This is my second Butlins blog post so if you fancy a read of the first one, go to April 2018’s posts to the post titled ‘No Longer A Butlins Snob!’. We loved last year so much that we rebooked whilst we were there for this year. Last year we went in March and it was quite cold, so we booked for May. We also invited one of ours friends and her daughter (another Amelia Rose) to come with us.
When we arrived at Butlins in Skegness the check in was just as easy as the first time. Make sure you have your booking reference and ID to hand as it’s a drive through check in. Our friends were in a different car to us so I made sure they had the booking reference too as it was more than likely we wouldn’t be right next to each other at check in. I’d highly recommend the Butlin’s app. When you login your booking reference is in there so it’s easier than having all the paperwork. Our apartments were next door to each other in the next block to the one we stayed in last year. A handy tip for Butlins at Skegness is when you book a Gold Apartment it is listed as 2 beds, but they aren’t. All Gold Apartments at Skegness are 3 beds.
The apartments have been renovated since last year. They’re still basic but for the price you pay you can’t really complain. The biggest downside for me in the apartments is the beds and sheets; they aren’t the best! They don’t really seem to fit properly but again; you get what you pay for. Another downside is the showers. They’re not very powerful and I couldn’t angle ours to a position that was suitable for me as it kept slipping back to its original position. Apart from that it was great for what we needed. The kitchen had a dishwasher, oven, microwave and kettle. The lounge was a great size with 2 sofas and big windows looking out onto the green below. The 3 bedrooms were all good sizes although I would have liked a bigger bed! I’d recommend taking a bed guard if your children are little as they’re quite high up.
We arrived too late to do much on the first day, so we all went for dinner. The first place we ate was the ‘Firehouse Grill’. Here they mostly do chicken but there were a few fish and veggie options too. This was my least favourite place to eat last year at Butlins and unfortunately was the same this year. Although the service was good the chicken was dry, and I couldn’t eat much of it. I purposely avoided the chicken breast as I knew that would be dry, but it didn’t help! After dinner we went to the tots disco but both girls were really tired, so we didn’t stay for long.
The next day we all had breakfast at the apartment and then got ready for the day. One thing we learnt on this holiday is that although our girls get on really well, they are quite different in their likes! Our Amelia loves shows and people dressed up in costumes; the other Amelia does not! We all tried to watch the Teletubbies show together in the morning but the other Amelia wouldn’t go near! We had to split up at that point but it’s Butlins, there’s so much to do that they weren’t just hanging around waiting for us. The app came in handy here too because you can see what’s on throughout the day and you can add it to your schedule. There’s a map that shows you how to get to all the activities and again, much easier than carrying around paperwork!
After the show we went to the tots football class. Amelia did this last year when we came, and she really enjoyed it and that was the same this year. We played on the beach for a little bit and both girls could have stayed there all day but there was so much to do we enticed them away with the promise of an ice lolly! Amelia got her first Skyline gang show in which she loved and then we went back to the apartment for some lunch.
In the afternoon we went swimming; the pool there is amazing. The water is warm, they have children’s slides, adult slides and a rubber ring one you can all go on. They have a cafe there and plenty of seating. They could do with some more family changing rooms and be prepared for how cold it feels when you get out of the pool! I think next time I’d take our towels out with us to wrap up with when we get out. Both girls were pretty tired after that, so we went for some food. The girls were practising their hairdressing skills and the food was so much better. This restaurant was called ‘Ludo’s Italian’ and served exactly what you’d expect, pizzas and pasta. The food seemed better than last year and the service was great. We’d promised the girls a sleep over, so we had everyone at our apartment and our Amelia was like a teenager chatting away trying to keep the other one awake. Thankfully they eventually went to sleep!
The next morning was a slow one. We took our time getting ready and all had breakfast in our apartment. We had a wander around to see what we wanted to do and came across the ‘Animal Antics’ area. We got there at a great time as they had a chameleon out that both Amelia and I held. I loved how interested she was in it and really wanted to hold it. I’d never seen one so colourful! We walked down to the little tikes fairground after that and our Amelia went on some rides which was a vast improvement to last year! The other Amelia wasn’t interested though so she played in the playground area. We got an ice cream which Amelia helped me to eat! One of their flavours there is exactly like a Ferrero Rocher, it’s amazing! We’d taken a picnic to eat on the go that day which was a brilliant idea as our apartment was quite a walk for little legs! We watched another skyline gang show whilst eating our lunch and then played in the arcade. We decided to get an early dinner and went to ‘The Pub & Kitchen’. The food was good here and as it wasn’t open last year it was our first visit. The girls were much more interested in their puddings though!
On our last full day at Butlins we decided to rent one of the pedal buggies we’d seen other people going around in. It was big enough for all of us but at £14 for 30 minutes it was a bit pricey. You can’t actually go very far in them either, so I don’t think it’s worth it. We went to a Playdoh workshop which was really busy, but the girls enjoyed it and they got to take the playdoh home which was good. We stopped by the library where one of the skyline gang read to Amelia before going back to the apartment for lunch. We decided to all go swimming again because we all really enjoyed it and then went straight for dinner. We went to ‘The Beachcomber Inn’ and again the food was quite good, and the portions were massive! The other Amelia was really tired, so they went back to their apartment but as it was our last night we decided to take Amelia to see the Skyline Gang one more time as it was definitely her favourite part of Butlins. She got to meet her favourite (and ours) member ‘Pip’ after the show. We played in the arcade for a while after and eventually went back to get Amelia to bed.
On our last day we needed to be out of the apartments by 10am so we packed up and started taking stuff to the car. We had one issue when we were staying at Butlins and this is when it happened. If you go, make sure someone stays in the apartment. We were taking stuff to the car and when we came back found a member of staff in our apartment clearing it out even though it wasn’t 10am. We’d left a couple of bags behind and some food including fresh fruit. He’d presumed the stuff we had left was lost property and had chucked all our food in the bin! He wasn’t the apologetic and said that they get stuff left like that all time.
Apart from this we had a great time and booked again for next year and got an amazing deal! If you’ve thought about Butlins and maybe been put off, go! It’s cheap, cheerful and a place where you’ll make amazing memories.