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That one moment that helps us smile

Its that one moment that all of remember and smile, with a small laughter to go with it. Here is the memories from other members who have shared the moment that helped them smile and hopefully you.

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K, Jones 
Working my first season as a Ayr barman in the Beachcomber My first week involved serving a group of Downs Syndrome lads and lasses They were so excited and happy and just loved Butlins Fond memories of 1981

F, O'Donovan
We used to travel by coach from South Wales, loved the journey knowing we was heading to butlins, used to get super excited once we could see the avenue and the steam train.. knew we was there. Also loved getting off the bus and dropping our cases off in left luggage until we could get into our chalet, then sitting somewhere to go through the entertainment guide to plan my week.

I absolutely loved every minute of my Butlins holidays as a kid in the 90's. We used to have a ground floor chalet in the 3 storeys behind main check in, 1st thing I'd hear every morning would be the theme tune for Kentucky derby

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A, Chidgey
Too many memories to list but one that I always thought about whenever we went there again was the first time. We went there in the late sixties when I was about nine. It was the first time I'd seen my parents looking happy and laugh in a long, long time. We sadly lost my older sister in the Aberfan Disaster in '66 she'd started as a teacher there. Only a week away at Butlins but it did the three of us so much good, realised that even being so young. Think that's why we fell in love with Butlins and they went for many years after. Posted this photo before but this was probably the holiday when we realised it was ok to smile again.💕

P , Hounsome
when were in the car and you see the 1st sign for Butlins Bognor Regis then you get closer and your at the entrance to Butlins, omg then im screaming with delight like a little child.

T, Pike
The whole experience was so exciting,starting with counting down the weeks to get there,to Mum packing and calling us very early on the day saying 'The day has come.Remember the long drive with sweets and puzzle books etc. When we got close to the camp we looked for the big wheel. Just realised that I could write this for hours! but will leave it there🙂

T, Murray
My first visit was 1994 when it was Somerwest World. My favourite era. Everything seemed bigger and better then. I loved the venues (especially Crazy Horse Saloon), I loved the shows, the people I met. The Redcoats seemed different back then too. And even though I was only a holiday maker I'm still friends with lots of Redcoats we met ❤️

P, Docherty
When younger, when my siblings were in the car too, it was the fun competition we used to have to see who spotted the flags first, then we knew we were almost there. Like you Mark, once inside them gates, it felt like a different world.  Love the place, or the memory of it lol. Take my grandkids now, and it isn’t what it was when I was younger, and even when I took my own kids, but my grandkids seem to get the same pleasure I did, just in a different way, abs that’s good enough for me

Another memory for me is from 1978, when I met a  girl from Birmingham called Joanne, who will be turning 56 tomorrow, I’ll be messaging in her in the morning to wish her a happy birthday

Babs (click here to see more about Babs history with Butlins)
As we were driving towards Skegness, when l was little, l would ask Dad to give me enough warning to comb my hair before we arrived.... 🙄

H, Bennett
I love Butlins Minehead but the best time was the 80’s with the outdoor pool, the monorail, cable car and even the indoor pool and the cafe underneath where you could see people in the pool with the windows in the cafe. And what about the Beachcomber..... and the Redcoats that were there for all people and not just children.... and the Princes Ballroom......

P, Johnson
One moment that stands out for me was watching a wrestling match in Minehead. A grisly old head was taking on a youngster, when suddenly all the ropes around the ring broke.
The young lad paused, looking totally bemused, but the elder wrestler didn't skip a beat, he delivered a kick to the stomach, gathered up a loose rope, then started choking his opponent with it!
Must be over 30 years ago but it still makes me laugh!

K, Kenny
The day we drove through the gates to start work in my friends dads car. We were full to the brim with blankets pillows clothes, teddy bears and nick nacks. We both were starting jobs in the restaurant and were so so excited. Little did we know it would become a career and we would both end up on the stage as Show Reds. I would stand at the side of the stage after my shifts watching the shows and dreaming of one day being in them. Each week I would ask the stage and production manager, is there a space yet. I think in the end they gave me an audition out of pity. And after ward she said, oh you can actually sing. 🤣🤣 x Did 2 full seasons In the show cast with my good friend P. Waring  x x Best of times x

I can still remember my first show on Broadway. It was called ‘Music Time Machine’ we were dressed as gangsters in full Zoot Suits. I was so nervous to eventually be doing what I had dreamed of I think I nearly fainted. But once I was out on stage with my friends it melted away. The audiences at Butlins were some of the best I have ever sang to still to this day x

M, Brown
Mines is of Ayr.Seeing the Butlins flags at the top where the gates were,going through them and down into the camp and a completely different world.We only stayed half hour away from the camp,but it felt a million miles away.Great times and brilliant memories.So glad we holidayed there.💕

These lovely ladies were my Auntie Anna who entered the fat lady competition and threatened to pull one of the Redcoats dickie bow and my Nana who also loved holidays at Ayr.

