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Report - PONTINS HEMSBY - JAN 2016

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by scotty markfour, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    HISTORY-pontins holiday park hemsby on the norfolk coast announced its closure on january 5th 2009 due to rising costs , decline in future bookings and escalating costs in the maintainence of the aging camp . the holiday camp covers 22 acres aprox with accomodation for 2440 holiday makers run by a staff of 55 , when pontins announced the closure of its camp in hemsby near great yarmouth , the shocked staff at the camp were told to pack there belongings and vacate the premises ! this was also a blow to the local community who relied on the holiday resort as a reliable source of seasonal employment , the self catering camp was set up in 1971 with around 500 chalets , the future of this site is uncertain , arguments between locals n councillors carry on to this day , the pontins site like camelot theme park has been designated for leisure purposes only in any redevelopment plans , plenty of housing projects for the site have fallen by the wayside as hemsby councillors try in desperation to bring back the once thriving tourist economy , various tourist plans have also come to no avail , a viking themed visitor park backed by a millionaire and a domed all year camping site resembling something from" logans run" has also fallen by the wayside !
    THE EXPLORE- visited with fellow member @Cazel#HT (trusty sidekick) , after gaining access to this wonderful site , we found a lot of previously boarded buildings were now accessible to us , walking round the site was strange ! as in the past i had visited places like this in its bustling prime , we walked round imagining the memories of past holidays in the glorious sunshine in carefree days !
    we must of spent a good 4-5 hours checking everywhere out ! we had come a long way ! (5.5hr drive) ...it was sad to see how the camp had soon fallen into disrepair aided by vandalism , we did come across other urban explorers and local youths who used some of the chalets as a drinking den , but the site is big enough for everybody to enjoy it !.....i cannot see anything happening to this site in the near future and it should provide a place for future exploring adventures for years to come ! if your thinking of doing it ? then i would highly recommend it ! i can now tick off a holiday camp on my to do list of abandoned places !
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  2. JemCymru

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    thats proper well good. nice one.

    me and a few mates had a band photo shoot in an old pontins in wales years back in the 90s, will have to dig out the photos....

    lovin the wall of fame.

    you didnt fancy a DIY makeshift for old times sake zip line then? after all that effort climbing the wall!

    you guys look like fun. haha ;)
     
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  3. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    we are bloody fun @JemCymru , we luv visiting these sites , i take it you are welsh ! what places have you done ?
     
  4. Lew Waterfield

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    Nice .. See the queen Vic is open again it was boarded up when I went in dec.
     
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  5. The Wombat

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    Would like to have a mooch round here one day.
    Bit of a trek for me

    Enjoyed this report :thumb
    Liking the people shots too
     
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  6. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    took us about 5-6 hrs to get there @The Wombat
     
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