Butlins Skegness Entertainment #ButlinsAmbassadors
Post two of three (links at the bottom to the other posts)
Butlins is based around it’s entertainment. From it’s Splash Waterworld to shows and activities there is a lot of choice dependent upon age ranges of your family and their needs. Most of the activities are included in the price of the break with a small amount being charged at an additional cost.
The Splash Waterworld is fantastic. This was our favourite thing about our trip to Butlins, the kids absolutely loved it. There is plenty of different areas within the pools and slides to suit all ages. LissyLou in particular loved the smallest slides which were in the toddler pool area, she was very confident in these and loved going down them repeatedly. The water cannons and sprayers add extra fun and the opportunity to spray people as they walk past. You need your own floats/armbands etc for the pool as there are none available to borrow but they do have a shop in the entrance which sells these at a reasonable price.
We were disappointed on our second visit to find that the poolside was freezing, so much so that LissyLou’s lips turned blue within about two minutes of being within the complex, compared to the day before which had been really pleasant it was painfully cold. There didn’t seem to any reason for this and we enjoyed our swim anyway but would definitely have preferred it to be a bit warmer. If it helps put it in context people sat watching had thick jumpers on compared to the tshirts of the day before!
The changing rooms were well laid out and had plenty of family sized cubicles, however there were very few large lockers and we found that due to having winter coats/shoes we had to have 2 lockers and even then it was a big squeeze to get everything in. A few more large lockers would have been very welcome. There were lots of showers though and even when they were busy we didn’t have to wait more than a few seconds. The only bad part of this area was that people were allowed to walk through the shower area in outdoor shoes leaving dirty footprints where people were walking bare foot.
Given the ages of our children (2 and 4) we concentrated on the younger activities which were mainly shows in the Skyline Pavillion (favourite characters alongside Butlins Redcoats) which the children enjoyed as they got to see the likes of Pingu and Angelina Ballerina. I felt that these shows were a bit repetitive and one Redcoat in particular could not have looked more bored or put less effort in. The children didn’t notice though and happily went to a good number of different shows.
The evening entertainment offered a Tots Disco which the kids loved and a family friendly show in one of the other venues. These shows started at 7.30pm with the doors opening approx 45mins before. As B-Line customers we were able to get in early to bag good seats however for very small children this meant nearly a hours wait before the show started and for little ones who would normally be in bed before 8 it also meant that they were tired so it was a testing time! The Magic of Christmas show was fanstastic though, the children really thought it was magical, especially when it ‘snowed’ (foam) from the ceiling all over us.
The nursery on site offered a range of play options, a room full of toys for parents to supervise, free messy play sessions and paid creche facilities. We opted for the messy play session which parents stayed for and the children had free reign of the messy play stations and the creche toys for an hour. This gave us all a chance to chill out and the children loved the free session. We were impressed by the creche and would definitely have been happy to leave the children with the well qualified staff.
We did want to pay and take the children bowling but sadly this was extremely popular and booked out the whole time we were there. C was very unimpressed by this, especially as the couple of times we went to try and play there were unexplained empty lanes.
Given the bowling disappointment we did take the children to the onsite cinema and at £18 for a family ticket it was cheaper than at home so we felt this was reasonable. They offered a reasonable range of drinks and snacks which weren’t over priced.
There were plenty of arcade games on site too which could be played for fun, tickets or money. The children loved the 2p machines! The Tots Funfair is currently spread across the site somewhat to make way for a new restaurant but the kids loved the Ladybird ride!
We felt that overall the entertainment was better for slightly older children and that you would be able to find more things for over 5’s to enjoy that offered better variety.