Why is it that you return from a holiday and the second you put your bags down, begin to settle, glance at the pile of washing and to-do list – realise you could do with another!
Our playful days at Butlins already feel like a lifetime ago and real life has swept me up and given me little time to complete my memories of our break. Finally I’ve settled down to share the final day’s post, following on from…
We awoke to a grey and rainy day which looked rather worryingly set to stick around for the day which was a bit of a disappointment as we had hoped to spend the day at the fairground and take a walk down the seafront…
We weren’t worried though as we knew they’d be plenty to do indoors and headed off to breakfast at The Deck. As guests of The Wave Hotel with a Dining Package, our meals were served here as standard although we could have swapped this for vouchers to eat at any of the other hotels and restaurants instead if we liked.
We didn’t; The Deck was one of my favourite parts of the holiday, it’s bright modern and airy. The buffet style dining suited us perfectly with the children being able to eat exactly what they wanted so we were confident they’d all get a good meal to keep their energy up for a day full of activity.
On top of numerous choices at the counters you could also have fresh dishes made for you at the Chef’s stations which included pasta at dinner and pancakes or omelette for breakfast so the children were in their element!
When we finished breakfast, to our delight the sun was shining giving so we decided to waste no time heading off to the beach. C was completely confused by the pebble beach and a little upset at first that he couldn’t build sandcastles! The older children on the other hand were delighted running straight out to skim stones on the shore whilst the sea air sent Fifi straight off to sleep!
The sea was still a little wild from the previous week’s winds and it was fascinating the watch it churn and swirl whilst all getting some desperately needed fresh air after such a wet and windy winter.
For the evening we had hoped to watch Scooby Doo and this is where we encountered one of our only disappointments as it was just too busy! It was no fault of Butlin’s really, I had expected this to be the case during half-term whilst schools insist on dictating when we’re allowed time with our own children – this is another post/rant though. I couldn’t get over though how early people start to queue for evening shows or how long the queues were and wasn’t willing to waste holiday time standing around.
We went in late and could’ve easily slipped in and watched but it was crowded and parents were getting irritated and as the children didn’t seem that fussed we went to see what else was on. The Skyline Gang was on the stage in the Pavillion so we sat with a relaxing drink whilst the little kids watched happily and big kids ran back and forth from the amusements. The only thing I would suggest is that during the school holidays Butlin’s put on more family orientated entertainment simultaneously on The Main Stage and Reds but you can probably never win and then people would complain about not being able to see both but we did find that when family shows were on at both, everywhere was much less crowded.
Of course if you’re not a teacher or a parent with school age children you could make the most of out of season Tot’s Breaks. I was baffled by the odd family I saw with little ones there that didn’t look like they needed to take breaks in school holidays but of course I could be wrong…
Starting this April, Butlins are launching ‘Just for Tots’ 4 night breaks during term time which start at just £47 per person. To make sure they get them just right they have recruited from over 600 applicants 3-year-old Sophia Jade Carr from Plymouth to be responsible for road-testing the ‘Just for Tots’ breaks.
As (High) Chairman of the breaks she will be taken from ‘bored to board’, as she joins the Butlins management team, sitting alongside MD Dermot King. Miss Carr will be accountable for working up a number of recommendations for the breaks based on her experience, which will be implemented across all breaks moving forward to ensure these are curated by tots, for tots.
Family Four Fun wishes Sophia all the best in her new role as her vigorous testing begins and includes:
- Bounciness of the bed
- Cuddliness of the character
- Splashiness of the water
- Slipperiness of the slides
We would also suggest:
- Fluffiness of the pancakes
- Whirliness of the carousel
- Slurpiness of the ice-cream
and have a good feeling Butlins will live up to her exacting standards on all the above point. So if you have booked a Butlins break, Tots or Teens this year, we don’t think you’ll need our best wishes to…