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Member Name: bailey_kipper_uk
Date: 14/10/01, updated on 14/10/01 (535 review reads)
Advantages: Good fun, everything arranged
Disadvantages: Lots of kids, expensive, cold
My girlfriend and I went to Skeggy in late June as it was the last chance both of us had to get away for a while. We weren't really sure what to do or where to go. Butlins came up and we decided there and then to go.
Emma had been before and warned me it was a bit windy. I didn't believe her at first but it is a noticeable breeze when you are walking around the site.
Well there are 4 types. Economy, Studio, Gallery and Deluxe. Deluxe is Self-Catered and for families so we didn't investigate that any further, but it did look nice. As we went earlier in the year it was cheaper so we went for gallery which was the 2nd best accommodation. We were glad we did. We saw the Economy and they did look 'Economy' to say the least. Studio was slightly better but the gallery rooms just looked nicer. Butlins has recently spent a lot of money doing up their sites and it shows.
Pricewise it's still expensive compared to going abroad. It cost 330 between us for 1 week. But if you we a family going in July/August it could well be 800+.
We went half-board (as a couple we couldn't choose self-catered). The meal times were odd. 8-8.45 and 4.45-5.30 was our breakfast and tea times. Early when you consider that you are on holiday. It was good although as it got us up and about and I don't think we would have got up until about 10-11 if we had a choice and would have wasted a lot of the day. There is a supermarket on site which is useful, also a burger king, and chicken place which are both open late
Centre Stage provided the best entertainment. They had a in house group that provided the entertainment which was very good. They had a 80's night, 60's night, rock, etc. All were very good. Admittedly not many people over t
he age of 30 enjoyed the shows but being 21 and 22 we enjoyed all the shows.
When you go to Butlins you expect to see kids but there were a lot (considering it wasn't even the holidays). The parents took them to the late shows and the were annoying as they obviously weren't enjoying it and just kept talking and figiting.
There were activities laid on for under 16's but for over 16's you had to arrange your own fun. There were a number of sports including Tennis, Basketball, Fencing, football, etc. All were inclusive and there were a couple of sessions of each during the week. Also there was a small fun-fair with dodgems and go-karts. Great fun. Big swimming pool and flumes which weren't open that much.
The town isn't too far away and is worth a visit. Also there is a bigger fun-fair up the road which is apparantly very good.
Overall it was a good holiday and I would go back however I would find a warmer week and I would certainly drive next time as the train is a bit of a journey, especialy with hundreds of screaming kids.