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Caister gets top 10 spot in A History of England in 100 Places

Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park has been handed a top 10 spot in Historic England’s Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places campaign.

Did you know?

  • It began in 1906 and is believed to be the country’s oldest holiday camp
  • Des O’Connor and Ronnie Corbett were some of the park’s celebrity guests between the 50s and 70s
  • In the 80s and 90s the park hosted annual Prince’s Trust events meaning Prince Charles visited yearly!

The beautiful Norfolk park, previously stylised as Caister Holiday Camp, was nominated by the public and included in the shortlist for the expert judge.

Bettany Hughes, a historian, author and TV presenter, then selected Caister in the top 10 for the Travel & Tourism category.

At its beginnings at the start of the 20th century, the park had just three tents compared to the plentiful accommodation and activities it offers today. Donkey rides and three legged races have been swapped for abseiling, climbing wall and zip wire for adrenaline seekers.

But while much is different, one thing has never changed, the stunning golden beach that runs alongside the park.

You can discover more about the Historic England campaign and why Caister was chosen by subscribing to their podcast on iTunes at http://apple.co/2faa7jU or search for ‘100 Places’ on your podcast player of choice.

Here’s a selection of amazing snaps of the park in the 1950s and 60s to bring the memories flowing back:

Have you ever visited Caister? Share your memories with us in the comment section below or by using #MyHavenDays on social media!

Comments
  • mariap

    I love Caister holiday park. We’ve been there for the last 2 years now – and it’s a great base for exploring everything around Norfolk as well as enjoying a camp that is just the right size to be able to enjoy all the amenities and entertainment with it being too busy. Such a lovely part of the country as well.