Holiday Review: What to expect when holidaying at Butlins Skegness caravan village for a weekend break | #AD

Last week we had the pleasure spending a long weekend at Butlins Skegness. To provide you with a honest and useful review i have answered some of the most commonly asked queries about Butlins in Skegness. Here is a short video that i hope will give you a good taste of what to expect if you plan on visiting Butlins caravan village soon:

What are the caravans like at Butlins Skegness?

When staying at Butlings in Skegness there are a good number of accommodation types to choose from; chalets, the hotel, apartments and caravans. We stayed in a luxury caravan which comes with more benefits for the standard caravans, this is what you can expect to receive:
  • Welcome Pack (starter pack of tea, coffee, milk and sugar) 
  • Check-in Time 3pm
  • Access to Butlins Entertainment and Facilities
  • Gas and Electricity
  • Fully Fitted Kitchen
  • Toilet Shower TV in Lounge
  • Kettle 
  • Iron
  • Toaster
  • Heating in Lounge
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • DVD Player
  • Double Glazing
  • Full Central Heating
  • Garden Furniture
  • Beds Made Linen included
We were very surprised and pleased with the size and quality of the luxury caravan, it looks far bigger on the inside and can sleep 8+ people.

I would definitely stay in a caravan again! I loved the fact we were not staying close to the Sky Pavilion as it meant we could easily get away from the crowds and come back to relax and cook our meals in the awesome kitchen. Even in the hottest week of the 2018 so far we didn't find it too hot or stuffy. I loved that fact that they had two toilets, which came in handy when we were coming back from the beach and we all took turns in the shower. There is a train that takes you around the caravan park that run every 30 minutes, which i recommend jumping on.

We even had about 30 rabbits pottering around the caravans which the boys loved!

What's on at Butlins Skegness?

From free daily shows, funfair rides, splash water world, football, the beach and a wide range of paid activities from climbing through to archery. There is always something to do for the entire family at Butlins Skegness. Here is everything you need to know about the activities;

Splash Water World

Opening every morning at 10, the subtropical environment has nearly 3,000 square metres of water, making it one of the UKs largest water parks It features one of the tallest waters lides in Europe measuring more than seven storeys high! Not forgetting our outside Splash Fountains carefully choreographed through colourful lights and music. Here is a list of all the slides and pools here.

I recommend queuing before opening time because it gets very busy. If you don't like it busy then i recommend waiting until after lunch to swim. Make sure you take a pound for a locker, we took two pound as we had large bags.

What's the food like a Butlins Skegness?

There are five reasonably priced places to stay, dine and play at Butlin Skegness and four cafes. You can find a full list of them here. We liked to eat eat out on a night so we booked our tables upon arrival as it can get very busy at peak times, which is before and after the shows.

There is plenty of variety in the kids menus at each of the restaurants so parents of fussy eaters do not worry. A meal for four; two adults and two children came out on average around £40. The quality of the food and the service is what you would expect from any restaurant.

What are the free acitivites to do around Butlins Skegness?

There are parks, football and basket balls courts dotted around the park. There are also a number of photo opportunities dotted around that you are encouraged to stop and take a snap or two.

How far is Butlins Skegness from the Beach?

The beach at Butlins Skegness is a five minute walk from the Sky Pavilion. The beach itself is long and beautiful, with shelly sand and it has an ice cream van, a beach shop and a place to rent beach chairs. It is long walk from the entrance to the beach that opens at 9:30am. The only criticism i have is the fact that they do not have toilet close-by.

What free shows are on at Butlins Skegness?

One of the best things Butlin has to offer is the wide variety of free kids shows they show throughout the day in the Sky Pavilions. The Skyline Gang have shows on twice every other day and in between those days they have other shows on like a silent disco, Mr Tumble interactive story time, Tots disco and sing alongs. 

They also have shows running twice a day on Centre Stage, we went to see Cinderella rocks and it catered well for both adults and kids. They also have a mix of comedians and other entertainment on at the Centre Stage throughout your stay.

What is the Fairground rides like a Butlins Skegness?

A key attraction the main fairground houses around 7 rides, plus go-karts. The 7 rides are free, however you have to pay for the go-karts. There are a lot of games and stalls around so if you fancy racing camels, playing hook a duck or knocking down cans you are in luck. Please note that each ride has a minimum height restriction in place, which meant that my 3yo could only go on 4 of the rides in the main fair, my 4yo was able to go on 6.

There is also an under fives fairground that houses a play park and four rides. There are also arcade machines dotted around the park so it is always worth carrying some change around with you.

Top 10 tips for visiting Butlins:

If i was staying at Butlins on the Caravan park again i would consider the following
  1. Download the app before you travel; it is a fab guide 
  2. Book tables before you travel or on the first day ro ensure good meal times
  3. Take cash with you, most cash machine charge to fee to withdraw money
  4. Go swimming in the afternoon to avoid the morning rush
  5. Get to shows at least half an hour before they start to ensure you get a seat
  6. Go shopping before you collect your keys
  7. Take both swimming and bathroom towels
  8. Consider investing in a premium dining plan
  9. Consider buying a fast past to jump the lines
  10. Take the boys bikes and scooters

Disclaimer: We were given a complimentary stay for the purposes of these collaboration. All thoughts, images and opinions are my own.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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