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Report - Pontins Holiday Park - Norfolk - December 2016

Supersonic

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
History

Pontins Holiday park was located on the coast of Norfolk in the town of Hemsby.

It was part of the Pontins company group which was founded in 1946 by Fred Pontin.

Opening in 1971, The park spanned over 22 acres and could hold up to 2440 residents. It was equipped with 512 chalets, a swimming pool, a pub, bars, climbing wall and even a go-cart track. At the time of closure it employed up to 55 staff. When closure was announced, it came as a big shock to the staff and community of Hemsby who relied on this kind of business to make money in a sea-side town.

The Site officially closed in January 2009, but there are rumors that the park had been vacant since September 2008.

It mainly closed due to a sustained loss in profits over the years, possibly due to the competition of other holiday camps in the area.
A spokeswoman for the company said back in 2008 that due to rising costs and declining booking numbers they had no choice but to close the park.

Today

Today the site is still unsold and in a bad state of disrepair. It's been trashed by vandals, it was hard to walk around and not see any buildings that haven't got a smashed window or a hole in the wall.

Many attempts have been made to submit plans for housing on the site, but they have all been to no avail.

In April 2016 the site was attacked by arsonists who set fire to 2 chalets on the grounds at around 5am that morning. Fire crews were sent to tackle the blaze, thankfully it hadn't spread to any other buildings.

Locals have strongly said they didn't want it to turn into a housing site and would much rather it be turned into something that would aid the towns sea-side growth.

The Explore

So, i had never heard of this place and only found out about it in the car on the way down there. Well i had to kill some time on the 3 hour journey.

When we finally got there, we took a little drive around the site and it's a lot bigger than i had thought, but never the less we parked up and looked for the best way to get in.

After walking around the perimeter for about 10 mins we found our entrance which required 0 effort to get in, always a nice change!

Managed to spend around 2 and a bit hours inside then decided it was time to leave after it was getting dark and harder to get some decent pics without shining torches and bringing attention to ourselves.

Walking around here gave me the feel of what it might be like to walk around Pripyat minus the radiation, of course.

Explored this one with @DRZ_Explorer for his birthday and ended up being a pretty chilled out mooch which ended up with an obligatory wander to the sea. Maybe not the best idea in the pitch black ey?

Tried my best with the pics but it was a bit foggy and getting dark so couldn't quite get them right.

Anyway, Enjoy


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Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
#3
They certainly went to town smashing up the snooker tables..shame no one could save them..No pictures inside the kitchen areas?
 

Supersonic

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#4
They certainly went to town smashing up the snooker tables..shame no one could save them..No pictures inside the kitchen areas?
Yeh bad isn't it :( we did find the kitchen areas but it had all been gutted. Was just an empty room with wires falling out the ceiling
 

Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
#5
Yeh bad isn't it :( we did find the kitchen areas but it had all been gutted. Was just an empty room with wires falling out the ceiling
I used to work in the kitchens as a chef of sorts ,just wondered how smashed up that was