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      30.03.2011 18:05

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      I went to butlins every year as a child and really enjoyed it so much. Then in 1998. after finishing a college course in leisure and tourism I went to work at butlins skegness it was hard work but you got plenty of social time as well it was while I was their that I met my partner as he was working their as well him in the kitchen at coral beach me as a waitress. We have been together ever since and we now take our children to skeggy for fab holidays we love it every time. I would recommend anyone who wants to work at butlins to give it a go cos it is a great atmosphere the same if anyone wants to go their on holiday they will have a fab time.

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      01.05.2009 15:16
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      It has no equal in the UK

      I have been going to butlins holiday resorts for the best part of 20 years and still enjoy them as much today as I did back then, but for very different reasons. Obviously as a child Butlins really excelled in every way but as I got older and went through my clubbing sort of age I still found going to Butlins with friends to be a great experience. Now I have a toddler myself the whole experience has changed again and is better than ever now just because I get to see the pure joy on my daughters face as Barney walks by and things like that.

      Butlins has changed considerably over the years in terms of size and quantity as well as seeing a shift in quality in entertainment. There seems to be a lot more emphasis on the Red Coats being able to sing, dance and entertain rather than just simply walking around being pleasant. This has seen a noticeable increase in performance level and subsequently a much improved night life.

      Butlins took the brave decision a number of years ago to reduce the number of camps from 6 to 3 and dramatically upgrade those 3 to another level. they did this by creating the wonderful Skyline pavilions at each of the remaining 3 in Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis. The huge tents immediately stopped the feeling of "what do I do if it rains" and provide a central hive of activity that brings joy to all, young and old.

      Having been to all 3 remaining camps a couple of times since the revamps I can honestly say that all 3 are equally as good as each other. Bognor is the base camp but Minehead provides excellence and my nearby Skegness camp provides the locality I need. The camps are laid out with minimal walking in mind if that is what you seek, but all do provide excellent scenery to take a stroll round if that takes you fancy.

      You can pretty much do anything you want at Butlins. Activities include pool, snooker, tennis, bowling, football, bingo, singing and all kinds of play groups for kids. You can eat and drink in a variety of trendy or homely places. Prices are not the most competitive for food and drink but there is the option to go half or full board for your stay and this could reduce the cost significantly whilst you are there. I have been half board and found the food to be of a good standard and the restaurants to be clean and comfortable.

      The staff at Butlins are what help to make the stay as good as it is. The Red Coats are renowned for their friendliness and they don't let you down and I find the bar staff and nursery staff to be well trained and very friendly too.

      There really is no competition for Butlins in the UK in my opinion and I urge you all to try one of the resorts if you haven't already. The whole experience is magical for all ages.

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        01.05.2009 13:50
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        A life changing experience

        I worked at Butlin's Skegness in the simmer of 89 and will never forget the experience. Back then you were payed £55.00 for a six day working week. I worked in the sweet kiosks and the shopping centre and met some good people. We used to joke about how it was the closest thing to being in prison due to the heavy handedness of the security guards and the very strict rules and regulations. Staff accommodation back then were the original 1930's holiday chalets with a bed, wardrobe and sink and only one plug socket. It was a sackable offense to have a double plug adaptor, due to someone the previous year overloading the socket and burning a row of chalets down.

        The uniform provided consisted of one pair of trousers and two shirts and this was meant to last a week as the only opportunity you had to use the launderette was on your one day off. Not great provision as this was the summer season.

        Nobody tells you about the running battles that staff regularly have with holiday makers. The Scottish national holiday week in June was particularly violent. There was also an armed robbery on the cash van one evening which turned out to have been carried out by a disgruntled ex member of staff.

        Looking back though it was a great experience. I'm assuming 20 years on conditions have improved considerably for staff and holiday makers alike. I managed to keep a day to day diary whilst there which I still have today. Some of it's reading would make a good script for a new Mike Leigh film.

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        30.01.2009 19:35
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        Great for families

        What can I say about Butlins??? Welll I use to work as a sales assistant for the Bognor Regis Butlins way back in 2002 and although it was a seasonal job I really enjoyed it.
        If things hadnt gone the way they had when i returned home for christmas I may well still be working for them now.

        Well I really enjoyed the day to day goings of Butlins everyday Id meet new people, some staying for a few days some for 2 weeks.
        I worked in the skyline pavillion either in the gift shop, sweet shop,Joke shop or on the sand stall.
        This made my job here more interesting as I would usually be doing something different everyday so it never got boring for me.

        After work I would usually get changed and go up to centre stage to see what entertainment was going on some times there would be some very famous singers there.On a few occaisions 911 sung and I was goibsmacked as I was a big fan of theirs before I applied to work for Butlins.

        Butlins is great for entertainment for kids and adults,During the day children could meet their favourite tv character while I was there it was Noddy but has since all changed to bob the builder and Barney.

        I have since taken my children to Butlins for a day visit and they really enjoyed it.

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        29.12.2007 00:03

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        Stayed at Butlins Skegness for Christmas,7 adults and 2 teenage girls.The accommodation was silver self-catering,the apartments were very comfortable and clean.There was entertainment from morning till late night ,lots to join in for younger children and I think it would be a Christmas they would never forget.We had the Xmas dinner and that was very good, the only down side was there is still lots of things you had to pay for and you might have noisy neighbours so take some ear plugs.The Red coats (if there still called that) were fantastic and put on some wonderful shows and they certainly earn their money!

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        12.03.2006 11:16
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        Great for a fun-filled family holiday!

        Although I have only ever had holidays at bognor butlins, my mum visited the skegness resort and my friends have been to minehead. Apparently as Skegness is so big its more spaced out and harder to get to things so not as good as bognor. Minehead seems ok-ish. When people say there is nothing for little kids I do not understand that so just to set the record straight I will say about all the things for little kids:
        There is a special Bob the Builder land with shows throughout the day
        There is an indoor play area and a seperate indoor play area for toddlers and kids under 5
        There is kids slides, bubble pool, shallow beach area's and more in the splash waterworld
        Highchairs available in restuarants
        Kids clubs
        Creche
        A mini funfair with bob the builder rides for small children
        ....And more
        There is also lots for teenagers to do..funfair, rides at swimming eg spacebowl, master blaster , flumes, there is amusements, shows, outdoor play area and more.
        For adults : bars, shops, bingo, cinema, rides, swimming etc
        Some people say it is tacky but I don't agree.

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          13.08.2005 23:13
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          recommend to all young people looking for a uk adventure

          Although i worked for Butlins at Skegness back in 1989, i have never forgotten the experience, yes you work hard but by heck you have lots of social life on your time off.
          The money isnt too great but as in another review its your money as you have food and accomadation supplied for you
          I met some bands albiet country and western, some commedians, the one that sticks out is Brian Connelly
          I would reccomend any young person to do a minimum of a season there and i do recomend it to young people i meet and who want something short term and different to do. i wouldve been back year after year but decided to start a family and my daughter was born the year after {incedentially i met my husband there now divorced after 12 years)
          Disadvantages in my time were the acommadation very basic so small we called them sheds, the security were heavy handed at times and some rules were a bit 'strict' but you put up with it cos it was so much friends.
          I and my ex husband tell our kids about our adventure working at Butlins, my eldest son wants to go and work there when is old enough, we wont stop him
          Although i worked there years ago i hope this review is useful

