Childhood holiday memories #ButlinsComp

When I heard that Butlins were running a competition for bloggers I knew it was something that I had to take part in.

I don’t have many holiday memories from when I was a child but there has been a story that has been told over and over throughout the years from when I was about six years old.

A family trip to the beach and a wind up fish seemed like the perfect chance for a six year old version of me to play a trick on the whole family.

A beach full of rock pools and a family hunt for crabs that didn’t seem to exist meant that people gave up pretty quickly and went to sit on the beach instead.

A frantic six year old Tired Mummy of Two comes running across the beach shouting that she had found a fish! Up everyone jumps, running across the beach to see the fish.

It wasn’t the type of fish that they were expecting and they all had a good laugh about how cheeky I was.

Its amazing what memories stay in your mind. It isn’t the expensive days out or the things people buy for you but the family moments that you remember the most.

Competition sponsored by Butlins Holiday Parks, helping your family make memories.


Me as a baby

How to enter


·         Write and post on your blog your favourite holiday memory.

·         Include the end line “Competition sponsored by Butlins Holiday Parks, helping your family make memories.”

·         Email us a link to your blog entry at by midnight on 18th August 2013.

·         If you like, you can also tweet about the competition and keep us updated on your progress by using the hashtag #butlinscomp

                               FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS


1. Only open to UK residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees of Bourne Leisure and their immediate families, their agents or anyone professionally associated with this promotion.

2. No purchase is necessary however internet access is required.

3. To enter: entrants must write and submit a blog post on their blog with closing line ‘Competition is sponsored by Butlins Holiday Parks helping your family make memories’ and then email with their details and a link to their blog. The blog must talk about your favourite childhood holiday.

4. This promotion is open from 00:00 on 29th July until 23:59 on 18th August 2013 (“Promotional Period”).

5. Prizes: The prizes will be:
     a. 1st prize is a Black iPad 2 16GB WiFi
     b. 2nd prize is a Wii U with Super Mario U
     c. 3rd prize is a Black iPad Mini 16GB WiFi
     d. The runner up will win a 16GB Black iPod Touch

6.  Winner Selection: For your total confidence, the draw will be conducted by PromoVeritas, the promotional verification service, from all valid entries received at the end of the Promotional Period. The draw will be conducted within 5 working days at the end of the Promotional Period. Four entrants will be selected at random to receive the prizes.

7.  The Winner will be notified using the email address/telephone number provided at the time of entry within 7 days of the draw. The winner will have 14 days from the date that the notification was sent to claim his/her prize by sending a reply to the email address from which the notification from the Promoter was received.

8. All entries must be submitted in English.

9. Entries will be rejected if they:
   a. contain defamatory, malicious, indecent or other inappropriate content;
   b. have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means;
   c. refer to brands other than those of the Promoter;
   d. include trademarks, logos or copyrighted material not owned by you;
   e. include the names, likenesses, photographs, videos or similar of any individual without their express permission;
   f. represent a danger to health and safety;
   g. disparage the promoter or any other person or party affiliated with the promotion.

10. In the event that a winner or substitute winner is unreachable, ineligible, or fails to claim the prize in the time required, the winner or substitute winner shall forfeit their prize and it will be awarded to a an alternative entrant selected in the same way.

11. The prizes carry no cash value, are non-transferable and may not be substituted by the winners. No compensation will be payable if a winner is unable to use the prize as stated. If a winner is unable to take his/her prize within the stated period, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to another randomly chosen entrant.

12. No responsibility is accepted for entries lost, damaged or delayed as a result of any network, computer hardware or software failure of any kind. Proof of transmission, posting or sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

13. By entering this Promotion you (the “participant”) agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The Promoter reserves the right at its absolute discretion to disqualify Entries which it considers do not comply with these terms and conditions or any participant who it reasonably believes has interfered with the fair running of this Promotion.

15. The Promoter shall have the right, where necessary, to undertake all such action as is reasonable to protect itself against fraudulent or invalid claims including, without limitation, to require further verification as to the identity, age, and other relevant details of a participant.

16. Entries must be made by the participant, and must not be made through agents or third parties. Proof of identity may be requested.

17. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery of the prizes.
18. Bulk votes or entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.  Incomplete or illegible entries, bulk votes, votes by or via third parties or syndicates, entries by macros or other automated means (including systems which can be programmed to vote), and entries which do not satisfy the requirements of these terms and conditions in full will be disqualified and will not be counted.  If it becomes apparent that a participant is using a computer(s) to circumvent this condition by, for example, the use of ‘script’, ‘brute force’, masking their identity by manipulating IP addresses, using identities other than their own or any other automated means in order to increase that participant’s entries into the draw in a way that is not consistent with the spirit of the promotion, that person’s entries will be disqualified and any prize award will be void. 

19. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

20. The Promoter reserves the right to publish the name and county of residence of the winner. The winner may be required to participate in the Promoter’s marketing and promotional activities and by entering the Promotion consents to such participation.

21. The names and county of the winners will be made available at the end of the promotion, by sending a SAE to MEC, 1 Paris Garden, London, SE1 8NU

22. Entries will become the property of the Promoter (including all intellectual property rights in the entry) and will not be returned.

23. The Promoter will only use the personal details supplied for the administration of the promotion and for no other purpose, unless we have your consent. The Promoter may disclose entrants’ personal information to its contractors and agents to assist in conducting this prize draw or communicating with entrants. See our privacy policy here The participant may withdraw consent to such use of personal information by writing to the Promoter or by using the opt-out process outlined in the Promoter’s privacy policy.

24. By accepting the prize, the winners agree to take part in reasonable publicity related to the promotion.

25. The Promoter shall not be liable for any interruption to this Promotion whether due to force majeure or other factors beyond the Promoter’s control.

26. By entering the Promotion, the participant agrees to release the Promoter from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Promotion or with the acceptance, possession, attendance at or use of any prize (except death or personal injury caused by the Promoter’s negligence, for fraud, or otherwise as prohibited by law).

27. This Promotion is governed by English law.

Promoter: Butlins Skyline Ltd, 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP2 4YL. Registered in England No. 04011665