Pontins – Little Canada

When I was young I went with my parents every year to stay at a Pontins Holiday Camp for a week or two.  Pontins (for those who don’t know) are family holiday camps where you stay in chalet type accommodation, either self-catering or full-board.  There is a ton of entertainment provided by ‘Bluecoats’, and all entertainment is provided ‘all – included’ in the cost.  Swimming, golf, tennis, bicycles, table tennis, evening shows, a childrens club etc is all on site, and in the 1960s and 1970s when we didn’t have a car it was the perfect holiday as you could happily spend the whole week in the camp.

Our first holiday was in 1966, we went to Little Canada, on The Isle of Wight.  Not a million miles from our home in Brighton, but it seemed as if we were travelling a very long way to me.  Here is a postcard of the entrance to the camp, there is a totem pole at the front:

little canada 2We stayed in just one room, pictured below.  The chalets were wooden, to give the feel of a Canadian wooden lodge.  So we had no bathroom, toilet or kitchen, which meant going out to the nearest wooden built outside toilet block.  Drinks and meals were taken in a large canteen type room.

little canada 3I bought a cowboy hat to fit in with the theme, which was sort of cowboys and indians.  The photo below was taken just outside our log cabin.little canada 1I was a very shy child, so not too keen on joining in the childrens club activities with all the others, I hung out with my parents all the time.  We played golf, and tennis.  There was a table tennis room, and I spent a lot of time sitting watching my parents playing in there.  Pontins Little Canada 1966

little canada 7today1The photograph above is a scan of my autograph book, I got it signed by the Bluecoats and band members, and the first one in the book is on the yellow page, and was the gentleman sharing our dinner table at every meal.  It says ‘Be a good friend and you will always have good friends’ which is a lovely note.

All in all I remember it as a very happy and exciting time, and it set the tone for our future family holidays.

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3 Responses to Pontins – Little Canada

  1. paulaacton says:

    Where abouts on the island is this I always stayed at my grandparents house at Binstead just outside Ryde

    • Hi Paula, thanks for asking! I had no idea where it was, and I’ve found some interesting websites about it. It’s in Wootton, I think it’s in the middle of the island, not far from Ryde. I intend coming back here and letting you know about the history of Little Canada!

      • Mike Hudson says:

        Not in the middle – it’s East of Cowes and North of Wootton Bridge on the west bank of Wootton Creek on the North East coast of the island. My family stayed in a log cabin there for a summer week or so sometime between 1953 and 1955. Got a few photos of us all dressed in cowboy outfits outside our cabin. Was brilliant then – much smaller than today. Fond memories! 🙂

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