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            29.12.2003 03:54
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            Having read some of the reviews on butlins I am posting this to ask you to give butlins a chance. I worked for Butlins for 8 years and in the time I was there (95 - 03) changes have come thick and fast. I have read reviews that claim Bourne - Butlins parent company are a bunch of ........ well not very nice people! I have also read about people not having a good holiday which I find sad. If you dont mind I would like to put the record straight on a few matters. Firstly yes I agree that at the moment Butlins aint what it used to be, but Bourne acknowledge this and are making a point of trying to improve things. Every guest receives an evaluation form so thay can score each and every part of their holiday, the return of these forms is about 400 per break out of around 5000 guests. If you dont fill in these forms how can Butlins provide you with the service you are expecting???? Secondly the staff! Well what can I say you always remember the bad ones! Butlins in summer employ about 1100 people per resort it costs over £200 per staff member just to get them ready to work and as a lot of young people tend to work at butlins some only stay a few weeks. So a resort that needs 1100 team members may end up employing 3000-4000 members of staff per season. As you must understand it takes more than a few months to become the ideal butlins worker, trained to deal with every eventuality. So only the returning staff who work year after year are experienced enough to help out fully and out of the 1100 team only 300-400 are continual returnees. The guest sees a butlins worker and expects them to solve all their problems - which in an ideal world would happen, but picture this you work at tesco and you have a customer complaining about burger king you really cant help that person but at butlins if you work on accom and you have a guest complaining about the bar's you are
            expected to know enough to help that person. So your average butlins worker has to know a little bit about all of butlins and believe me there are 100's of jobs. With time Butlins will become the Butlins we all remember give it time a lot of changes need to be made and when you go on your holiday spare a thought for the poor team working hard - because we do care - a lot! When I worked at Butlins I truly tried my best to provide the best holiday experience as do 1000's of others still working there, please dont let a few bad apples spoil a very good quality barrel.

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              27.05.2003 17:48
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              So what is it like on the inside? Most of the ops here are about peoples experiences of holidays at each of the centres and opinion is varied. This is to be expected as different people have different expectations and different experiences - 'can't please all of the people all of the time' syndrome. But what about working their? Is it all play? Well - er..............no! Here's a brief run-down of the set up and some aspects I felt might be useful writing about. (Please forgive me for being a little out of date - Rank sold Butlins to Bourne Leisure a few years ago so the set-up may have changed a little but the jobs still need to be done) Departments: (alphabetically) 1, Bars 2, Catering - Retail and Main catering (ie restaurants and the main dining halls) 3, Customer Services - Accommodation, Customer Services, Cleaning, Gardens, First Aid, Nursery, Security. 4, Finance - Accounts, Treasury, Wages, Bookings, Allocations, Sales, Stores 5, Leisure Services - Waterworlds, Fairground 6, Personnel & training 7, Shops 8, Stage & Productions - Show Redcoats, General Duty Redcoats, Technical Crew, Wardrobe, Childrens entertainers 9, Technical Services - Plumbers, Electricians, Maintenance. Hours: Since the Working Hours legislation has been introduced the standard working week is around 40-48 hours normally over 6 days, and can be in split shifts depending on the department. Main Catering for example requires staff to be in early to prepare for and serve breakfast and then again late afternoon to prepare and serve evening meals. Pay: Many staff complain about pay but again since the introduction of the Minimum Wage it fall in line with legislation. What must be remembered is that you get your accommodation and 3 hot meals a day for free so the pay you get is money in your pocket - free cash, so I never understood those who said they were badly off. Accommo
              dation: Seasonal staff are put up on centre in staff units. Generally you will share - up to 3 per unit (although supervisors sometimes get a 2 share) with a room to yourself and shared bathroom facilities within your unit. The share is usually with other people from your department - although not necessarily the same section you are working in. Normally the living room is the third bedroom so relaxation is in your own bedroom. Although their is a Staff Accommodation dept the onus on cleanliness within the unit is on yourself. Socialising: There is a staff bar with reduced price drinks and some food available but staff are allowed to frequent the venues to watch the shows should they wish (except for some special break weekends when the shows are by ticket only). There are also many bars offcentre (although Skegness is situated someway out of town) with quizzes and skittles etc. Drugs Yes it happens, as it would in any reasonably large town. In 7 years I never had any offered to me. Of course it can depend on the people you get to now and in some respects the deparment (eg. I have heard -although no experience of - split shifts with late night socialising and early mornings, staff using some drugs to get them through the day). Behaviour: It is very much a play hard and work hard environment. It is a job and should be treated as such. You are ambassadors for the centre and the company. When socialising you must be careful not to act in such a way as to offend anyone. Guests are all around and even when you are not in uniform you may be recognised. (eg try not to be sick over the bosses jacket or urinate in the nearest flower bed). As long as you remember that you must do a good days work and be smart and pleasant even in the face of adversity (a complaining guest) then there's no reason why you shouldn't make the most of the facilities available. We all have heavy nights and a hangover the next day...ju
              st remember t hat you can't hide from the guests - they are looking to you for their holiday experience - if they enjoy it then so will you. There's always the problem that you don't get on with the people you live or work with. If so you can always ask for a transfer. It's a place to be enjoyed whilst providing enjoyment for the paying guests. It's not a holiday so don't expect one, but then don't shut yourself away either - get out and enjoy it, but treat it as a proper job too. A great life if you have the right attitude and frame of mind.

