Skegness or “Skegvegas” as the more hardened holiday maker would call it isn’t usually everyone’s first choice for a family break. However, if you are prepared to dig a little below the surface then you may just discover that a week or weekend holiday at Butlins Holiday Park in Skegness is the action packed family holiday you have been looking for.
Will Our Family Be Entertained At Butlins?
Firstly there are several Butlins Holiday Parks located around the UK with parks being located at Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. For the purposes of this article we will be focusing on the Skegness site however you can expect to find similar facilities at all the available sites.
When staying at Butlins in Skegness you can definitely expect to be entertained from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave as there is so much on offer. Some of the exciting onsite facilities include the following:
The Skyline Pavilion with its distinctive white canopy is situated at the heart of the Skegness site. Within the Skyline Pavilion there is a host of bars, restaurants and cafeterias for you to enjoy.
The main entertainment stage is also located in this area where you can be entertained by the in house Butlins entertainment team or catch shows from your favourite childrens characters from televisions programmes such as Teletubbies and Mr Men.
There is also an opportunity for the young ones to partake in craft activities plus there is an amusement arcade located within the Skyline Pavilion which in essence is the central point of the park from which everything else stems.
Splash Waterworld is a fantastic family water park located in the heart of the Butlins Skegness site. It is included in the price of your stay and caters for the entire family. Among the attractions on offer are several flumes which would satisfy the most hardcore adrenaline freak to fairly tepid ones designed for small children.
Within the water park there is also a beach area, an area for small children and a wave pool to ensure that everyone in the family is entertained for hours.
Designed mainly for the Under 5’s, the traditional fairground design at Butlins will keep your child entertained for hours. The rides on offer Include Helter Skelter’s and Carousels which will keep every child occupied for some time.
One of the bonuses with staying at a Butlins Resort is that most things are included in the price of your stay and that includes the fairground which is open all year round.
At Butlins you can expect live entertainment for the whole family from shows from the in house entertainment team to Kid Discos and shows including characters from Danger Mouse, Teletubbies and Mr Men
A small fee does apply for a trip to the onsite cinema but you can normally guarantee that they will be showing the latest releases so why not take advantage of the opportunity to have a family trip to the cinema on your holiday.
At the Butlins, Skegness site there are facilities for both an indoor soft play area and an outdoor soft play area therefore no matter what the weather is you can keep the kids entertained.
For a small fee there is a purpose built Go Kart track for the younger adrenaline junkie members of your family to burn off some energy
If you are still looking for entertainment then there is a crazy golf for all the family to get in competitive mode over. A small additional fee does apply for anyone wishing to play and clubs can be hired on site.
At the Butlins Skegness site there is accommodation to suit all budgets and needs. There are several types of accommodation and they are detailed below:
The standard apartment is for a family on a budget but don’t be deterred as although the interior may not be as slick some of the upgrade options available you will still find everything you need in a standard apartment.
The standard apartment comes in either a 2 or 3 bedroom option with a bathroom containing a shower only. You will also get cooking facilities, sink, toaster and kettle as well as a lounge area with a television so it definitely is a good home from home option. If you happen to be visiting in the winter months there is also heating options within the apartment.
Very similar to the Standard Apartment but with more upgraded facilities the standard apartment also comes in a 2 or 3 bedroomed option and are located on either the ground or first floor.
In a sliver apartment you can expect to find homelier furnishings such as an “L” shaped sofa, cushions and a microwave plus the apartment as a whole has a more open-plan feel.
A Gold Apartment is for those who are really going to miss their home comforts whilst they are away. The Gold Apartments are very similar in design to the Silver Apartments however the bonus of booking a Gold Apartment is that you will get the option of an early check in so that you can enjoy all the facilities on offer even sooner.
In a Gold Apartment you will also get nicer furnishings, a widescreen television in the lounge area plus an additional television in the Master Bedroom. You also get towels provided in a Gold Apartment which are not provided in any other standard apartment.
The Seaside Apartments are probably a middle ground between a Silver and a Gold Apartment and have a real seaside feel to them. All Seaside Apartments are 2 bedroomed and come with towels with the bonus being that they all come with a balcony meaning that you can sit outside and chill on a balmy sunny evening.
