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Have you ever thought about a Butlins holiday, but found the prices a little out of reach? Maybe you have friends or family staying at a Butlins resort and you’d love to get together to share some holiday fun.
Maybe you’re not even looking for a holiday, but you just want a great day out. In any of these scenarios, and numerous others, a Butlins day pass could be the answer. With the first Butlins resort opening back in 1936, these are resorts that have been providing family fun for generations.
With Butlins Bognor Regis, Butlins Minehead and Butlins Skegness to choose from, a Butlins day pass could lead to a family day out to remember. If you’re looking at making the most of the summer holidays, with great days out, read on as we explore all that a day pass has to offer.
What is a Butlins day pass?
When looking at just what a Butlins day pass is, the answer may be slightly self-explanatory. As the name suggests, these day passes give you access to Butlins resorts for a day, so that you can take advantage of the host of facilities there are.
When it comes to choosing a Butlins resort, you have 3 options:
- Butlins Skegness
- Butlins Minehead
- Butlins Bognor Regis
Each of these resorts offers day passes and they all have a variety of facilities and entertainment that make for a great day out. When it comes to what a day actually is at Butlins, a day pass allows you to enter from 10 am with a need to be off-site by 6 pm. For those 8 hours, you and your family get to explore all that Butlins has to offer, without the need to book a holiday.
If you want to know just what you can get up to with your Butlins day pass, that’s something that we’re going to come onto soon. Now we know what a day pass is, let’s take a look at them in a little more detail, and find out how to get your hands on one.
How can I buy a Butlins day pass?
If you’re interested in a Butlins day pass, the good news is that it’s extremely simple to get your hands on one. The first thing that you need to do is decide which resort you want to visit. While Butlins Skegness is the original, it could be that Bognor Regis or Minehead are that bit closer to you.
When you know where you want to head, it’s just a case of visiting the Butlins website. Once there, you’ll need to navigate to the page where day passes are listed. Usually, you’ll find that you need to book at least 24 hours in advance. When it comes to peak times, such as the school holidays, it’s a good idea to get in as soon as possible as these are the times when day passes are likely to sell out.
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What’s included with a Butlins day pass?
Before you go ahead and book your Butlins day pass, you’ll want to know just what you’re getting for your money. It’s worth bearing in mind that each resort offers something slightly different. While they all have the same overall theme, Butlins Skegness may have different rides to Butlins Minehead, and Butlins Minehead may have a feature that’s missing at Butlins Bognor Regis. No matter which resort you head to, you can still be sure that your day pass gives you more than enough to fill your time. In fact, you’ll be struggling to fit everything in. Here’s a look at what you get for your money:
- The chance to experience rides at the Traditional Fairground and Little Stars Fairground. You have unlimited access here
- At Butlins Skegness, you get to enjoy the all-new SkyPark that features 4 climbing walls and an interactive seesaw.
- Access to Splash Waterworld where you can enjoy rapids and flumes
- Daytime shows taking place in the Indoor Skyline Pavilion. Please note that entertainment within the Centre Stage, Studio 36 and Reds is not included
- The chance to enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, including access to the arcades
- Opportunity to enjoy the bars and restaurants
- Numerous bookable activities that you can arrange at the leisure hub when you arrive
- The chance to have your photo taken with the resort’s characters
How much will I pay for a Butlins day pass?
If you’re looking to buy a Butlins day pass for you and your family, we believe that they represent great value for money. The prices vary according to the time of the year and, just as with other attractions, the prices will increase as you approach peak times such as the summer holidays.
The prices, for both midweek and weekend visits, start at:
- £10 for children aged 2 to 14 years
- £10 for seniors aged 60+
- £17 for adults aged 15+
Just remember, these are the cheapest prices that you’ll find. If you have a date in mind for your visit, the best thing to do is head over to the Butlins website and check out just what the price is.
Something worth knowing about a Butlins day pass is that it gives you the chance to save money on a Butlins holiday. If you book a holiday on-site before the end of your day visit, you could find yourself saving up to 40% off a break. Often, you’ll also find that by booking a holiday, you get your day pass refunded.
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Top reasons to make the most of a Butlins day pass
Whether it’s Skegness, Minehead, or Butlins Bognor Regis, there are plenty of reasons why buying a Butlins day pass is a good idea. Here’s a look at just a few of them:
No matter which Butlins resort you visit, you’ll soon find that entertainment is something that Butlins does extremely well. With passes including access to the Skyline Pavilion, there are shows that the kids will love such as Mr Men, Teletubbies and sing-alongs that get everyone involved. One thing to remember though is that your Butlins day pass runs out at 6 pm. This means that you miss out on some of the great evening entertainment that’s offered.
Unlimited fairground rides:
Is there a child who doesn’t love fairground rides? To be honest, it’s probably the case that the majority of adults do too. When you purchase your Butlins day pass, you get unlimited access to these rides meaning that you can keep going for as long as you like. The only problem here is trying to pull yourself away so that you can explore the rest of the resort.
Whether you’re heading to Butlins Bognor Regis, Skegness or Minehead, they all feature a great traditional fairground, and it can almost feel as if you’re stepping back in time. While these types of rides are all great fun, they also have a sense of innocence that goes with them.
The best of times in the Waterpark:
We’ve already said that a Butlins day pass gives you access to the Waterpark, but we believe it’s worth another mention as this is one of the top reasons to visit. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, after all, we can never quite rely on the great British weather, you can have amazing fun in the Waterpark, and it’s something that the whole family can enjoy.
With water jets, rapids and wave machines, there’s plenty to enjoy even if you can’t muster the courage to head down the waterslide. Just bear in mind that on really hot days, the Waterpark can get extremely busy so it’s usually best to head there towards the start of your day out.
Whether it’s Butlins Minehead, Bognor Regis or Skegness, something that these resorts all have in common is that they are about traditional beach holidays. You’ll find that these resorts have their own stretch of beach that you can explore. Whether you want to enjoy the scenery, sunbathe or take a paddle, the beaches are clean and well worth a visit. To make things even better, you’ll usually come across an ice cream van as you make your way down to the sea and sand.
A chance to make memories with photo opportunities:
With a Butlins day pass, you’ll find that there are plenty of photo opportunities so that you can capture your memories forever. There are things such as an oversized deck chair that make for a great photo with the kids. As well as this, there are often opportunities to have your photo taken with some of the kid’s characters, such as the Mr Men.
A Butlins day pass offers the chance to have a great family day out. There’s plenty going on and there’s something to suit people of all ages. The only real problem that you’ll find is that 8 hours won’t be enough. With so much going on, you’ll find yourself wanting to make a return visit very soon.