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                22.06.2002 02:41

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                We first tried Butlins in June 2001 and were very nervous about what to expect. 12 months later we have had 7 fantastic holidays/weekend breaks there. Whether it's a family summer holiday or a themed break the whole experience is amazing! My wife and 2 year old boy have been or our own, with the family and with friends and everyone has left happy. The entertainment for the children is non-stop on the summer breaks from Noddy & his friends to quality shows like Dave Benson Philips, Popeye and quality music. If that's not enough there are the brilliant Redcoats who are determined to ensure that you have the type of holiday you want. I believe there are now approximately 35 Redcoats all with the same idea. I'd like to give special thanks to Leanne, Gemma, Louise and Hayley though for everything! Sure you could get a cheaper holiday but you'll never have a better value one. We've booked again and cannot wait!!

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                07.09.2001 01:09
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                I’ve just returned from a mini holiday at Butlins in Bogner Regis and decided to put pen to paper and finger to keyboard whilst everything was fresh in my mind. Butlins is not a new holiday destination for me and mine. We have been taking our kids there on and off over the last ten years and have been to most of the resorts around Britain. I have three girls aged between twelve and five and Butlins was chosen with them in mind. Butlins now has the Skyline Pavilion, which is rather like the biggest, and tallest circus tent you can imagine but it is a permanent structure. Inside this pavilion are various attractions such as a circular stage area where shows are held throughout the day, various theme bars, a bowling alley, shops, fast food areas, Toyland (great for the little ones), amusement arcades, puppet shows and a section for trapeze artists. It is very impressive and because everything is enclosed within, it is unaffected by the changes in weather. My only criticism being the amount of arcade machines scattered all around the area with signs reading “Don’t pass by, give us a try.” My five year old was very impressed by the different shows on offer. She particularly enjoyed Circus Masquerade (jugglers, trapeze artists, clowns etc). The opening sequence was amusing for one reason only, five or so artistes wearing brightly coloured cloaks and facemasks entered the stage area, which was surrounded, by lots of little kids with their mums and dads. The kids were all sitting at the front and the parents were seated behind them. The music which accompanied the fives entrance was a form of chant. Every so often the cloaked and masked figures would walk to the edge of the circle and stare down at the little kids. This terrified some of the little mites and I saw two kids (boy and girl) run screaming from these masked figures and out into the main area. My own little one wasn’t bothered in the slightest but anyone who has
                seen “The Masque of Red Death” with Vincent Price will have some idea as to what scared the kids. Outside the Pavilion, Butlins has plenty to offer including the Odeon Cinema, which was showing Planet of The Apes. My wife and the twelve year old went to see this and weren’t very impressed. I’ve yet to see it but when I do, expect a review in the movie section. Also on offer was Shrek, which deserves all the plaudits it has received, Help I’m a Fish (kids enjoyed this) and Rush Hour 2 (enjoyed by all). Of course my five year old wasn’t allowed to see all of these and yours truly and Butlins kept her amused whilst the older ones watched the big kid’s movies. Entry was £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for kids. The cinema was small but served its purpose. Shows went on throughout the day and evening and on certain days there was a free show for the kids (Rugrats in Paris was on offer last weekend). Other activities on offer included Splash Waterworld, which was great fun for adults and children alike. Plenty of flumes for the inexperienced and experienced and the Master Blaster, which was a raft ride which takes you on a ride high above the pool area and is pretty good. My only gripe was I had to queue for over 45 minutes and having come out of the pool wet, I was bone try by the time I sat in the raft with my ten year old. The pool itself is designed with fun in mind i.e. wave machine, rapids, slides and kiddie slides. The serious swimmer or anyone just wanting to swim a few lengths would be completely out of luck here. Our first evening was spent at the Centre Stage, a huge arena with plenty of seating and bars. The main act on was a Freddie Mercury impersonator called Kevin King (I’m sure that’s his name). He came on and strutted his stuff and about half way through his act, I said to my wife “ There’s something not quite right here but I can’t put my finger on it&#
                8221; She said, “ Well, he doesn’t sound like Freddie Mercury, look like him or act like him but apart from that he’s okay.” During his rendition of “I want to break free,” one chap sitting near us was singing, “I want to break wind.” In fairness he wasn’t all-bad and he certainly had a voice but he didn’t borrow it from Freddie. He also had a very annoying habit of shouting “Come on Butlins, put your hands in the air.” The following night Shane Ritchie was on and he had the crowd eating from the palm of his hand. He told plenty of jokes and performed a number of songs from Grease. As there were plenty of children in the audience, Shane was a little bit constrained with his material. An example of this was when he addressed the kids with “Simple Simon says put your hands on your heads.” And he finished by saying “Simple Simon says put your fingers in your ears.” He immediately started a joke about a Vicar and three Prostitutes but obviously didn’t finish it. My only criticism of this venue was the cigarette smoke which was everywhere. I gave up around six weeks ago (six weeks and four days to be exact) and I really don’t mind the smell but there seemed to be a smoker on every table and it was just too much especially for the kids. Other attractions included a Funfair (very good and all free), an indoor and outdoor kids play area (also very good), outdoor sports, Nursery services (we didn’t need this but in the past, it was always very good). Plenty of Bars but I kept my drinking to a minimum. I tried one pint of Guinness, which is generally what I drink and didn’t have anymore. Instead I switched to Carling and had about three points each evening. Carling was £2.50 a pint and the kids mainly stuck to Slush Puppies at £1.20 a go. We spent four days (three nights), Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and wen
                t on half board. The food was decent fare and there was a very good selection. Everything was self-service and some people took this to mean you could leave the eating area with handfuls of tea bags, napkins and toast wrapped up in napkins. It was funny to watch. The four days cost us £278.00 (three kids and two adults) and the accommodation was basic but clean and more than adequate, three bedrooms, a living room area with kitchen and toilet and shower. I could go on writing but this op has to end sometime and that time is now.