M, Hodges
Walking around the boating lake at Minehead with my old man and spotting the brand new fun pool 👌 and slides , jaw open 🤪

L, Allison
I had just arrived at the Butlins Blackpool Metropole hotel and as I walked down the corridor a female redcoat breezed by in the opposite direction singing quite loudly as if nobody was there - and a lovely voice she had too! I was mesmerised. "I'm going to like it here" I thought ... and my goodness .. I did! I LOVED it there! I had the most magical holiday. I was 12.

M. Carr
The moment i got out of my taxi and arrived at the main gates, i felt so lucky to have finally arrived.
When i was told where my accommodation was, i soon frowned as was exhausted after a long day travelling.
Got to my block where I was staying. No cup kettle or welcome pack as I was told I'd be left. I just wanted a shower and coffee and in to bed, Nope the girls were getting ready to go out, and I were with them too. Xx

I woke up after a couple of pints of diesal.
Good job I wasn't starting work or training the next day, or so i thought.
felt i should go and introduce myself....
I ended up working straight away. Xx

M, Slight
My special memory the moment I walked through main gates start my first shift and the first 2 people I spoke to were the friends I made for life they took me under there wing got me drunk got me talking gained my confidence then my my Butlins sister J. Louise, S. Wright and  W. Mille. They will always be in my heart that's where my love affair with Butlins started

R. Dean
For me it was every evening performing the shows in The Broadway Pwllheli. I started out as Ratty Rachel in 96 as one of the kids in the Krazy Krew shows & then at Christmas l went into the showreds & we performed the Christmas shows in all the venues for the winter season. I especially loved Christmas Eve & New Years Eve. They were such busy night for ents team. We started in Little Darlins venue but as the stage was so small there was no room for us & the dancers,so it was just us singers. Then on to Sundowners,Stars (where the dancers joined us for the show)& then ending in The Broadway & we brought in Christmas at Midnight & New Year the following week. Christmas Day our first show was always so lovely.

I then stayed with the showreds for a further 2 seasons at Pwllheli 97/98. It was the best time & it never felt like a job. Singing with your friends & fabulous band providing the great music & the stage crew. We were one big team & we are all still in touch to the day.....amazing times ❤

S. Bushell
When I worked at Southcoast World 94/95 I loved seeing people arriving with their cases and look of excitement on their faces..and I loved the feeling I was part of their holiday.. I loved the out door splash pool and feeding the ducks at the boating lake....and just sitting watching people have fun

S. Foreman
Too many to choose from. Skeg. The first time I *remember* going (my actual first time I was 6 weeks old) and going to Broadway, that I used to call Top Hat and Gloves, when what is now the bars etc were little booths for photos and stuff and sitting in the giant brown arm chair and having my picture taken with Postman Pat. Going to the rumpus room, a new photo with Humpty Dumpty every trip. I have photos of my kids with him now.

Then the first time taking my daughter and seeing her eyes light up. The sheer joy on her face took me right back to my childhood. The first time my son was aware of being there and he just turned circles trying to look at everything. We have photos somewhere of the first Christmas we met Albert Beardsall when he was doing his redcoat training. He became a family friend. Nights out spent in the Enchanted Castle. Parents going to the Showboat and redcoats going round to the chalets with kids in and listening at the doors. Having a nose bleed in Beachcomber bay pool where the spa is now. The outdoor pool that was always freeeeezing. When there was only one type of food court dining under Broadway and you were allocated a table that you shared with other guests. Met a boy my age (we were about 7) that I stayed friends with for years. The red dragon rollercoaster was my favourites ride. Ah so many things!
And meeting Freddy and the Dreamers and Dave Benson Phillips. My dads tape was stolen from his car and Freddy went got his own copy and gave it to my Dad

R Chalton
There are so many smile moments it’s really difficult to choose. As a kid it was coming along the road to Butlin’s Skegness and getting first glimpse of the flagpoles in the car park.
As a Red at Minehead… I’ll never forget the time my mates came down to see me in 1986. It was my day off, nice weather and I was leaning on a railing waiting for them outside the camp thinking about how happy I was and how lucky I was to be doing the job. That’s a memory that always makes me smile.

J. Partridge
I was 17 in 1977 when I got on the coach in Manchester to go to Butlins Skegness ...halfway there I realised I was all alone ...wouldn't know anyone ...and was really nervous but as soon as I got there made friends straightaway ....I worked in the Empress and loved everyminute of it ...had my 18th birthday there and oh my was that some birthday ....I met lots of friends and some still keep in touch with 44years later ....the best time ever ,if I could do it all over or go back in time I would x