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Vintage cinema of Butlins holiday camps in a 1950s

October 4th, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • In a 1950’s Butlins holiday camps were a go-to end for Brits wanting a vacation – and heartwarming fun
  • Knobbly knees contests, tellurian pyramids, tombolas and a revisit from an Archbishop kept guest entertained
  • These fascinating images from a summers of 1954 and 1956 uncover a easier time for British tourists

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British holidays are a diversion of possibility – possibly a family enjoys a week of sunshine, beaches and outside picnics or they are lumped with slimy sandwiches and Scrabble. 

But behind in a 1950s, there was no choice of jumping on an EasyJet moody – it was a usually choice many holidaymakers had.

In those days, a go-to end for many vacationing in a UK was Butlins, founded by British businessman Billy Butlin, where everybody from toddlers to a aged are catered for.

This collection of black-and-white images from a summers of 1954 and 1956 uncover a easier time for British tourists, when tellurian pyramids, tiny steam trains and three-legged races were adequate to keep everybody entertained… even when a object stopped shining.

The sentimental photographs from Butlins holiday stay in Ayr, Scotland, and Filey and Essex, England, uncover drum skating, a knobbly knees competition and an annual revisit from a Archbishop Of York – some of a biggest events on a party calendar.

Scroll down to see a heartwarming snaps.

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Two holidaymakers chuck a bucket of H2O over a photographer during a weekend feverishness call during Butlins holiday stay in Ayr, Scotland, in 1954

Two holidaymakers chuck a bucket of H2O over a photographer during a weekend feverishness call during Butlins holiday stay in Ayr, Scotland, in 1954

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Children in normal wardrobe during Butlins Holiday Camp in Filey, North Yorkshire, in 1954 

Children in normal wardrobe during Butlins Holiday Camp in Filey, North Yorkshire, in 1954 

Children make a tellurian pyramid on a lifeguard look-out building during a Butlins holiday stay Jun 1950 

Children make a tellurian pyramid on a lifeguard look-out building during a Butlins holiday stay Jun 1950 

Dr. Cyril Garbett, a Archbishop of York visiting Butlins Holiday Camp, Filey, North Yorkshire, in 1954 He visited Filey stay to control mass outside services once a year

Dr. Cyril Garbett, a Archbishop of York visiting Butlins Holiday Camp, Filey, North Yorkshire, in 1954 

A Knobbly Knees Contest during Butlins Holiday Camp in Filey in July, 1954 

A Knobbly Knees Contest during Butlins Holiday Camp in Filey in July, 1954 

The competition descends into chaos, watched by hundreds of holidaymakers 

The competition descends into chaos, watched by hundreds of holidaymakers 

Girls jumping for a round during a line-out during a Butlins holiday stay in 1954 

Girls jumping for a round during a line-out during a Butlins holiday stay in 1954 

Guests drinks vigourous in a Vienna Ballroom during Butlins Holiday Camp in Filey 

Guests drinks vigourous in a Vienna Ballroom during Butlins Holiday Camp in Filey 

Crowds of holidaymakers examination outside party during Butlins Holiday Camp, Filey

Crowds of holidaymakers examination outside party during Butlins Holiday Camp, Filey

Holidaymakers are ferried around a stay on a sight during Butlins in Filey 

Holidaymakers are ferried around a stay on a sight during Butlins in Filey 

Another lawnmower-drawn sight ferries holidaymakers in Filey 

Another lawnmower-drawn sight ferries holidaymakers in Filey 

Guests play a tombola during a holiday stay in Filey 

Guests play a tombola during a holiday stay in Filey 

A organisation of children in a Vienna Ballroom watch a resort's wizard show 

A organisation of children in a Vienna Ballroom watch a resort’s wizard show 

Holiday makers rollerskating during a Butlins Holiday Camp in Clacton, Essex 

Holiday makers rollerskating during a Butlins Holiday Camp in Clacton, Essex 

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How it looks now: Butlins recently revamped a resorts with a chalets embellished out in pastel colours and comfy sofas

How it looks now: Butlins recently revamped a resorts with a chalets embellished out in pastel colours and comfy sofas


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