A Look Back at British Holiday Camps

Holiday camps are a fun option for vacationing in Britain. They were the “it” way to vacation in the fifties and sixties. During those times, taking a vacation to the coast was rare. Those vacations were costly, especially since the War had recently ended. Since many people could not take a holiday, the holiday camps brought the holiday to them. Holiday camps provided an all in one option. The price was good, there was a lot of food, and, of course, there was a lot to do.

One of the earliest holiday camps you can still visit today is called Caister Camp. When it was originally opened, the accommodation was in tents. The great thing about this camp is it is located right on the beach. In addition, it has over 90 acres of land.  

Another earlier camp is called Corton Beach Holiday Camp. It is located in Skegness and was opened in 1936. The amazing thing about this camp is that it could accommodate so many people. Because of its size, it stood out from a distance. Many would stop and stare at it from the town. 

Middleton Tower Holiday Camp was started in the 1950s. It is famous for it’s building which was designed to replicate the ocean liner on land. Also, the camp had a “Sun Ray Room”, bars, and a separate theater for children. The goal of this holiday camp was pure entertainment. Many guests stayed at the camp on a constant basis. 

A fun holiday camp opened in the 60s along the Esplanade called Bognor Regis. It was a site to behold. The area was beautiful. This camp was definitely more modern than others. It had newer hotels and flats. 

The Holiday Camp opened in 1960. It was also modern. It had chalets on two stories. The image of the camp was much more corporate than previous camps. It was considered more of a novelty than others. The tile was even fancy. And, they even installed a monorail at the camp for guests. 

South Devon Holiday Camp at Paigton was another camp from the 1960s. It had newer buildings with flat roofs. The rooms had large windows so that each guest had a great view of the scenery. However, most people did not appreciate the style at first.  

By the time the 60s were underway there appeared to be much optimism among the people. Everyone seemed to be forward thinking. The war, although not forgotten was something of the past, and people could focus on a better tomorrow.