Butlins Bognor Regis – best short break ever

Enjoying Bognor Regis with the girlsOur most recent Butlins Bognor Regis break was The Best Ever. Thank you so much Butlins for asking me to be a Butlins Ambassador again for 2013 too – yippee!

I’ve been challenged on Twitter recently, the statement was ‘If it’s for free the review is bound to be positive’ and yes it is lovely to be a Butlins Ambassador and receive a free holiday for my family to enjoy but if I cannot find fault, if all of the staff are genuinely nice and happy, the room is clean and comfortable, the food is varied and delicious and the Splash Waterworld is Out Of This World. What shall I do? Make it up?

Never! Check this out :D

Shoreline Hotel accommodation

We were given a Nelson Stateroom in the Shoreline Hotel with a huge terrace overlooking the sea. The wall of glass separating us from that view opened up the room even more and gave it such a glamorous feel it was like rubbing shoulders with the celebs! The girls had their own room with bunk beds and a TV. The main room served as our bedroom but had an area with a sofa and coffee table too.

The housekeeping team are really lovely and left towel art on the bed every day.

Butlins Shoreline Hotel

Paul on the phone: I’m on the beach. Can you see me?

Butlins Entertainment guide

On checking in you get given the entertainment guide and it’s really easy to follow. Check the colour box of the age of your kids and start to choose from those events. We saw a brilliant Lazytown production, Beauty and the Beast panto (excellent), Mike the Knight stage production – the kids LOVED it, Cirque du Carnival (utterly breathtaking) In fact there is so much to do you won’t fit it all in.

Butlins for family holidays

Splash Waterworld

The Bognor Regis Splash Waterworld is even better than the one at Butlins Skegness which we reviewed earlier in the year because it has a bumpy slide that children can use (our girls aged 4 loved it) plus another 3 slides, one of which the Space bowl and also a Master Blaster run where you sit in a dinghy and whizz around the closed circuit with bumps and hills and slides and you end up diving down a chute into a long stretch of water, it is awesome, I tried it out just for you.

Butlins by the sea

image courtesy of David Weekes

Butlins fairground

There’s a fairground for big people and then there’s a mini fairground for small people. Even the people looking after the rides interact with the kids giving them high fives as they pass by and generally making sure everyone is enjoying themselves.

There’s a Driving School – a piste with pedal operated cars which little ones sit on and drive round. Your worst problem will be dragging them away from it!

Then there’s Bob the Builder’s play area, a huge sand pit with diggers, and pulleys and all sorts of contraptions to keep the kids busy.

Butlins Bognor Regis

Butlins dining plan

Possibly the most important thing on your holiday review checklist? Food. Butlins have various options to choose from, we were on the half board dining plan and ate in the Shoreline Hotel restaurant. As the Shoreline Hotel caters for families with young children the restaurant opens around 5pm and closes at 9pm circa you are invited to book a table at your preferred time to avoid long queues – never good with hungry, tired children. Then it’s eat as much as you can. The little ones have their own serving station with Annabel Karmel recipes, there is plenty to choose from and we even managed to introduce a couple of new tastes too.

One last thing I have to mention is you can invite friends or family to come and visit for a day whilst you are there. Butlins very kindly gave us a family pass for Paul’s twin and family who spent the most fantastic day with us, we were able to take them all over the complex, fairgrounds, swimming pool and restaurant too. Thank you Butlins x

TOP Butlins tips

  • You can use your vouchers to eat elsewhere on the resort, I wanted to try out Turner’s restaurant and made my way over Sunday morning but I was too late, they were fully booked. So book on day 1 if you’d like to do this. ;)
  • Staying at the Shoreline Hotel you can visit Billy Butlins in his bedroom for storytime and tuck him into bed.
  • You can book a table for the character breakfast
  • you can post a letter to Billy who will leave his reply in your room.

So many fun things to do that keep the children totally awed and make sure parents get to relax and enjoy themselves too. A proper family holiday. Find out more here Butlins plenty of last minute deals if you’re still looking ;)

Disclosure: Our Butlins Bognor Regis short 3 night break with dining plan costs £1,164 for 4 (2 adults +2) with daily housekeeping included we were kindly offered this holiday by Butlins in return for a fair review and we LOVED it.


  1. Melksham Mum
    August 10, 2012 / 9:13 AM

    Hi. I’ve been selected as an ambassador this year and have never done this sort of short break / holiday before. From your review, photos and video I know my kids are going to love it! I’m not sure how the OH will cope with the entertainment, high fives and dressed up characters though. We haven’t booked yet but will probably head to Minehead and select self catering – have you self catered before? X Melksham Mum x

    • Mari
      August 10, 2012 / 9:55 AM

      Congratulations, you’re going to love this job and don’t worry about the high fives and entertainment it’s all very soft just nice touches, the staff are absolutely brilliant with the children and the entertainment you choose.
      Butlins have always given us the dining plan but we were in a s/c apartment in Skegness which was gorgeous and we did make lunch time pasta for the girls AND used the dishwasher too ;)
      Have fun with it, I’ll probably do Minehead too this year

  2. Honest Mum
    August 10, 2012 / 10:43 AM

    Looks fab and great blog-I’ve now subscribed. How beautiful are your girls!!!

    • Mari
      August 10, 2012 / 8:41 PM

      Aw thanks for your compliment on my girls, they are little sweethearts and thanks for subscribing too – I hope not to bore you! xx

  3. August 10, 2012 / 8:32 PM

    Fab review, we loved our recent stay there too and are delighted to be Ambassadors again. Poppy especially cant wait to go back x

  4. August 11, 2012 / 8:12 PM

    Thanks for this! We’re over the moon to be Ambassadors this year, and have been in two minds over where to stay, and that wasn’t even thinking about accommodation! I think we might all enjoy the holiday a bit more at the Shoreline Hotel- it looks fab, thanks for sharing such a great review!

  5. Attachment Mummy
    August 29, 2012 / 12:06 PM

    Ooh, can’t wait for our holiday in April, loving Butlins! See you in Octobver for the meet up, Lx

  6. October 30, 2013 / 11:30 PM

    We took our 3 year old to Butlins in August this year (2013) we really did have a fantastic time. Super value and great entertainment although the slot machines coindozers only pay out in tokens which really are worthless unless you spend your whole weekend in the arcades. All in all i’d give this resort 4.5/5.

    • October 31, 2013 / 9:59 AM

      Thank you for your comment Jim I’m so glad you had fun, we love it and hope to visit Minehead this year to complete our hat trick. Luckily we haven’t really spent that much time in the arcades as there is so much going on but a very valid point, thanks.

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