|Private Limited Company|
|Industry||Holiday / Leisure|
St Helier, Jersey, CI (registered office)|
Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside (trading office)
Number of locations
|6 holiday parks in UK|
|Products||Family holiday parks|
Number of employees
Pontins specialises in offering half-board and self-catering holidays featuring regular[clarification needed] entertainment at resorts, or "holiday parks", as they have branded them. Accommodation is usually in the form of chalets (which Pontins calls "apartments").
In 1978, the company was sold to Coral for £56 million. In 1980, Coral (including Pontins) was taken over by Bass Brewing, who sold Pontins in 1987 to a management buyout team led by Trevor Hemmings. It was sold again in 1989, to Scottish & Newcastle.
Over the next ten years the company closed or sold off a number of sites. In a three-year programme in the mid-1990s, the remaining camps were modernised. By 2000, the company was operating only eight camps, and was sold back to Hemmings. In 2008, the company was sold to Ocean Parcs for £46 million. Wall Park holiday centre was not included in the sale. In January 2009, Pontins announced the closure of its Hemsby holiday centre. Pontins Blackpool in Squires Gate closed in October 2009 and was subsequently demolished after being acquired by property developer Persimmon. Leaving only five parks still operating under the Pontins brand.
Pontins headquarters were relocated to the Southport Holiday Park, at Ainsdale-on-Sea, close to the village of Ainsdale. From the original Hemmings buy-out until then, the headquarters were at Sagar House in the village of Eccleston, Lancashire.
In September 2009, Pontins announced a five-year multi-million investment plan for the remaining five parks. Refurbishment work completed in 2010 included a new half-board restaurant and ice skating rink at the Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park, and a new roller skating rink at the Brean Sands Holiday Park. Including proposals of re-building the Camber Sands and Southport Holiday Parks and doubling the capacity of the Pakefield Holiday Park.
In 2010, Pontins went to administration and in early 2011, the company was bought out of receivership by Alex Langsam (the owner of Britannia Hotels).
In 2014, the former Pontins resort at Sand Bay was purchased by the group and it became the sixth resort to be operated under the new Pontins brand.
Pontins' camps, particularly Camber Sands and Brean Sands, have come under mounting criticism by guests and the media for alleged unsanitary, dangerous facilities and incompetent staff. The company has also been criticised heavily for its reluctance to address the issues in any meaningful way.
This is a list of some former Pontins resorts in both Ireland and the United Kingdom that have either closed or been sold off: