Travel & Days Out

Travel : Butlin’s Just For Tots Break

1st May 2016
Blog review of Butlin's Just For Tots break at Minehead - baby sat in giant green and white striped butlins deck chair

*Disclosure – we are Butlin’s ambassadors and received a break and the dining plan in exchange for promotion* 

As part of our role as Butlin’s Ambassadors we went along to Minehead for a Just For Tots break* in April. The Just For Tots breaks take place Monday – Friday during term time, the idea being that the older children are in school making this the perfect time to take your tot away with entertainment tailored to them and no worrying about them being pushed around or trodden on by older children. I’ve already reviewed our accommodation in the stunning West Lakes Chalet Village, in this post I am going to be talking about the entertainment and the food.


baby sat in red and white striped deck chair in butlins skyline pavilion

We opted for Minehead Butlin’s as it is only a short drive from where we live in South Wales. When we booked we really weren’t sure what to expect, both Spencer and I had only ever been to Butlin’s for hen and stag weekends, obviously we were hoping for a completely different experience to that, and thankfully that is exactly what we got!
Our booking came with the premium dining plan, this gave us breakfast and dinner in a choice of two buffet style restaurants, both of which were next door to each other and allowed you to take food from one into the other, which is fab when your family can’t decide on where to eat! There was a wide variety of food, they even had live stations preparing food such as pasta & stir fry at dinner and pancakes & omelette at breakfast.
Breakfast on premium dining plan at Minehead Butlin's for Just For Tots Break- fried breakfast with omelette
The kids buffet was shorter than the other parts so that it was accessible for children and again had a good variety of food, along with plastic plates, bowls and cutlery. There are also pouches of Ella’s Kitchen food for the younger children.  The food had been catered perfectly for children, they thought of almost everything. The only thing that wasn’t available was whole milk which came as a surprise on a Just For Tots break given that it is recommended that children have whole milk up to the age of two.
There was lots to do during our time at Butlin’s, in fact we struggled to fit everything in! There is both an outdoor and indoor fair, the indoor fair is suitable for little ones, although Aria was still a bit too young for the majority of rides, though me and her really enjoyed the little train ride, even if the photo doesn’t look like she did!
train ride at Butlins Minehead just for tots break mummy and baby

The Skyline Pavilion is the main activity hub, with shows taking place throughout the day and home to the slot machines, fast food joints and coffee shops you could easily and happily spend a day there. We watched several shows in the Pavilion including Mike The Knight, Bob The Builder and the Skyline Gang, all of which were fantastic.Skyline gang at minehead butlins evening entertainment on just for tots butlin's break

Outdoors activities in Butlin’s included the cutest Little Tikes racing course which Aria loved, adventure golf and a park. There was also a swimming pool which we had a splash around in on the one day. The baby pool is fab, Aria could happily sit up in the water and splash around while playing with the water toys provided.

Little Tikes Town racing track at Butlin's just for tots break in minehead

There are also bookable activities throughout the stay, these include swimming lessons, balanceability, mini bow and Music & Movement. We went along to the Music & Movement class which Aria loved. I often take her to baby groups at home and this was very similar, with the added enthusiasm of three Red Coats. It was a nice change for Spencer to be able to come along and see how much she enjoys this type of thing as he is usually working when I take her.

music and movement class at butlins just for tots break in minehead

Other activities available are Play-Doh sessions, free films, football coaching, Tots Discos and evening performances such as Aladdin Rocks. We skipped the majority of these because of Aria’s age, though we did get to watch half of Aladdin Rocks before Aria got too tired and it was fantastic, plenty of humour for both the kids and adults.

In the unlikely event that the entertainment provided in Butlin’s isn’t enough there is also the option to book a trip on a steam train with a surprise guest, in our case the guest was Billy The Bear. You also have Minehead Beach literally just across the road from Butlin’s.

Butlin's express steam train journey with billy the bear from Minehead train stations on the just for tots holidaymother with baby in pao papoose baby carrier at Minehead beach opposite Butlin's

If you’re looking for a holiday with young children I 100% recommend a Just For Tots break at Butlin’s. There is no chance of the children getting bored, the accommodation and food were lovely and the staff were very friendly and couldn’t do enough for you, special mention goes to the man swiping us into the restaurants each morning and night, he always greeted Aria by name and commented on her amazing hair styles! We are already talking about going back next year.

If you are booking a Just For Tots break my top tips would be :

  • Download the entertainment guide app, there is so much going on you will find yourselves constantly checking what is next.
  • Check which activities need to be booked, this is clearly marked with a ‘B’ on the guide but I somehow managed to miss it, as did others.
  • A little naughty but take food out of the restaurants, we loved the American Pancakes so would wrap a few up in a serviette for a mid-morning snack. This would also work well with the Ella’s Kitchen pouches and fruit.
  • Don’t try and fit too much in, explain to your children that they probably won’t get to do everything because there is so much going on.
Carry on scrolling for a few more holiday snaps.
You can find out more about a Just For Tot’s break and make a booking here.

Mike The Knight photo shoot with crying baby at Butlins' Minehead just for tots holiday baby girl with chocolate covered face
baby and daddy playing on 2p machines in butlins
baby photo shoot with fireman sam in butlins for just for tots break
puppet show at butlins just for tots holiday

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  • Reply Emily Peacock 1st May 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Sounds like you had a fab time even without all the bits you didn't manage to do! We were sneaky and took food for snacks and lunch too haha, glad we weren't the only ones xx

    • Reply Leanne 11th May 2016 at 10:45 pm

      We did have such an amazing time, there is just so much to do!
      Hehe, glad we weren't the only ones sneaking food out!

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