I have known now for a couple of weeks that I too have been selected to be a Butlins Official Mums Ambassador and I am very honoured to take on this role and delighted, after all Butlins is an enormous and historical part of British holiday making. In fact it was after Billy Butlin, the founder, got locked out of his bed and breakfast accommodation whilst on holiday on Barry Island all day by his landlady (as was practise back then) that the idea of Butlins was formed.
In 1936 the first Butlins opened in Skegness and was quickly followed by other camps. Between 1936 and 1966 ten camps were built including one in Ireland and one in The Bahamas! During the 70’s and the 80’s hotels and holiday centres in Spain and France were included to their growing portfolio as was the revolving restaurant in the Post Office Tower in London. Quite an achievement for a man born into the travelling funfair world.
So, what do I have to do? Well between now and 31st July 2012 I am invited to take two 3/4 night breaks at their parks, vlog about them whilst I am there and tell you all about them too. As you can imagine, the most difficult first decision is WHERE?
I had a look on the website (just click on my lovely red badge in the sidebar and you’ll be taken directly there ) and Butlins have three centres, Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis which has two stunning hotels with ocean views and spa centres. My first choice isn’t difficult, I’d like to visit Skegness where it all started and as for my second choice well we’re currently debating, a passion for the West Country drags our dreams over to Minehead and a memory of a holiday in a caravan with my dad at Bognor Regis years and years ago PLUS the desire to stay in a luxury hotel offering telelscopes on the balconies and Anabel Karmel cuisine for the little ones pulls me to choose Bognor Regis. Oh decisions, decisions, where would you go?
I also think these holidays will have to take place in the new year as I don’t think Paul has any holiday left to take! We used the lot up and kept back a day or two for Christmas shopping and ‘Just In Case’ but how lovely, as the current ‘summer‘ draws to a cool and breezy end we can already project to 2012 and dream up our next break.
If you are in the same position as us and wanting to add something fun to your diary to look forward to then do take a look at Butlins as there are some incredibly good offers. I ordered their catalogue through the website so I can turn the pages and dream as I curl up on the sofa this autumn, why don’t you do the same after all a girl can dream can’t she? And talking of dreaming, won’t it be just wonderful to meet a real Redcoat! Did you know that the first Redcoat was an engineer constructing one of the camps? His name was Norman Bradford and when Billy Butlin noticed his guests weren’t engaging with each other as he had envisioned he asked Norman to take on the entertainment duty, Norman obliged by cracking jokes and organising a few ice breakers hence the famous Redcoats were born!
Funnily enough the site at St Minver where we stayed in the spring was originally a Butlins holiday camp! So I cannot wait to now try the real thing