There is a pre conception when it comes to Butlins. A pre conceived idea. I would be lying if I said I don’t or well didn’t subscribe to it. Yet we are brought up not to judge a book by its cover, or to tarnish everyone with the same brush. So why doesn’t this principle apply to the family holiday resort made famous by Billy Butlin?
Having a severely disabled brother did mean I spent many a summer holiday in the UK, namely at Butlins, being only an hour and a half from my home town of Bristol. My point is I know first hand just how exciting going to Butlins is as a child. It is Mecca for kiddies. Don’t get me wrong as an adult I know the shine has worn off. Trust me I know. I would rather sit on Banana beach supping champers or a roof top bar in Dubai with a Caiprinhia in hand however my two year old would not. Neither would my one year old for that matter. Whilst we have taken them abroad and tried to maintain some kind of similarity to our former life, naturally we have had to accommodate and accommodate we have. Last week I took my two littlies, with Nanny Pat, my sister and two cousins to Costa Del Minehead, specifically Butlins.
I have said it before and I will say it again – it is not to be sniffed at. The accommodation on offer really is impressive. I know not every abode is, and you can, if you wish, opt of a room only. Being 7 of us however we didn’t. The newly refurbed Chalets are beyond impressive. The are bright modern, clean and spacious. We also chose to have our ‘food in’ which basically means you get breakfast and dinner – again not normally something we would choose but we were all about the easy life this holiday, neither me nor Nanny Pat were prepared to cook, wash and clean. I couldn’t really fault the food. There was plenty of variety and always a ‘freshly’ cooked option. Even better, someone cleared and washed our plates for us. Result.
All these commodities aside, beyond doubt the best thing about frequenting Butlins was the that there was something for everyone. Our age range was 1 – 72 (sorry Nanny Pat). My two year old was, without doubt, living the dream. We took her to Menorca just 6 weeks earlier and she was such a wuss. She wouldn’t go on any rides, hated it if you put the money in the ride that require a pound, or a euro to work, she was scared of everything. Now however she was a different child.
She displayed some quite unexpected bravery. She went on all the rides, searched my pockets and purse for a money to put in the machines and legged it to the nearest soft play. We did somewhat create a monster by coaxing her onto these rides as we couldn’t then get her off, not without a fight. She loved the parks, the slides climbing up on all adventure playgrounds. We took her swimming and she loved that too.
My little-ly wasn’t the only one who was entertained either. There was endless activities for the 8 year old and the 12 year old. There was a pop up rollar disco, which was the cause of a few bruises and plenty of entertainment for Nanny Pat and I as we watched the kids try, and fail to stay up right. There was a cinema, bowling, bikes and go carts to hire, rides, a massive inflatable dome like thing that everyone was climbing on. There really was loads of activities. Oh and bars for mum. Something for everyone.
Without doubt the thing that made this holiday was the enjoyment my little girl had. It made me want to take her back so she could of it all over again. It made me want to take my little boy again next year so he will able to have the holiday she had this year. It made me enjoy my holiday because she was having such a fabulous time. So for that I certainly will not be knocking Butlins.
What do you think? Have you been to Butlins? Did you enjoy it? Do you have a pre conceived idea of the holiday park? I would love to hear from you.