Following on from the opening success of his first camp at Brean Sands, it wasn't long before Fred Pontin started
thinking about expansion. He had already decided that it was a more financially viable option to purchase small sites, compared
to Sir Billy Butlin, who built large, and so returned to Leslie Dean to negotiate a price for his other camp at Osmington
Bay. Osmington had recently been re-decorated and re-furbished, and as a result, the starting price for the camp was £50,000.
However, after negotiations, Fred Pontin eventually purchased the site for £46,000. He was now running two holiday camps in
his first season.
The site remained a popular choice for Pontins visitors for 46 years, but speculation for the future of the site grew
in 1993, when the camp did not open for the season. It did, however re-open for 1994, but this would be the last season the
camp would run as Pontins. By this time the Camp was covering 44 acres and consisted of 500 Chalets. The site remained closed
for 5 years, as the local councils tried to decide what to do with it. Eventually, the site was sold in 1999 and was converted
into a childrens activity centre, known today as a PGL activity course and holiday provider. Further information on PGL can
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