The Shows at Butlins

The one thing you will not hear from your children at Butlin’s is the phrase “I’m Bored!”

In fact there is so much to do that it was impossible to squeeze everything into a four-day break, so my first piece of advice is to study the timetable and work out what you don’t want to miss.

For us, the highlight of our stay were the evening shows in Centre Stage.  I am so glad we invested in B-Line passes as it meant we could access the venue 15 minutes before everyone else so we got brilliant seats every night.

The first night was Panto, and we were whisked away to the land of Fairytales for Snow White.  Eliza was in her element and enjoyed the singing and dancing, whilst the boys fell about laughing at the antics of the Dame and boo’d and hissed at the wicked queen.  The actor playing Prince Charming was a dead ringer for Tom Daley.


The second night was Cirque Du Hilarious, which lived up to its name.  Hubby was going to sneak off to watch the Champions League semi-final but ended up staying for the whole show as it was full of magic, madness, mayhem and comedy.  The whole family was literally crying with laughter from beginning to end.

Cirque Du Hilarious


The mark of a good show is when the kids still talk about it and a month on they are still coming out with catchphrases used during the show – the favourite being “He killed the Pigeon” (all said in a funny voice).  The stars of the show were even happy to stop and pose for a photo with their fans after the show!

Cirque Du Hilarious

The third night was all about Dick vs Dom which deserved a post all to itself as my boys were up on stage with them. We have seen them before at LolliBop and they know how to get a crowd going with audience participation games such as “My Bogey’s lie over the ocean”, which involves moving your arms up and down every time you say a word beginning with “B”, a “Roody” sing along and a resounding dance along to Nellie the Elephant.

Dick vs Dom

Thankfully we were sat just outside the mosh pit, where you were guaranteed to get wet but that didn’t stop us getting involved in what was going on.  Thanks to me tweeting them with a challenge before the show we were singled out and I will be forever know as the “Mad Twitter Lady” – thanks boys!  They were kind enough to sign autographs for us though!

Dick and Dom

The final show of our stay was Scooby-Doo.  The sets were fantastic and looked just like the cartoon and the actors played their roles perfectly. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne had to solve the mystery whilst narrowly escaping the monsters and ghouls.


Lasting 50 minutes, the show was full of adventure and comedy with some singing and dancing thrown in for good measure.

Centre Stage itself was huge, with plenty of seating for families.  Kids are actively encouraged to sit on the dance floor at the front with the Red Coats for the shows, so they get a good view.  Before and after the shows, the red coats are also there dancing and chatting, making sure everyone is having a good time.  Sadly we didn’t get to see any of the later shows as the kids needed their beds, although Abbey and Callan did stay for the Ollie Murs / Robbie Williams tribute and thoroughly enjoyed it.

There is also a small shop selling souvenirs, light up toys, popcorn and sweets plus 2 large bars, plenty of toilets and even an arcade for the teens.

Centre Stage


For the little ones there are also the shows in the Skyline Pavilion with favourites such as Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine and Mike the Knight.  I was really impressed with the quality of the shows and they all were based around stories that you had seen on TV.


The shows were around half an hour long and featured very enthusiastic red coats on stage who ensured that all the children got to join in and have fun.  There were also red coats in the crowd to encourage the kids and show them the moves or tell them what to shout.

We only got to see one Skyline Gang show and I am kicking myself that we didn’t see more shows as the kids really enjoyed it.  The Skyline Gang consist of Bud, Sprout, Pip, Mimi, Candi, Dude, Misty and Rainbow the Dog who are colourful characters that will stop at nothing to entertain you, including cheeky pranks, sing songs and even circus tricks.

The show we saw was all about them going back in time to do a project on cavemen and there was even a volcano to spice up the action.  It was educational and fun and the littlies loved it!

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21 thoughts on “The Shows at Butlins

  1. The shows look amazing and I love the fact there is often audience participation.
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  2. looks like so much fun for the kiddos! x
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  3. Middle man really wants to go back as we missed the Bob the Builder show!
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  4. Kerry says:

    Never been to Butlins but looks like there’s plenty of things for both adults and kids to do at Butlins x
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  5. Shell Louise says:

    The kids loved the panto when we went to Butlins. In fact, they loved everything about Butlins and keep asking to go back 🙂
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  6. We saw some amazing shows too when we went – the Shaolin monks were just brilliant! So jealous of you seeing Dick and DOm x x
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  7. Looks like they had so much fun! I quess it’s not only for kids 😉 I would love to go there and have some much needed laugh!
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  8. Keri-Anne says:

    We used to alternate with butlins and haven when i was little for our summer holidays. I remember having such an amazing time and cannot wait to take the girls to butlins x
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  9. jenny says:

    Sounds fun! Are the shows included in the price or do you have to pay extra for them?
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  10. They all look so good! I’ve never been to a butlins but the more I read about them the better they sound!!
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  11. Michelle says:

    Wow, that’s quite the selection of shows! I have to say, Butlins do provide great entertainment, even back when we last went (2001!)
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  12. Joanne says:

    Great review certainly makes me one to go! I might even take the kids too 😉
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  13. Never mind the children, my fiance has been itching to go to Butlins for ages. Looking at the pics of the shows, I’m sure we would all enjoy it – certainly fun for all the family 🙂
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  14. Mummy of Two says:

    There was definitely plenty to see wasn’t there and it sure looks like you had a great time! We loved Dick n Dom, so jealous you got to meet them! We weren’t overly struck with Scooby Doo but I think it was great for older children. If our two were older I think we would definitely have bought the B Line passes so we could have made a bit more of Centre Stage.
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  15. Never been to butlins but always looks good fun .x
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  16. Emmys Mummy says:

    We love the shows at Butlins. So much thought and effort goes into them and they are loved not only by the kids but adults too

  17. That all looks SO much fun!!!! We love Potter’s Leisure in Norfolk, mainly because they cater for my kids’ allergies, we’ve not seriously considered Butlins before but your posts have definitely made me consider taking a look!
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  18. Wow there is so much to see isn’t there. Looks like such a fab time x
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  19. Notmyyearoff says:

    I have to admit Butlins never used to appeal to me at all but looking at all the things to do for kids really makes me want to try it out. I think z would absolutely love it!
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