Minehead is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday with kids of all ages.
Indeed, it fits the bill as a traditional and family-friendly old-fashioned seaside resort. With its wide tree-lined promenades, the town offers a slow, relaxed pace. When you’ve made enough sandcastles on the lovely beach, consider some of our favourite activities to do with kids of all ages.
Some are free, some involve buckets of 2p, 20, 50p and £1 coins! All of these trips can be made without using the car if you’re staying at Stone Barn, Pilgrim Corner or The Old Sweet Shop. However, guests staying at The Oval in Dunster will want to drive into town.
- Go for some crazy golf at the Jubilee Café on the seafront while you enjoy a drink or ice cream. For the more serious mini-golfer, let them channel their inner Tiger Woods at the pitch and putt in Blenheim Gardens.
- When you’ve finished, take a selfie at the statue of the big map at the start of the South West Coastal Path just a few paces from the Café.
- Go rock pooling or crabbing. You’ll be amazed at what you can find. When rock pooling, put the little critters back where you find them. And do follow the crabbing code! Indeed, watch the video before you go, and please do not injure any of the crustaceans.
- Wander along The Avenue and watch the fudge being made in Roly’s Fudge Pantry.
- Invest some pocket money on a yummy treat from the Flapjackery.
- See who can find the best bargain at one of the many charity shops. Choose a theme and dress up for a fun dinner in your Exmoor Character Cottage. We picked the 1970s and bought some brown and orange clothes and platform boots. Dinner included cheese and pineapple on cocktail sticks with Angel Delight for dessert. We nearly bought a fondue set – now that is retro!
- Take a family trip to the arcades on the seafront. Set a budget and see who can get the most tickets! From whack-a-mole to the push 2p machines to car racing, basketball, and shoot ‘em up, there is something for every age in both locations. Expect a DibDab or lolly for your efforts. Some of our guests save their coins all year for their annual expedition to the arcades.
- Go on a hunt and see how many of the 130 metalheads of Minehead you can find. You can pick up the trail leaflet at the Tourist Information Centre in the Beach Hotel by the train station.
- If your kids like history, see our blog ‘History Spotting in Minehead’ and take a walk around town to see it in a very different light. Can your kids find the oldest door in Minehead?
- For smaller kids, the Minehead Eye boasts a climbing wall and indoor skate park. Perfect for a rainy day – or any day you want to wear them out and enjoy some peace later in the day. Parents can sit upstairs and enjoy a peaceful coffee.
Of course, there are loads of things to do further afield if you want to get in the car:
- Go out on a SUP, go kayaking or go pony riding. Take a trip to the Exmoor Pony Centre near Dulverton, to look or to ride. Find out more in our podcast from 16th July 2021 with Lindy and the ponies.
- Go on safari with Andrew Turner, an expert in spotting deer, Exmoor ponies and all sorts of wildlife. Start your experience with our first podcast with him at the wheel of his 4×4 from 7th August 2021.
- Make the most of the Jurassic coastline and embark on a fossil hunt. Head out to Kilve on the A39 and see if you can spot some on the beach. Not only is it great for finding fossils (be careful on those rocks), but it’s also a site of geological importance.
All our Exmoor Character Cottages welcome families and their pets, and we’re certified ‘Family Friendly’ by VisitEngland. As well as stair gates, high chairs and travel cots, we have books, toys, games and Netflix, too. Check availability for your next family long weekend or more extended break.