Let me start by warning you this is a photo heavy post! This holiday was paid for completely by ourselves and the post written in all my own words and opinions.
We booked a break to Butlins, Skegness for the first week of the school holidays. Fortunately where we live, we finish term earlier than the majority of the country, so prices are still classed as term time. Unfortunately, this means the whole of my hometown have the same idea! :)
Now, I LOVE Butlins. It's perfect for my boys, as it's tricky trying to find places to go where they'll both have things to do. Bradley is 11 and Taylor is under 1. Butlins has so much for kids of all ages to do, so they're always kept busy.
But, I do wish I could pick the complex up and move it somewhere else. Somewhere that isn't Skegness! :) I find Skegness, hmm how do I put this?! Okay I'm just going to say it, 'Chavvy!' *hides*. Now, it's a fab little seaside town, the closest to us, I have fond memories growing up of travelling to Skegness for the day, but it's just full of people I know. During our week at Butlins I bumped into families of 5 children I used to look after, 2 people I went to school with and someone who lives down the road. We even bumped into James' sisters in Skegness town!! :)
So if we were to go to Butlins again for a Summer holiday, which I'm sure we will as we have so much fun and I can't wait for Taylor to get a little older and share the same memories I did when Bradley was young, I think we'll visit one of the other Butlins complexes.
That said, Skegness is so easy to get to, it's perfect for little breaks away.
I love how the majority of facilities on the complex are free; the splash water world, fairground, soft play area, parks and entertainment. And there is so much to do both indoors and outdoors in all weathers and as mentioned before, so much for children of all ages to do. We always pay for the food plan, which is so ideal. Lots of choice for breakfast and main meal, perfect for Taylor, who was baby led weaned, and loved trying all the different foods.
James loved taking Taylor swimming for the first time. The water world is fantastic, with lots of different pools and flumes.
I spent a morning in the Spa which was amazing. After all the busyness of sorting everybody out each day, it was lovely to just lay there and relax, read, swim and enjoy the sauna and Jacuzzi. Bliss.
Bradley enjoyed taking part in the football tournaments and making friends on the football pitch each day. He especially loved spending lots of money in the arcades winning lots and lots of tickets.
Taylor loved the soft play area and splashing in the swimming pools.
The accommodation was clean and a good size. We booked a ground floor silver grade apartment.
Overall, it was a fantastic family holiday, with lots for us all to do. Taylor loved his first holiday, we all loved spending time together as a 4, which is pretty rare, and we made lots of great memories!
Let me share with you, our photo diary from our little family holiday...
On our way
Taylor's first paddle in the sea
Butlins own private beach
Exploring the sand
Taylor's first time on the beach
Daddy & Taylor
Bradley & Taylor in the soft play area
Ball pool fun
Bradley posing in the camper van
I've no idea. Apparently he's a football player ;)
Evening fun in Reds Entertainment Club
James & Bradley battle it out
Ready for a fun day out
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
Taking part in the World Cup Tournament
Inside the Skyline
Loving the rides!
More baby rides for Taylor to enjoy!
The old style chalet
Relaxing on the giant sun lounger
Love the giant props
Me & my littlest
My beautiful boys and I
The circus at Butlins
Sitting on a sun hat
My beautiful boy
Smiles at the seaside
Bradley enjoying the giant props
Blue skies & my beautiful grown up boy
Soaking up the sunshine
Daddy & his mini me
Taylor & Bradley
Posing with the giant ice cream... As you do
Taking in the sites
So much to do and see at Butlins
Having a kick about
One of the flumes outside Splash Waterworld
Bradley enjoying relaxing on the giant deckchair
Matching t-shirts :)
Me time in the Spa
Out for lunch
Bradley having fun in the water balls, in Skegness
No time for a sit down!
Watching Bradley in the water
Visiting Skegness Aquarium
Watching the crabs being fed
Looking at the big fishes
Exploring the aquarium
Taylor & Daddy enjoying the sunshine
My beautiful boys!
Pinching Bradley's slush
Ducks!!! Quack quack!!
Having lunch with the ducks before home time
Have you been on a family holiday yet this year?