Summer Holidays

Date: 03/07/2015 11:01

Warm weather and mostly blue skies mean it’s that time of year again, the summer holiday season! 

Long seen as a popular destination for the rest of the British Isles, Northern Ireland has some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe as well as an abundance of beautiful rugged coastline. As families head off to all sorts of far flung destinations, we look back at what summer holidays used to mean to the people of Northern Ireland. In the harsh world of post-war Belfast, with rationing stretching into the 1950s, the Boy's and Girl’s Brigade offered working class children the chance to attend summer camps. Other families escaped into the countryside for a break from everyday city life. In the 1932 film West Belfast Children’s' Annual Outing, we see the young people of West Belfast enjoy a hugely popular outing to Portrush and Newcastle. In Irish Travelogue (1935), actor and writer Richard Hayward makes a journey around some of Northern Ireland’s most scenic locations.

If you remember visiting these places or have yet to discover what they have to offer, now is the perfect time to find out, just be sure to take some footage for the next generation to enjoy. 


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