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Tori G
I remember many a time going to Butlins, dont remember too much about the place its self yet my Granny used to work there and we'd sometimes stay with her even though she wasnt supposed to let us, never the less we did and did have fun as a weeyin.
hewmac
Hi vgourlay,

My pal's uncle had a farm near Butlins at Ayr and always boasted he could get free day-passes but he never came up with them.

I went a few times to the Saturday night dance at Butlins - there where usually a few buses down from Glasgow not only to the Holiday Camp dance but also to the Bobby Jones dance hall in Ayr.

Missed the last bus back home to Ardrossan one time and was glad of a lift on the USAF bus as far as the base at Prestwick .......... Missed Elvis by that much!
stuarty
my neice,s fellas family own a mobile hom there a went to butlins in clacton on sea and my da lost his teeth in the water and you could watch the swimmers in the watter through glass and everybody was laughing watching ma daddy trying to catch his teeth my mammy and Iwere institches a was only 7 so yhat was 41 years ago and it still comes back when a see the name B utlins thanks for the happy memiries laugh.gif
ElaineMcFarlane
I remember going to Butlins when i was 14 or 15 with the school, me and my friend Kerry spent most of the day at the Waltzers with Steven and Stephen who worked there. As we were only there for the day we spent it all at the shows, Great memories biggrin.gif
keelie gal
Butlins is a fab holiday camp i worked there for 4 years whilst studying and i had the time of my life a great company to work for the perks were fab and had many a free weekend up there wi ma chinas loved it wub.gif
karyn
keelie what butlins did ye work in? i worked in the wondersplash( the swimming pool) as a pool control and my brother was a life guard in the ayr butlins, ure talking many many moons ago worked and lived there for 4 months and was always in RABBIES bar in ayr, used to jump the butlins bus into ayr all the time n spend my well earnd pay ,whenever anyone got the sack they had to WALK THE HILL as it was called , the hill was murder to walk up n down as it was at the start of the camp and was very steep lol, one o the perks i had was being allowed to swim in the pool wen it was closed to the public, we only had dim lights on and it gave a great affect, u would see the punters waving at the window saying LET US IN THATS NOT FAIR !!!!!....., i was proposed to there aswell lol i was (i think) 17 and he was 21 (we wer only winching by the way) lol i said NO!!!! of course , oh dear memories right enough linda!!!!!!! laugh.gif my chalet was behind the chapel there and had a great view of the heads of ayr. xxxxxx
valros
I have just noticed this thread about Butlin's. I was there many times years ago and a few weeks ago we went down for three days.
It is no longer Butlin's of course it is Haven holidays and is now called Craig Tara.

Not a lot has changed to be honest, the chalets are much the same, there are many caravans there too.

The entertainment is not great, Butlin's had much more.

We were there half board, breakfast and evening meal, the food was pretty good but it was self service which meant standing in queue's!!
I remember being served at the table in Butlin's when I first went there.
I still enjoyed my three days though and it was lovely to feel the sea air

Valros smile.gif
sumac
When my kids were wee, we would go to Butlins in Ayr on a Day Pass. One day I met friends and their kids there, had a great day out and went up to the car park to get the car - and it had been stolen!
Two wee, tired tots and one very upset mammy had to phone relatives to come away down to Ayr and get us all home to Cumbernauld. We finally got home at 9 at night - not funny, as the security men couldn't let us back into the camp to wait or to get any food! The kids were starving and crying. Not happy memories at all of Butlins.

AND our car was finally found 3 weeks later, minus child seats, locks, tapes, radio, etc. in Rostonhill.
Nicola
can anyone remember the names of the chalets at butlins? ive got brechin, elgin, oban, pitlochary, montrose, jedburgh, gretna, nairn
penny dainty
Didnt like Butlins
Java
Can't help with the names, but there's a nice wee website full of memories...biggrin.gif

Butlins Ayr
lindamac
wink.gif had one day out pass to Butlins but didnt like the day at all,Neils holidays were often at Butlins & he loved it all even at nighttimes when parents went to the ballroom & the weans went to a kids club type thingy he had sevral good memorys,cheers Java Neil will enjoy that wee link thanks.
James26
The chalet names: -

Brigadoon Village
These are still here

Annan
Brechin
Craigie
Dumfries
Elgin
Fife
Gretna
Hawick

The rest are now demolished
Irvine
Jedburgh
Kelso
Largs
Montrose
Nairn
Oban
Pitlochry
Queensferry
Ross
Stirling
Teviot
Uig
Virkin
Wick
Yarrow

Waverly Village

(Chalets between Harlequins building and Church - in front of staff chalets)

Named after Clyde Islands, only remember Bute, as I stayed in a chalet there once. this is the only row left on this part of the site. these chalets were upgraded just before Butlins changed to Haven.

Burns Village

The new chalet blocks built in the late 80's. Next to the big car park.

