Free respite breaks to aid positive mental health
at our holiday home in Butlins, Skegness
Family Breaks at Butlins in Skegness
Free respite breaks at our holiday home at Butlins for families who have children with long term physical or mental illnesses or disabilities. We provide the break not just for the child, but mum, dad and any siblings too. We are also more than happy to accommodate a carer should one be required. All we ask for a returnable security deposit against breakages or damage.
Our holiday home is a static caravan and is a real home away from home and a great way for all the family to recharge their batteries. This is suitable for most families with great facilities including a wet room, wheelchair access and lowered units.
Our caravan is located in a quiet part of the Butlins caravan park so if you are wanting to simply have a quiet get away, this is the ideal location.
With all the comforts of home including digital television, streaming services from Sky’s NowTV and Netflix as well as the usual on demand catch up services will keep you and your family entertained for hours. We even include superfast internet to keep you connected to your friends and social media.
Our respite holidays are designed for the families to have a break away together to aid recuperation and improve mental health and positive outlooks.
Although we provide our breaks on an accommodation-only basis, Butlins very kindly do offer complimentary access to the facilities and entertainment on the resort. This is subject to availability and may change at short notice should new restrictions be put in place by the government.
So this summer you will have access to the amusements and fairground, shops, bars and restaurants as well the new Pig & Whistle complex. Beach access as well as to the water fountains too.
Limited access to shows may be available in Reds, Centre Stage, The Pavilion and Studio36. Butlins will confirm what is available when you check-in for your break.
Please note that we do not guarantee the availability of any entertainment for our breaks, and access to the main resort will not be available on off-peak breaks. Any entertainment and main resort access is provided as a complimentary feature of our breaks. Access to the main resort may be restricted or cancelled due to changes in Coronavirus restrictions or Butlins’ own special events such as music weekends or other specialist events.
If you want to venture off site, the famous Ingoldmells market is open most days and is only a short walk away. Theres also some other great things to do nearby:
- Natureland Seal Sanctuary
- Skegness Aquarium
- Pleasure Beach Fairground
- Tower Gardens & Park
- Tiny Tots Village Indoor Playzone
- Skegness Pier
- Hardy’s Animal Farm
- Jump Warriors Trampoline Park
- Fantasy Island Theme Park
Third party venues are provided as a courtesy only. The charity doesn’t provide any recommendation of the quality or availablity of any venue.
Our Holiday Home
What will I have access to in Peak Season?
As of 19th July 2021, you will have access to the Pig & Whistle complex on the caravan side of the resort.
You will also have access to the main Butlins resort, including the Fairground, Amusements and Restaurants. Limited access may be allowed into swimming and shows subject to restrictions and availability.
What will I have access to in Off-Peak Season?
In early Spring, Autumn and Winter, the main Butlins complex is usually closed mid-week and private events are held at weekends, meaning we cannot provide any access to the main resort. Please don’t worry! There is still plenty of entertainment, fairgrounds and other things to do in Skegness and Ingoldmells – we have listed a few on this page and in the welcome book in the caravan too.
Where can I get more information?
On check-in, the team at Butlins will have all the latest information for your break, including any access to entertainment that may be open. Please remember that any entertainment is provided as a complimentary feature of our breaks and we cannot guarantee that this will be available for all breaks.
Holiday Home Features:
- Luxurious 6 Berth Accessible Caravan
- Decking Ramp & Wide Doors
- Double Glazing & Central Heating
- Bedding Supplied (except travel cot)
- Wet Room with Rails & Shower
- Digital TV with Netflix & NowTV
- Fast, Unlimited WiFi
- Bluetooth Sound System
- Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine
- Travel Cot / Bottle Warmer / Sterliser
- Dining Area with High Chair
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Covid Secure Clean with Welcome Pack
Don’t miss out on your free 2022 family holiday at Butlins
We have a gold service Covid Guarantee.
If the caravan park is closed due to the pandemic, or you are personally affected due to a local or national lock-down, we will rearrange your break for you without any hassle or offer a refund back to you within 30 days.
Help us do more
To help cover the cost of providing our free breaks to our service users, we are able to offer paid-for holidays at our luxurious holiday home at Butlins.
These breaks are mainly provided during peak season and help us to cover the cost of providing free breaks to our beneficiaries.
Butlins Event Restrictions
Butlins hold many specialist events throughout the year such as Tots Weekends, Adult Music Events and other events that will restrict access for our guests to the main resort.
The main Butlins resort is also closed in off-peak periods and will have no guest access.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can make an application for the Respite Breaks and who can go on them?
We welcome applications from parents/guardians, teachers, social/support workers and medical professionals. The breaks are designed for the family unit (parent, the poorly/disabled child and sibings) to have a break together to aid positive mental health.
Can I pick a specific date such as in school holidays?
Sadly no. As our breaks are classed as respite breaks and not a holiday we wish to be fair to all applicants. If your application is successful you will be able to choose from a weekend or mid-week break and request a particular month. We will then allocate the first free date.
I can’t take my kids on holiday in school time!
Our breaks are respite breaks to aid positive mental health which also improves learning in school. We provide school support letters on request and we have not had a school refuse a respite break so far.
Is the break really free?
If you meet our acceptance criteria and are offered a break, then the actual cost of the break is free. We only take a £100 security bond against breakages and damages which is returned at the end of your break if everything is left clean and tidy and nothing is damaged or broken. We do ask for a small donation of £50 to help cover the cost of cleaning and preparing the caravan and for bedding for the duration of your stay.
Can I bring extended family or friends on the break with me?
Sadly no. Although we offer these breaks free of charge, it does cost the charity money to provide the service. Our breaks are only for your immediate family unit and we will verify the names and dates of births of those staying in our holiday home for site safety and Covid track and trace purposes.
Is Butlins entertainment included?
Technically no. Our breaks are provided on an accommodation only basis. However, Butlins will allow access to certain facilities subject to Covid restrictions, their own private events and seasonal closures.
Do I need to take bedding or towels with me?
YCT request a donation of £50 toward the preparation and cleaning of the caravan, this also includes the provision of bedding for your stay, except the travel cot. Please ensure you bring towels and a teatowel with your for your stay.
If you have any more pre-application questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call a team member on 01422 728080.
If you don’t qualify for a free holiday?
Why Not Book a Paid Break?
Applications for holidays are subject to the charity application process and approval by the charity Trustees.
Applicants may select a mid-week or long weekend break and dates of the holiday will be subject to the holiday terms and conditions, the Butlins terms and conditions and date availability.
All holidays are subject to a £100 security bond and £50 Cleaning Charge.