When the above guide plopped through our letterbox a few weeks ago, I actually squealed with delight.
More ridiculously excited than is decent for a grown woman to be, I've been looking forward to our forthcoming holiday for a very long time now. We booked it back in September, shortly after discovering that we'd been chosen to be Butlin's Ambassadors, and after a very long and extremely cold Winter, a week's break on the south coast is just what the doctor ordered! It helps that we'll be going with another Ambassador family (and very good friends) with whom we can enjoy what Butlin's has to offer.
I'm the type of person who works best in short bursts and with something to look forward to; I need to know that in a few months time I'm going to have this reward for our hard work, or that weekend break to look forward to. As The Boy is getting older, and therefore more physically capable, there were many options for Easter breaks this year, however we decided to book an Easter Butlin's stay for various reasons. One of which was the weather (Easter has been beautifully sunny for the past few years, and I'm still hopeful of a fair weather stay), and the other was the range of activities available, both indoors and outdoors.
New this Spring is the outdoor traditional funfair with a helter-skelter, carousel and flying chairs (there is an indoor funfair for younger children); The Boy is going to be in his element! It's just as well these are included in the price because I know we're going to be spending a great deal of time up in the air if he has anything to do with it. Other outdoor activities that we're looking forward to are children's play area, driving school, and adventure golf, and as the resort is right on the beach we can't wait to go and 'plop' some stones in the waves! Indoor fun is going to include bowling, indoor funfair rides and softplay centre, and the numerous shows (I Can Cook and Mike The Knight live shows, puppets in the Castle Courtyard, shows on the Skyline Stage, etc).
One of the reasons that I'm really looking forward to next week though is because I do want to show Butlin's off to people. Before I went to Bognor Regis for the first time in December 2011 I was under a misguided memory from my ten year old self of my year six trip to Pwllheli where we stayed in stereotypical terrached chalets. But that was in 1988 and times have changed (as much as I might not want them to have), Butlin's with it. The Bognor Regis resort now has three hotels alongside the traditional apartment or chalet accommodation, and offers a wide range of family weekend breaks which cater for all.
We'll be staying in the Ocean Hotel, which has a boutique hotel feel to it, in a Neptune room.
As you can see the 'room' (feel more like a mini-suite) had a main bedroom with a seating area, and this leads around to the twin bedroom, neither have doors but they do have enough privacy to watch television in an evening and not disturb The Boy while he is sleeping. The Ocean also overlooks the coastline (and therefore resort) and is a wonderful hotel to stay in.
There'll be plenty more detailed information from me in the next few weeks about the resort. I'm so excited!