There’s nothing worse than having a short break booked up for months and when it arrives the weather forecast says rain, lots of rain and even more rain but that is not a worry if you’ve got yourself a Butlins holiday.
Our journey up to Skegness took us in and out of rain clouds crossing the UK and we count ourselves lucky that it stopped whilst we unpacked the car. It was quite weird to draw up to the drive in check-in that Butlins have in place, it seems like you’re going on a ferry or the Eurotunnel but there are plenty of staff directing you and at the cabin you’re handed your Butlins welcome pack which has the keys, an entertainment guide and your dining passes if you’ve pre booked them.
Throughout the four days we bumped into lots of members of the Butlins staff and I can say they all had a smile on their faces and were eager to help and chat which is so refreshing these days.
We were assigned a Gold apartment which is the top of the range and as you can see from the video it is a home from home environment. Clean, warm and with every mod con available including a dishwasher, hairdryer and two TVs, one in the lounge area and one in the main bedroom. There were some lovely welcome touches including bathroom products, tea/coffee/sugar and UHT milk plus cleaning products including 2 tablets for the dishwasher.
Settled in off we went to explore and luckily the rain held off as Skegness Butlins is a huge area to cover, practically a village. We made for the Skyline Pavilion where all the entertainment was to take place and we stopped at the Jellyfish bar for our first drink of the weekend. The Skyline Pavilion is humongous a large central area with a stage and dotted around the edge, supermarket, restaurants, shops, a theatre, amusement arcades, bars, a cinema and a Sky Sports room showing football matches and ten pin bowling.
The entertainment guide is colour coded according to the children’s age and there is something for everyone happening all the time or if you don’t fancy that take a swim in the Splash World swimming pool or try the free rides at the fun fair as many times as you want.
I’m telling you it’s impossible to do the lot and just trying to photograph it all for you was exhausting.
Then came Pauls’ favourite bit, the Premium Dining Package which included breakfast and evening meals. We ate at Coast restaurant which is particularly geared up for small children so at times was quite noisy but there was a see through cube in the centre of the restaurant with soft cushions and games for the children to play with whilst mum and dad finish their meal in peace. This is an excellent idea but at times it proved difficult to get the girls to finish their meals as they wanted to go off and play.
The food is buffet and Eat As Much As You Can which my other half put to the test, it was his mission let’s say for this break and he managed a three course breakfast (fruit salad starter followed by two English very FULL breakfasts) and he also had three course evening meals. The girls were delighted with the ice cream machine and I have to say the Annabel Karmel children’s menu was very good indeed, if only they sat still long enough to finish it.
Paul wants me to underline that he would thoroughly recommend the Premium Dining Package
One last word about Butlins is the cleanliness, whilst we were eating the staff are constantly cleaning finished plates from the tables, laying the tables for the next customers, sweeping the floor and making sure everyone is happy. They truly do care that you have a good time. Another nice touch was the fact I was able to buy a bottle of wine the first night and leave it behind the bar to drink on consecutive nights rather than have to take it away with me.
So, a long post on Skegness but there’s so much more to say about it, I could go on forever. I can’t thank Butlins enough for giving me this fabulous opportunity and hand on heart I would recommend this break to everyone.
Total cost of a 3 night weekend break in a Gold apartment with the Premium Dining package for 4 people was £666.000 Keep in mind this was the top of the range and there are plenty of other packages to suit all budgets check out the Butlins website for more information and just look how the sun shone for us on our last day, simply beautiful. For more photos see Mari’s World Facebook page and soon to follow a fabulous video of our holiday