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*~*~*INTRODUCTION*~*~*I have always loved Butlins as a child and now as an adult. Last year my partner and I decided to go away on an adult weekend due to the lack of kids ;-) and we hope to go back soon.
Whilst I know that Butlins is made for kids as a teacher I don't really like to go away and be surrounded by them. The adult party weekends (strictly over 18's) was perfect for me and this review will relate mainly to this weekend although I will also put in some experience from my weekend family break.
our arrival was handled brilliantly. We drove into the park and was instantly given a car pass, then met by a smiling redcoat who directed us to the check-in desk.We were given keys, map and entertainment booklet. As we were staying in Silver self-cateringaccommodation we felt it would be tricky to take all of our luggage
We were impressed with the names of the accommodation. It was fun to look out for names and I would guess that children learning to read would take great pleasure in finding their rooms. Unfortunately we entered the apartment and I felt very sick by the smell lingering in the rooms. It smelt severely of stale smoke and it felt unclean. The toilet needed to be cleaned before use and the floor was dusty and sticky in places.
Apart from this the rooms were everything we needed for a weekend. We had TV and a dining area. The rooms were of a good comfortable size and the apartment was close to the car park, clubs and ironically for a self cateringvillage, the dining halls. (these were practically next door). We decided that as we would spend most of out time sight-seeing and in the bars the rooms were only to eat and sleep in.
On our first night we watched a show dedicated to the 60's, 70's,80's,90's and 00's 9the last 5 decades of music and events) the show was very professional, we thoroughly enjoyed it. This took place in centre stage and to be honest this was one of the best places I have seen. It was clean, very big and generally impressive.After the show we went to Reds next door to see a Madonna Tribute. The show was good although Showmaddy Maddy and Badness (can you guess who yet?) were much better as a tribute band. Each night we attended we were given an excellent performance, always professional and at times better than some of the shows I would pay £28 to see. It is hard to believe that during the day these people are redcoats who are normal people.
Throughout the adult weekend we took part in club nights, drag queen shows and during the day we watched tribute bands. The general feel was quite young and was fun. The redcoats seemed very relaxed and laid back. They turned a blind eye to drunks hugging bob the builder and people being sick on the rides.
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