[holiday] Happy Campers — Johnny Vegas on his childhood memories of Butlins

“…the real beauty of [Butlins] was parents being able to go, ‘Right, you’re not really mine. From a certain time in the morning to a certain time at night, I don’t really care. Unless it’s something really serious, and the matron calls us.’ Because, really, there’s nothing worse than going on a family holiday, and your parents are finding things to do in the day that they think’ll be fun for you; they’re miserable, because they’d much rather be in the pub. You’re miserable, because you’re not really that arsed about castles. It was the entertain-yourselves thing at Butlin’s, while your parents were off doing their Paxo-sponsored chicken dance.” Paxo-sponsored chicken dance? “It was like the conga meets the chicken dance.”

Johnny Vegas on Butlins

This entry was posted on Saturday, November 2nd, 2002 at 10:45 am and is filed under Life.

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Ah, i remember the days well, from my youth! My mom used to leave me in the Butlins teenager club and go and amuse herself at the bar i think!. Not sure i’d want to take my kids there now though but still not bad for a bit of nostalgia!

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