Butlin’s Bognor Regis: The People

This is my last in a series of posts about our stay at Butlin’s Bognor Regis during Christmas Party week. I’ve brought you Butlin’s Bognor Regis: The Ocean HotelButlin’s Bognor Regis: The Food and Butlin’s Bognor Regis: The Entertainment. Today I’m going to tell you about the people. The Butlin’s staff, those lovely, friendly people and conclude with a overview of our first Butlin’s holiday.

Our Butlin’s stay was perfect. One of the best holidays we’ve ever had. Which was unexpected I have to admit. I’m a holiday snob (well I’m just a snob really) and I didn’t think Butlin’s would necessarily be for us, but it really was. We all had so much fun, enjoying every moment and this was most definitely helped by the fantastic staff at Butlin’s.

From the housekeeping staff who left these fun towel art creations every day…

Hotel staff

To the entertainment staff (this lovely lady who sang for us as we ate in The Diner)…

Butlin's entertainment staff

The Red Coats, those lovely people who engage the kiddies to get involved. Littlebit is a shy girl, once she gets to know you she’s fine but she’s normally the kid found at the back of the crowd, close to Mummy or Daddy and not really joining in. Though she is in her eyes and always has a fab time whether she’s “joining in” or not. BUT I really wanted to see if we could build her confidence this holiday so during the first show I found a Red Coat, introduced her to Littlebit and she really engaged her. This lady was called Boe. Boe was lovely, kind and gentle with Littlebit. Boe wasn’t at every show we went to, but there was a couple of Red Coats at each and Littlebit recognised their uniforms and was straight in there next to them, she felt safe with a Red Coat and we were able to remain at the edges with the rest of the parents while she joined in. This was so great to watch, and actually my favourite part of this holiday! Thanks Red Coats.

Butlin's Red Coats 3
Butlin's Red Coats 2

The actors were pretty special too, the entertainment was just top notch.

Butlin's Red Coats

The Butlin’s Butlers I have talked about before but they also made our stay that little bit more special.

Every member of staff, or team member as Butlin’s call them, we came across was so friendly, smiley and ready to help. Whether it be directions to somewhere, questions about the entertainment, serving you at one of the eateries or just passing by as they went about their work they were all amazing.

Pros

* The useful App that has all the entertainment and maps etc.
* The wonderful, friendly staff
* The scrummy food
* How compact the site is – you could get everywhere in no more than 10 minutes, and that’s with a 4 year old with little legs in tow
* An itinerary so jam packed full of activities
* Our Character breakfast
* The variety of shows and entertainment
* We took Littlebit’s iPad and my laptop and neither were turned on for the duration of our stay.
* Nor did any of the Christmas presents we’d taken for Littlebit to play with come out from under her holiday bed.
* Fun filled Splash Waterworld, so much to do we could have spent hours and hours in there.

Cons

* The holiday was utterly exhausting, but we chose it this way so I’m not sure I should be listing this as a con. It is the sort of holiday you need a holiday after to recover from though. Ha!
* The hairdryers in Splash Waterworld were completely useless. At 20p a time we spent £2 in 20p’s each time we swam and that was just to dry Littlebit’s short hair.
* It was very cold in the Skyline. I know it was mid winter but I thought it could be heated a little better. Just make sure you wrap up warm!
* The main playground was closed which was a shame. The sign said due to health and safety so I’m guessing it was the cold and potential ice, but like I say it was a shame. Not that we had much down time to use the park anyway, we’d probably only have visited once.
* There was no easy access to the beach, which is a shame as we didn’t bother going in the end. Well only to drive past to have a look on the way home. It would be nice if they had an exit straight to the beach that was easy to get to. When we asked we were told you had to go out the main entrance and walk right round to the beach.

Even though there is a list of cons I think you’ll agree that they were pretty minor things.

So, in conclusion. Did we like Butlin’s? I think you’ll have guessed by now we LOVED it! We are so looking forward to our next visit and I have a feeling we’ll be booking for next year as we leave there too.

AMBASSADOR BADGE

I am a #ButlinsAmbassador and will be receiving two complimentary stays as part of my Butlin’s Ambassador role, however all views and opinions are my own. I will occasionally share information from Butlin’s which I think will be of interest to my readers. 

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Butlin’s Bognor Regis: The Entertainment

The Butlin’s Skyline Pavillion, where the magic happens!

Butlin's skyline

So far I’ve brought you Butlin’s Bognor Regis: The Ocean Hotel and Butlin’s Bognor Regis: The Food. Today I’m going to tell you about the thing that absolutely made our stay at Butlin’s one of our best holidays ever, the Butlin’s entertainment!

Butlin's magical stay Christmas

A few days before arrival you are sent details of “What’s On” during your stay. Due to it arriving 2 days before Christmas I didn’t get around to looking at it properly until the first evening that we were there. I did find a chance to see what was on the first evening though on our drive down, so we had that planned, but then I spent the first evening in the hotel planning our itinerary. It took me a couple of hours as there was so much to pack in and juggle, so do allow yourself some time to create your itinerary before you go if you can. Because I took the time to plan it all out we didn’t miss anything we’d have wanted to see or do, but it was like a military operation there was so much to pack in! Just look at our itinerary for our 3 night / 4 day stay.

