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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Football Crazy...


You can imagine having 3 boys and a husband who love their football, I have no control of the TV over the next few weeks!!

Did I mention my boy's love their football?. When they are not outside playing football they are inside watching it. 

 Even a few weeks ago when we were on holiday at Butlins, every given chance my 2 youngest sons were sneaking off for a game.


My daughter loves to play too, that is when she is not sneaking off with the ball!!




They will be glued to the TV cheering England on tonight.

Even I might watch...



Linking up our outdoor over at ~

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


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We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 night stay in the Wave hotel and review our time here...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Wave Hotel : Butlins Bognor Regis...



Last year in the Summer Holidays we had a family a break to Butlins in Bognor Regis. We stayed in the apartments, which were opposite the Wave Hotel. When we left the apartment, we often remarked how lovely the Hotel looked. We mentioned to each other how nice it would be to stay there. Little did I know, months after our break, I would become a Butlins Ambassador, having the chance to stay in the hotel.

How lucky are we!?!


Here is a video I made of the Wave Hotel...


A bit about the Wave Hotel From The Official Guide

The Wave Hotel is perfect for families with older children where you can choose from rooms with sea views and balconies to get the most out of your stay.

There’s an interactive games port and kindle & DVD library as well as a café and lounge area so lots of space for independence in a safe and secure environment.

A stay in our Wave Hotel is excellent value for money and guests can also enjoy a few exclusive perks such as extra live show performances and Splash Waterworld sessions.


Our Journey To Butlins

We started our journey down to Bognor Regis by Train from Nottingham. This way we all got to enjoy our break from the moment we left home. No having to drive for my Husband. He could sit back and enjoy his journey too. From Bognor Train Station it is only a 5 to 10 minutes walk to Butlins. Although we had to walk fast as it was raining when we arrived.


Arrival time

Bank Holiday Monday 2pm in the rain was not the best time to arrive. It was really busy for the check in, taking 40 minutes to get the keys. The staff however were very friendly and helpful. They explained the main attractions on site. Giving us tickets for some exclusive performances of the best shows. Once we got the keys we rushed up to the third floor to our room. Phew 5 minutes rest, before the kids wanted to explore..


Opening the door I first noticed how nice and bright everything was. Everything lovingly arranged, Elephant towels, bright yellow wardrobes, and a super cool underwater themed children's room. Wow.

Having a party of 5, 3 adults 2 children (my 2nd eldest son is now 17) we had interlocking rooms. Plenty of space was lovely. My youngest 2 had their pick of beds. Rather than fighting over their favourite. A nice change.!


The children's room are amazing. With an underwater theme, cool bunk beds TVs at the bottom of each bed. 


They really are so much fun, even mum had to try the bunk beds out!!



What's included
  • Kindles available at reception to hire.
  • The Games Port, a light and airy 21st Century games room where you and your family can play each other at all the latest interactive games.
  • iPod input available at front of TVs.
  • Free WiFi.
  • Priority booking for our newest Premium Dining restaurant – the Deck
  • Light and airy Soho Coffee Co. café.
  • 24 hour dedicated reception team.
  • Hotel parking with overflow car park if full.
  • Accessible rooms available.

The lift is cool, carrying on the underwater theme. A fun tune plays, such as the Jaws theme and the song Octopus's Garden.




The children really loved the Game port room. Which is full of interactive and fun games. Such as 3DS Wii PS3 etc. They also had four Apple Macs perfect for checking my blog!!


The beautiful view from our balcony. Over looking the apartment we stayed in last year too, how ironic!?! A perfect view to see when the dining rooms are open. The iconic Skyline pavilion too.  


Thins I Liked In The Wave Hotel
  • The Hotel is of a high standard. 
  • Daily maid service.
  • 24 hours reception.
  • Free WiFi.
  • Nice bar area.
Everything you would imagine from a top city centre Hotel, in a location you would not expect...

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About this post-

We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 night stay in the Wave hotel and review our time here...



Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Butlins : Bognor Regis Review...


I can't believe how quickly this week has gone. 

You may have noticed over the past few days, I have been very quiet on the blog? 

This time last week we were having fun, eating loads (sorry diet) and staying in the wonderful Wave Hotel at Butlins in Bognor Regis. We have had an amazing time over the Bank Holiday Half Term holidays, on our Butlins Ambassador break. 

Last year I was so pleased to have been picked along with 52 other Bloggers as a Butlins Ambassador.  We got to choose a 3 or 4 day break at any of the 3 Butlins resorts, then share all our thoughts from our break... 

As a family we all love Butlins, having been going for over 20 years. Perhaps more frequently in the last 5 years. We knew we would be in for a great time, with nearly everything all under one very big roof. 




When the Summer months roll round we always look for a short break. A visit to Butlins being a nice treat. We have always stayed in the apartments, never the Hotels. This year then was a different experience altogether. We got to stay in the beautiful, unique, underwater themed, Wave hotel. How cool is it using a elevator with a Jaws theme playing? or the very catchy song We all live in a yellow submarine. Great underwater themed bedrooms (review coming soon on the Wave hotel) and a games port room full of the latest games entertainment. You can imagine the children and hubby too, were in their element.


How sweet are the elephant towels?


