It's perhaps not an obvious day out destination but for educational purposes it was required and being asked to tag along wasn't going to be an issue. Butlins for those unaware is a holiday camp, first created by a certain Mr Billy Butlin in 1936 to meet the needs of a changing population, (in terms of travel that is). He promised "A week's holiday for a week's wages." And it's hard not to disagree with that, although the food was expensive in the canvassed dome at its centre.
Now Butlins is best described as one of an increasing amount of options open to families and small groups who are looking for a holiday experience in the UK, where all the entertainment is under one campus or roof. Centre Parcs, Haven and Pontins are similar options.
|The epicentre of the resort|
It certainly has more modern accommodation, hotels and apartments (see picture below), which is definitely an improvement. Yes the shows are now high tech and the swimming pool is more advanced. I loved the slides and it would be great fun for younger children, but why do swimming pools feel colder the older you get!? I would say that it would keep the kids amused for a day or three, but beyond that age group and length of time..um I'm not so sure. The site actually feels quite small. I've got taller but not by that much and although the beach (pebbly) and town are close by you would need to head out for day trips to fill a week.
|Butlins: They've upgraded its look since I was last there|