The UK’s best-loved holiday parks first opened in 1936 at Skegness on the east coast and expanded in the 1940s when the founder Billy Butlin opened several leave centers for British troops during the war. All entertainment was laid on, along with catering facilities and accommodation, and since those early days many thousands of families have stayed in the three Butlin’s camps. With their all-inclusive, good-value accommodation, the parks are aimed at young families and provide everything on site, including Splash Waterworld swimming pools, live musical shows in the Skyline Pavilions, fairground rides and several dining options. A daily roster of activities, from talent shows to football training, is overseen by Butlin’s famous ‘red coats’, who are usually young and talented aspiring actors or students. Constantly evolving, the Butlin’s at Minehead is close to the natural beauty of the Exmoor National Park and offers the brand-new, tranquil West Lakes Village, with wooden chalets located on the lakeside amid landscaped gardens, plus land trains to transport families around the park.
Warren Road, Minehead. Best accessed by car from Bristol
along the M5 to Taunton; take junction 25 and then the A358 and A39, following signs to Minehead.