Half-Term Fun at Butlins (Yes, Butlins!)

With the Easter holidays looming, I decided it was time for a mini adventure.

As my husband was unable to join us as he was working, the brief was to find somewhere I could take three kids by myself without spending too much money.

After researching various options and eliminating most of them due to costs, I settled on somewhere which prides itself on providing affordable family holidays but maybe lacks in the reputation stakes.

Yep, we went to good old Butlins in Bognor Regis.


Why Butlins?

Booking one of their Easter Holiday packages for 4 nights, the total cost of our holiday was £559.  This price included accommodation and the majority of our activities.  I also added on the premium half board dining package for £185, bringing the grand total to £774.

This was less than half the price of other options.

Secondly, as I was flying solo on this trip, I wanted to stay within the confines of a holiday resort so that everything was on our doorstop and we wouldn’t need the car.

Here’s how our Easter adventure went.


Accommodation

There are various types of apartments and hotels on offer.  Having booked the dining plan, we chose to stay in the Wave Hotel as we didn’t need a kitchen.

Not only was our hotel in the heart of the resort, but the rooms were clean, comfortable and provided everything we needed such as a fridge, hairdryer and fresh towels.

The highlight for the kids was their bunkbeds as they each had their own television and DVD player.  AMAZING!


Activities

This is where Butlins really shines.

Upon arrival, we were handed an itinerary and I was pleasantly surprised with how much there was on offer.

Outlined below are the activities we enjoyed and, believe it or not, we actually missed loads more as either there wasn’t enough time or it would have been impossible with three kids aged 2, 5 and 7 (Splash Waterworld).

Arts & Crafts

Both Easter themed activities, the kids made bonnets (free) and painted an Easter egg and sheep money bank (£5 each).

We had to book each hour long activity in advance and there were lots of friendly staff available to help.

Tots Fairground

All the rides are included in the price of your holiday and I can’t tell you how many times they went on them!

This was the highlight of the day for my youngest as he loved going on all the rides with his brother and sister.

Live Shows

Throughout the day there were some pretty amazing live shows on offer which cater for a wide range of ages and tastes.

We watched the ‘Teletubbies Big Party’ and the ‘Utterly Revolting Science Show’ hosted by BBC gastronaut Stefan Gates.  This was an extremely professional production which completely captivated my eldest son for 45 minutes.

There were more shows available in the evening but with young children we were far too busy having movie night in our room to venture out again!

Skyline Pavilion

Another benefit of going to Butlins is that all the activities aren’t weather dependant.

It was pretty cold and miserable when we arrived so we spent a lot of time in the pavilion.  Whilst I wouldn’t have wanted to spend the majority of our time here, the kids happily went bowling, watched a puppet show, ran around in the huge soft-play area and *hangs head in shame* played on the slot machines.

We never ran out of things to do and not once did the words “I’m bored” leave their mouths.

Football Coaching

Another highlight was the football coaching programme.

Run by FA qualified coaches and catering for kids of all ages, including toddlers, the hour long football sessions were a great start to our day.

Play Areas

Once the sun came out we made full use of the play areas where the kids ran around with their new friends or played mini golf.

Workshops

Squeezed in amongst all the fun and penny gambling, I was pleased to see that educational activities were also on offer!

The workshops provided are constantly changing and during our visit it was the Science Zone.

The kids absolutely loved making their own bath bombs (and trying them out later!) and tackling the Great Rocket Challenge.


Dining

Our premium dining package included breakfast and dinner.

All our meals were served buffet style at The Deck and there was plenty of choice on offer.

The added benefit of this package is that you could also dine out at any of restaurants on site and we enjoyed a lovely meal at The Beachcomber Inn when we needed a change of scene.

I brought packed lunches with me but there was plenty on offer on site, including a mini supermarket and Burger King.

Traditional Fairground

This was the only time we ran into any problems as I was by myself.

The height restrictions meant that we all couldn’t get on the rides.  Desperate to go on the Go Karts, I was really pleased when the Butlins staff happily stepped in and drove both of the older children around the track. Even the Carousel proved problematic but again, a staff member rode with my daughter so that we could all experience the ride together.

The Butlins staff were always on hand and from check in to the ride operators, we were always greeted with a smiling face and any problems dealt with quickly.


Bognor Regis

Located in the seaside town of Bognor Regis, the beach is right on your doorstep.

We only managed to visit the beach once as were so busy and the kids were reluctant to leave Butlins.  However, when we did it was beautiful and the perfect place to get fish and chips and go for a walk.


So, I hope you enjoyed reading about our trip to Butlins in Bognor Regis.

Despite my initial reservations about Butlins and taking the kids by myself, we really did have a great time and I would recommend it.  The kids were entertained from morning until night, the staff were fantastic and I enjoyed having a break from our usual routine.

Whilst it will never be the most glamorous holiday we’ve ever been on (and it doesn’t try to be), it was the perfect option for a cheap UK holiday.

And you can’t ask for more than that!

Please note, this is not a sponsored post.  We paid for this holiday ourselves.

 

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