The best and worst of Pontins?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by scotchgirl, Oct 26, 2005.

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  1. scotchgirl

    scotchgirl Active Member

    For me - the best things are -

    1) winning all that glorious prize money!
    2) the bar
    3) the bar
    4) the other bar

    the worst things are -

    1) the top class accomodation, complete with peeling paint, gaps you can walk through in the doors, the square baths (popular chalets - lovely blue enamel), the hot water that only lasts long enough for 1 short shower (even though it has been heating up all day), the sofa bed that has a 'quaint' bend in the middle, and also is made of plastic
    2) the fact that the contest is held during the Welsh hurricane season
    3) the ballroom...stand still too long and your shoes will become part of the carpet....

    I'm sure I could think of some more examples...but hopefully you lot will come up with some for me?

    Come on!!!
  2. sterlingsop

    sterlingsop Member

    Best things:
    1) Meeting up with old friends
    2) the bar
    3) winning!!
    4) the helpful security staff who let you into your chalet when one of your roomies has gone to bed early and taken the key with them
    5) discreet RAC mechanics who tow you to the top of the drive and let you coast down to the car park to avoid embarrassment......thanks guys!
    6) being woken up at stupid o'clock by a hilarious bandsman playing reveille on a tuba
    7) sharing your chalet with random people
    8.) joining random parties because you bump into A for the first time in years and they are now seeing B who is in band C but who's sister is with D and E is having a party because they've not seen A for years either.......
    9) seeing grown men dressed up in witches and nurses outfits for halloween
    10) leaving again at the end of the weekend

    Worst things:
    1) the surly bar staff who take an age to serve you - it's quicker and more cheerful to go to the onsite shop and buy some cans
    2) the weather - if it's not raining it's cold, and if it's cold it'll be raining as well AND blowing a gale. And if it appears sunny BEWARE - it's a cruel trick of the light and you will still need to wear a full eskimo suit under your uniform to stop your extremities turning blue
    3) sticky floors in the chalets (you have to wipe your feet coming OUT)
    4) the duvets with a combined tog rating of 3 per chalet
    5) the chippy that runs out of chips at 8.45pm precisely and then shuts coz they've run out of potatoes too

    No doubt more will follow - i'm putting off thinking about the dreaded weekend until at least Friday!!
  3. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    I'm really missing Pontins now.

    Worst bit - artexed ceilings and having the top bunk then one of your "mates" shouts FIRE FIRE in the middle of the night, whilst you're in a drunken slumber, with hilarious blood-y results. Bet the stain is still there.
  4. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    Best bits: THe whole affair!
    • Particularily the people who you usually know only in a polite civilised context who at 3 in the morning become your knew best friends who you really do love them.
    • RAndoms in your chalet is always fun (steady now!) particularly when you meet them for the first time without your contacts in so can't see.
    Worst bits:
    • Being cold and damp all weekend
    • Spilling red wine all over all your clothes
    • spending a lot of money!
  5. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    the best bits?....
    looking forward to dressing up nice fr the evening:wink::biggrin:
  6. jonford

    jonford Member

    Ok, some of my ideas, probably some repeated from above:

    The good:
    1. The contest itself
    2. Meeting people you haven't seen since last years Pontin's!
    3. The bar
    4. The extra hour you get either in bed or the club due to the clocks changing!
    5. The prize money
    6. The price of the accomadation

    The bad:
    1. The annoying shower that stops after 15 seconds
    2. The price of drinks from the bar
    3. The hour's wait outside in that freezing cold white tent before you play, just so your instrument is nice and cold on stage!
    4. The amount of band's in each section, especially if you end up drawn near the end
    5. The random result! ;)
  7. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    I havent been to Pontins for years, do the Bavarian Stompers till play there?
  8. BoozyBTrom

    BoozyBTrom Member

    Now they ARE!!! the best bit of the weekend.
  9. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Hehe! They were almost entirely responsible for our last place at Hemsby many years ago. And I think I still have the bite marks! (but I'm not telling anyone THAT story, not whilst sober at least....:biggrin: ).
  10. jonford

    jonford Member

    omg I had forgot about them! Yes agreed they are the best entertainment act of the weekend.
  11. Chris Sanders

    Chris Sanders Active Member

    Pontins - Urgh!!

    Beers terrible.

    Bars too expensive.

    Chalets are dreadful.

    Too many people talking about Mouthpiece sizes and Paganini Variations!!
  12. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Most annoying thing about pontins?

    The showerheads at waist height. Were the chalets built for chuffing midgets or something?
  13. euphfanhan

    euphfanhan Member

    My first time at pontins....maybe I'll stay at home!
  14. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    I take it you're not going then Sandman? ;)

    The best thing? It's in Wales, and North Wales at that!

    The worst thing? It's in Prestatyn!
  15. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    You missed off

    The ugly:
    Craig's shirts!

  16. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    *Handbags at 5 paces*
  17. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    How anyone can say the best thing about pontins is the bar is beyond me! Its ****, the drinks overpriced and watered down!
  18. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    lol looks like im goingto have to get one out for saturday then!!!:clap: :tongue:
  19. Chris Sanders

    Chris Sanders Active Member

    Im going to see a few friends and watch my pa play with his band, will come home after that though, done Pontins too many times. Its awful, I wouldnt mind awful if the beer was either better or cheaper, but its just plain awful :D
  20. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member


    1. accomodation - my fellow chalet mates did not appreciate me using all the loo roll to 'plug' the holes around the window so I could sleep without the wind whisling!

    2. drink - expensive

    3. food - bar the chip shop it;s a liquid diet - they could make so much money with a curry house on there!

    4. red wine (being split over me but not BY me!) - thanks Ian! :tongue:


    1. socialising - no matter how awful the site is it is still one of the best contests for meeting up with old friends

    2. the contest itself - always a good number of entries

    3. tMP - the fact it has now become a tMP event! Infact since myself, ju33les and timbone are in the same chalet I think we should have a tMP/flix poster up again - feel free to come and say hello!!!

    4. ps I am looking forward to seeing craig in drag again this year :biggrin:
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