You know how much I love Butlins so having the chance to show you this exclusive video live from the Wave is amazing.
So lets go join Angela Griffin and my good friend Jae Hopkins at the opening of the Butlins Wave Hotel in Bognor Regis as they give us a sneak preview of the nation’s newest and most exciting family holiday resort.
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Staying in the shoreline hotel and having dinner, bed and breakfast means that we had the opportunity to dine in quite a few venues for our dinner this week and we decided to make full use of it.The first night we spent in the Shoreline hotel purely for convenience but we have since dined in the new Beachcomber Inn, Turners restaurant and the new hotel that will be available for Wave guests, The Deck. Being given vouchers to use in the restaurants does mean that on occasion we had to pay for a little bit of the bill but wouldn't you pay a bit extra for this.
You could actually dine at the Deck for no extra cost and with a cook to order Grill and a fresh pasta bar as well as the normal premier dining buffet options we were definitely spoilt for choice and so full we felt like we would burst when we left.
With gorgeous big open spaces, a great variety of seating and even some Etch-a-sketch available for the kids to play with, The Deck has a brilliant feel to it that doesn't seem like the normal canteen type dining that you come to get used when on resort. We are really looking forward to September now when we will be staying in The Wave hotel and dining in The Deck all week long but this time we will eat in moderation.
Being on site when Mike the Knight took to the Butlins stage for the very first time was a very exciting experience not just the girls but for us too. What made it even better was seeing our girls favourite redcoat Michaela take to the stage next to him as Charlie.
I wont tell you the story but what I will say is that it was brilliant.
The best part was seeing Michaela (or Charlie) sing the Mike the Knight theme tune
The show was amazing and I know that children will be very excited to see this over the coming months.
The stars of the show
Seeing Katy Ashworth in person was an unbelievable experience, the energy and crazyness that roles off that women is both contagious and brilliant. The show involved choosing 12 children from the audience to take part in the show to help Katy cook Tomato and cheese spirals. These were then cooked whilst Katy read all the children a great story and generally acted like a lunatic which obviously the kids loved. I have never seen a children's tv entertainer be so energetic and open with kids in the way she was. To top it all off she came out at the end of the show to meet all the kids and she was just so friendly and wacky that the kids loved her.
Panto at Butlins has always been brilliant and this year Bognor's panto is Beauty and the Beast. With stunning costumes, amazing songs and a great story, the characters had us roaring in laughter, cheering in triumph or shouting "Bonjour Madam" along with the rest of the audience. From the hilarious plate scene when Louis and Dotty made a bit of a mess of things to the final dance scene to "i'm a believer" we loved every minute of it.
Elizabeth's favourite part was when they read out her Birthday although she will be called "Elizabeth Seaham" from now on after Dotty got her name all confused.
I loved seeing some of our favourite redcoats and other butlins stars in this show in particular Redcoat Josh who is one of the first redcoats we met two years ago and recognises us as soon as he sees us.
There has been so many new shows on at Butlins this year that we have been really excited dashing from here to there to see them. From Katy Ashworth in I can cook, the new Thomas the tank engine show, the very first Mike the Knight show and the Big Red Beach Party this week has been amazing.
I am going to write posts on some of the shows but here is a quick photo gallery to show you the quality of the entertainment that we have seen.