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The home of no redcoats!
Member Name: emma76
Date: 15/10/01, updated on 15/10/01 (2298 review reads)
Advantages: Break away from home
Disadvantages: Expensive, Dull
In April of this year my family of four plus two adult friends of ours, took a 4 day holiday at Butlins, Skegness. We had saved up a long time for this break and all in all, the cost was around £600 for a deluxe self-catering apartment for the six of us. It turns out that we could have got a last inute deal for an all-inclusive, two week holiday in Spain or a family of four, for the same price. When I fond that out I could have kicked myself as we definitely would have had fun on that holiday, unlike at Butlins. I shall give you a short list of my complaints with this seaside paradise!
1- On arrival, we waited for 45 minutes to collect our keys. By this time, my children were in grave danger of being given away to the nearest motherly figure. It would be a great idea if some toys or games were provided for the long wait.
2- All of our sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases were missing and when my partner complained about this, he was made to feel as though he should be appearing on the next edition of Crimewatch for grand theft of bed linen. Why on earth would we want to steal bed linen with 'Butins' emblazoned all over it?
3- The main tent is crammed to bursting with fruit machines and other gamblers paradises. By the time we got home, my five year old daughter could have been mistaken for a professional bingo caller.
4- There was only one ride at the funfair that my daughter was tall enough to go on, other than that, there was Noddyland. It contained four rides that both my children were tall enough for, but after going on them twice, they got very bored and did not want to venture back in there.
5- As far as I could see, there was no wheelchair access to the swimming pool, this did not affect me too much as we are not disabled, but I had enough trouble getting up the stairs with a pushchair. How anyone would get a wheelchair up there is anybody's guess. I do think that the lifeguards thought
they were at a rave with all the whistle blowing that they did!
6- I would normally pay 52 pence for a loaf of Hovis but in the shop at Butlins, a similar loaf cost me 90 pence. A whole 40 pence added to a packet of cigarettes, and before going out on a night we drank cheap wine in our apartment as a round for 4 adults came to almost £13.
7- We very rarly saw a redcoat, and when we did, they did not seem to be having a great time.
The only thing that I can't complain about is the entertainment as it was brilliantly organised and the acts were fantastic.
Lets just say that we did not enjoy our holiday and our children certainly did not. Lots of people who can't afford to go abroad take their families to Butlins, and I feel that it is a lot of wasted money that Butlins is receiving. Then again, I also know families who go 3 or 4 times a year and love it. Unfortunately our party did not fall into that category and we will not be darkening the door of Butlins again!