The submarine themed children bedrooms went down great with the children. How cool are these?  They also have a TV at the ends of the beds, makes going to bed even more exciting.


Something new this year was a 1950s diner. Hot dogs, burgers, salads and shakes all ready to order! With its Rock n Roll theme and 50s fairground inspired tables.


The Sun may not have been out much last week, ordinarily that is always a disappointment, however at Butlins you are never short of something to do. Come rain or shine. This weekend I have been worn out with the 5 days of packing in as much as possible, day and night. You seem to be non stop with one thing and another. Checking the schedule entertainment guide one evening I realised although I was exhausted there were loads of things we missed. They can be for next time I thought.

There is so much to do inside Butlins you never need to leave the resort.




Another new feature was Scoop ice cream parlour.


One of the thing we love about Butlins is once you've paid to go on, the rides (apart from a few) are all free. No need to worry about keep paying the children can just run to helter skelter to dodgems and enjoy the fair.



Me and mini me enjoying the Paratroopers, or should I say my daughter laughing at how scared I got!!


Dad missing driving?



There are lots of great shows to see at Butlins and although fitting in all the shows can be hard work we got to see-

  • Wrestling
  • Scooby Doo
  • Dick and Dom
  • Shane Richie Jnr
  • The dentist chair
As I said we missed loads too. There are only 24 hrs in a day. Trust me you will need your sleep!!


The kids love a kick-about. My boys spent hours on the sports courts each day, they loved it. My daughter occasionally decided to run off with the ball!!

Overall we had a great week, watch out for lots of review this week.

Thank you so much Butlins for choosing us as Ambassadors this year. We loved every minute of our stay.

About this post- 

We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 nights stay in the Wave Hotel and review our time here...

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Holidays, Trains And Bike Rides...


Wow we have had a few lovely days this week and it is getting me so ready for Spring. On Wednesday we decided to go visit my mum and dad, and have a day out at grandma and granddad.

They live about 10 miles away but if we walk a mile to the train station, then catch the train for a little while, it is only another 2 miles there.

So 6 miles with 2 children on bikes and me running, easy right!?!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

It'll be a white Christmas at Butlins... Guaranteed!‏


We have been enjoying holidays at Butlins for over 20 years, most of our holidays have been in the summer months but I never thought of them being open near Christmas time.


Imagine having your breakfast and dinners all made up for you to pick whatever you fancy to eat at that moment in time, then sitting back and let someone else do the washing up for you! 


Also with Butlins you know you are going to get lots of top family entertainment to keep everyone in your family happy. I know my kids would love this idea.


It’ll be a white Christmas... Guaranteed!

Every boy and girl, and probably even mum and dad too, dreams of a white Christmas, and if they come to Butlins this year, they’ll definitely get one! Families will love Butlins magical Skyline Snowstorm show that takes place in the heart of their resorts - the Skyline Pavilion.

Butlins have Christmas themed short breaks at all three of their resorts, in West Sussex (Bognor Regis), Somerset (Minehead) and Lincolnshire (Skegness) from 13 December.

The whole family will enjoy everything on offer that's included in the price of their break, like an Ice Rink, the Winter Wonderland - where every child will get a free gift from Father Christmas, The Skyline Snowstorm - meaning that snow is guaranteed at Butlins, Christmas themed arts and crafts, and a traditional family pantomime.

Guests visiting over Christmas Day will be treated to a 5 course Christmas dinner, meaning that you won’t have to worry about cooking or washing up!

Head of Product Development, Alicia Coghlan, said “Christmas is a very special at Butlins - our resorts have a magical atmosphere and all of our team really get into the spirit of the season. This year we’re bringing new experiences to our resorts like the ice rink, which we know will be a real hit.”

Families can also enjoy live entertainment from children’s favourite TV characters like Mike The Knight or Angelina Ballerina, make use of the indoor sub-tropical Splash Waterworld, or enjoy the traditional fairground. Guests visiting over New Year will enjoy a New Years Eve party for the whole family, with a spectacular fireworks display, and live entertainment throughout the break.


Christmas themed breaks start from only £41 per person, for a 3 night break. Book online at Butlins or call 0845 070 4730. All breaks are priced per person and subject to availability. Entertainment may vary by break and resort and is subject to change.
About this post-

I am one of the lucky Butlin's ambassador which I get to share all Butlin's exciting news. I will be choosing a short stay holiday next year for my role of an ambassador. I have not been paid for this post. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Holiday Time At Butlins 2013...


Can you believe how quickly the weather is changing?

 EEK...

I've not even shared our summer holiday pictures yet!!

We love Butlins and this year we were lucky enough to visit twice. At the beginning of the summer holidays we went to Bognor Regis, where the weather was amazing and it felt like being abroad and at the end of the 6 weeks we went to Minehead.


Both our holidays this year we were lucky to have great weather and having food included always makes it so much easier for me not having to worry about cooking and more relaxing time, lots more eating, lots more chocolate cake.





When we was away it was our 17th Wedding Anniversary, this is why we were being nice to one another,, ha ha




Also I am so excited to get to choose a holiday for us all next year as we were chosen as one of the lucky Butlins Ambassadors 2013-2014. Now the decision on our favourite Butlins!!

These pictures are from our Minehead holiday...

Linking up our holiday fun with-

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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