Me and Adam have been together almost 5 years now and up until a month ago had never really been on a holiday together. We’d been for weekends away and the odd night here and there, but not a full on holiday and certainly not a trip away with our baby.
We had toyed with the idea of going away for a while and decided on a caravan holiday not too far from home. Initially people were coming with us but it ended up fizzling out and was just going to be the three of us. Unfortunately, the caravan fell through all together as the one we booked ended up getting sold and so after months of it being planned, we were left with no actual holiday for the time we had allowed for a holiday.
Thats where mum comes to the rescue! Seeing how upset I was about potentially not getting the family time I had hoped for, my mum offered to give us some money towards the holiday (Adam then went and painted her kitchen to say thank you) which meant we could look into still going away. We were actually at a spa reminiscing about our old family holidays to butlins when my mum suggested we tried there. I was unsure as I thought it would cost a fortune and would be too far for the baby, but I decided to call and price it up anyway.
In the end we were offered a 4 night stay in a standard room only with dining for £300 for all 3 of us which I thought was a pretty good deal. Later I found out they actually offered premium dining but had sold out and so I kept checking online to see if anybody had cancelled so I could book it. Whilst checking this the day before, I found out that to upgrade to a “premium” room which actually had 2 bedrooms rather than just one was only going to be £16 more and so I called to make amendments. When I spoke to Butlins however, they told me it was going to be an extra £100+ to upgrade and so I sent in the screen shots to their customer services team and they said they’d see what they could do. Finally, I ended up getting an extra room for a whole £7.50 – and I’m so glad we did!
Soon the big day came around and we were so excited. We packed up the night before with military precision so we knew we had everything as packing to go away with a baby isn’t easy or quick! We packed the car full and off we went.
Hat & Romper from Asda!
We waited until after Eleanor’s breakfast and when she was due her morning nap to set off so that she would sleep in the car and not get bored or cranky. This worked well and she woke up on schedule for our stop at the humber bridge for some lunch.
We were not sure where we would actually stop or even if there would be much at the stop so we packed some mini bottles of pop, sandwiches and snacks to have a little picnic. I’m so glad we did because the only thing at the humber bridge was a greasy burger van. We actually used the leftovers from a family meal the day before and had delicious roast pork and stuffing sandwiches whilst we sat in the sun. Eleanor had her dinner in her bumbo seat (which I’m so glad I packed) and we played for a while in the sunshine to tire her out again.
Passing the humber bridge.
Playing whilst we pass the humber bridge!
We made good time to Butlins considering we stopped and we arrived around 30 mins before our room was ready but we were still allowed on site. Check in was conveniently through a drive through which was speedy and easy and we were directed to our room a short drive away. We managed to get parked not too far from our room and took all our bags/bits to a little picnic table outside and played whilst we waited for our room.
Once we were allowed in our room we were so glad we had upgraded. The room was small, with barely any room after the double bed, dressing table and wardrobe. I have no idea how we’d of even got the travel cot in there too – thank god I’d upgraded to a second room! The second room had twin beds, a side table between them and a dressing table with chair and wardrobe like the other room. Adam decided to re-arrange the room and pushed the twin beds together, put the side table on the desk and put the chair on top of the wardrobe to create space to put the rather large travel cot. We used the beds to put our suitcase on so we could re-pack as we wore our clothes to save us rushing around packing.
We put the travel cot up and it took up most of the rooms space. It felt so flimsy and thin but also really too hard for baby to sleep on so we folded up one of the quilts into the fitted cot sheet we brought to make it soft and cosy for her. We then unpacked and it was time for dinner!
Eleanor wore her beautiful new dress from Next purchased by Nannie Helen! She also wore a hand knitted cardigan and a custom made headpiece from the lovely Lot’of’Lace Bowtique.
I went out of my comfort zone and wore a jumpsuit! After travelling all day I just wanted something comfortable, and this jumpsuit from Pink Clove was perfect. The fabric is super soft, the neckline shows just enough and the cutout detailing at the back is super cute!
Both of us dressed for dinner!
We headed down for dinner not really knowing what to expect. I’d saw online it was canteen grab yourself kind of food which I don’t mind and I’d seen mixed reviews. We headed down 5:30ish and it wasn’t too busy and had a choice of seats. There was machines for hot drinks, juice and squash and anything else you bought at the bar. The food wasn’t too bad actually – every day had soups, jackets, salads then a “dinner” option, fish option, kids options, veggie options and accompaniments. There was also always a hot dessert, custard, a selection of cold desserts and a whipped ice cream machine. There wasn’t one night we really went hungry or couldn’t find something to eat – even if we did have some weird mixed up teas. The food definitely needed more variety though and next time we go we will definitely opt for the premium dining which had lots more choice.
After dinner we checked out the skyline pavillion which Eleanor absolutely loved. We watched a fireman sam show which was super packed with kids just running here there and everywhere whilst their parents sat drinking at the centre tables – 0h well, what are holidays for ey!
After the show we checked out the rest of the pavilion and worked out where everything was etc. We checked out the arcades and then decided to have some drinks in the room as Eleanor was getting sleepy. There was a really good Spar on site and the prices were quite reasonable and so we grabbed some drinks from there and headed back to the room. We used one of the bins as a fridge filled with ice we grabbed from Spar, put the sleepy baby to bed and had a bit of hang out time playing cards and having a few drinks. It was really lovely and reminded me of when we’d all come together as kids with my nana and uncle etc and we used to sit out and play outside the chalet on a night whilst the parents all relaxed together with a drink.
So that’s enough for part one! I have lots more photos and stories to share so make sure you check back for the next part!
Hannah, Adam & Eleanor x