PONTINS [HEMSBY]

The former Pontins Holiday Park in Hemsby, Norfolk, played host to more than 2,400 guests in its heyday, but eventually closed to the public in 2008.

Pontins Accommodation
Pontins Accommodation

Once the fashionable way to holiday, family-friendly parks have become less popular in the last three decades as international travel has become easier.

Pontins Crazy Golf Course
Pontins Crazy Golf Course

Pontins Holiday Parks were founded by Fred Pontin in 1946 and enjoyed huge success for decades, even launching the careers of TV stars.

While Butlins workers were known as Red Coats, Pontins had its own Blue Coat entertainers. Even the cult British comedy movie Holiday On the Buses was filmed at the Pontins Holiday Park in Prestatyn.

Stars from Bobby Davro and Shane Ritchie to Bradley Walsh launched their careers at Pontins, with former Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee also crediting her days as a Blue Coast as the start of her entertaining career.

Pontins
Pontins Entertainment

The parks were sold off several times after 1978 with many closing as holidays abroad became more popular and now only six remain operational.

The land agents for the Hemsby Holiday Park Northern Trust had hoped the site might be developed for residential use but there were objections from local residents and plans were withdrawn.

It remains on the market for tourism and leisure use. 

Pontins Swimming Pool
Pontins Swimming Pool

In the ten years since its closure this holiday park has fallen into disrepair, suffering extensive damage and decay, and even arson attacks which has damaged the Queen Victoria public house and the supermarket.

Now refuge for all kinds of animals, including a deer which we disturbed and it ran off.

Pontins
Pontins

GALLERY

These images show what remains of a substantial amount of Children's memories

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