Holiday camp, in Britain, generally refers to a resort with a boundary that includes accommodation, entertainment and other facilities. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A resort is a place used for Relaxation or Recreation, attracting visitors for Holidays or Vacations Resorts are places towns or sometimes Lodging or a holiday accommodation is a type of residential Accommodation. See also Entertainment (disambiguation and The Entertainer (disambiguation Entertainment is an activity designed to give people
As distinct from camping, accommodation typically consisted of chalets - rather like small flats/apartments arranged in blocks of three or four storeys, and terraces of ten to twenty long. Definition Camping describes a range of activities Survivalist campers set off with little more than their boots whereas Recreational vehicle travelers arrive equipped CHALET is a mnemonic indicating a protocol used by Emergency services to report situations which they may be faced with especially as it relates to major incidents In the UK large numbers (some in the many hundreds) of static caravans are termed holiday camps.
Holidaymakers would pay a fee for their accommodation and decide whether to go full board (all meals would also be included in the price), half board (only the main meal would be included) or self catering (no meals provided).
Included in the price would be entertainments provided on site. These would include all or some of the following:
There are usually extensive childcare facilities such as a crèche and various clubs to keep youngsters occupied, enabling parents to follow their own pursuits. Ballroom dance refers collectively to a set of Partner dances which originated in Germany and are now enjoyed both socially and competitively around the A swimming pool, swimming bath, wading pool, or simply a pool, is an artificially enclosed Body of water intended for Swimming or Traveling carnival A funfair or simply fair (eg " County fair" " state fair" is a small to medium sized traveling Fair Snooker is a Cue sport that is played on a large Baize -covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long Eight-ball, sometimes called stripes and solids and more rarely bigs and littles or highs and lows, is a Pocket billiards (pool game popular Cinemaaustraliajpg|thumb|A movie theater in Australia ]]A movie theater, movie theatre, picture theatre or cinema is a venue Day care or child care is care of a child during the Day by a person other than the child's Parents or Legal guardians typically someone outside A club is an association of people united by a common interest or goal
In addition there are usually other facilities for which a fee is charged: bars, restaurants, amusement arcades. A bar (also called a Pub or Tavern) is a business that serves drinks especially Alcoholic beverages such as beer liquor and mixed drinks for consumption A restaurant is a retail establishment that serves prepared Food to Customers. A video arcade (also known as an amusement arcade in the United Kingdom in Japan or as an "arcade" is a venue where people play arcade video games
Cunningham's Young Men's Holiday Camp on the Isle of Man is sometimes regarded as the first holiday camp. The Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin ˈɛlʲən ˈvanɪn or Mann (Mannin) is a self-governing Crown dependency, located in the Irish Sea at the geographical However, it differed from the definition above - especially as accommodation was still in tents. A tent is a shelter consisting of sheets of fabric or other material draped over or attached to a frame of poles or attached to a supporting rope
Billy Butlin is generally regarded as the man who created the holiday camp as defined above, stating that he was dissatisfied with the appalling quality of facilities available to British holidaymakers. Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne ("Billy" Butlin, ( 29 September 1899 &ndash 12 June 1980) was the founder of Butlins Holiday However there were already a number of camps in existence before he opened his first site at Skegness in 1936. Skegness is a seaside town and Civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. Year 1936 ( MCMXXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
What distinguished Butlin was the size of the camp and the range of entertainments available. His primary competitors were Pontin's (founded by Fred Pontin, first site in 1946) and Warners (founded by Harry Warner, first site in 1931). Pontins is a British holiday company founded in 1946 by Fred Pontin. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Neither could match Butlins for sheer ambition and by the 1960s and 1970s Butlins had vastly more customers than the other camps put together. The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970.
However, by the mid 1970s the market began to decline as people began to holiday abroad taking advantage of the new, cheap package holidays. A package holiday or package tour consists of Transport and accommodation advertised and sold together by a vendor known as a Tour operator. The smaller size of the Pontins camps meant that they suffered less during this period of decline than did Butlins, having fewer beds to fill.
In the 1980s many camps were shut down, holiday camps seemed increasingly to represent family poverty, lack of imagination and low social standing. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. People wanted to be seen to be taking aspirational holidays, either in the sun or to see the cultural histories of European cities.
However in the 1990s substantial investment in the remaining camps (including Butlins original Skegness site) continued, and new entrants (such as Center Parcs) boosted the quality and popularity of the offering, especially for young families. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999
One yardstick of the relative cultural impact of the three companies is that the Butlins' Redcoats (a sort of hybrid of general staff, entertainer and steward) are remembered more vividly than Pontins' Bluecoats and Warners' Greencoats are hardly remembered at all. With the growth of caravan parks in the 1970's and 1980's, the entertainment teams adopted new names that didn't describe the 'stripey' style jackets they wore. Most notibly were HavenMates and TeamStars.