Early 20th Century (1900-1950)




The Bank Holiday act of 1871 gave people 6 days off a year to go on holiday, however very few companies had a paid holidays. Seaside resorts were popular, and groups would order charabancs to travel there and back. Some groups involved families, church groups and work friends. Another way to travel would be by train, and seaside resorts included Blackpool and Southend. At the seaside, activities included sandcastles, walks along the promenade, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides and playing on the amusements, often located on the pier. People could stay in boarding houses, but often cooked for themselves or ate at a local pub. 


1920s and 1930s

By 1929, 3 million people had à least one week holiday per year and by 1937, half a million people went to Blackpool. In 1938, the Paid Holiday Act, which entitled everyone to 2 weeks holiday with pay…


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