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Skegness Over the Years Back

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Building or attraction name Original features Changes over the years Changes during the Funcoast World rebuild Changes during the 1998/99 rebuild Changes since 1999
(built 1930s)
Formerly named Connaught
Dining halls, Playhouse Theatre, table tennis & ironing rooms Grosvenor Restaurant & launderette added Continued to be used as dining halls Dining rooms were relocated to the ground floor of the Queens Building, whilst admin offices were relocated to the Lincoln Building from the main reception Used for offices & storage
(built 1930s)
Windsor & York dining halls no major changes Demolished n/a n/a
(built 1930s)
Coffee lounge, shops, laundrette, post office & amusement arcade no major changes Transformed into Cocunut Willies Bar and then into Moonshiners Family Bar Rebuilt into Tom Cobleigh pub and then into the Sun & Moon pub Sun & Moon refurbished in early 2008
(built 1930s)Formerly named York
Tudor Lounge bar, reception, mail office and bingo Destroyed by fire 1974. Land became sports field until 1984 when new outdoor funpool built Outdoor fun pool still there Outdoor fun pool still there Indoor fun pool enlarged in 2013 to partially cover part of the site, whilst the remaining area was converted to a Splash Zone, incorporating outdoor fountains
(original built 1930s - replaced with new building 1960s)
Old time dancing, photographic studio, Princes cafe & ballroom Original building demolished 1963/64 and replaced by new 2-storey structure housing the Beachcomber bar, Princes bar and ballroom. This burnt down in 1974 and the land became a sports field New indoor funpool built on the site in 1987 Indoor fun pool still there Indoor fun pool refurbished and enlarged in 2013
(built 1930s)
Formerly named Gloucester
Gloucester dining hall and shops. Later also housed the Kent dining halls Name changed to Regency Building with ballroom, coffee lounge, bar, amusement arcade & cigarette/sweet shop Transformed into Bourbon Street Bar with food court & coffee shop Transformed into Hotshots Entertainment Centre with Jokers shop, bowling and amusement arcade. Now joined to Skyline Pavilion no major changes
(built 1930s)
Ballroom, Empress bar and cafe, amusement arcade and shops No major changes Transformed into Showboat Club and amusement arcade Transformed into Centre Stage Theatre. Now joined to Skyline Pavilion New viewing balcony added in 2010, known as the "Sky Bar" and subject to an additional charge for those wishing to use it
(original built 1930s  - replaced with new building 1960s)
Formerly named Kent
Kent dining hall, Pig & Whistle bar and ballroom Original building demolished early '60s and replaced by new 2-storey structure housing Queens Club Bar, quiet lounge, Golden Grill restaurant & card room. Latter additions included the Bier Keller bar and a supermarket Transformed into Woodys Family Bar, family ballroom, Harvesters dining room and supermarket Transformed into Reds Theatre (upstairs) and Coral Beach half-board restaurant (downstairs) Interior of Reds given major refurbishment in 2007
Approximately one third of Coral Beach converted in 2009 to a new premium dining restaurant, known as "Coast". More recently the remainder of Coral Beach has been refurbished & split into two dining areas.
Gaiety Theatre
(built c1939)
Formerly named Butlin Theatre
Large theatre. Previously used at the 1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition No major changes No major changes Demolished. Land now used for go-karts, crazy golf and Fox Kids outdoor play area Crazy golf moved and replaced with new course in 2007, area occupied by old course now used by Little Stars Fairground, which was relocated here to make room for Firehouse Restaurant
North Swimming Pool
(built 1930s)
Outdoor heated pool situated outside the Tower building No major changes but pool was less used after the opening of the new outdoor fun pool in the mid '80s Left standing but unused. One end converted for use with remote control boats Filled in using rubble from demolished buildings. Land now used for car parking Land still used for car parking
South Swimming Pool
(built 1940s?)
Outdoor heated pool situated between the Ingoldmells & Queens buildings Filled in during the 1970s and land became a crazy golf course. Fountains remained & became flower gardens Crazy Golf removed. Land not reused Land used as turning area for vehicles Land still turning area for vehicles
Boating Lake
(built 1930s)
Large outdoor boating lake by the beach No major changes No major changes Mostly filled in and land used for car parking. Small part remains as duck pond Still car parking & duck pond
Kids Playground
(built 1930s)
Playground situated at the front of the camp No major changes Closed. Land used for car parking Still car parking Still car parking
Yellow Camp
(built 1930s)
Chalets Various modernisation programs over the years Chalets demolished. Land used for caravan village known as Sandhills Caravans removed and brand new Starfish Quay apartments built on site Apartments to be refurbished into Fairground Apartments in 2017
Blue Camp
(built 1930s)
Chalets Various modernisation programs over the years. Big area of chalets next to Green Camp demolished and replaced with brand new Ingoldmells Village apartments. Rest refurbished and retained as Boston Village Ingoldmells Village converted to Lagoon Bay.
