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Butlins by the Sea!

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June 7, 2016

This weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to Butlins, Bognor Regis to experience their Diversity Break.
We were all very excited, having stayed in the Wave Hotel back in 2014. The kids were especially looking forward to all the activities that they have on offer.
This time we were booked to stay in the Gold Apartments and we unloaded the car as soon as we arrived and headed off to find our apartment. I hadn’t thought to tell Butlins that we had a toddler with us and sadly they had put us on the top floor which wasn’t ideal as the only way up was a metal fire escape on the outside of the building.
Gold Apartments
The apartment itself had three bedrooms, a small bathroom and an open plan kitchen / lounge area. It was dated but perfectly functional and we were welcomed by an elephant sculpted out of towels on our bed.
Butlins Gold Apartment
The great thing about Butlins though is you only really need somewhere to sleep as there is so much going on that there is never not anything to do and the kids could not wait to get outside.
Butlins
Our apartment had everything you need for a self catering break, with a fridge, dishwasher, plates, cutlery etc, however we chose to have their Premium Dining package which allowed us to eat in the Coast restaurant for breakfast and dinner everyday. There was a large choice of meals laid out in a buffet style or you could also choose to have a freshly cooked omlette in the morning and pasta or a stir fry in the evening.
Butlins
For our first evening, Eliza decided she wanted to see the Skyline Gang perform. The Skyline Gang consists of Bud, Sprout, Pip, Mimi, Candi, Dude, Misty and Rainbow the dog they perform great live shows that are full of fun and the little ones up and dancing along.
Skyline Gang
On Saturday Sebastian discovered his love of the giant Helter Skelter and I lost count of the amount of times Hubby and I walked up all those stairs but it was worth it for the smiles and giggles.
Helter Skelter
Kian was keen to do the high ropes and although Isaac was finally enough to take part (you have to be 8), we didn’t account for his height and Kian had to rescue him at one point because his feet couldn’t touch the walkway.
Butlins
Isaac is fast becoming a little adventurer and was also keen to try the water Zorbs. After a few spills he got the hang of walking on water, whilst Eliza was happier to bob along sat on her bottom.
Zorb
The fairground was also a huge hit, with all the rides free with the exception of the Go Carts which cost £5. The height restriction was 0.9m for all rides except the swings so the whole family could enjoy them too.
Butlins
I have to admit that Saturday’s choice of shows didn’t appeal to us, with a Little Mix tribute act in Centre Stage or a Cowboy show with the Red Coats so we stayed outside and enjoyed meeting the entertainers and going to the park.
Butlins
Sunday was Diversity Day and the kids were booked on the 10am session. I could not have been more impressed with the whole 90 minute event. The Diversity boys were wonderful with the kids, offering encouragement and high-fives. The routine was challenging enough to keep the kids entertained without being so difficult that they gave up. In fact, I filmed it for the kids and Isaac is still practicing now. You can read about the Diversity Academy here.
Diversity at Butlins
The rest of the day was filled with more fairground rides, soft play and puppet shows for the little ones and a delicious ice cream from their Scoops Gelato.
Butlins
The finale of our break was seeing Diversity perform in the evening. The shows are very popular and it is advisable to start queuing at least an hour before the doors open which does make for some very bored children. Seasoned pro’s were queuing with iPads and DS games but we made do with silly challenges and games which worked for us.
It was well worth it though as the Diversity performance was brilliant with costume changes, pyrotechnics and even a perfectly timed dance routine complete with lights in their costume as well as some audience participation and games.
Diversity
Despite our initial disappointment with our accommodation we had a brilliant time at Butlins. It is not a place you go to for a rest and we came away shattered but the kids had a ball and that is what a Butlins break is all about!!

 

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    Tina Mansfield

    June 7, 2016

    Looks like a great weekend with lots my son would enjoy doing, we are only down the road so never think to look at a Butlins holiday. Might have to think about treating my son to a diversity weekend though.

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    Jess @ Catch A Single Thought

    June 7, 2016

    It looks like you had a wonderful time, how great to be able to learn along with the boys from Diversity?! The Skyline Gang look great too, definitely something I think my two would enjoy!

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    Erica Price

    June 7, 2016

    It looks like you had an amazing time. I keep meaning to try Butlins because we have never been.

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    The Mummy Diary

    June 7, 2016

    Ooh I love watching Diversity they are just amazing dancers and I am sure it was the perfect end to the day, it looks like there is so much to do at Butlins, I am ashamed to say I have never been not as a child or adult. Those little faces on that picture with Diversity, soooo cute!

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    Jen

    June 7, 2016

    My boys love Butlins, but I am with you on the apartments and chalets being a little dated. I would have thought that they would have checked the age of the kids you were talking and not put you up so many stairs!

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    Sara-Jayne

    June 7, 2016

    Such a shame they didn’t think the accommodation through more – that fire escape looks scary with little ones! Glad you enjoyed the break though – I always say there’s no rest when you’re on holiday with children!

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    Louise

    June 8, 2016

    I would love to go to Bognor Regis’s Butlins and your break looks amazing. There is always so much to do at Butlins it isn’t exactly relaxing but the kids do love every minute x

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    Michelle

    June 8, 2016

    It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve been to Butlins – I spent my 21st birthday at Bognor Regis – good times!

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    Lucy Dorrington

    June 8, 2016

    I think Bognor is the only Butlins I haven’t been to! Looks great though, can see you had a fab time!

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    nessjibberjabberuk

    June 8, 2016

    It seems strange the only way is the fire escape. I would have thought there would be lift. The activities do look great for the kids. I don’t think my two would ever want to go to bed!

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    June 8, 2016

    It sounds like a great weekend (except for the fire escape!). We have never been to Butlins before, I always assumed that it was just hotel rooms, I did not realise they did apartments too. I bet it was great watching Diversity! x

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    Gill

    June 8, 2016

    Looks like you guys had a fun time with lots to do x

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    Baby Isabella

    June 8, 2016

    We’ve never contemplated a Butlins Holiday – until reading this! So many great activities and you got to meet Diversity!! Thats super awesome!

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    Anna Nuttall

    June 8, 2016

    I love your photos – look a lot of fun! xx

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    Cass@frugalfamily

    June 8, 2016

    We love Butlins and we’re going here for a week in August at the kids request even though we could have booked to go abroad for not much more – it’s worth every penny thought because the kids have so much fun x

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    Hannah

    June 9, 2016

    I have been to buttons a couple of times and I have always really enjoyed it!

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    Tori Gabriel

    June 9, 2016

    Sounds like a great holiday! Is that the actual Diversity? That’s amazing that you get to learn with them. I must confess I didn’t even THINK of Butlins when looking into a holiday this year. I will next time.

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    Sabina @MummyMatters

    June 13, 2016

    It’s a few years since we last visited Butlins and we would love to go back as we had some great family holidays there, especially at Bognor Regis, definitely our favourite. I’m so jealous you got to meet Diversity too!!! Fantastic photos xx

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    Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life

    June 24, 2016

    I have never been to Butlins before reading this it looks like there is so much to do! x

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