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Butlin's AYR

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HMS Scotia

Butlin's AYR had not started as a holiday camp and was built the support of the war. Billy Butlin was asked to design and build two new camps. With Filey being financially supported by the military to complete its creation, Billy Butlin had found a lovely location in AYR where he had started to supervise the build of a new camp. It was done with the agreement that this location will be handed back to Billy Butlin at the end of the war.

1946 - Butlins opens in Scotland

As the war comes to an end, the camp is closed down as HMS Scotia and handed to Billy Butlin MBE. Billy Butlin started working on the camp immediately to bring it to his standard. It was only a matter of time before we see the uniform change from the military into the Butlin's uniform. It was at that moment in 1946, that we see the AYR camp open its gates to campers and started to entertain its guest.

1987 - Rebranded to Butlin's Holiday Worlds

The expectation of the holidays had changed a great deal and a big decision had to be made on how the Butlin's camp continues to run. The big decision was made to close down several camps and to change the five remaining camps into a new era of Butlin's. 

AYR Holiday World

As one of the last five remaining camps to continue the name of Butlins, this location was renamed to AYR Holiday World. However, this was never going to be the permanent name.

Wonderwest World

Soon after, it was renamed to its final name, Wonderwest World, where it continued to represent the Butlin's name until the end of 1998.

1999 - Butlins AYR closes and Haven is born

The current owners of the time, Rank organisation, wanted to take Butlins in a new direction and unfortunately, Butlins AYR was not a part of this plan. It was decided that this lovely camp was to transfer to the sister company Haven, which was also a part of the Rank Holiday division. Today, it continues under the name Craig Tara under the current owner's Bourne Leisure Limited. Very little of the chalets from Butlins remain today. 

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Who and What is Butlin's Memorabilia Website

Mark Banks owns and created this website to show his collection of Butlin's memorabilia items. It was created during my spare time at work and is a hobby of mine and has since grown into a site that offers a chance for others to smile. This website is NOT the official website for Butlin's and is NOT the official archive of Butlin's at any stage. The website has expanded to show stories, with permission from that person, of a moment in Butlin's from people who are either a customer or former staff. This website is in loving memory of all that had come to this amazing company and to Sir William Butlin, the founder.  This website also has information about research regarding Butlin's history with information obtained from the research I made, which is not official. 

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This website is made and maintained by me, Mark Banks, as a fan site to celebrate the amazing Butlins name as it has such a large meaning to me.  Below is additional information about the website and answers to questions that you might be thinking of (hopefully I have covered them all, if not, get in touch)

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The Untold Stories of Butlin's

The website has expanded to now include an area called "Untold Stories of Butlin's". These stories have been added to the site by a member of my group who has shared their moment at Butlin's. These stories are not from the official company and are from the person it represent, as shown on the page. The stories shared are from that person's memory and show the magic of Butlin's on how it creates that special moment. 

If you are not official, who is Mark?

Butlin's Memorabilia is NOT the official website for Butlins. This site is also NOT the official website for the archive of Butlin's. The owners of Butlin's, Butlin's company, and have NOT approached me to design this site. They have no involvement with the development of the website or with the information that is shown. I am extremely thankful that they allow me to continue showing you their company's rich history. 

The number one website for Butlins is always, where you see all the information about booking a break.

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