Margate Museum

Most Popular Holiday Making

1945-1970                                              

Up until 1871 working class people could not afford to have holidays. Thanks to Sir John Lubbock’s Bank Holiday Act, they became available but were without pay. Therefore many working-class people from London and large conurbations went to hop fields and apple orchards where they could have a family holiday and earn some money. Margate became a playground for the rich and famous as well as the middle classes with social aspirations. A day trip became affordable for the working classes. In early 1900’s paid holidays came in and the working classes came from London and it became London by the Sea during the summer months. So, it continued until 1914/15. The 1920’s and 1930’s saw it continue as a holiday destination. The holiday makers returned post war until the late 60’s when holidays abroad became within the reach of ordinary folk.