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                  10.06.2001 23:26
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                  Butlins really is a good value holiday, with entertainment for all ages. Like all holiday centres it can be expensive if you choose to go at peak times, but if you are prepared to let the kids off school for a week it can be very reasonable. They do special weeks for single parents in June and July where the first child gets to go free, so it only cost us £108.00 for my son and I to go half-board for a week. They also do lots of week-end and short breaks (Fri-Mon and Mon-Fri) which obviously cost less. Our accomodation was only basic, one room with 2 beds in it and a bathroom but there is so much to do that it didn't bother us as we spent very little time actually in the chalet. Higher class accomodation with much better furnishings is available if you are prepared to pay extra to get it. Breakfast is three courses, including cereal, full English cooked and toast (if you can manage it all) Evening meal is again three courses, with a choice of main meals. If you want something mid-day there are plenty of places to buy food, including Harry Ramsdens Chip shop and Burger King. Amenities and entaertainment include the funfair, Splash fun pool and a number of clubs. All amenities are free, with the odd exception of Bowling, or Go Karting etc. For a start their are two swimming pools, The Beach club which allows for a more laid back swim and Splash, where there are Rapids, a spa, 3 flumes, A masterblaster ride and the Space bowl. The masterblaster consists of a course of over 200 metres and you are sat in a rubber dinghy while you are pushed along. The space bowl is another fairly new attraction, which is an extremely fast water slide (apparently 40mph!), and a drop into a large bowl where you spin around before dropping out into the water. However, at peak times these rides can have a queue time of up to 1 hour, but if you manage to catch it at the right time you can get away with
                  around 15 minutes, and sometimes less, especially for the space bowl. The fun fair is not particulaly big, but all rides are free, and this year saw the edition of the new ride "Miami Wave". Sometimes some rides will not be operating which can be dissapointing, but at the moment, the fair consists of thewse rides: Dragon Coaster (small childrens roalercoaster) Miami Wave Dodgems Galaxy Waltzers Carousel and Go Karts (£3.00) The opening times are slightly dissapointing as most nights the fair closes at just 5.45pm, however there are 2 nights a week where it remains open until 9pm. As for night time entertainment there are a number of pubs and clubs. For teenagers there is the Zone, which although small, holds Discos almost every night and also special Ibiza nights 1 or 2 days a week. During the day The Zone also arranges activities like DJ Skills, TV presenting skills, etc. There is also Reds, Centre Stage, Jaks, The Crazy Horse and The Swingin Shillelagh, which all hold various performances. Overall, I consider it a value for money family holiday with plenty for everyone to do.

