Former holiday camp ballroom demolished - Here's what's coming next

The former ballroom and entertainment hub of Mundesley Holiday Camp, now Mundesley Holiday Village, has now been demolished. 

The former ballroom and entertainment hub of Mundesley Holiday Camp, now Mundesley Holiday Village, has now been demolished. - Credit: Mundesley Holiday Village

It hosted everything from bingo to discos and line-dancing spectaculars over its decades by the Norfolk coast.

But now the last vestiges of the dance hall at the former Mundesley Holiday Camp on Paston Road have been demolished to make way for 18 new lodges for visitors.  

Timothy Hay, managing director at the site, which is now the Mundesley Holiday Village, said the works reflected changing tourism trends.

"It's a massive transformation from an old-fashioned holiday camp like Butlins or Pontins to something more Center Parcs style, which is more aspirational and affordable," Mr Hay said.

A computer-generated image of how the Mundesley Holiday Village will look after the installation of the 18 new lodges. 

A computer-generated image of how the Mundesley Holiday Village will look after the installation of the 18 new lodges. - Credit: Supplied by Mundesley Holiday Village

"The old model provided food and entertainment so there was no money going out into the local economy. But we don't provide those things, so people go out to local pubs, buy fish and chips and visit Cromer Pier. It's good for us and it's good for the local area."


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When the site was opened in 1933 it was only Britain's second purpose-built full catering holiday camp. But as the decades rolled on more people could afford to take independent holidays and the ballroom had not been used in years.

Mr Hay said north Norfolk was in the perfect position to benefit from an upswing in the domestic holiday market, and said its growth had been spurred on to new heights by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mundesley holiday camp pavilion pictured with some of its first holidaymakers practising their golf

Mundesley Holiday Camp pavilion pictured with some of its first holidaymakers practising their golf skills in 1934. - Credit: Archant

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He said: "A year ago, if you had asked what is the best place in the world to go on holiday you might have heard Paris, Venice or Tokyo. But a year later people are saying 'let's go to north Norfolk, let's go to the coast'.

"We've taken advantage of this massive swing that's changed our movements and really changed us forever."

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Mr Hay said he was mindful that many businesses in the hospitality industry - particularly pubs and hotels - were facing difficult times. "But once we can get the virus contained we think north Norfolk is in a great position moving forward," he said.

Denis McEvoy, operations director at the Mundesley Holiday Village, where work has started to demoli

Denis McEvoy, operations director at the Mundesley Holiday Village, pictured in November when work started to demolish the former ballroom, dining area and entertainment centre. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY

My Hay said the new lodges would all be in place by the 2022 holiday season. He said there would then be about 60 lodges, 50 bungalows and 10 residential barns on the site, replacing 204 chalets that were then when it was a holiday camp. 

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Mundesley Holiday Village staff member prepare to celebrate the parks 80th anniversary. A brochure from 1960.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A view inside one of the new lodges at Mundesley Holiday Village.

A view inside one of the new lodges at Mundesley Holiday Village. - Credit: Supplied by Mundesley Holiday Village

A view inside one of the new lodges at Mundesley Holiday Village.

A view inside one of the new lodges at Mundesley Holiday Village. - Credit: Supplied by Mundesley Holiday Village

A view of the former Mundesley Holiday Camp in 1966. 

A view of the former Mundesley Holiday Camp in 1966. - Credit: Archant Library

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Dancing in the Mundesley Holiday Camp ballroom in 2001. Some visitors chose to sit out the Cowgirl Twist. - Credit: Archant Library


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