GB – Atherfield Bay Holiday Camp, Revisited

A revisit to a place that i last visited in 2013, seems to have become alot more vandalised. The Atherfield Bay Holiday Camp Limited was registered on 10 Jan 1935, it was used as a army barracks during WW2, and modernised during the 1960’s

“Set on the cliff top amongst some of the most magnificent countryside the island has to offer. With room for just 400 guests; thus enabling our staff to maintain the highest standards of service. There’s a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, putting green, horse and pony riding and we even have clay pigeon shooting. A Playroom and organised entertainment for the children. A spacious dining area with a cuisine that will appeal to all the family. During the day around the picturesque villages, laze on the beaches or go for a long, relaxing coastal walks. In the evening you can dance to our resident band, enjoy the cabaret or just sit and have a quiet drink at one of the two bars.””

Other services seem to include hot water in all chalets, a luxurious television lounge, hairdressing salon and no regimentation despite it actually being located on a road called Military Road. Actor Roy Barraclough (d.2017) worked at the holiday camp as an entertainer whilst working in the area as a draughtsman.

It was subject to a Channel 4 reality television game show series about a group of modern holiday-makers who stay in a mock 1960s-style holiday camp. The series finds out whether they enjoy the experience, the ability of living without modern technology, sparser living conditions and 1960’s activities, before finally its closure in 2007.

In 2008, plans were put for what was classed as a unique opportunity to purchase a completely refurbished chalet on a purpose built holiday complex, facilities would include on site tennis courts, a large swimming pool, paragliding when appropriate and close by are wonderful cycle tracks, bridleways, coastal walks and riding etc. There will also be a games/snooker room and cafe on site for all year use. The site will will be completely refurbished to produce either studio, one or two bedroom chalets. The chalets are artificial island stone built and will be refurbished to include new roof, ensuite bathrooms, fitted kitchen, and electric heating.

“The first units should be completed by the end of November 2008 and each unit will have its own allocated parking space, outside decked terrace and garden area. This is an ideal opportunity to purchase a truly unique holiday retreat set in beautiful surroundings at an affordable price.”

In 2014, New plans again appear for demolition of the clubhouse, chalets, swimming pool, managers dwelling, maintenance and other ancillary buildings, redevelopment comprising 63 units of one or two bedroom chalets for holiday accommodation including new clubhouse, indoor games room, café, swimming pool and service buildings in a new £10million holiday park project, Jake Slack, of Nottingham-based Richmond White Estates, which runs holiday, lodge and residential parks across the country, said they hoped to transform Atherfield into one of their flagship parks.