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Pontins Dolphin Holiday Camp, Brixham 1940s

Pontins Dolphin Holiday Camp, Brixham 1940s

Old Color Images

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The Holiday Camp Archive at Old Color Images

  • Image has been digitally cleaned & restored
  • Available as a paper print, foam board print or canvas print
  • FREE worldwide delivery 

Paper Print/Poster. Printed on thick (80lb/200 gsm) premium matte paper. 12" x 8" prints (A4) will be sent flat but all other sizes will be sent rolled in a tube.

Foam Board. Our 5mm thick white foam board prints are strong, rigid and amazingly lightweight. You can even use them outdoors! They can be hung as-is and we'll supply a hanging kit - or you can just use Blu-Tack or doubled sided tape. Easy to mount inside a frame if desired. Frame not included. Shipped flat in sturdy packaging.

Canvas Print. Our fade-resistant textured canvas prints are stretched and wrapped around a 3/4" (19mm) thick wood frame. The edges have a mirrored image of the print. We'll supply a hanging kit which may come already attached depending on fulfillment country. Canvas is tougher than paper so no need to frame it or put behind glass. Ready to hang. Shipped flat in sturdy packaging.

Brief history of Dolphin


In 1961/2 Fred Pontin went on a buying spree and acquired five existing holiday centres in Brixham. Dolphin was one of those camps and had first opened in 1938. It had been used by Canadian servicemen during the war and was soon given a partial Pontins makeover with some new single-storey apartment blocks built to the north. A large number of original wooden chalets were retained and were offered at a discounted rate. They were still in use during the 1980s.

The camp could accommodate around 750 people and was a full board facility which meant that all meals were included and were taken in the huge communal dining room. Chalets were not equipped with any kitchen or lounge facilities. And the old wooden chalets didn't have bathrooms.

In February 1991 a major fire destroyed the main entertainment building and the site never reopened. The camp lay abandoned and derelict for the next 14 years and became a favourite haunt for urban explorers. It was sold in 2005 for redevelopment and a new housing complex known as Sharkham Village now occupies the site. A wooden carving of a dolphin stands at the entrance in memory of the old camp. Roads now occupying the site include St Mary's Hill and St Mary's Drive in Brixham.

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