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2016 Personal Photos of Butlins Minehead

I am sharing some selected photos of my time at Butlins Minehead, a place I call my second home.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

Taken of at the front of the resort at near night time, showing you a powerful part of history coming back to Butlin's. Stunning view and amazing to see. 

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2016 - Former Sunsplash Swimming Pool

In this photo, we see the former location of where the flumes would enter the pool. Current this is the funfair area.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead Funfair

Showing you a stunning view of the funfair from the old location of the Sunsplash Swimming Pool.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead Funfair Area

Taken by me in 2016, you get to see a wonderful view of the funfair and former Sunsplash swimming pool. 

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2016 - Former Oasis Swimming Pool

At the location of the current inside and outside swimming pool. This view has some history behind it as it was added to the former Oasis swimming pool in the year 1998/9. Travelling back in time, you would of seeing the tennis courts nearby until the development of the Oasis swimming pool, which was told to be placed here for the use of schools and as an alternative for the customers. It was discontinued for schools when Butlins paid towards the development of the towns swimming pool. Next to this was a small lake and the original location of the go-karts until they were moved to the front. The small outdoor kiddie pool was also a small lake with bumper boats, which was discontinued quite some time ago. Today, you see the small outdoor pool remaining and the Splash pool staying near enough the same as it was developed in 1999.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead Funfair

I had taken this to show another big change in Butlins Minehead resort. If you were to travel back in time, I would be around where the fountain area. Near to me would have been the large lake and at a later stage, I would see the Monorail train track. Fast forward into the '90s, we see this develop into a funfair area however, the lake was still quite big until the go karts were moved here. It was when the Blue Skies building appeared that we found an issue as the lake had now gone down to 1/3 of the original size but remains today, unused.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

It was time for the resort to rest after doing its job for the day. There is another one arriving soon and there was more to come, taken in 2016 by me in Butlins Minehead

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2016 -An icon of Butlins, the Helter Skelter

Sir Billy Butlin had been a part of a traveling showman with his family history having a strong bond to this area. One area that Sir Billy has a strong connection with is the funfair and this beautiful ride. Not the original, we see a new version installed to Butlin's Minehead. The downside to this ride is that it relies on the weather a great deal, if it's raining, it's more than likely closed.

Member Kirsty comments 

Manufactured by Gravitron, a company less than 20 miles from me. The same company that built the majority of the rides on the Grand Pier rebuild.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

Another stunning view that I took in 2016 at Butlins Minehead resort. This is one area that has seen some changes but at a minimum. Today, if you walk to the end you will arrive at the Deck and Yacht club. However, going back in time, you would see the kebab takeaway on the right-hand side and the old sweet shop on the left with the payphones nearby. Today, the entrance to the old shop remains and is now used as an emergency exit.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead Mall Entrance

There are two main pathways in Butlins Minehead that lead you from the chalets into the entertainment area. They were both call the Mall at one stage until they rename another to the Old Town. The first one was connecting you to the Malone's Bar and leading you to the Crazy Horse Saloon. The second one was where the former funfair was located and lead you to Barnum's. Today, only one remains in customer use as the other is used for storage. The Old town was closed down in 1999 when the entrance changed into the cash machines. The mall remains in place, now hosting the Inn on the Green at the entrance and the Fish and Chip shop at the other end. In 2016, when I had taken this photo, I had never liked this plain look as it was hiding the magical Butlin's feeling.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead - The Mall dark photo

This is a very unusual photo, taken in the day time, it came out dark. What is interesting about this photo was that at this stage, the old roof from the holiday world era had remained in place and was hidden be away from the new roof. I like the photo personally, showing the internal of the Mall in 2016. 

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2016 - Butlins Minehead - The Mall day time

Here is the one that worked and shows you a great photo of the mall. It was taken by me in 2016 at Butlins Minehead 

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

 I remember Dino's restaurant here, what do you remember? 

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2016 - The Mall

The Mall

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2016 - Finnignas before changes

After Dino's, the restaurant changed to Harry Ramsdens, then it was converted to Finnigans and now this Butlins Fish and Chip shop.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

Now, this a photo that takes me back for two reasons, the first one is about my holidays and my second is when I worked at Minehead. As for my holiday, you will need to travel back in time and see a glorious outside swimming pool with the Kentucky Derby singing its song loudly. The Monorail trains would be traveling by as you hear the sounds of fun. When I worked here, I remember that there was a cafe in the middle here and had a large Redcoat at the top. It was removed years later. Great memories :)

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2016 - Butlins Pavilions

Bar Rosso...I remember Quick Silver arcade and in front of me are lots of memories from the Holiday Worlds era...and then there are the new memories that the current Butlins give me with my children.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead 

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

The Skyline Gang at Butlins

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2016 - Burger King

The former location of the outside bar and outside stage from the Holiday World era. 

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2016 - Butlins Minehead 

The climbing frame has now been removed from this location and is located in the children's funfair. A VR ride now sits in this place and a small children area.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

The Jazz club door remain in place and the former location of where the monotrain recreation appears later on. You can see where the pavilion joins onto the building, where old meets new. 

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2016 - Stunning new view

Clean and tidy, Butlins was seeing a great deal of investment from the parent company Bourne Leisure Ltd, what a stunning view. 

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2016 - Butlins Minehead 

I never win this...:(

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

Waiting for some guest to arrive and entertain

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2016 - Butlins Sir Billy Butlin Fairground

Stunning photo that I had taken of the funfair area.

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2016 - Butlins Firehouse Grill

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2016 - Butlins Minehead

I always seeing the funfair here

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2016 - Former Butlins Funfair site

Now known as the sports area.

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2016 - Butlins Minehead