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Report - Atherfield Bay Holiday camp - Isle of Wight - Dec 2009

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by MarkR, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. MarkR

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    Visited with Truffle Pig.

    We were out an about on the Isle of Wight checking out some bits and pieces when we came across this place. We think originally it was built as a prisoner of war camp as the layout and age of some of the building point that way.

    This large site was a Butlins holiday camp with 184 'chalets' and a dance hall which used to cater for 450 people and closed a couple of years ago.

    This is your typical 1960's holiday camp:

    Info from an old brochure:

    Our facilities comprise of a cliff top open-air swimming pool with breathtaking sea views, two all-weather tennis courts, bowling green, golf putting area, spacious sports fields and a games room. The atmosphere of Atherfield Bay is enhanced by optional evening entertainment, i.e. discos, comedians etc., and takes place in the main building. This comprises of a large ballroom, Driftwood Restaurant, Moroccan and Snug Bars and a meeting room.

    There is evidence that the site is to be turned into a site for private holiday chalets, but the re-development seems to have stalled.

    Old brochure/postcard showing pool and bar in use:

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    Swimming pool and kids pool:

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    Bar, restaurant and dance hall:

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    Kitchens:

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    Creche (throught the window!)

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    Inside one of the tiny rooms:

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