it didn’t matter about taking her out of school. Now I was expecting it to quieter at this time of year however I was very wrong, with so much geared towards the under 5’s during term time it was heaving, obviously not as busy as school holiday breaks but still busy.
So if you have an under 5 and fancy a term time break here is a little of what you can expect to see and do at Bognor Regis:
Some of the things we did on our holiday for FREE were:
- Fun of the fair – There is a fantastic outdoor funfair including carousel, high swings, banana boat, helter skelter, dodgems and much more
- Swimming – there is a great fun pool at Bognor with slides, fountains ans waves
- I can cook show – Emmy loves cooking so really enjoyed this, although did keep saying for days after “I don’t like naughty salt” – you will have to see the show to understand that
- Character shows – we saw: Fireman Sam, Mike the Knight, Barney the Dinosaur, Thomas the Tank Engine, skyline gang
- Outdoor trampolines
- Playgrounds – there are a few doted around
- Indoor rides – teacups, aeroplane’s, cars
- Soft play for older children
- Softplay for babies
- Painting and activities
- Planned classes – there was a football club on the week we were there (Emmy didn’t want to do this)
- Story time with Billie and Bonnie bear
- Tots disco
- Puppet show
- Pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk
As you can see we crammed a lot into our holiday – we were there Monday – Friday. There was so much else on that we missed as we just couldn’t fit it all in and the children were tired.
I think we definitely need to go back to explore what we missed and to enjoy it all over again.
We paid to go on the arcades, a few rides and a character lunch but these are optional however you don’t have to spend any extra money to enjoy yourselves and the entertainment. A character lunch for us cost £45 which included a full carvery for Emmy, Paul and I and dessert – we also had Billie and Bonnie Bear and Elmo at our lunch and Emmy left with a photo to keep of Billy and Bonnie (which is now in her bedroom) – this needs to be pre-booked and you recieve your special lunch invitation upon check-in.
I leave you with a Butlins video – fun at the fair, showing the Butlins Funfair of old and new.
We stayed at Butlins for free as Ambassadors – all thoughts and opinions are my own unbiased.