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                    I wonder how many will remember the butlins song for kids? Beavers,beavers,beavers all, we like sing and act a fool, we like to drink to keep us cool, we are the butlins beavers..... Butlins has been around for some time now. Over the years it has changed,the main time being with the sell off. Some of the camps have now been sold. Like the ones in scotland and wales. This was probably down to to weather,cold in scotland and floods wales lately. Still Butlins is good for the children. So what do butlins have to offer now? Butlins now have 3 camps namely at bognor regis,minehead and skegness. The facilities at these camps have all improved over the years and have syline pavillion,splash waterworld,sports and leisure,centre stage and reds plus lots of bars and restaurants.Butlins is for all the family and has little clubs from birth age right up to teens.Then night clubs for adults only too. The camps are open for most of the year and the prices do vary from season to season.They also do with camp to camp. If you also go on a regular basis you can join the premier club, which allows you to obtain discounts on the holiday, The more you go the better the offers. This comes as bronze,silver and gold. My husband is in the bronze range and this year we recieved 25% off the holiday prices.They send you a credit sizes passport with membership number for use plus a badge. Some of the items at the camps are: big top concerts: ________________ These shows are at minehead and offer the big pop stars.Usually in november. Family winter: ________________ These are gatherings of the family for events like christmas,easter,bonfire night etc. Themed Breaks: ______________ Good for families again. Offering all ranges of music,eg 40's week or dance,comedy etc these are manly during november to may Music festivals: <
                    br>_________________ Good if you like certain music from a definate era.November to may Adult weekenders: ________________ Chance to leave those children and act like one yourself lol. This offers top bands,comedy acts etc but for the over 18's range.november to march Family summer: ______________ general family type summer entertainment with different acts for all age ranges.may to october so is there anything else I can say well yes.. The pavillion is host to a wide amount of things,kids shows,puppets,cafes,restarants,games machines, even ten pin bowling. You could find noddy,jellykins,power rangers or any other childrens fantasy character.The famous redcoats too (many of the older ones have become stars in there own right) The waterworlds... waves pools, shallow water and slides for toddlers and babies. Current rides,raft?boat rides, space style bowl (plunge down at a fast speed then drop straight out of the bowl into the water.Flume rides as well.Good clean changing rooms but most are open not cubicals. Sports and leisure, go-karts,funfairsaqua-aerobics, gym lessons,basketball to name a few.these is much much more. Centre stage and reds,This is showtime...you can enjoy drinks and shows or have a dance. west end productions and live bands.Reds shows and entertainment by the redcoats plus discos for the younger ones(and older ones if you wish to join in) The breaks: 3/4 day breaks are available or longer if you wish. The accomodation: ________________ You can stay half board or self catering. best end of range. Deluxe Which offers extras like a video recorder and your own parking space.Wine and chocolates. Deluxe ..Half board good furnishings more space,fridge,28 inch tv,video player,own parking space maid service,bath with a shower( towels and soap provided)All bed li
                    nen is included. But if you want you can go for the other end of the range and stay in a basic economy: This offers low prices and has older style furnishings twin or double rooms and a bath or shower. The self-catering ones have a lounge/ kitchenette with convertible sofa bed. They are clean but very basic. Christmas time is nice at most of the camps as carols are sung,plus a dressed up sledge goes round the camp.The children also get a pressent of santa.At this time of the year you will find the pantos plus half board usually changes to full board and self catering changes with the fact that a hamper is included. Bonus: You can explore any of the camps with a day pass before you book up if in area. ..................................... I have been to all the sites since I was a child, and over the years it has changed loads. I have been in different seasons so hard to put one in for what season went.

