Ten things we loved about our Butlins holiday

Butlins is a place that is full of happy memories for me – from various days out and holidays there when I was a child, to hen weekends and trips to Spring Harvest as an adult and then seeing it again through my nieces’ eyes.  We spent our last family holiday as a trio at Butlins Minehead when I was pregnant with Sophie and I loved going back there again recently for our last term-time family holiday before Jessica starts school in September.  We had a wonderful week together and here are some of the things we enjoyed there:

Sharing ten things that we loved from our recent holiday at Butlins

1) The Skyline Pavilion

It doesn’t matter if it’s cold or raining – there is plenty to do indoors and most of the action happens in or around the Skyline Pavilion.  The live shows take place here (some on the main stage, others in venues within the Skyline), as do the photo shoots with the various characters, there are multiple food outlets and shops, plus all the arcade machines and the funfair and outdoor activity areas are just outside the Skyline.


2) Live shows

There is such a fabulous range of live kids shows available throughout the week.  During our five day stay, we saw Mike the Knight, Angelina Ballerina and Bob the Builder and a couple of shows from The Skyline Gang.  The girls also enjoyed listening to a story being read (and performed) each evening by Billy and/or Bonnie Bear with the help of the Redcoats and shows at the Puppet Theatre.

The Skyline Gang, Mike the Knight and Billy's Bedtime Story - some of the live shows we saw at Butlins

3) Meeting the characters

There were several opportunities throughout our stay to meet various characters from the shows and have photos taken with them against the green screen.  I loved the way Sophie gave each of the characters a big hug as soon as she was with them and how happy both girls were to have their photos taken with them.  The photos cost £10 each and are available as a photo, fridge magnet or keyring (you can get all three for £15) plus you get a digital download of the photo.  My fridge is slowly filling up with various photos from day trips or previous holidays to Butlins and it is a lovely way of looking back, revisiting those memories and seeing the girls growing up.

Having a photo taken with Billy and Bonnie Bear at Butlins


4) Tots funfair

I have a lot of happy memories of the Butlins’ funfair from my own childhood days, but my girls are still too small for many rides.  The Tots Funfair is the perfect place for them though – an indoor area with lots of different rides which are perfect for little ones.  There was also a bouncy castle and slide.  Sophie loved going down the slide over and over again, and flying on an aeroplane on one of the rides, whereas Jessica preferred the car ride.

Enjoying the rides at the Tots Funfair at Butlins


5) Swimming

The swimming pool has a shallow area for little ones, with a slide, which both the girls enjoyed.  There is also a main swimming pool where you can do lane swimming linked to a wave pool and lazy river.  I remembered the water being on the cold side before but this time it felt warmer than I remembered and Jessica coped quite well with it on the first day – managing 45 minutes in the pool.  She especially enjoyed going around the lazy river and wanted to go on some of the bigger slides and flumes, but wasn’t big enough for those!

All ready to go for a swim at Butlins


6) Soft play

The soft play area in the Skyline was a big hit with the girls who were in and out of it in between various other activities.  There is a smaller area for little ones and a bigger area for children over 0.9m tall.  The only downside was that Sophie was quite upset that Jessica got to play in the bigger area and she wasn’t able to – the tots area I think was a little “tame” for her liking!


7) The arcade machines

The 2p machines were a favourite of mine back in my childhood days and hubby got lucky on one of the machines on his first try, winning 2000 tokens (which you can collect up and exchange for toys, mugs and various other things at the end of the holiday).  The girls loved pressing buttons on the various machines (we didn’t even have to put coins in!) and the various small rides they could go on.

Having fun in the arcade at Butlins


8) The range of places to eat

Around the Skyline, there were a range of different food outlets, including Pizza Hut, Burger King, Finnigan’s fish ‘n’ chips plus the Sun and Moon pub just outside the Skyline.  There were also some smaller food outlets and the shop has a reasonable range of items (we were self-catered so cooked a few meals back at the chalet rather than eating out).


