Butlin’s Bognor Regis
After posting we went to Butlin’s, I got quite a few messages asking for some advise, tips and reviews on our trip (especially after the new COVID regulations). I hope this is helpful.
Please note we went to Butlin’s on the 17th May the day things opened up. We were the first group after all the new changes (also note it was our first trip, so I can’t compare it to how it was before)
Once you have booked they will send you loads of emails - READ THEM!
They will let you what is available in each different accommodation (we book at Sliver Apartments - Oyster Bay) we needed to bring our own towels - which I only clearly saw in one of these emails - it may have been on the website whist booking, but I didn’t see it clearly. I had a look last night, it does seem to be more clear now.
Butlin‘s App: Activities
Download the Butlin’s App - and book your activities as soon as you can. We booked our trip very last minute and everything was full. (Expect for the activities that you needed to pay for) But it was ok, during the stay after 7pm they opened up more swimming sessions and with the soft play and swimming session if you went there at the session time slot (you could ask nicely if there was any cancellations, we needed to wait for everyone, but we got in most of the time)
THIS IS WHAT THE ACTIVITIES LOOK LIKE 👇🏻
Once you have booked your activities they will be in your wallet. (You will need to show this booking to get into your activity)
We couldn’t delete activities on the app (it may have been a teething problem), so if this is still the case, then definitely go try your luck at ‘the gate’ if the activities are full.
The shows where full, but we where lucky enough to into one show at centre stage.
Download the food app before you go. You need to order and paid at all the restaurant (expect for Burger King) through the app. There is free wifi through out the park.
THIS IS WHAT THE APP LOOKS LIKE 👇🏻
Book your arrival time:
You will get an email a few days before you arrive, to book your arrival time. I hope they have worked on this. They tried to do this drive through check in - it was a disaster. 100s of cars trying to enter the park, we sat in traffic outside the park for an hour. They then sent us driving around the park, we drove through another gate, got our room key and drove back to where we started.
Again we stayed in the Sliver Apartments- Oyster Bay, it was a 2 bedroom self catering unit.
Decide what kind of holiday you want and what is import for you to have a nice holiday. For us, we are foodies and we were so disappointed here. There was a shop and loads of restaurant, but they all had the same menu and almost no vegetable. The shop (Co-op) had all the basic you will need, milk, bread, toiletries, cheese, snacks, tea, coffee, ready made meals, chips, some toys, but no if you want to cook there’s not much. There was onions, mushrooms, bananas. (Great for a fry up), if you like a specific brand of anything, I would recommend bringing your own supplies.
If you want to cook, bring a curing board, peeler and your own food. But yes if you want a week off from cooking, then enjoy there‘s loads of restaurants, and ready made meals at the shop.
Other items to pack: we have a 1 and 3 year old
Towels (Bath and swimming)
Dish Drying Cloth (they supplied, a small washing up liquid, cleaning cloth, sponge, and a drying cloth that doesn’t work) There is no drying rack
There is a clothes drying rack, so one swimsuit should be ok.
Closed shoes (some rides insist on closed shoes)
Coffee, tea, milk, sugar (they supplies a few sachets but not enough to last the trip)
Few kids toys, (yes there is loads for kids to do, but you and them might need an afternoon break to catch your breath)
Anti bacterial hand soap
Hand Sanitiser (unfortunately the sanitiser they provided by the entrances ran out on day two, and was never replaced
Babies food chair, we had breakfast and the odd other meal in the room, so we took our toddlers food chair.
Blow up bath (there is only a shower, so if you are particular in your little ones having a bath, it’s something to look into)
Swimming stuff (suit, towels, floatation device) We have these puddle jumper they worked amazing for around the pool area
Toddlers Travel toilet seat Potette Plus (this is great)
Kitchen/ Bathroom Cleaning wet wipes (easy way to keep things clean)
Bed mat (if you have a toddler that wets the beds) bed pads are the best for travelling
And then obviously
clothes, warm, cool, rain jackets
toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, sunblock, toothpaste, creams) the shower is tiny- shave before you arrive
Again hopefully they have sorted out their arrival process (They tried to do this drive through check in - it was a disaster. 100s of cars trying to enter the park, we sat in traffic outside the park for an hour. They then sent us driving around the park, to drive through another gate, to get our room key, to drive back to where we were.)
Check your room check in time. We could only check in at 4pm. Decide if you want to leave your bags in the car and walk around or take your bags with you. It seemed like when we arrived everything was open (splash world, some rides, restaurants, play areas)
After you park. There are airport trolleys to take your stuff to your room. Us and most people around us packed biggish suitcase and then reusable shopping (worked for easy packing and unpacking, but they didn’t balance on the trolley so well)
We arrived at 2pm. We packed our trolley and went to explore. We found The Beachcomber Inn, theres a play area with tables looking on to the play area. You could sit and have a drink whist the kids play. (Yes that’s what we did)
I can only review Oyster Bay Sliver Apartment, it’s basic and practical. It had everything you needed. It was a little dirty and run down. But it’s fine for the week.
There was two bedrooms with double and twin beds (tips: we had two toddlers, I pushed the beds together to make a bigger ‘safer’ bed, I used one duvet over them, and rolled the other up under the sheet, to make a barrier.)
Also there’s a hanging cupboard and a side table. (Tip: we like to pack in colour packing bags, this way we can keep the kids clothes organised)
There was an open plan lounge and dining area with kitchen. There was a TV but only had BBC 1 and 2. We took the girls iPads just to watch a show now and then.
The kids are spoilt for choice with activities . Yes you need to book your activities via the app. But the rides, the arcades and the play areas are open with out a booking.
Encase you missed it, we booked our trip last minute. Everything was full. (Expect for the activities that you needed to pay for) But it was ok, during the stay after 7pm they opened up more swimming sessions slots and with all the activities if you went there at the session time slot (you could ask nicely if there was any cancellations, we got in most of the time)
You need to bring a pound for the lockers. (It’s refundable) Come dressed, so you don’t lose out on your swimming time.
It is crowed in the pool area and yes, no one wears a mask. It’s almost impossible to keep socially distance. Other than being crowded, it amazing in the pool area, there 7 different big slides, a wave pool, a baby play section and life guards everywhere
The baby splash pool area, has slides, play boats and sprinklers. From a height of 90-110cm kids can do 6 of the 7 slides. Anyone can go in the wave pool. It’s all warm and great fun. Our swimming sessions were an hour and half.
There loads of rides for all ages. The queues weren’t bad. They had to clean the rides in between. There was a good selection of rides.
pottery painting - have to pay
balancing bikes - have to pay
face painting - have to pay
soft play - free have to book
climbing wall (5 years plus)
toddler driving school
balancing bikes - have to pay
Its a great break away and I highly recommend it. Yes it’s a little rough, run down and a little dirty. But it is lots of fun and it is so easy, the kids can play all day, you can have dinner, a few drinks and the. walk home. The next day, you can do it all again.