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June 17, 2021

Vintage Brochures of Pontins Holiday Camps in the ‘80s

“All the best people come to Pontins” was the caption printed on a publicity brochure of Pontins, a British company operating holiday parks in the UK, founded in 1946 by Fred Pontin. It specializes in offering half-board and self-catering holidays featuring entertainment at resorts, or "holiday parks", as they have branded them. Accommodation is usually in the form of chalets (which Pontins calls "apartments").

Fred Pontin opened his first holiday camp just after the Second World War (during which he had established hostels for construction workers in Scotland and in England) when he took advantage of a former U.S. army base at Brean Sands near Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. The ex-stockbroker, who had left school at fifteen without qualifications, had not the £23,000 to buy it. Instead, Pontin formed a syndicate, in which he held 50% control, to own the camp. Within a year he had six camps. Over the years he bought more camps and personally ran them for a year, before selling them to the syndicate. Twenty-five years later, at its peak, the company was running twenty-two holiday camps with a million visitors a year.

Park Hall, Charnock Richard

Pontins Tower Beach Holiday Camp, Prestatyn

Pontins Tower Beach Holiday Camp, Prestatyn

Pontins Tower Beach Holiday Camp, Prestatyn

Pontins Tower Beach Holiday Camp, Prestatyn

Pontins St Mary’s Bay Holiday Camp, Brixham

Torbay Chalet Hotel, Marldon, Paignton

South Devon, Paignton

Barton Hall

Pontins Blackpool Holiday Camp

Dolphin, Brixham

Camber Sands

Pontins Hemsby Holiday Camp

Pontins Bay View Holiday Camp, Brixham

Pontins Southport Holiday Camp

Pontins Wick Ferry Holiday Camp, Christchurch.

Pontins Wall Park Holiday Camp, Brixham

Pontins Prestatyn Holiday Camp

Pontins Prestatyn Holiday Camp

Pontins Plemont Bay Holiday Camp, Jersey

Pontins South-Downs Holiday Centre Bracklesham Bay

(Pictures courtesy of Glen Fairweather on Flickr)


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