Have finally caved thanks to that damn "Sunshine, lollipops" advert putting ideas into the kids' heads. Am resigned to booking a short break at Butlins during Easter hols 2010. How far ahead should I book? I have heard you get the best deals by leaving it till the last minute, but I take it during school holidays last minute availability might not be, well, er, available!
And also, will it be awful? (Butlins virgin)
We usually go self-catering in a cottage in Cornwall or Devon. Had a horrendous experience in a Haven site a few years back - it was akin to a POW camp. We left early. Please can someone reassure me that Butlins will be different!!
Alas I can't reassure you, as when I last looked at Butlins, I found that Center Parcs was cheaper - I was booking quite last minute and wanting top of the range accommodation, so that may have made a difference.
With luck, this bumping will help your post be noticed by someone with more positive experiences and advice.
I think the kids wouldn't be quite so thrilled with Center Parcs! Far too posh and boring in their eyes I think.
I think it's the whole holiday camp atmosphere/entertainment/fairground stuff that they want really. I never knew Center Parcs would be cheaper than Butlins though, that is a bit of a revelation! I will definitely bear it in mind if I end up booking last minute. Thanks for the advice.
My friend rang last night and found that she could book a short break at Disney land paris for the same price as one at the basic accomodation on centre parcs. Guess where her kids would prefer to go? I can recommend either Looe Bay or Tencreek in Cornwall. Both good places to stay and you can get deals/bargains