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Holiday Camps

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From the 1930s to the 1960s, millions of British people chose to spend their annual summer break at a holiday camp, taking advantage of the all-included package that provided accommodation, food, and plentiful entertainment. The market leader was Billy Butlin whose camps operated on a vast scale, and offered a brightly colored leisure land in contrast to the drabness of post-war rationing. The holiday camp story, however, goes back to the 1890s, and it continues into the present...

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Overview

From the 1930s to the 1960s, millions of British people chose to spend their annual summer break at a holiday camp, taking advantage of the all-included package that provided accommodation, food, and plentiful entertainment. The market leader was Billy Butlin whose camps operated on a vast scale, and offered a brightly colored leisure land in contrast to the drabness of post-war rationing. The holiday camp story, however, goes back to the 1890s, and it continues into the present day with signs of a revival in camp fortunes.

Kathryn Ferry celebrates the communal and the kitsch, glamorous grandmother competitions, chalets, Redcoats and all the other well-known symbols of an incredibly popular form of twentieth-century holiday.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747807759
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: Shire Library Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Ferry is a writer and historian specialising in the British seaside. She has a PhD in architectural history and has written for Shire on beach huts, British seaside holidays and the Victorian home.

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Table of Contents

Communal Camping 5

Going Mass Market 13

The all-in Package 27

Entertainments 41

The Holiday Camp Phenomenon 55

Further Reading 63

Index 64

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