Our Butlin’s Minehead Holiday

I was thrilled earlier this year to be chosen as a blog ambassador for Butlin’s. Butlin’s was where we went on holiday when I was small, and where we took the boys when they were four and six – that seems a long time ago now. As part of the Ambassador programme, we headed to Butlin’s Minehead for half term recently.

 

It was a boiling hot day when we set out for Minehead, and we took the scenic route there and back to avoid the traffic on the motorway as it was half term and a bank holiday Monday. The longer journey time – made longer by Si’s accidental detour on the way there, I might not have noticed if we hadn’t come across the same cross roads twice… – was worth it to not hit any traffic jams and for the gorgeous views.

 

The scenic route

 

Accommodation at Minehead

 

We stayed in a gold apartment, which meant we could park very close to our accommodation in the gold car park, and we had a separate check in office. It was therefore very quick to park up, check in and get to our accommodation. The gentleman that checked us in was really helpful and friendly.

 

Butlin's Gold Apartment

 

I’ll be honest and say, that when I heard we had a gold apartment I had a teeny moment of disappointment, as a lot of the other bloggers had stayed in the hotel or the lakeside accommodation which looked stunning. I was however pleasantly surprised, our apartment was in a great position close to everything, and we had our own balcony.

 

Butlin's Minehead

 

It wasn’t as new and fancy as some of the other accommodation, but it had everything we needed in it, the balcony was great as we could open the big door when it was hot, and aside from an interior door that squeaked every time you touched it, making me wince for the people below us as we stayed up late, the apartment was lovely really.

 

Other than the really heavy squeaky fire door inside the apartment, the only other tiny niggle was the lack of plug sockets in our bedroom. The television in there was wired straight in to a socket that didn’t take plugs, so I couldn’t use my hair straighteners in front of the mirror, or plug our phones in over night in the room.

 

I was impressed however, that we had a safe inside the wardrobe, as having had a hotel room broken in to years ago else where, it was really reassuring to know that I could lock my expensive camera and the boys electronics away when we went out.

 

Premium dining at Butlin’s

 

Food at Butlin's Minehead

 

We were booked in on the premium dining plan, meaning that we had the choice of two restaurants to eat in every day for breakfast and our evening meal. Either The Yacht Club or The Deck Restaurant, both had very similar menus but any different dishes were listed on a board as you walked in, which was handy and being right next door to each other you could actually take food from one to the other if you wished.

 

The food was fantastic, I really do recommend spending that little bit more for the premium dining. Every day there were new choices, and as it was buffet style – with different stations where they cooked you fresh dishes like burgers, pasta, pancakes and more – this meant that you could mix your plate a bit and have a little bit (or a lot) of what you fancied.

 

There was no limit on how much you could eat, hence why I have had to do a lot of running since we got home. I liked that not only was there a separate low down buffet area for children, but you were welcome to choose any of the adult dishes for children as well. The only thing they didn’t have much to my eldest’s disappointment was pizza, but there are places around the site and just outside in Minehead to buy pizza.

 

Entertainment

 

Entertainment at Butlin's Minehead

 

Entertainment wise, there was a lot to see and do whilst we were there. The only issue being, that as it was a school holiday break the place was absolutely packed and some nights we did have to abandon the idea of watching the entertainment as there weren’t any seats available. I swear some of the people there LOVED queuing so much they started doing it over an hour before the doors opened anywhere.

 

The poor quality of my photos are because I was having to use the zoom to show you anything, as most of the time we were very far back in the room anywhere we went even when we arrived just a few minutes after the doors had opened.

 

When we could get to see it though, the entertainment was very good. Vicky Jackson as Pink was very good, and we didn’t watch their whole show this time, but we have seen the SBX Champion show before and really recommend seeing them if you can. SBX do football skills, BMX stunts and more, perfect for tweens and teens.

 

There was loads on for younger children as well, Fireman Sam, puppet shows, Angelina Ballerina, Mike the Knight and more. With all this and the soft play area, Butlin’s really is perfect for younger children.

 

Don’t forget to collect your 2p coins before you go to Butlin’s, as there are two pence machines all over the place on site and in Minehead as well. The boys love two pence machines in arcades, so we always have a pot or two on the go collecting them for any holidays.

 

Diversity at Butlin’s

 

Minhead Butlins - Diversity

 

We were booked in for the boys to attend the Diversity dance workshop whilst we were there, since they aren’t really in to dancing themselves but love Diversity, we went along and just watched.

 

Diversity were brilliant with all the children at the workshop, really patient and they all genuinely seemed like lovely guys. The boys had their photo taken with them at the end and were a bit star struck at Ashley Banjo putting his hands on their shoulders during it. The workshop was well organised, and I liked that they let parents take photos at the end as well, rather than just insisting that you paid for the professional photo.

