Did you know? Butlins Skegness

Did you know will be a series of blogs based on historical buildings and areas in and around the Lincolnshire Coast..

This weeks is about the famous holiday resort, Butlins!

"Skegness opened on 11 April 1936 and within a year it had doubled in size. It was officially opened by Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Two years later Billy Butlin's chose Clacton-on-Sea for his second camp."

In 1936, Billy Butlin changed the face of British holidays. His aim was to make the British seaside break accessible to all. It started on a short visit to Barry Island where Billy felt sorry for families staying in drab guest houses with nothing much to do. He wanted to create a “place of colour and happiness” where quality activities and entertainment would be provided so that families could really enjoy their time together. So in 1936, Billy bought a plot of land in Skegness (where the resort is to this day) and set about making this dream come true."

Today the holiday resort is still open! It is a great holiday destination for couples and families of all ages, with swimming, restaurants, play areas, music events and much more.