Our family loves Butlins, to us its our happy place and we try to visit at least annually for a short break. Over the past 7 years we have done 11 breaks, initially to Minehead but since discovering the amazing hotels at Bognor Regis, we now drive down to West Sussex. I don’t normally write about each trip, but our visit last weekend was special and different, it felt like the passing of time and deserving of a few words. There are some trips which we have done to Butlins which will always stand out, our first visit was our first holiday as a family and came the week of our adoption order and my first mothers’ day, we’ve also done Easter, Christmas and Halloween at Butlins which are always special for their seasonal celebrations, decorations and personal touches. We love Butlins for its attention to detail, family friendliness and the variety of activities on offer, there really is always something to do.
Last weekend was special for a number of reasons. Firstly the weather was stunning, we have never had such gorgeous sunshine and high temperatures at Butlins and finally got to enjoy our room’s balcony as well as al fresco dining around the site. Mr S in very impressive form had booked me a spa experience and massage as a birthday treat and I had a wonderful afternoon in the spa. I went from the sunshine and warmth of the outside hot tub to the snow and ice room and many more treats in between. The massage was one of the best I have ever had and I felt so relaxed and refreshed after my spa experience. Bonus points for Mr S!
During our little break, we realised how quickly the children are growing up. We started going to Butlins when they were toddlers and Mr S and I looked nostalgically at the tots funfair, the toddlers activity centre etc.. all those hours we had spent with the children in those areas as well as watching the shows and having photos taken with their heroes, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina etc… This time we didn’t watch any of the children’s shows, only the evening ones in Centre Stage or Reds. During this stay the children were ecstatic that they were now tall or old enough for new experiences. They did the High Ropes and although they started cautiously they quickly developed the skills and confidence on the course. They also tried Nine Bots which are junior versions of Segways. I was worried how Little Man would cope as he has some motor difficulties, yet he was the stronger of the two and picked up the instructions and directions immediately, he was zooming around the course at such a speed and so happy with his success. The swimming and slides were great and a welcome relief in the heat, the pool party on Saturday night with DJ and inflatables and props was especially fun . However, we’re all looking forward to our trip next year with the new water park opening in Spring 2019 as it looks fantastic with lots of new rides and slides to try.
We found this break that Mr S and I had a little extra time too, the children are now at an age where they’re looking for a little independence and we allowed them some unsupervised parent time in the staffed areas like the games room or arranged a meeting point at the fair whilst they did the stomach churning rides that neither of us fancied. Holidays are now starting to get a little more relaxing for us too (I’m whispering that as we have our summer holiday next week and I don’t want to jinx it!)
I can’t imagine a time when we won’t be coming to Butlins. I only discovered it with Mr S and the children as I had never been to a Butlins resort as a child and it is now my happy, safe place. As soon as we enter I feel relaxed, ready to have fun and make happy memories with our little gang of 4, Butlins really is special to us all.