FEATURES | MUSIC | BOOKS | DRINKS | FORUMS | GAMES | LINKS | ABOUT


advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Butlin's Beachcomber, Minehead, England (bar)
Goto page ( 1 | 2 Next Page )
Butlin's Beachcomber, Minehead, England (bar)
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4396
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-02-19 12:53 pm   Permalink

Name:Butlin's Beachcomber
Type:bar
Street:
City:Minehead
State:
Zip:
country:England
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
There are several posts with information on all of the Butlin's Beachcombers (I think there were 5), but I wanted to start one specifically for the Minehead location. This Beachcomber seems to have the most ephemera and looks to have been the most decked out. I have a bunch of postcards and the menu.

I thought of making this post when I found this great photo of the exterior from Minehead.



The Beachcomber Bar was packed with stuff wall to wall and floor to ceiling. The Tikis left something to be desired however.





They used the hula girl sever concept as well.


The SS Beachcomber ship was a cool feature.





This view as well as the ship seem to have been the inspiration for the menu art.






(Menu photos courtesy of Taboo Dan and 54 House of Bamboo).

Look forward to seeing some more stuff from the Minehead Beachcomber.

DC



 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4396
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-02-20 07:48 am   Permalink

Did a little more research on the Minehead Beachcomber. This holiday camp was built in 1962 and the Beachcomber opened shortly thereafter. It was the last of the Beachcombers to close in 1997.

Here is a photo from 1973 from the Butlins archives. Groovy man.



DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
tikiyaki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 2710
From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2010-02-20 08:34 am   Permalink

This place looks amazing...I love the boat docked next to the diners....crazy.

 
View Profile of tikiyaki Send a personal message to tikiyaki  Email tikiyaki Goto the website of tikiyaki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8942
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-02-20 09:53 am   Permalink

Jim,
it looks more like its run ashore that docked.


Jeff(btd)


 
View Profile of bigtikidude Send a personal message to bigtikidude  Email bigtikidude     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
54 house of bamboo
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Sep 28, 2006
Posts: 302
From: Cambridge UK
Posted: 2010-02-20 1:54 pm   Permalink

Items common to all Beachcombers... just for completeness in this thread.





 
View Profile of 54 house of bamboo Send a personal message to 54 house of bamboo      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
TabooDan
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 18, 2004
Posts: 641
From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2010-02-20 2:21 pm   Permalink

Good idea for a post DC. This almost sums it all up though. You've got the postcards, menu and a couple cool pictures. You now have the mug, souvenir ashtray and matchbook. What else is there??

These were holiday camps right across Britain. There has got to be tons of photos in personal collections and in family albums of these get aways! We gotta call out our Englishmen here to help dig up some of the information that's waiting to be discovered over there!!

We moved from England when I was about six and didn't get to go to any of these camps but my parents did. They didn't have pictures of the specific Beachcomber bars but do remember them.
There's gotta be more relics over there to find. I thought us Englishmen kept everything?? Well...that's what my fiancee keeps telling me!

TabooDan


 
View Profile of TabooDan Send a personal message to TabooDan  Goto the website of TabooDan     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
54 house of bamboo
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Sep 28, 2006
Posts: 302
From: Cambridge UK
Posted: 2010-02-21 03:06 am   Permalink

See http://www.butlinsmemories.com

Archaeology page at http://www.butlinsmemories.com/minehead/overyears.htm

214 search results on the associated forum for 'beachcomber'!
This is the saddest, a link to here http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=128683&id=626917945&l=045802455b The pictures of the demolition... you can see some detail on #7


PS I was born 15 miles from Minehead...
_________________

The Stevenson Wedding Mug by Cheekytiki, 2006

[ This Message was edited by: 54 house of bamboo 2010-02-21 03:11 ]

[ This Message was edited by: 54 house of bamboo 2010-02-21 03:16 ]


 View Profile of 54 house of bamboo Send a personal message to 54 house of bamboo      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
blue.octopus
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Jun 02, 2008
Posts: 68
From: London, UK
Posted: 2010-02-22 10:30 am   Permalink

Minehead (Beachcomber Bar) 1966-1997

Originally known as the "Stadium Building" with the Beachcomber Bar on the ground floor and games and other facilities on the first floor
Renamed "Beachcomber Building" in 1970. New Children's Theatre added the same year. Also Chinese restaurant & Disco.
In 1986 this Butlins site became 'Somerwest World'.
1997 Beachcomber Bar closed. The whole building was left standing, but not used. Finally demolished in 2006 prior to new BlueSkies apartments being built on top of adjoining boating lake. The area is now grassed over.


_________________


[ This Message was edited by: blue.octopus 2010-02-22 10:31 ]


 View Profile of blue.octopus Send a personal message to blue.octopus      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Sabu The Coconut Boy
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2793
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2010-02-24 9:23 pm   Permalink

Pictures of the vacant Minehead Beachcomber:
http://www.beachcomber.bygonebutlins.com/

More pictures of the demolition from 2006:
http://www.beachcomber.bygonebutlins.com/demo.html


 View Profile of Sabu The Coconut Boy Send a personal message to Sabu The Coconut Boy  Email Sabu The Coconut Boy     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
pa'akiki
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 26, 2005
Posts: 70
Posted: 2010-03-05 5:44 pm   Permalink

Billy Butlin got his inspiration from the LA Beachcomber.


another article


A little info on the man himself.







inside of the butlins beachcomber menu




 
View Profile of pa'akiki Send a personal message to pa'akiki      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4396
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-03-18 4:57 pm   Permalink

This is a GREAT 1964 video clip from the Beachcomber Bar.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=1802

DC


 View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4396
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-05-31 2:57 pm   Permalink

Here is another postcard from the Butlins Beachcomber in Minehead that I tried to win on ebay recently. I had not seen this one before. It has an outrigger canoe that was used as a fish pond, great idea.



DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
1961surf
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1932
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-05-31 3:31 pm   Permalink

Hilarious vid clip DC .

 
View Profile of 1961surf Send a personal message to 1961surf  Email 1961surf Goto the website of 1961surf     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
sasquatch
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Aug 29, 2007
Posts: 76
From: Newcastle, Australia
Posted: 2010-09-26 5:57 pm   Permalink

love this thread... brought back so many memories.

Having spent most of my life in the UK it was my only experience of anything approaching a Tiki Bar!


 
View Profile of sasquatch Send a personal message to sasquatch  Email sasquatch Goto the website of sasquatch     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Slacks Ferret
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1268
From: Calgary
Posted: 2010-12-21 9:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-18 16:57, Dustycajun wrote:
This is a GREAT 1964 video clip from the Beachcomber Bar.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=1802

DC



And another one:

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=1550
_________________


 View Profile of Slacks Ferret Send a personal message to Slacks Ferret  Email Slacks Ferret     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Goto page ( 1 | 2 Next Page )
U-Moderate:
  
v1.5

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2014 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation