Russell Hotel

Kings Parade, Aldwick, Bognor Regis, PO21 2QP, United Kingdom
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  • Solo66
  • Business72

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History of the Butlins Empire

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Billy Butlin acquires two hotels in the Bahamas
1950s The following (probably) occured in the 1950s. Confirmation of year/s welcome

Ayr - indoor pool & amusement park opened

Clacton - indoor pool opened

Pwllheli - indoor pool & amusement park opened. Empire Theatre built.

Skegness - indoor pool & amusement park opened
1950 Butlins Bahamas opens

Bobby Butlin (Billy's son) works at Ayr for a season as a redcoat
1951 Butlins Beaver club started
1953 Filey - miniature railway and indoor pool added

Pwllheli - miniature railway and Peter Pan railway added

Skegness - major flood hits the camp

Ocean Hotel Saltdean acquired

Butlins Bahamas put into liquidation
1955 Clacton - camp enlarged. 600 new chalets added (later known as Blue camp)

St Georges, Queens, Norfolk & Florence hotels in Cliftonville acquired

Metropole Hotel Blackpool acquired

First Glamorous Grandmother contest held
1956 Ayr - miniature railway opened

Grand & Princes hotels in Cliftonville acquired along with four other nearby hotels bringing the total up to ten in Cliftonville. (anyone know the rest?)

First Miss She contest held
1957 Filey - Charlie the elephant arrives
1958 Cliff Richard appears at Clacton
1959 Sheerness amusement park sold

Ayr - chairlift opened

Billy Butlin appears on 'This is your Life'
1960s The following (probably) occured in the 1960s. Confirmation of year/s welcome

Ayr - various new buildings (Gaiety (Burns), Bruce, Arran, Nursery and Bingo Theatre)

Clacton - various new buildings (Reception, Nursery, Junior Showplace, Dining Halls)

Filey - Red & White camps converted to self-catering

Skegness - new Queens Building, Sports Stadium closes
1960 Duke of Edinburgh Scheme launched at the camps

Uncle Boko dies

History of the Butlins Empire

by budapest8

1991 Bognor - miniature railway removed
1993 Minehead - part of boating lake filled in to provide new site for fairground

Skegness - new monorail trains
1994 Grand Hotel London opens
1996 Barry Island closes

Minehead - monorail closes

Pwllheli - miniature railway removed
1997 Barry Island sold to local council

Minehead - chairlift removed. Beachcomber bar closes

Pwllheli - Boomerang coaster removed

Last year for Glamorous Grandmother & Holiday Princess contests
1998 Barry Island - all 800 chalets demolished along with the Princes building. Regency & Gaiety buildings survive.

Ayr closes as a Butlins centre. Several attractions removed/demolished including chairlift, Burns building, Stuart building, Arran building, most of the chalets and the fairground. Regency & Bruce buildings survive along with the 1980s food plaza.

Pwllheli closes as a Butlins centre. Several attractions removed including chairlift and amusement park. Most buildings demolished including remainder of Yellow & Red camps, rest of buildings & chalets retained and refurbished.
All Butlin hotels sold

Major upgrading begins at Bognor, Minehead & Skegness

New indoor funpool opens at Minehead
1999 Ayr & Pwllheli reopen as Haven caravan parks. £25 million invested

Remaining three centres rebranded. £139 million invested. Skyline Pavilions added

Minehead - Windsor Building demolished
2000 Company sold to Bourne Leisure

Further investment continues at remaining centres
2001 Mosney closes as a holiday camp
2002 Skegness - monorail removed
2003 Bognor - Part of York building demolished. New hotel announced


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