This August bank holiday weekend my family and I decided to go on a short break to Butlins holiday resort, Bognor Regis and what a brilliant idea it was and the weather was absolutely beautiful!
We spent 3 nights there and participated in various activities and ate LOTS! It was a very last minute trip but probably the best one yet, and my first time travelling with baby Israel, so I was definitely looking forward to it. We stayed in a three bed apartment which was very nice and comfortable (just right for a big family), it had a bathroom, kitchen and a living area, (this was perfect for the family to sit and reflect on the day or just watch a movie after a long day.)
Of course travelling with a young child whether it’s on a plane, train, car or coach etc. can be very stressful but my experience was far from that, the journey there was approximately 3 hours by car and we had no tears all the way there, probably because he’s still very young so just wanted to eat and then sleep, or maybe because he’s such a easy going baby. Either way, I enjoyed myself and I’m sure he liked being in a different environment.
Butlins is a lovely place to go especially with young children, there are countless amounts of activities for children to do and a fairground which visitors have access to all day. My little nephews came along on the trip too and they are ages 1, 2 1/2 and 8 and there were definitely activities for all of them. I would say a favourite was the Splash Waterworld where the children were able to put on their swimming costumes and run wild in the pool, even Israel had a little swim, then decided it was time to eat and and have a nap lol. The adults also got to enjoy the pool late in the evening when there was a pool party (unfortunately I missed that one because I joined Israel during another nap.)
The fairground was also a hit, with a vast number of rides for all ages, the children could go on age appropriate rides and the adults could too. I tend to stay away from rides that spin in a circular motion because I get motion sickness so I enjoyed go-karting and the banana boat ride, my sisters however particularly enjoyed the large swing that literally just goes really high up then round in circles for ages (takes you back to childhood doesn’t it?)
We were also able to see a show for the kids which was delightful, surprisingly even baby Israel watched and got excited seeing all the movement and listening to the music. There were shows all throughout our stay in the pavilion at the resort but with so much to do there just wasn’t enough time to see them all (I was pretty excited to see Teletubbies live but of course… Israel was having a nap when the show was on! ?) There’s also a spa at the resort which I was determined to go so I could get a massage but ended up changing my mind at the end (I will be there next time!)
During the trip, we had so much to eat with the breakfast and dinner buffet. Everyday there was something new on the menu and everyday there was definitely less room in my belly, do I regret eating so much? Absolutely not!
The food was certainly a hit for me but my favourite part of the trip was the Bognor Regis east beach, which was the last thing we did before leaving, it was right in front of the resort which was very handy. While baby was with grandma, I decided it was time to get in the water at the beach, although the water was cold, my body got used to it and I practiced swimming differently than what I was used to. Epic fail lol. After spending a while in the water, we enjoyed a lovely picnic and took lots of pictures. The boys had so much fun playing with stones, dipping their feet in the water and baby had a lovely nap enjoying the sea breeze.
I just wanted to write up a quick review on our weekend getaway because honestly, it was divine to just get away for a while and enjoy a different scenery and the company of family. I know sometimes planning a holiday abroad can be long and tiring but they’re so important and if not then I recommend short breaks within the country, just for your own sanity and for the kids to experience something other than their usual, the city life can get tiresome and we all need a rest from time to time. I’ll definitely be going back to Butlins when Israel’s a bit older and is able to enjoy the holiday more.
Hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend!