Monday, 21 February 2011
Butlins or Bridleways?
Now I thought I'd hate every minute of the 'dry side' experience during my first ever visit to a holiday camp. To be fair it wasn't as bad as I expected. We saw an enjoyable magic show, I had a reasonable cup of coffee while Louis played in a massive soft play area and we both had fun on a rickety selection of fairground rides. Alton Towers it isn't! Staff were friendly and the buildings were clean and mainly modern. The pool, by the way, surpassed our expectations. It was huge and well supervised and we had a lot of fun playing in the long meandering lazy river, the wave machine, bubble pool and hair raising flumes.
I didn't feel a single day ticket was particularly good value at £18 for adults and £14 for a child as frankly there wasn't shedloads of things to do that were inclusive in the admission fee. However I felt annual passes for locals and people who can visit the areas often at £50 and £25 respectively are reasonable. I've coughed up the extra so we can gain free admission on the days when day visitors are allowed on site in the 2011 season. We'll plan future visits to Nana Lovelygrey to tie in with these so that we can swim again. She was also interested to hear that the annual pass for a senior costs just £25. After all Minehead is a town that, shamefully, no longer has a municipal pool so this restricted access goes someway towards meeting a local need and represents pretty good value for regular swimmers.