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                      So you want to have a family holiday but don't know where to go! You want somewhere that will suit everyone so that you all get the best out of it- Butlins is your answer. Myself and my partner went with our 3 month old baby boy and had a brilliant time. From the minute you drive through the entrance gates your fun starts. There are friendly Redcoats there to greet you and tell you about all the wonderful facilities available to you throughout your stay. There are things for everyone to do all day everyday. Butlins are especially keen on catering for the children with there Noddy theme everywhere the kids go. They can visit Toyland and meet Noddy and his friends and even have their photo taken with him. The thing that especially impressed me about the park was the fact that everywhere is pushchair and wheelchair friendly. Whereever you see stairs you will also see a lift or a slope which i thought was brilliant. When the evening draws in there are a variety of entertainment venues for you to enjoy yourselves in. Family ones and some for the over 18s only. See something for everyone! If you like swimming you will really like Butlins. They have a huge waterpark to entertain the most energetic of people to the quiet people that just want to lay back in the bubbles and relax. There are food outlets to suit everyones taste and a few restaurants too. Come rain or shine you will have a good time! So if you are fed up with going on holiday and someone saying "i'm bored" then Butlins is your answer. Once you have been once you will want to keep going back year after year. One quick tip " don't forget your camera" you will want to capture this family holiday on film and remember it forever. Overall a truly wonderful holiday experience and would reccomend it to everyone.

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                      14.01.2001 04:15
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                      I used to go to Butlin's regularly as a child, because we lived near the Skegness camp and my Dad used to love going there. I went to Butlin's every year for a long time, but the holidays I remember the clearest were in the 1980s, when we used to go to the camp at Barry Island in Wales. The chalets were basic, but not unpleasant and we hardly spent any time in them anyway. There were great facilities, everything you could want on the site. There were organised competitions, discos, nightclubs, good quality entertainment, free cinema, swimming pool, etc. I used to take the National Pentathlete Awards each year, which meant you automatically had a program of sporting activities to attend, and had an instant bond with a group of strangers who would soon become your friends over the week. We still keep in touch with some of the people we met on holiday in Butlins, and I had a few holiday romances which lasted a few months afterwards too. So Butlins holidays in the 1980s were wonderful, dream-like and full of happy memories. But what about nowadays ? I have been to the Butlins camps in Minehead and Bognor in the last decade, since having four children of my own. Things have definitely changed, and not always for the better. Butlins is trying to lose its working class, cheap and cheerful image. It has tried to do this by basically introducing more expensive attractions. These include excellent swimming facilities - the huge indoor heated pools with jacuzzis, play areas, water slides and the like. The cinema now shows recent films, but they are no longer free, prices replicating those of the big multiplex cinemas, including the cost of the refreshments. The creche facilities are very good too, as is the Noddy theme idea with excellent play areas and special events for little ones. You can also pay extra for a Noddy themed chalet, which includes Noddy bedding and wallpaper, access to a l
                      ittle park and a free package of Noddy toys, books, etc. Very good for the under-sixes. The amount of shops have grown, with expensive souvenirs and toys more easily available than a cheap sandwich or cup of tea. The streets have changed into undercover plazas, containing a range of overpriced fast food restaurants and circus acts. The theatre shows have always been good, but they are now even more professional. The shows are often based on a theme, such as the one about Casper the Ghost that was at the Minehead camp when we went in 1999. The whole Butlins experience has been polished and preaned, but they have outpriced themselves. It is now cheaper to go abroad than to go to Butlins for a week. But it still retains that image, where people will turn their noses up if you say you are going to Butlins. The irony of it is that the "ordinary" family cannot afford to go on a Butlins holiday now, and those that can afford it feel it is beneath them.

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