Pickle says… We spent the second part of our Easter holidays at Butlin’s. We have already shared with you our top reasons why you should visit, but here is our full post about our holiday and what we got up to on our holiday at Butlin’s, Minehead.
We have never been to Butlin’s before, and didn’t really know what to expect.
We arrived on the Monday, it was a nice sunny day. We had visited MiMi in Bristol and Butlin’s, Minehead was about two hours from there – the traffic was quite heavy. We settled into our lodge, which was just stunning, over looking the lake. It was warm, super clean, super comfy and the beds were just heavenly. We had dinner in The Deck Restaurant which was large, busy and noisy! There was a great choice of food – it is all help yourself, as much as you can eat buffet style. There are vegetarian options and children’s too. We had the Premium Dining Plan so didn’t need to cook in our lodge, but there was absolutely everything provided in the kitchen including microwave and dishwasher. Towels, bedding and a kitchen pack with tea towel, cloth, and washing up liquid / dishwashing tablets were provided. There was a cute set of toiletries in each bathroom too.
Tuesday was a grey start, boo! It was chilly but dry. We headed over to The Deck Restaurant again for breakfast. We were a little nervous to try The Yacht Club as we didn’t want to burst in and find it was too posh for us!! We then went off and explored. We needed the map, as it is a big place and it took a little while to get our bearings. There was a great outdoor play area near the restaurants. Inside The Pavilion was an Arcade, a pub, shops, cafes, Burger King and The Pavilion Stage in the middle. We saw The Teletubbies on stage, then queued at the side of the stage for a photo with them. We went to explore the pool. which was fantastic. There were slides, pools and a large viewing area. There is an outdoor pool / splash area but this was closed. We had roast beef dinner, and Mummy had pasta for tea. It was Indian Night, each night had a special theme of different food. I scooted into the play area quickly before heading off to bed – I was exhausted!
Wednesday was a lovely sunny day. For breakfast Mummy had a freshly made omelette which she said was delicious. There are live cooking stations every breakfast and dinner time in The Deck Restaurant. Lea and Luke took me to the Butlin’s cinema to watch Boss Baby, and Mummy went back to the lodge to do some work. Later, we headed to The Pavilion again and caught the Baby T-Rex show. He was awesome! We went out into the sunshine to the Fairground and the teens went on the waltzers, Mummy and I went on the tug boat ride and we found some cute donkeys and I had my first donkey ride! Mummy took me into the Little Stars Fairground where I had went down my first big slide! There was lots for me to do in there (it is inside a huge space) I also went on the teacups and ladybirds on my own! We made our way back to the Pavilion and saw Billy Bear on stage. He was fab!
After tea in The Yacht Club – yes we were brave and went in! It was a lovely restaurant, spacious and quieter than The Deck. We went back to our lodge as we were exhausted! The teens were going to go and watch some live music but they were too tired! There is just so much to do here.
Thursday was cloudy. We went to the Pavilion for Mummy to have coffee and watched the Mr Men and Little Miss show. I loved it! We hired a quad and went for a ride around Butlin’s which was loads of fun before we went to the pool. We had an early tea then went over to the Centre Stage for the Stefan Gates Utterly Revolting Science Show. He was absolutely amazing and sooooo funny! We all learnt so much from watching his hilarious show!
Unfortunately we had to leave on Friday, it was a gorgeous morning too. We drove to Bristol to see MiMi quickly before we headed home. The traffic on the M5 was really heavy.
We have a video of our holiday too:
Our top tips if you are visiting Butlins Minehead:
Allow longer for your journey than you think – the M5 is terrible busy most of the time, especially at peak times.
Don’t think The Yacht Club is too posh (which we did at first!) It is quieter and brighter. There are no live cooking stations there, but you can bring your food over from The Deck.
There are some basic soft drinks included in the meal, they are ok, but if you want a branded drink there is a bar in the entrance where you can buy them, and alcohol too.
There is loads of seating and tables in front of the Pavilion stage, but for top shows they do fill up. Grab a table sooner rather than later, you can bring food and drink there.
We had a sandwich or Burger King for lunch.
There are cash machines there but they charge you to withdraw your money.
You have to leave a cash deposit for the bikes / quads etc.
You can find all the current special offers and discounts over at The Butlin’s website as well as details on all the special breaks and entertainment including Just for Tots with Justin Fletcher, and 2018 holidays.
We cannot rate Butlin’s Minehead enough, we all say it is one of the best holidays we have had – even the teens. It is the perfect mix of ‘old school’ seaside retro with top notch dining, entertainment and accommodation. There are so many types of accommodation, dining options etc that you have to head over to the website to work out the best break for you. What we can say is that you will find the perfect break, and you will absolutely love it!
Have you visited Butlin’s? What did you think of it?