11 February 2013


Partnered post.
Friends of ours are almost millionaires. They take their holidays in Tuscan villas and Spanish ones, go to the USA for Christmas and 'pop off to Egypt' in the Winter, but recently they surprised the wotsit out of us and went to Butlins.
I could have choked on the sublime Steak Rossini they'd served us up for dinner.  What's more they were raving about their time there.
'The kids were happy, so we were happy' they said - admitting they'd had a few reservations about going to a holiday park, but had been persuaded to go by other members of their family.
They couldn't fault it, said the accommodation was fine, the food was fab, that the entertainment laid on had been brilliant and they wished they'd stayed longer!  
I've been getting myself all psyched up for when they buy a property in France which they've been talking about for a few years now, but instead of perusing Provence, they're talking about booking one of the Easter family holidays in Bognor.  We can't believe it and honestly really don't appreciate these distractions.
I mention it to deaf ears. They've set their heart elsewhere temporarily. Somewhere they say is safe, suitable for all ages and, perhaps we would like to go too? 
It's not lying on a lounger in the Caribbean, by a pool, with the sun beating down, a waiter bringing cocktails, nowhere to go, no-one to see and nothing to do but improve ones tan, which is much more my idea of fun, but those days are gone for now.  
In fact, it's quite the opposite they enthuse -*Groan* - plenty to do, loads to see.  There are pools and anything we'd like to drink, they argue.  Plus there's professional sports coaching for the kids.  Ouch. They knew if anything would defeat me, that might.  They will love it, they contest, we'll all love it.  
It's mighty tempting, because, according to them, these breaks are pretty good value, but if they don't break this annoying new habit, I reckon this time next year they'll be almost zillionaires!  

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  1. I'm surprising myself this year by considering a trip to Butlins. But I think once you're a parents your expectations change and happy kids become the most important thing - although reading that there's a spa there has helped convince me! ;-)

    1. Yes, I know exactly what you mean! Might see you there then!

  2. Sounds like the only thing missing is the guaranteed sun! I think Butlins is starting to appeal to so many more people than it used to - hope you have a great time if you go! x

  3. When I was a kid, I was desperate to go to Butlins one year but my parents looked down their noses at it (God knows why because they could have done with saving the money!) Sounds fab to me - you should go!

  4. I can only imagine that Butlins have come along way since the 1960's chalets! X.

  5. We suprised the kids with a trip to Butlins Skegness for New Year 2011 (1st time for all of us)- it was so much better than expected and everyone had a great (cheap) time - the only condition laid down was that we, under no circumstances, told their friends!!

  6. We went to Butlins Xmas 2011, and stayed at The Shoreline Hotel.

    It was very classy and nothing like the hi-de-hi images we all have in our heads.

    The staff were so attentive, but in a warm British way, not a cheesy American Disney way.

    I just loved it and would give anything to go again.

    I still have lots of videos and photos I have not posted yet and would love to do another post.

    Your post is great - glad your friends had a good time and showed you and themselves how good it can be (and how different Butlins is to our out of date perceptions).

    It's the perfect venue for a family friendly holiday.

    Liska xx