Boston Village converted to Pacific Wharf
Old two storey chalets demolished in 2004 leaving an empty field behind the Skyline Pavillion and an empty space between the Skyline Pavillion & single storey Pacific Wharf chalets. New crazy golf course constructed between Skyline Pavillion & remaining Pacific Wharf chalets in 2007. New Hire Shop also added in 2008 and various sports activities added in 2010 including a high-ropes course, multi sports court, volley ball court and archery range. Lagoon Bay apartments refurbished into Seaside Apartments in 2016.
Green Camp
(built 1930s)
Chalets Various modernisation programs over the years. All chalets north of Infants centre demolished and replaced with brand new Raithby Village. Remainder refurbished & converted into Gunby Village Raithby Village converted into Ocean Point apartments
Older chalets used for staff accomodation
No major changes
Red Camp
(built late 1960s)
Self-catering flatlets built on other side of main road and connected with main camp by subway tunnel No major changes Renamed Roman Village. Caravans also added. All flatlets demolished and replaced with more static caravans No major changes
(built late 1940s)
Formerly the Ingoldmells Hotel
Hotel Hotel closed. Building later transformed into main Reception, Tudor Lounge bar, kids play area, first aid, coffee bar, cocktail lounge & post office Merrie England bar added.
Part of building demolished and replaced by "Beach Club" swimming pool
Transformed into Jumpin' Jacks Bar, Swinging Shillelagh bar and restaurant, Fox Kids indoor play area, shops & amusement arcade Beach Club converted to adult only Spa in 2004.
Swinging Shillelagh demolished in 2006
Indoor Heated Pool
(built early 1950s)
Indoor Heated Pool with underwater windows No major changes Closed for swimming and used for canoe and snorkel practise Demolished n/a
(built 1962)
Ran from the one end of the camp to the other. The longest in the Butlins empire No major changes No major changes during the Funcoast World rebuild. However did close two years later at the end of 1989 Old north chairlift station still standing. Used for storage (?) Old north chairlift station refurbished and used as Gold Check-in
Miniature Railway
(built 1962)
Ran around the edge of the sports field on the south side of the camp New larger 'Wild West' train arrived in 1974. Closed. Land later used for caravans and car parking n/a n/a
Steam Locos
(arrived '63 & '64)
Two full size ex-British Rail steam locos placed on display inside the miniature railway loop Both removed 1971 and preserved elsewhere n/a n/a n/a
(built 1965)
Formed a loop of around a mile with two stations No major changes No major changes. New trains replaced originals in 1993 No major changes Closed end of 2002 and scrapped
Edinburgh Bldg
(built ??)
Warwick & Edinburgh dining halls. Changed to include snooker room, billiards, table tennis, darts and bowls. Small ballroom also added at the front No major changes Now Green Baize snooker club & Stars childrens club.
Ballroom became Newsbreak
Newsbreak converted to "The Outlet Store" in 2006 although some Newsbreak items still sold in there
Shopping Centre
(built ??)
Shops, table tennis room and Playhouse Theatre Playhouse Theatre turned into Junior Showplace No major changes Cinema, Everydays supermarket, Harry Ramsdens restaurant & gift shop. Now joined to Skyline Pavilion Harry Ramsdens restaurant rebranded as Finnigans Fish & Chips
Back section of the building converted to house archery in 2010
(built ??)
Photo centre, shops and railway enquiries Amusement arcade added Became the amusement centre Was then used for half board check-in & guest services Converted to "The Front Room" bar in 2006
Infants Centre
(built ??)
No major changes No major changes No major changes No major changes Still there and still serving the same purpose
Empire Theatre
(built ??)
Theatre and film shows No major changes Demolished. Land now part of new Boston Village apartments n/a n/a
Children's Theatre
(built ??)
Children's Theatre with junior playroom & parents lounge Turned into Windsor Sports Centre with trampolines, badmington, keep fit studio and 5-a-side football No major changes Now Megazone Laser Arena and staff restaurant (upstairs) No major changes
Outdoor Fun Pool
(built c1984)
Outdoor fun pool built on the site of the old Reception building n/a No major changes Reduced in size to allow for expansion of "Splash" Removed in 2012 to allow for further expansion of Splash. Remainder of site used for Splash Zone, which included various fountains.
Indoor Fun Pool
(built 1987)
Indoor fun pool built on the site of the old Princes building n/a Built new, named "Funsplash" Various new slides & features added, renamed "Splash" Pool refurbished and enlarged in 2013

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