If you’ve ever been on a Butlins holiday before you’ll know that they are the BEST holidays for kids. We’ve been to Butlins Minehead several times now and it’s still the kids favourite place to go on holiday. I can totally see why as well. There are so many shows, activities and rides to enjoy that are all included in the price. It’s a kids heaven!
My personal preference when it comes to accommodation at Butlins is a ground floor comfort apartment. There are no lifts to get to the upper floors so for me as a single parent with luggage and pushchair, ground floor is a must! The comfort apartments have 2 bedrooms (one double and one twin), a bathroom with shower and a living area. The living area comprises of a sofa, dining table and chairs plus a kitchenette. This is really important for me as it means we have a fridge to keep drinks cold and can make breakfast, lunch and snacks in the apartment. We then eat out in the evenings and try out the different restaurants on site (more on those later).
There are other accommodation options available at Butlins Minehead including hotel rooms with just bedrooms and a bathroom, suites which have bedrooms, a bathroom and a living area, or lakeside lodges and chalets which are great if you want your own personal space rather than being in an apartment block. Simply choose an option to suit your family and your budget.
Food is something that will be down to each family’s preference. Personally I don’t like eating in the same place every day so I prefer to go self catering. This means we can eat at a restaurant on site at Butlins Minehead or go off-site and eat elsewhere if we want to. Butlins does offer dining plans which means you can eat in their buffet style food hall for 2 or 3 meals per day. This can work out much cheaper if you get a good deal so it’s well worth looking into if you don’t mind eating in the same place. The buffet style restaurants can work really well for families as there are so many options to choose from. Great for fussy kids!
If you don’t want to do the dining plan then Butlins Minehead also has The Diner (American style diner), Ludo’s Italian buffet (pizza and pasta), The Beachcomer Inn (pub style food), Firehouse Grill (bit like Nandos), Traditional Fish and Chip, Burger King or Costa Coffee. There is also a hotdog and crepe bar in the pavilion too.
We really liked The Diner and Ludo’s Italian in particular. The Diner is a really quirky place to eat and the food was good. Ludo’s was great as the kids could go up and choose whatever pizza or pasta they wanted from the buffet and there was a really good salad bar too.
The shows vary from week to week but there’s a good mix to choose from every day. During the day time we saw Pj Masks, Thomas The Tank Engine, Peppa Pig and a pantomime of Goldielocks and The Three Bears. All of them were brilliant, especially the panto. In the evenings we saw a comedy show, Latino dance show, Musicals Rock, a magic show with Joss & Jay and Ed Sheeran’s Songbook. All of them were really good! The kids were absolutely mesmerised by the magic show! There are also multiple Skyline Gang shows throughout the day and evenings to enjoy. Some of the shows need to be booked in advance. It’s easiest to do this by downloading the Butlins app. There are lots of options which are free flow as well so you can just turn up without booking. The shows are included in the price of your holiday so you can see as many as you like!
Another highlight of any visit to Butlins is the fun fair. There’s the Little Stars fairground which is aimed at little ones and then outside a much bigger fair for all ages.
The Little Stars fairground at Butlins Minehead includes a ladybird roundabout, tea cups, cars roundabout, airplanes, train ride, slide, car track and soft play. Children must be under 1.5m to ride so although it’s aimed at under 5s my 9 year old was able to join my 3 year old on all the rides. This fairground is indoors so it’s perfect to enjoy in all weathers. It’s also included in the cost of your holiday so they can ride as many times as they like! The Little Stars fairground is open daily 9am-5pm and you don’t need to book.
The main Fairground outside has dodgems, paratroopers, swing chairs, helter skelter, waltzers, tug boat, carousel and swing boats. There is also a go kart track which costs extra (£7pp). I honestly lost count of how many rides we went on, it was a lot! The fair is open daily 9am-6pm plus late night opening on Tuesdays 7-9pm. Again the rides are included in your holiday and you don’t need to book. We spent A LOT of time at the fair! Queues moved quickly and all the staff were super lovely. Baby Bear was big enough to go on it all with an adult. Even his broken leg didn’t stop him (although I wouldn’t let him on the dodgems just in case we took a big knock).
We went swimming at the amazing Splash Waterworld twice during our 5 day stay. Splash Waterworld has several flumes, lazy river, jacuzzi tubs and a toddlers play area. There’s also a wave machine which comes on regularly for a few minutes. Afternoon sessions are apparently quieter (although still very busy!). There’s loads of shallow areas for little ones to play and plenty of lifeguards on duty who were very quick to react when needed (we saw several kids who got into difficulty and were promptly rescued – please supervise your children closely!). There are plenty of changing areas including large family cubicles. Lockers take a £1 coin. Outside there is a also a fab splash pool for toddlers. The pools are open daily 9am-5pm.
Character Meet and Greets
There are lots of opportunities to have photos taken with your favourite characters at Butlins. The most popular we saw were Optimus Prime and Peppa Pig so get in the queue early if you want to see those. Others included PJ Masks, the Skyline Gang, Billy Bear and Bonnie Bear. After some of the shows there were also photo opportunities with the cast. You can take photos on your own phones for free or choose to buy the green screen photo packages. We bought one for £15 which included a Bonnie Bear large print, keyring, fridge magnet, wallet size print and unlimited download file.
The list of other activities at Butlins Minehead is almost endless! There are lots of bookable sessions which have an additional cost. Here are a few:
- High ropes course
- Pedal karts
- Sports sessions including football, archery and more (some are additional cost, some are included. Check the app.)
- Arts and crafts sessions
- Balance bike sessions
- Adventure golf
- Under 5s driving school
- Pool tables
- Go karting
We absolutely love Butlins Minehead and cannot recommend it enough for a family holiday. Book well in advance and if you can go during term time you can get really good deals. There’s so much included, it’s well worth it. Have a look on the Butlins website here: https://www.butlins.com/
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Butlins in any way, I just wanted to share our trip as its a great place for families.
Also In The Area….
While you’re there check out Torre Cider Farm, a family friendly farm with animals, park, cafe and Sprite sanctuary! Torre Cider Farm