 

We watched Diversity perform that night, we queued for 40 minutes before as we knew from seeing the mile long queue for their earlier show, that it would be busy. Despite this we still ended up sitting so far back, that I didn’t even attempt to take photos. From talking to other Butlin’s ambassadors, I know that at the other sites they gave out tickets for Diversity to ensure only the correct safe number of people showed up.

 

I wish Minehead had done the same, as despite saying that people could only stand in the standing area at the back, we still had to ask several people to move, who arrived later and stood right in front of where we were sitting, so that the boys could still see Diversity. It was so busy I can understand why they tried it on, and the Butlin’s staff did move a few people. ¬†

Despite that though, their show more than made up for the few niggles, it was fantastic and they really got the crowd involved.

 

Our favourite night though, was when we went to one of the pubs on site, The Inn on the Green and watched the Redcoat Showcase with Natalie. This was one of the red coats singing various songs and she had such a lovely voice. The Inn on the Green was a much more chilled out place to spend the evening as well, it was quieter than the big entertainment places, ans whilst we were in there the boys could play outside with their new friends close by.

 

I wish we’d gone there more in the evenings and if we go back to Butlin’s again, I suspect we’ll be spending a lot of our nights there.

 

Our verdict

 

The boys loved their holiday at Butlin’s and we mostly enjoyed it, I think we would have enjoyed it a lot more if it hadn’t been so busy, as this did ruin the evenings a little for us at times. It was to be expected being school holidays though, and I would be willing to go again if we went with friends to enjoy the evenings with a bit more as well – in face we may be doing just this next year, hopefully in one of the lakeside chalets.

 

Our favourite bits were watching Diversity, Redcoat Natalie’s singing and oh most definitely the food. The boys loved the swimming pool, watching X-Men at the on site cinema, making new friends in the outside play areas and watching Diversity.

 

Minehead itself is lovely as well, and its great that Butlin’s is only two minutes walk away from the town and beach. Overall it was a fun family holiday and we are very grateful to Butlin’s for having us.

 

Minehead

 

Stevie 

 

*we visited Butlin’s Minehead in return for an honest review, and that is what I have provided as always*

Share:

40 Comments

  1. 13 June 2016 / 11:24 am

    Diversity sounds fab, my girls would love that. The food looks amazing too!
    Nat.x

    • 13 June 2016 / 11:38 am

      Diversity were brilliant, they were all so good with the kids there too and the food was well worth the pain of having to lose the weight afterwards ;)

      Stevie x

  2. 13 June 2016 / 11:55 am

    We always used to go Butlins when we were young and I loved it.
    The apartments look like have improved in the last 20 years.
    I want to take my two one day but maybe not in the school holidays!

    • 13 June 2016 / 12:09 pm

      We like Butlin’s too and even considering going with friends next year, I figure if it’s too packed to get in somewhere but you have friends to sit and chat and drink with it would be a lot better ;) Overall we had a great time, but I had to be honest

      Stevie x

  3. 13 June 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Fab review my darling. Nowhere is perfect so it annoys me when bloggers paint unrealistic pictures. This is even handed and truthful. Nicely done.

    • 13 June 2016 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks lovely, I always hate writing anything negative in a review, but I always want to be honest on here as otherwise what’s the point as no one would ever believe anything I say lol. It wasn’t perfect, but it was still a good holiday and we may even be going back with friends ;)

      Stevie x

  4. 13 June 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Sounds like overall you had a fab time! We have yet to experience Butlins, but it looks great and lots to do for children. x

  5. 13 June 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Such a nice honest review – which is what people want to read, so they can prepare themselves if there is anything they should be aware of.
    I’ve never been to Butlins before but it does look like fun – the accommodation does look at lot better than what I had in mind though. Years ago it was no-where near as good as that (going from other peoples photos & comments in the past)

    • 13 June 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks Lisa, I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing any other type of review. The gold accommodation is really nice, and the balcony was a nice bonus as well.

      Stevie x

  6. 14 June 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Looks like you had a great time :) I love Butlins, lots of childhood memories there x

  7. 14 June 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Diversity would be amazing live. So wish we had gone at the same time – would have been brilliant
    Very honest and constructive review xx

    • 14 June 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks hon and I know, I am still gutted about that! Would have been fun to have other people to chat to in the evenings :)

      Stevie xx

  8. 14 June 2016 / 11:18 pm

    It looks a lot nicer than when we went to Skegness (a different Butlins) back in 2010.

    • 14 June 2016 / 11:20 pm

      I’ve never been to another Butlin’s to be honest so have no idea, but some of the other blog ambassadors will have gone there so will be interesting to see how they got on.

      Stevie x

  9. 15 June 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Great review Stevie and hopefully Minehead can follow the other Butlins resorts and hand tickets out for the more popular shows. We have not been to Butlins for about 7 years, but we always enjoyed it when we went. The Premium Dining made such a difference when we went, and I would definitely do this again if we ever went back x

    • 15 June 2016 / 9:44 pm

      It’s a good job they had two shows else it would have been even more bedlam! The show itself was brilliant though, and yes that premium dining was brilliant!

