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 It’s been 80 years since Sir Billy Butlin opened his first resort in Skegness so this year we have plenty to celebrate. Find out all about our long and rich heritage and how we are celebrating our 80 years of history with the launch of the Butlin’s Archive.

2016 sees the launch of our Butlin’s archive. We are working alongside the History of Advertising Trust, the largest archive of British advertising in the world, to rescue, collect and preserve our heritage, sharing the stories we discover as we go.








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.

1980, a very sad start to the year for Butlin’s as Billy passes away. His funeral precession is lined with Redcoats. In 1986 new Water Worlds are built at the remaining resorts. Then in 1989 our Redcoats receive a new uniform designed by Zandra Rhodes.



If you have any Butlin stories we would love to hear about them