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Dovercourt Bay Holiday Camp

Dovercourt Bay Holiday Camp has a rich history and connection to the Butlin timeline. In 1937, 40 acres of land were leased to the Dovercourt Bay Holiday Camp & Lido. Officially opened in 1937 by the mayor of Harwich, Councilor C. Hills, the camp would open its gates to the customers ready to have a great time.

Behind the scenes was a different story as two major people were working together to help get this camp opened. The main person to bring the idea of the camp to light was Mr. W.E. Butlin, also known as Billy Butlin. Working alongside Captain H.J. Warner, they would work hard to give this camp the best opening day and to help those smile when they need it the most. Both William Butlin and Captain Warner would supervise the construction of the camp, giving it that magical feeling.

The day the gates opened, Dovercourt Bay would show its beauty to all as the words "To all desiring a first-class holiday, with all the amenities possible. The camp can be recommended with the utmost confidence.” was spoken. The mayor was extremely impressed with the new camp and gave a compliment to William Butlin and Captain Warner. Below are options available for you to see more about this marvellous camp and how it added to the Butlins timeline.
Major Frank Bond Story
Major Frank Bond Story

Above is an excellent photo showing the Dovercourt Bay holiday camp. Within that photo is the amazing Major Frank Bond and of course, William (Billy) Butlin. Click on the above or below to see more

Dovercourt Bay Chalets
The Iconic Chalets

Thanks to the Harwich and Dovercourt website, I was able to upload their amazing collection of postcards showing the chalets that were on the camp. You can clearly see the Butlin connection. 

Dovercourt Bay Story
Dovercourt Bay Story

View more about Dovercourt Bay story and how there are many areas that match the design of Butlin's. Read the notes about Billy Butlin helping with the opening of the camp and design.

Harwich and Dovercourt Website
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Thanks to the Harwich and Dovercourt website, I was able to explain this story in more depth.  Click on the logo above or the button below to visit their website to see even more memorabilia items

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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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