      Stevie x

  10. 16 June 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Sounds like you all had a good time, it’s a shame about the accommodation and the lack of plug sockets – but it’s great to hear that you would go again. Seeing Diversity must have been fab!

  11. Geraldine
    17 June 2016 / 8:13 am

    Haven’t been to butlins in forever but seems like it’s gotten better over the years. Thanks do the review, this would make me consider going again. #picknmix

  12. Helen
    17 June 2016 / 8:28 am

    It looks like you all had such a lovely time – Butlins wouldn’t have been somewhere I would have looked into for a holiday, but after seeing so man positive reviews from bloggers, like yourself, I will certainly be looking into it now! #PicknMix

    Helen x

  13. 17 June 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I can’t believe you saw Diversity – how exciting! We’re off on a Hoburn holiday in July and I can’t wait! #picknmix

  14. 17 June 2016 / 12:52 pm

    This looks like a lovely spot. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I am also addicted to 2p machines….! #picnmix

  15. 17 June 2016 / 2:14 pm

    We have been talking about taking the kids bonehead for ages. The kids keep going on about going butlins. Maybe next year we will get round to it. Looks like you had a great time #picnic

  16. 17 June 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Well firstly congratulations on becoming an ambassador! Weren’t you lucky with the weather that weekend? Just makes such a difference doesn’t it? Amazing that Diversity were there but I agree with you about the ticket situation – particularly with smaller children too – perhaps this is something they will review in the future. Glad the boys has such a good time overall though #PicknMix

  17. 17 June 2016 / 10:16 pm

    A great review and very informative. We have never been to Butlins but your review has really helped me to imagine us there.

    Great tip on the 2p’s! Would absolutely sign up for the Diversity workshop!

    Thanks!
    #PicknMix

  18. 17 June 2016 / 10:38 pm

    Great post Stevie, well balanced and honest. I haven’t taken the girls to Butlins yet but have been for a hen do, where we didn’t really get to see the day time activities because the night time activities were so good! I bet your boys enjoyed Diversity, they look a cool group of boys to spend some time with. X #PicknMix

  19. 17 June 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Oh wht a lovely time you have had. I bet the scenic route was gorgeous! I have to say I have never been on a Butlins holiday but I expect we will go when the baby gets older. My husband used to go as a kid and he loved it! xx
    #picknmix

    • 18 June 2016 / 12:07 pm

      Butlin’s is perfect for small children, you’ll love it when you go for the first time! :)

      Stevie x

  20. 18 June 2016 / 12:44 am

    Sounds like you had a great time. We’ve been going to Butlins (usually October half-term) for years now, alternating between Minehead and Bognor. I do like the fact that the beach at Minehead (and a very nice beach it is too) is right across the road.

    We’ve stayed in gold apartments before too. I think it’s always worth paying the extra for a ground floor apartment (it’s only a tenner) to avoid the pain of dragging cases up and down stairs. The accommodation is a bit on the small side and can be a bit shabby but the reality is the kids don’t care. What they care about is everything else Butlins offers – the pool, the fairground rides, the shows and activities, even the penny machines in the arcade. I do like the fact that so much of it is free (or at least reasonably priced). As an inexpensive holiday it still has a lot to recommend it, especially with youngsters.

    • 18 June 2016 / 12:06 pm

      I definitely agree Tim, and so long as the boys are happy we are as most of our holidays are about them really. We’re possibly heading back to Minehead in July next year with friends and I’m looking forward to it. October half term is usually my favourite time to go away anywhere though, as it is always that bit quieter.

      Stevie :)

  21. 18 June 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Sounds awesome! We went when Finley was 1 and then when I was pregnant with Noah and we loved it. I’ve just told Mr C that we need to go back with them both.#picknmix xx

    • 18 June 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Aw your boys would be the perfect ages for Butlin’s, they’d love it!

      Stevie x

  22. There's always time for tea
    22 June 2016 / 9:45 am

    We’ve been to minehead Butlins a couple of times :) It looks like you had a lovely stay, the accomodation looks really nice as well! xx

    • 22 June 2016 / 9:47 am

      We were really lucky with the weather too, as a lot of the country had loads of rain! :)

      Stevie x

  23. 22 June 2016 / 11:11 am

    We’ve not been to Butlins before but the apartment looks really nice and most importantly your boys had fun! #PickNMix

  24. 23 June 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I’ve never been to Butlins and always thought like you the hotels look rather nice and family friendly which is a bonus. I’m sure the boys would love it there with everything there is to do x

  25. 24 June 2016 / 10:41 am

    I always had but line pegged as a stag and hen do place – it sounds like you had a good time. We’ve never been I think I would have s tough job to get Hubby along but might be worth a go … Maybe we will end up becoming butlins converts … Thanks for hosting #PickNMix xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *