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Butlin's Holiday Camps were founded by (later Sir) Billy Butlin to provide economical holidays in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Between 1936 and 1966, nine camps were built. Three resorts remain in use by the Butlins company today in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne (Billy) Butlin, (September 29, 1899 – June 12, 1980), was the founder of Butlins Holiday Camps. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... , Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. ... , Minehead is a coastal town in West Somerset, England with a population of around 10,000. ... Skegness is a seaside town and civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. ...


Butlins are noted for their famous "Redcoats" who provide entertainment and organisation at every level. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Butlins. ...


There was a UK TV satirical sitcom during the 1980s based on a Butlins-style holiday camp called Hi-de-Hi!. More recently a fly on the wall documentary series called Redcoats followed redcoats through their seasons at Butlins. 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Hi-De-Hi! was the name of a popular situation comedy which ran on BBC1 between 1980 and 1988 and was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Butlins. ...

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History

Butlin's Holiday Camp, Mosney, County Meath, Ireland was the first camp to be built outside the British mainland and sold in 1982
Butlin's Holiday Camp, Mosney, County Meath, Ireland was the first camp to be built outside the British mainland and sold in 1982

The first of the Butlin's holiday camps was opened by Billy Butlin in 1936 in Skegness following his success in the development of amusement parks. A second camp quickly followed in Clacton (1938) and construction of a third began at Filey (1939). With the outbreak of World War II, building at Filey was postponed and the camps at Skegness and Clacton were given over for military use. Wartime use of Butlins camps continued with resorts at Ayr, Filey & Pwllheli being completed and opened as military camps. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Mosney, in County Meath, Ireland, is situated approximately 30 miles / 48 kilometres from Dublin; it has an unstaffed station on the Dublin-Dundalk railway line. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Navan Code: MH Area: 2,342 km² Population (2006) 162,831 Website: www. ... Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne (Billy) Butlin, (September 29, 1899 – June 12, 1980), was the founder of Butlins Holiday Camps. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Skegness is a seaside town and civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. ... Town - Clacton-on-Sea Location - Essex, England Founded - 1871 Population (1991) - 45,065 Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town on the Tendring Peninsula, in Essex, England. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Statistics Population: 6560 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TA115807 Administration Borough: Scarborough Shire county: North Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: North Yorkshire Historic county: Yorkshire (East Riding) Services Police force: North Yorkshire Police Fire and rescue: North Yorkshire Ambulance... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... -1... Pwllheli is the main market town of the LlÅ·n Peninsula in Gwynedd, north-western Wales. ...


In 1945, with war over, Filey opened as a holiday camp. The camps at Skegness & Clacton (1946), Ayr & Pwllheli (1947) followed and a new camp was built on the east coast of Ireland at Mosney (1948). Butlin's became popular in post-war Britain with family entertainment and activities available for the equivalent of a week's pay. Further post-war camps were opened in the 1960s at Bognor Regis (1960), Minehead (1962) and Barry (1966). Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mosney, in County Meath, Ireland, is situated approximately 30 miles / 48 kilometres from Dublin; it has an unstaffed station on the Dublin-Dundalk railway line. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... , Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Minehead is a coastal town in West Somerset, England with a population of around 10,000. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Barry Island (Welsh: Ynys y Barri) is a district and peninsula forming part of the town of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1948, Billy Butlin acquired two hotels in The Bahamas and in the 1950s, Butlins began opening hotels in the UK: Saltdean, Brighton (1953), Blackpool (1955) and five in Cliftonville (1955-1956). In later years, they were joined by further hotels in Scarborough (1978), Llandudno (1981), London (1993), a sixth hotel at Cliftonville and one in Spain (1983). The camps at Ayr and Skegness also had separate self-contained hotels within the grounds. In the 1960s and 1970s, the company also operated the Top of the Tower revolving restaurant at the then-named Post Office Tower in London. Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... Saltdean is a part of the city of Brighton and Hove situated on the Chalk cliffs of the south coast of England in East Sussex, United Kingdom. ... Brighton is located on the south coast of England, and together with its immediate neighbour Hove forms the city of Brighton and Hove. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that South Shore, Blackpool be merged into this article or section. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Cliftonville is a costal area of the town of Margate where it is situated to the east of the main town. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is on the English seaside resort. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... , This article is about the town in Wales. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The BT Tower is a tall cylindrical building in London, England. ...


All the Butlins hotels of the 1950s-1990s were sold in 1998 but the majority are still open today under different ownership. The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


The camps at Clacton and Filey closed in (1983) and the camp at Barry closed in (1986). The lease on the Top of the Tower restaurant expired in 1980. In 1998 the camps at Ayr and Pwllheli were re-branded as Haven Park. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Haven Holidays are a company who run holiday camps and parks around the UK and Europe. ...


In 1968 Billy Butlin's son Bobby took over the management of Butlins and in 1972 the business was sold to the Rank Organisation for £43 million. The company was later sold off to Bourne Leisure in 2000. Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bourne Leisure is a British company which owns holiday park chains in the United Kingdom. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2005, the new £10m Shoreline hotel was unveiled at the Bognor Regis resort to expand on the existing variety of apartments on resort. The hotel, styled with an Art Deco theme, aimed to offer luxury accommodation inconjunction with the entertainment and facilities at the resort. Each of the 160 rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, king-size beds, leather chairs, widescreen TVs, DVD players and en-suite facilities, some also include sea-views, telescopes and balconies. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. ... Asheville City Hall. ... The inner box (green) is the format used in most pre-1952 films and pre-widescreen television. ... “TV” redirects here. ... The inside of a DVD player A DVD player is a device not only playing discs produced under the DVD Video standard but also playing discs under the standard of DVD Audio. ... The term en-suite, from French in room, is usually used to refer to bathrooms that are connected to a bedroom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Butlin's Badges

Butlin's Badge Skegness 1938
Butlin's Badge Skegness 1938
Butlin's Badge Filey 1945
Butlin's Badge Filey 1945
Butlin's Badge Blackpool 1961
Butlin's Badge Blackpool 1961

When booking in on arrival at Butlin's (camp or hotel) each camper was issued with an enamel badge to wear for the duration of their holiday. The badge granted the camper readmission to the site should they take a trip out during their stay. Badges were worn with pride with campers keeping badges from previous holidays and wearing them all on a ribbon. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Each year a different badge was produced for each camp with the name of the camp and the year forming part of the design.


The badges were made of die-stamped metal (usually brass), highly polished or chrome plated with the brightly coloured design made of enamel using a process similar to Champlevé but the troughs being stamped in rather than carved. Champlevé in the decorative arts, an enameling technique or an object made by the champlevé process, which consists of cutting away troughs or cells in a metal plate and filling the depressions with pulverized vitreous enamel. ...


Each camp had at least one badge each year with most of the larger camps having several colour variations throughout the season for improved security. Occasionally, two different designs would be used in one season.


The badges were issued every year from the first season in Skegness in 1936 up until 1967 when the badges were discontinued.


Each badge was hand-made by jewellery manufacturers in London, Dublin or in Birmingham's 'Jewellery Quarter'. The quality and beauty of the badges has ensured that many survive as heirlooms and are very collectable.


A collection of one badge per camp per year would total 192 badges. However, the myriad colour variations and additional 'special' badges would take the collection to over 1200 badges (although there is no definitive list of all variations).


Additional badges included 'Second Week' badges, Staff badges, 'Concessionaire' badges (for visiting tradesmen - these badges are distinguished by the absence of enamel), Committee badges, Christmas badges, Beaver Club badges, Reunion badges and many others. Badges were not issued during the war years of 1940 to 1945 as the camps were closed and used as accommodation for war service personnel.


Notable badges include 'Skegness 1936' (the first badge issued) and 'Filey 1945' which features the 'V for Victory' in its design and is an exception to the war year gap as the camp was the first to reopen after the war just in time for the end of the season in August 1945.


Barry Island 1965 is the 'Holy Grail' of Butlin's badges as the camp didn't open that year as planned. The badges were manufactured but never issued; some examples survive.


Locations

listed alphabetically


Current Butlins resorts

  • Bognor Regis (1960—) - known as Southcoast World from 1987 to 1998.
  • Minehead (1962—) - known as Somerwest World from 1986 to 1998.
  • Skegness (1936—) - known as Funcoast World from 1987 to 1998.

, Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Minehead is a coastal town in West Somerset, England with a population of around 10,000. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Skegness is a seaside town and civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Previous Butlins resorts

-1... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Haven Holidays are a company who run holiday camps and parks around the UK and Europe. ... This article is about the year. ... Barry Island (Welsh: Ynys y Barri) is a peninsula forming part of the town of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Town - Clacton-on-Sea Location - Essex, England Founded - 1871 Population (1991) - 45,065 Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town on the Tendring Peninsula, in Essex, England. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Statistics Population: 6560 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TA115807 Administration Borough: Scarborough Shire county: North Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: North Yorkshire Historic county: Yorkshire (East Riding) Services Police force: North Yorkshire Police Fire and rescue: North Yorkshire Ambulance... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Mosney, in County Meath, Ireland, is situated approximately 30 miles / 48 kilometres from Dublin; it has an unstaffed station on the Dublin-Dundalk railway line. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Pwllheli is the main market town of the LlÅ·n Peninsula in Gwynedd, north-western Wales. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Haven Holidays are a company who run holiday camps and parks around the UK and Europe. ... This article is about the year. ...

Facilities and buildings

This lists the facilities associated within their buildings:


Skyline Pavilion

Guests can also enjoy many shows in the Skyline Pavilion, including the popular puppet show. Look up shop in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A shop is an enclosed location where a specific activity is carried out. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an event, performance, or activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although, for example, in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... “Fun” redirects here. ...


Splash Waterworld

  • shallow play area
  • space bowl
  • master blaster
  • bubble pools
  • wave machines
  • traditional flumes

Individual flumes

  • Bognor Regis
    • Pinball Flume
    • Terror Trip Flume
  • Minehead
    • Black Hole Flume
    • Blue Comet Flume
  • Skegness
    • According to the Butlins brochure, there are three flumes at different levels suiting all guests.

Other facilities

Bars and Pubs

The Bars and Pubs are suitable for adults only, with individual bars in each of the three resorts.


Hotshots

The Hotshots are suitable for everyone, where guests can enjoy mostly snooker and many others. 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 side cushions. ...


Restaurant

The main Butlins restaurant is where most guests can enjoy the food and the drinks.


Kids Clubs

There are individual clubs sutiable for 5-12 year olds, and a separate one for teenagers.


Outdoor facilities

Outdoor facilities including go-karts and junior driving school (exclusive to Minehead). A kart racer takes a turn on an indoor track Kart racing (as the word is so spelled by enthusiasts) or karting is a variant of open-wheeler motor sport with simple, small four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. ...


Nursery

The Nursery is suitable for children aged just 5 years and under.


Individual facilities

  • Shoreline Hotel - at Bognor Regis
  • Ex-More Adventures - at Minehead
  • The Spa - at Skegness

For more information, see below.


Bognor Regis Camp

Situated in the small seaside town of Bognor Regis, Butlins Bognor first opened on the 2 July 1960 at a cost of £2.5 million. The camp quickly became popular, accommodating around 5,000 campers and another 5,000 day visitors. , Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1980s refurbishment

Butlins Bognor was refurbished through the 1980s. In 1987, the camp was renamed Southcoast World following a £16.5 million spend on new and updated accommodation, the addition of a new indoor water complex and a new miniature steam railway. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Chalet A chalet (pronounced ), also called Swiss chalet, is a type of building in the Alpine region made of wood. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... HO scale model railroad. ...


1990s major redevelopment

In 1998, as one of Butlins three remaining camps, Bognor again underwent major refurbishment. The camp's Southcoast World identity was dropped, and £45 million was invested in redevelopment. A Skyline Pavilion was added to the resort, providing a huge undercover area for year-round, weather-protected facilities. The Skyline Pavilion contained new shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment areas. The refurbishment also included further updates to the chalet accommodation, a redesign for the Redcoat uniform and the provision of a resort police constable to improve security. Butlins Bognor was relaunched by pop star Ronan Keating in May 1999. The redeveloped resort had an increased capacity of 5,800 beds. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... A drawing of a self-service store Retailing consists of the sale of goods/merchandise for personal or household consumption either from a fixed location such as a department store or kiosk, or away from a fixed location and related subordinated services (Definition of the WTO (last page). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an event, performance, or activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although, for example, in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... Police officers in South Australia A police officer (or policeman/policewoman) is a warranted worker of a police force. ... Ronan Patrick John Keating (born March 3, 1977 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish pop singer. ... This article is about the year. ...


