Entertainment and Hobbies in the 1950s

A Day at the Seaside

During the 1950s, a day trip to the seaside was a common pastime for British families. At the time overseas holidays were very expensive, and so most people would go on holiday within Britain. 

The introduction of the railways during the nineteenth century had opened up travel across the country to working people, and seaside holidays first became popular with the Victorians.


This film clip from the Yorkshire Film Archive shows a family from Yorkshire visiting the National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO) holiday camp in the seaside town of Cayton near Scarborough. 

The film shows some of the activities that children and their families would have taken part in at the camp, including egg and spoon races, a rounders match on the beach and a children's sand castle competition.


Activity example:

Pupils from St Bart's School in Leeds were asked to watch the film of the holiday camp, then use the information they had picked up to write a short story about a day at the seaside in the 1950s. They were asked to think about:


  • Who would be there with you?
  • Where are you?
  • What is the weather like?
  • What games did you play?
  • Why have you gone to the seaside?

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