In the days before package holidays, most Brits would round up the family and head off to Pontins or Butlins. This unique series recreates the halcyon days of the great British holiday camp.
Fourteen-year-old Levi is outraged that he has to go to bed before 10pm and sing Twinkle Twinkle Little star with his fellow youngsters before heading off to his chalet. And nobody seems happy with their new 1960s wardrobe. Most disillusioned by far, however, seem to be the young, single 18-year-old lads who tend to spend their holidays living it up on the island of Kavos. Unused to a holiday with families, old people, restrictions, curfews and "the voices of authority" telling them how much they can and cannot drink, the lads end up in serious trouble with the Major and the pink coats before day three has even dawned. But it certainly is fun for all and all for fun, as far as 87-year-old Janet Boggis is concerned. Not willing to be outdone by the younger members of her team during the camp's Olympics, Janet dons the required frogs flippers and additional attire to waddle her team to victory and win herself a cup in the process.
In the second episode the campers are finding that while it may be basic, the camp offers some experiences you wouldn't get on your average modern package tour. The young campers, who usually go on holiday to avoid the older generations, get their kicks from helping the grandmothers of the camp prepare for the annual Glamorous Granny Competition. But while most campers are loving having their days filled with fun-packed activities, there are those who are refusing to fit in. Camp manager Major Rees is forced to lay down the law.
After a week at the Sunshine Camp some of the campers are discovering something unexpected: the activities may be naff but if you're prepared to join it's actually a lot of fun. In this episode, the pressure is on with the women experiencing a dose of 1960s sexism with an ironing competition and having to make their own bikinis, whilst the men cheer them on. The jet setting Thompson family want out, except teenager Sophie who has fallen in love with teen rebel Joe, while the honeymooners go their separate ways with hubby James cracking under the relentless pressure of the Wakey Wakey tannoy. Meanwhile, the campers get saucy, stripping off for an illicit midnight dip in the pool.
In the final show of the series the modern holiday makers are starting to see the benefits of holidaying in a 1960s camp. With four children of varying ages, the Alliston family have discovered that a fun-packed menu of simple activities has really brought the family together. Only teenage son Joe threatens to spoil the peace with his consistent boozing, and camp manager Major Rees is forced to ask dad Michael to put his parental foot down. The climax of the holiday is the beauty queen contest, but these 21st-century girls just aren't happy about the idea of parading on stage in just a swimming costume and a pair of high heels. Finally, there are emotional scenes as the holiday comes to an end and campers say their goodbyes. But what have they learned from their trip back in time to the 1960s British holiday camp?