Shoreline Hotel

In 2005, further work was undertaken to update the camp with the introduction of the 'Shoreline Hotel. £10 million was spent on the hotel and its surrounding landscaped gardens. With big porthole windows, and a ship-like prow, the four-floor hotel was designed with a slightly nautical feel. The hotel provides 160 rooms of three different grades, each including hi-tech equipment and luxurious furniture. Guests staying at the hotel can enjoy the sea-views, room service, modern bistro restaurant and cocktail bar, in addition to the regular Butlins facilities. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A brass two flap porthole A porthole is a type of small, circular window often found on ships, armored vehicles, submarines, aircraft, and spacecraft. ... Prow, the fore part of a ship, the stem and its surrounding parts, hence used like keel, by metonymy, of the ship itself. ... Room Service is a rock album by Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams released in 2004. ... This article is about the type of restaurant. ... For other uses, see Cocktail (disambiguation). ...


Minehead Camp

Chosen for its flat landscape and good rail links, Butlins Minehead is located on the Bristol Channel coast in Somerset. The camp was opened on the 26 May 1962 at a cost of around £2 million and was the largest of the Butlins post-war camps. “railroads” redirects here. ... , Minehead is a coastal town in West Somerset, England with a population of around 10,000. ... Satellite view of the Bristol Channel Map of the Bristol Channel The Bristol Channel (Welsh: ) is a major inlet in the island of Great Britain, separating South Wales from the West Country and extending from the lower estuary of the River Severn (Afon Hafren) to that part of the North... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1980s refurbishment

Butlins Minehead underwent its first set of improvements during the 1960s, when problems with flooding were fixed and a miniature railway, chairlift and monorail were added to the camp in 1964, 1965 and 1967 respectively. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Flooding in Amphoe Sena, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. ... HO scale model railroad. ... Hunter Mountain chairlift A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift (technically, an elevated passenger ropeway), is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of chairs. ... The KL Monorail in Kuala Lumpur, a colorful straddle-beam monorail A monorail is a single rail serving as a track for a wheeled vehicle; also, a vehicle traveling on such a track. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


1990s major redevelopment

In 1986, Butlins Minehead was the first of the Butlins sites to undergo major redevelopment work as part of the 1980s investment programme. £10 million was spent and this renovation which saw the refurbishment of the indoor swimming pool as well as new chalets and flatlets. Following the redevelopment work, the camp was renamed Somerwest World. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Chalet A chalet (pronounced ), also called Swiss chalet, is a type of building in the Alpine region made of wood. ...


Through the late 1980s to mid 1990s, the monorail, chairlift and miniature railway were removed from the park. In 1993, the amusement park was reopened by Lady Dolly Butlin following a move to the front of the camp. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1998, Butlins Minehead was selected as one of the three sites to remain open and again underwent major redevelopment. A Skyline Pavilion was added to the resort and the name Somerwest World was dropped. From 1999 further development work saw the modification of Minehead's chalet accommodation and the addition of Europe's largest high ropes course to the site. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ...


Exmoor Adventures

Butlins Minehead developed the Exmoor Adventures which include a climbing wall, diving courses, horse riding, Land Rover Safari, fly & sea fishing, sailing, canoeing and coasteering. Rock climbers on Valkyrie at The Roaches in Staffordshire, England. ... For other uses, see Dive. ... horse, see Horse (disambiguation). ... Land Rover was the name of one of the first British civilian all-terrain utility vehicles, first produced by Rover in 1947. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... For either of the songs named Sailing, see Sailing (song). ... Canoeing is the recreational or sporting activity of paddling a canoe or kayak. ...


BlueSkies apartment

In 2007, further work in the Minehead resort has been undertaken with the creation of new timeshare apartments. The website contains further information.


Music festival

From December 2006, the Minehead resort has hosted the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival. All Tomorrows Parties logo projected at festival. ...


Adult Party Weekends

The Adult Party Weekends at Butlins, is dedicated to over 18s only, spread across all of the three resorts, around 42 weekends in the year, are closed to families and children in the form of themed music weekends. Look up Theme in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

  • 80s Madness
  • Rock and Blues
  • Festival of the 60s
  • Disco Inferno

United Kingdom of Dance is in its second year at Butlins Bognor Regis, first being known as United Kingdom of Ibiza in 2006. Ibiza clubs, such as Eden and Miss Moneypennys, host club sessions with DJs such as Dave Pearce, Jeremy Healy and Judge Jules. , Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. ... // Eden may refer to: Garden of Eden, an original meaning, a place east of Eden described in Book of Genesis. ... Dave Pearce is a British dance DJ and record producer, playing gigs across the UK and the world, although he is perhaps best known for his work in radio. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Judge Jules at The Gallery. Turnmills - Friday 22nd September 2006. ...


Skegness Camp

Butlins Skegness was the first of Billy Butlin's holiday camps. The camp opened in 1936 but was taken over for military use in 1939. The camp reopened in 1946. Skegness is a seaside town and civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1980s refurbishment

In 1987 the camp underwent refurbishment and was renamed Funcoast World. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


1990s major redevelopment

In 1998, as with Bognor and Minehead, Butlins Skegness again underwent major refurbishment. The camp's Funcoast World identity was dropped and a new Skyline Pavilion was built. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Spa

In 2004 'The Spa' opened at Butlins Skegness with a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, fitness suite, spa, sauna, steam room. The adults-only facility offers a range of treatments including manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Spring Harvest

Spring Harvest, the largest Christian conference in Europe takes place at the Minehead and Skegness sites every Easter. The event attracts some 55,000 Christians from a range of denominations and plays host to many renowned preachers, Christian musicians and dramatic artists. While there, attendees can make the most of the Butlins facilities in addition to a range of activities for people of all ages put on by Spring Harvest. Spring Harvest is an inter-denominational Christian conference and gathering in the United Kingdom. ...


Butlins and Dodgem Cars

Dodgem Cars, a brand of bumper cars, were manufactured in the USA by the Dodgem Cars Ltd. Billy Butlin saw them and obtained the UK franchise. As a result, a Skegness funfair owned by Billy prior to going into Holiday Camps saw the first Dodgems cars in the UK in 1923. Bumper car at a small town fair Bumper car is the generic name for a type of flat ride consisting of several small electric cars that draw their power from an overhead grid, which is turned off by the operator at the end of a session. ... Franchising (from the French for honesty or freedom[1]) is a method of doing business wherein a franchisor licenses trademarks and tried and proven methods of doing business to a franchisee in exchange for a recurring payment, and usually a percentage piece of gross sales or gross profits as well... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Butlin's Beaver Club on The Radio

In 1956 Butlin's Beaver Club - with Uncle Eric Winstrone was heard in the United Kingdom and much of continental Europe on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM over the famous 208 wavelength of Radio Luxembourg. Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Radio Luxembourg is a commercial radio station that has broadcast in many languages in conjunction with a television service operated from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. ...


Wizzy World & Billy Bear

The Butlin's Beaver Club ceased to exist in the 1980s and was replaced by Wizzy World, featuring a number of different character's including the friendly bear Red Rollo. Wizzy World itself was dropped at the end of the 1998 season as Butlin's went through a major relaunch.


In 2002 a new children's character was launched Billy Bear, the friendly bear is a junior redcoat and has his own theme song The Billy Walk. Children are also currently entertained by Bob The Builder who replaced Noddy in 2005.


See also

  • Our True Intent Is All For Your Delight: The John Hinde Butlin's Photographs edited by Martin Parr (London: Chris Boot Ltd., 2003), a collection of postcard images of Butlin's camps from the 1960s and 1970s.

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The scheme, to be based near Butlins' main Minehead resort in Somerset, allows an annual week's holiday for 30 years, for a one-off fee of £6,000.
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Butlins Holiday Camps were founded by (later Sir) Billy Butlin to provide economical holidays in Britain.
The growth of the business was spurred by World War II when a number of camps were requisitioned for use as training camps, generating revenues for a post-war boom.
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