Big band, fancy dress and traditional entertainment feature in Mundesley Holiday Village’s 80th birthday weekend

Mundesley Holiday Village staff member prepare to celebrate the parks 80th anniversary. Back left to

Mundesley Holiday Village staff member prepare to celebrate the parks 80th anniversary. Back left to right, Bobby Gillians, Jordan Hughes, Wendy Jane, Nick Bond, Emily Parden and front, Louise Storey.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A holiday park with a history spanning eight decades will celebrate its anniversary at the weekend, with music, dancing and fancy dress.

Mundesley Holiday Village staff member prepare to celebrate the parks 80th anniversary. A brochure f

Mundesley Holiday Village staff member prepare to celebrate the parks 80th anniversary. A brochure from 1960.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Mundesley Holiday Park was built in the shape of a windmill in 1934 by an airline pilot, along with sister sites in Kent and the Isle of Wight.

Of the original three, Mundesley is the only park remaining, now owned by holiday-company Richardson's. It prides itself on traditional entertainment, with resident performers keeping guests busy throughout the week with music, competitions and singing.

And to celebrate its big birthday, a weekend of fun has been organised, with guests and staff dressing in outfits from throughout the last 80 years.

Entertainment manager Wendy McLauchlin has been at the park for 18 years. She said: 'It is one of the oldest camps in the country so we thought it was important to mark the occasion.

Mundesley Holiday Village staff member prepare to celebrate the parks 80th anniversary. A brochure f

Mundesley Holiday Village staff member prepare to celebrate the parks 80th anniversary. A brochure from 1960.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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'We are very much an old-fashioned, friendly holiday village. People like that.'

On Saturday there will be entertainment from the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band and a garden party will take place on Sunday.

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Familiar faces and regulars have been invited to the weekend.

The fully-catered park was popular in the 20th century with Londoners, who took advantage of the bus running directly from Victoria Station to the north Norfolk village through to the 1970s.

Richardson's took on the park about 20 years ago.

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