Similar in design to the Seaside Apartment but without the balcony, the Fairground Apartment is located close to the Fairground Attractions on site. All Apartments are once again 2 bedroomed and again towels are provided.
At a more mid range level in pricing and situated on either a ground floor or first floor is the room option offered by Butlins. The room options either come in a 1,2 or 3 bedroomed option and are similar in style to staying a hotel room. All rooms also come with en suite facilities with all bathrooms coming with a shower only.
What is there to do in Skegness
Being a seaside resort there is plenty of fun seaside attractions to keep you entertained in Skegness including taking a stroll on the promenade or building sandcastles on the beach. For the more adventurous the following may also keep you entertained for a few hours.
Have a stroll down Skegness Pier and have some real family fun by partaking in many fun activities with the following options available:
- Ten Pin Bowling
- Indoor Soft Play Area
- Escape Rooms
- Laser Quest
- Bars and Restaurants
For special deals check out the Skegness Pier website for current offers and downloadable deals.
Fantasy Island is a theme park in nearby Ingoldmells which offers a variety of rides from white knuckle enthusiasts to rides for little toddlers. The theme park offers a pay per ride option or you can purchase a wrist band which will enable you unlimited access to the rides for the day of purchase.
Also, on the site of the theme park is an open market which is open 7 days plus there is a soft play area, ten pin bowling and adventure golf for you to partake in.
View a wide range of fish at the Skegness Aquarium which also includes an indoor soft play area.
Located on the seafront in Skegness is the Pleasure Beach theme park which offers many rides and attractions for the whole family.
Although small there is plenty of rides on offer to keep everyone entertained. Like Fantasy Island there is the option to purchase individual ride tokens or all day wrist bands. It is also possible to purchase discounted tickets if you are visiting after a certain time of day.
Skegness Raceway is a stadium located in Skegness. The stadium regularly hosts events such as Banger Racing or Monster Truck Racing therefore it is worth checking what events are on ahead of your visit to Skegness.
Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Famous for rehabilitating Seals which have been found stranded on local beaches, the Natureland Seal Sanctuary provides the opportunity to learn about and get up close with seals.
The Seal Sanctuary also provides the opportunity to view other sea life such as penguins and many other varieties of fish. There is also a Pets Corner and Tropical House where you can discover a wider variety of animals.
Hardys Animal Farm
Located in nearby Ingoldmells, Hardys Animal Farm is a fantastic family day out. Here you can interact with all the farm animals, go on a tractor ride, play in the outdoor adventure playground or the indoor soft play area in a barn.
For potentially cheaper admission it is best to book online on the Hardys Animal Farm website.
As well as offering an ideal family trip for most of the year, Butlins also offer themed weekends for the whole family or adults only. Some of the themed weekends which have recently taken place in Skegness include the following:
- Festival of the 60’s
- Bootleg Ball
- We love the 70’s
- Absolute 80’s Weekenders
- 90’s on the Decks
- Soul Weekender
- Christmas Fantasy Breaks
- New Years Breaks
For further details on any of the above and more events it is worth checking out the official Butlins website and signing up to their mailing list in order to be kept up to date with any potential offers.
Skegness is situated on the east coast of England in Lincolnshire. The easiest way to travel is by car and there is plenty of car parking space on site should this be your chosen mode of transportation.
If you are unable to travel by car the nearest train station is Skegness Railway Station which is located less than 3 miles away. From here Skegness Bus Station is located a couple of minutes away where you can catch the No.1 bus to Ingoldmells which takes around 10 minutes.
Why Should I Visit With My Family
Why not?! Butlins at Skegness has something for every member of your family to keep everyone entertained for days. There aren’t many family holidays you can book where you get access to a water park, a theme park and endless entertainment all included in the overall price.
Also, if you don’t wish to self cater whilst you are away then there is a dining option you can take advantage of which will see all your meals included for your stay. All in all Butlins offers a fantastic value break and if you sign up to the Butlins mailing list there is every chance that you can bag yourself a real bargain break.
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