Saturday 27th December
3:00pm – Arrival and check in – see my Hotel post
3:30-4:30pm – Unpacking and relaxing in the room
5:00-5:20pm – Storytime with Billy and Bonnie bear (Skyline stage)

Butlin's Billy and Bonnie's Storytime

5:20-6:00pm – Checking out the Butlin’s site and fun on the fairground

Butlin's fairground

6:00pm – Dinner in the Kaleidoscope Restaurant (The Ocean Hotel)
7:30pm – Bedtime

Sunday 28th December
7:45-8:30am – Breakfast with Billy and Bonnie bear (Papa Johns) – see my Food post
9:15-11:45am – Messy time for under 5s (Billy’s Buddies)

Butlin's messy time Butlin's play session

10:00-10:20am – Angelina Ballerina’s dance class (Skyline stage)
11:00-12:00pm – Swimming (Splash Waterworld)
1:00-2:15pm – Rest time in our room
2:30-2:50pm – ‘Bob the Builder Never Mind the Breeze Blocks’ (Skyline stage)
3:30-4:00pm – Puppet Castle ‘Toys at Midnight’ (Castle Courtyard, Skyline)

Butlin's puppet theatre

4:00-4:20pm – Angelina Ballerina’s dance class (Skyline stage)

Butlin's Angelina Ballerina
5:00-5:20pm – Storytime with Billy and Bonnie bear (Skyline stage)
5:30pm – Dinner in Turner’s restaurant
7:00-8:00pm – Late night fair, tots fair and soft play (7:00-9:00pm)
8:30pm – Bedtime

Monday 29th December
9:00am – Breakfast in the Kaleidoscope Restaurant (The Ocean Hotel)
10:00-10:20am – Billy and Bonnie’s wake up session (Skyline stage)

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10:20-11:00am – Soft Play (Skyline)
11:00am-12:00pm – Get Busy! Christmas Arts and Crafts (The Beach House)

Butlin's craft session
12:30-1:30pm – Storybook Panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Centre Stage)

Butlin's panto
3:00-4:00pm – Swimming (Splash Waterworld)
4:00-4:30pm – Playing in the Skyline amusements
4:30-4:55pm – ‘Mike the Knight and the Glendragon Anthem’ (Skyline stage)
5:00-5:20pm – Storytime with Billy and Bonnie bear (Skyline stage)
5:30pm – Dinner in The Diner
8:00pm – Bedtime

Tuesday 30th December
8:15am – Breakfast in the Kaleidoscope Restaurant (The Ocean Hotel)
10:00-10:30am – Billy and Bonnie’s wake up session (Skyline stage)
11:00-11:20am – Fireman Sam in ‘A Sunny Day in Pontypandy’ (Skyline stage)

Butlin's character entertainment
Last play in the Skyline amusements and on the play parks

Butlin's play parks
Scoop Ice Cream Parlour
Head home

There was plenty we didn’t have time for too:

We’d hoped to fit in a spa treatment each but there just wasn’t time
We’d planned to get Littlebit a fairy makeover but again couldn’t fit it in
We didn’t make it to the ice rink or the Giant Snow Globe

Littlebit is quite a shy child (how I don’t know with parents like us) and it takes her some time to get involved, but show her a Red Coat and she was straight in there with the Entertainment. More about that in my People post though.

Butlin's getting involved

Before this stay I really didn’t know what to expect. To be entirely honest I wasn’t sure this would be our kind of holiday. BUT just seeing the smile on Littlebit’s face pretty much the entire time we were there made me realise this is EXACTLY our kind of holiday. She was entertained every minute of every day. Which meant that we were entertained. The new toys she’d had as Christmas presents didn’t come out of their boxes, her iPad remained untouched from the moment we arrived until the journey home, the TV in her room was turned on just once. Now that’s entertainment!

We were busy the entire time, so I can’t say it was the most relaxing holiday ever. That said it was relaxing in a way,  as Littlebit was so stimulated it gave us some time off entertaining her, so that was “downtime” in a way. It certainly gave us some head space, a rare treat!

Her favourite thing was the Angelina Ballerina class, she loved it so much we did it twice. And she chose to spend some of her Christmas money on an Angelina toy from the Butlin’s shop before we left so she could “remember her friend Angelina”.

Daddy’s favourite thing was the Splash Waterworld where we had tonnes of fun on two of the days. I wish we’d found time for a third session but we just couldn’t fit it in.

My favourite thing was watching her get involved, whether it be with the shows, the amusements, the messy play or crafts. I just loved watching her confidence grow day by day. She turned from a really shy and retiring child to one with much more confidence during our stay at Butlin’s.

Come back soon for my final post about this stay at Butlin’s Bognor Regis: The People.

AMBASSADOR BADGE

I am a #ButlinsAmbassador and will be receiving two complimentary stays as part of my Butlin’s Ambassador role, however all views and opinions are my own. I will occasionally share information from Butlin’s which I think will be of interest to my readers. 

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