Our favourite place to eat out was Pizza Hut – mostly because of the excellent service we received both times we were there.  I’d like to give a shout out in particular to Jakub who was our waiter.  The girls were quite tired both times we went and inclined to be a bit grumpy and he was absolutely brilliant at trying to keep them entertained by doing magic tricks and making sure they had a balloon each, whilst also making sure that we had everything we wanted food and drink-wise.  It was the best service I have ever had at a Pizza Hut so thank you, Jakub.


9) Tots Disco

The Tots Disco was a wonderful way to end the day – seeing the girls getting up and dancing along, doing the actions to songs such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes; The Music Man and Hokey Cokey was wonderful to watch.


10) Being close to the beach

There was so much to do on site, that we only left it once during our stay – but we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to go to the beach! Minehead has a lovely sandy beach and the girls loved building sandcastles, collecting shells and pebbles, drawing in the sand, picking up seaweed and paddling in the sea.

Hubby and the girls enjoying playing in the sand together at the beach

All in all, it was a wonderful family holiday and a week packed full of memories that I will treasure.  I am sure that we will be back again at some point in the future!

I have not collaborated with or been compensated by Butlins to share this post – we booked and paid for our recent holiday there ourselves and enjoyed it very much. 

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26 thoughts on “Ten things we loved about our Butlins holiday

  1. Looks like you all had a fab time! It’s great that they have known characters on stage like Angelina Ballerina and Mike the Knight, that must be a real thrill for kids to see their favourites right up in front of them. The funfair looks fantastic too. We went on a Haven holiday recently, my first experience with children, and couldn’t fault it – just so much to do for little people.

    1. So glad that you had a great time at your Haven holiday too – can’t beat holidays like that where there is plenty for little ones to do 🙂

  2. Wow this looks like the ideal family holiday. There is soooo much to do for little ones! I love the photo of the girls with the two teddies, it looks like they are on a TV show. Being close to the beach is a big bonus too! It’s lovely to read reviews people choose to write themselves. Thanks so much for sharing with #BloggerClubUK

    1. Thanks Becky – we really enjoyed it and the girls had a wonderful time with all the things there were for them to do and see there 🙂

  3. I am so glad that you all had such an amazing holiday. We also visited Butlins when I was younger and always had a fab time. I love how you have structured this post too – really clever! I know the pool and food are always a big part of our holiday enjoyment too but it looks like there was lots of other fun things for you to get involved with too, love that there was soft play and who doesn’t enjoy the arcade machines, we love doing those with grandad when we visit the UK. So great to have the beach next door too! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Thank you Catie – we had a wonderful time and there was so much to do. I thought it might be more useful for my readers to structure it this way rather than just summing up my holiday which was what I was originally thinking of doing! Thanks for hosting #ablogginggoodtime

  4. Ah this is really sweet, I was really tempted with Butlins earlier this year – it looks like such a great place for children and how lovely that you are able to enjoy remembering your childhood as an adult with children of your own! #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Thanks Lucy – it’s lovely to have all those memories to look back on and to be creating new ones as a family too 🙂

  5. We’ve done both Minehead and Bognor several times now and our kids still love it. They don’t care that the accommodation is a bit small and sometimes a bit shabby. What they do care about is the swimming and the arcade machines (totally hooked on those) and the funfair. And we care about the fact that most of those are all-inclusive (and the things that aren’t are priced quite reasonably). It may all be a bit cheesy but the kids adore it – and that’s what really matters, right? #bloggerclubuk

    1. So true Tim – our chalet wasn’t too bad although I know what you mean about it sometimes being a bit small and a bit shabby. For us it was just somewhere to sleep and eat – we were much more focused on all the fun things there were to do and I love the fact that most of it is included in the holiday price too. For me, holidays are now all about the kids having fun and half the pleasure of a family holiday is in seeing the girls’ delight in getting to do and see lots of fun things. So glad that your kids love Butlins too 🙂

  6. Ah, I have such happy memories of Butlins at Minehead!! Looks like you had great fun. I’m looking to take Arch away for a few days before he starts school, and this would be perfect! He’d especially love the disco! #ablogginggoodtime

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