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Butlins Just For Tots Breaks are a good way to ease yourself into a family holiday with young children. You don't need to get them a passport or endure a flight with a screamer and you won't be the only one whose child is embarrassing you at breakfast.
Where are Butlins Just For Tots holidays? Which is the best location?
Butlins Just For Tots holidays are held at the Butlins resorts in Lincolnshire (Skegness), West Sussex (Bognor Regis) and Somerset (Minehead).
There isn't a great deal between the three resorts, so I would probably go for whichever is closest to you. The differences certainly aren't big enough to drive further than you have to with a toddler.
Butlins Bognor Regis is closest from London and anywhere in the South East of England. Butlins Minehead is closest from the Westcountry and South Wales. Butlins Skegness is closest from the East Midlands and North of England. From Birmingham, the resorts are roughly equidistant.
If you're midway between two Butlins resorts then you might want to consider the following:
What happens on a Butlins Just For Tots break?
Butlins Just For Tots breaks are held on weekdays during term time, so you won't have some six foot tall teenager trampling their way round the soft play area. In fact, Butlins won't let you book unless there's an under five in your party.
You can pick and choose what you turn up for - a few things need booking when you arrive, but not everything. Most activities are free. If your child has a horrendous tantrum because you've told them they can't have ice cream for breakfast then you can change your plans without any problems.
Some of the main things that you might want to take advantage of:
How much do Butlins Just For Tots holidays cost?
Butlins Just For Tots breaks are relatively cheap, as they are outside of school holidays. Midweek during term time is usually very quiet for Butlins, so this is a clever way to bring in plenty of visitors.
There are three choices of accommodation:
We did a price comparison for Just For Tots breaks for two adults and one child under five.
We looked for a four night break in the cheapest apartment available. It's slightly cheaper to get a 'room' but I would recommend paying a little bit extra so you have a lounge.
Four nights in May 2022 for two adults and one child:
In this instance, there wasn't much difference in price but Bognor Regis was about £30 cheaper than Skegness.
We then searched for a four night Just For Tots break in late September or early October 2022 with an apartment plus food included:
Again, the difference in price between the three is pretty small but Bognor Regis is just about cheapest. There was also some accommodation upgrades which were very reasonable. For example, we were offered a Gold Apartment for an extra £7 which is certainly worth the money.
What about food and drink at Just For Tots holidays?
If you go for a 'room' rather than an 'apartment' then you will want to go for a dining option. If you get an apartment, then it's up to you whether you want to cook for yourself or pay for a dining package.
In our price comparisons above, it was only about £140 to add on breakfast and evening meals for three people for a four night break for the cheapest package. That's pretty reasonable when you compare it to eating out an outside restaurant. For example, two main courses, a kids meal, three puddings, three soft drinks and two coffees at The Beachcomber restaurant at Skegness Butlins will cost you about £40. Breakfast will cost you another £20, so you've spent £60 on one day's food. Over four days you'd spend about £240.
The dining options at Just For Tots holidays is:
The final option is hotel dining, which is only available to those staying in a hotel at Butlins Bognor Regis. It's similar to the premium dining plan, but it's more convenient as you only have to wander downstairs from your room.
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