Maben
Mossgiel
Lincluden
Friars Carse
Sanquhar
Foyers
Afton
Ellisland
Barskimming
Blairquhan
Deumlanrig
Cassillis
Brow

Fairways

Bungalow rows between Burns and Brigadoon villages

St. Andrew's
Turnberry
Muirfield
Belleisle

Caravan Parks

Arran View
Bayview
Beachgrove
Meek
Help me. Is there a new holiday camp on the old Butlin's site in Ayr? Was it not re-vamped & renamed West World or something?
Isobel
I remember a holiday many years ago in the Butlin 's in Ayr. A bunch of us went as young teenagers Loved the holiday but the camp was the pits .We were in accommodation like barracks , bunk beds as uncomfortable as hell. I honestly think it was army barracks. I guess it would be quite different now, but our experience was awful.
stratson
Butlins is now called CRAIG TARA. smile.gif
stuarty
this is now run by haven and most are caravans as this is where my brother wes put to rest at his best place he had great fun with his close knit family at a small grave at the top of electric brae and some at the bottom and the family still go a big group of them a was never invited as a didnt drink ,,,, a think they though a would have sulked and got me all wrong totally as a still love a laugh and a joke their loss no mine wub.gif but com see com sa
crazykid
I went to Butlins in Ayre when i was about 3/4 years old ( about 40 yrs ago) and i am trying to remember the name of the kids club i was a member of, i got a birthday card every year and i think i got a Christmas card as well, i also had a heart shaped badge with my name on it. I think the mascot was a bear, and i knew i was nearly at Butlins when i could see the big giant, oh the good old days when the summers were always warm and sunny and you hadn't a care in the world. maxine (crazykid)
mad mo
I REMEMBER A MONDAY TO FRIDAY DEAL WE WENT TO IN THE MID 80 S AS WE DIDNT REALLY HAVE A LOT OF MONEY WE DIDNT HAVE HOLIDAYS REALLY MY SELF, LATE HUSBAND AND TWO DAUGHTERS , HAD A REALLY GOOD TIME , ONE OF THE FEW HOLIDAYS WE HAD AS A FAMILY
Anne1
welcome to the boards Mo hope you enjoy them laugh.gif
les
i remember my papa had a caravan in arran view gd laugh , busbys the 'dancing lol' harliquins , stewartball room , castaways the piazza, showboat for the older ones lol member been barred from aw the amusments for tryn to get money out the machines , had a job in the parade lol a was 10 lol , buffulo buffs , member a couldnt be bothered walkin up to the caravan coz it was away up the hill so decided to go on the chair lifts and jump off at the top lol broke my ankle haha . the swimming , fair, beach , gd laugh lol
TeeHeeHee
Aw naw, TeeHee's no gonni tell us aboot ... rolleyes.gif
... Yes he is.
Butlin's in Ayr was where I watched my sister's team "Westthorn United" qualify to represent SCOTLAND's first ever Ladies International Football Team in a Billy Butlin/Hughie Green-Opportunity Knocks, joint-sponsored International match to be played against ENGLAND (Fodden Motors) in Bellvue Park, Manchester.

Sad to say the lassies got cuffed ... following year as well by the same team.
But they were great wink.gif
susantomlin
I USED TO LIVE ON BUTLINS CAMP AYR WHEN I WAS A CHILD WITH MY GRANDPARENTS WE LIVED IN THE HEADS OF AYR HOTEL FOR MANY YEARS WINTER AND SUMMER, I HAVE SOME VERY HAPPY MEMORIES, I ALSO ATTENDED THE LOCAL INFANT SCHOOL, AROUND 1963, MY GRANDAD WAS JACK AND MY GRANDMOTHER DORATHY. IS THERE ANYONE WHO WORKED AT BUTLINS WHO MAY REMEMBER US.
glasgow lass
Never been to a Butlins camp but my first time in a Club Med years ago made me wonder if Butlins was the same as C/M.
andy wilson
QUOTE (Isobel @ 30th Jun 2008, 08:37pm) *
I remember a holiday many years ago in the Butlin 's in Ayr. A bunch of us went as young teenagers Loved the holiday but the camp was the pits .We were in accommodation like barracks , bunk beds as uncomfortable as hell. I honestly think it was army barracks. I guess it would be quite different now, but our experience was awful.



Well the camp was actually built by Butlin for the Navy during the war as HMS Scotia a Navy training camp so you are pretty much on the ball there! laugh.gif
beth
It was called the Beaver Club. We used to go there in the 50's. It was a brilliant holiday for kids and families with kids. A holiday for mum. the redcoats used to patrol up and down watching the children when mums and dads went out. We also went to Skegness but remember my mum saying Ayr was best
southsider
Went to Butlins Ayr for a week in the summer of '61, with a couple of friends. Had a great time, but the thing I remember most was dancing to the fantastic house band every night, a new up and coming group called Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.
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