Our 2nd visit back in 2012 was thoroughly enjoyed by the boys but myself and their Dad has a few reservations which caused us to question another visit.
But here we are in 2015, just returned from a 4 day trip and whilst we had an amazingly restful trip, some of our earlier observations still stand. You can read my earlier post here so I'll just update you with the new things we encountered on our holiday this time around.
There are a couple of new restaurants which are very modern and we really enjoyed all the food we ate on site. It is a bit more expensive than your typical high street restaurant but it's to be expected and we self catered breakfast and lunch each day to keep costs down. There were also plenty of dairy free options for me so I was happy!
Ths splash waterworld is great fun for all ages and the outside 'wet area' really comes into it's own on sunny days with sun loungers and deckchairs in abundance.
There seemed to be fewer Red Coats on site this year, in previous years we've always had them waving us in at the entrance and exit but that was left to the security guards this year. They're lovely and helpful - but it'd be nice to be greeted by Butlins themselves.
We made a lot more of the activities this year and even partook in the mini golf which the boys really enjoyed. The arcade is still a firm favourite with the kids and the penny machines are everywhere so you can load the kids up with a pound and they'll be happy for 30mins or so.
They seem to be slowly updating the site with rides being moved and painting work being done but in 5yrs I have yet to see any work being done to 2 major grassed areas outside the back entrance of the Pavilion and next to the Sun and Moon pub. This is such a shame as it's essentially waste area and even a few benches or playground equipment would be great for the kids.
The new addition for me was the Silent Cinema in the Pavilion where you can watch a film using headphones, they set out deck chairs by the stage and even have a popcorn vendor selling popcorn throughout the performance! I really enjoyed this activity as it gave the adults some time to rest whilst still enjoying family time. We also went to see a film in the main cinema and this was a welcome break for my eldest son as we're film addicts so we had some time together.