Title ID 7264Collection ID928
TitleSouth Coast Resorts: Maidstone & District Version
Date[ca. 1971]
CollectionMaidstone and District Motor Services
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyCorporateNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeSeaside Travel Transport
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Clothing Cross-Channel Steamers Cultural Events Dance Fairgrounds Ferries Harbours Holidays Hovercraft Leisure Time Activities Local History Motor Vehicles Outings Passenger Vehicles Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Recreational Facilities Transport Travel
LocalFishbourne Roman Palace Pegwell Bay Pevensey Hastings Arundel Broadstairs Portsmouth Dorchester Tolpuddle Canterbury Brighton Chichester Hickstead Sheffield Park Southsea Chilham Rye Winchelsea Southampton
RegionalWest Sussex Kent East Sussex Hampshire Dorset Brighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom France
ProductionSouthdown Film Unit
CameraJ. S. Carr; J. Barham
Commissioning bodyAssociated Companies; The Maidstone & District Motor Services Ltd.
NarratorJohn Witty
Other creditsBrighton Dolphinarium sequence by courtesy of Trafalgar House Group Publicity Department
FormatColour Sound
Duration32min. 26sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A promotional film made during the early 1970s to promote coach holidays to south coast resorts. Numerous resorts and sights of interest are featured, alongside a commentary which commends coach travel as the best way to experience the south coast of England.


The film opens with fast paced shots of seaside amusements. Titles: "The Maidstone and District Motor Services present", "South Coast", a quick succession of road signs follow, indicating south coast seaside resorts. A map is used alongside a commentary to explain the Roman invasion of southern England and how coastal resorts were populated. Shots of a Model of Fishbourne Palace and the remains of the palace itself whilst the narrator explains about its history and the remains. At Pegwell Bay there are shots of the Viking longboat, the narrator explains that this is where the Vikings landed. Next to feature is Pevensey Castle, where as the narrator explains, William of Normandy landed and built his castle. Shots of Hastings follow, with fishing boats on the beach and views above the town from the castle. Numerous shots of other Norman castles follow, including Arundel Castle, where visitors are seen wandering around and Morris Dancers perform outside the Lower Lodge. Along the coast at Broadstairs, women are seen dressed in Victorian costume for a fashion parade, forming part of the annual Dickens Festival. At Bleak House, people dressed as Dickensian characters are seen in the garden. Brief shot of the house in which Dickens was born in Portsmouth, followed by shots of HMS Victory and a monument to Thomas Masterman Hardy in Dorset. Thomas Hardy's house is featured briefly and other sights in Dorchester. Tolpuddle is briefly featured, before the film cuts to Canterbury. The Ducking Stool sign is seen on the river, as well as busy street scenes, Christ Church Gate, the cathedral and modern shopping centre. The narrator explains that the advantage of a south coast holiday is the opportunity to travel to the continent for a few days. Shots of an 'East Kent' coach arriving at the International Hoverport at Ramsgate. Passengers are seen walking onto the Ramsgate - Calais hovercraft at Pegwell Bay. The coach drives up a ramp onto the hovercraft. Passengers are seen on board the hovercraft; shots of the coach driving though French countryside before entering Paris, including numerous views of the city. The film cuts to shots of the seafront illuminations and fireworks at Brighton.

The narrator explains that the south coast in blessed with sea and sunshine, alongside shots of seaside resorts, including a brass band playing on a bandstand and people sitting watching, donkey rides and children playing on the beach. Aerial shots of the West Pier, Brighton with a speedboat passing nearby. Children play on a boating lake and watch a Punch and Judy show. Shots of the Chichester Festival Theatre and theatregoers arriving for a show. Other shots of Chichester, including the cathedral. The film cuts to the racecourse at Hickstead with scenes of showjumping. A steam train at Sheffield Park is seen leaving the station as well as the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. Shots from the train over the Kent countryside, followed by shots of a model village at Southsea. The narrator explains, alongside shots of Alfriston, that most coach tours organise an outing to Alfriston; shots of tourists walking along the High Street. Chilham, Rye and Winchelsea all feature next, alongside a commentary about their history. Shots of St Thomas's church with a coach party looking around. The film features a few more places in Dorset before returning to Sussex and Bentley Wildfowl where birds are seen on the lake and people are exploring the gardens. The Isle of Wight features next and various methods of crossing from the mainland are highlighted. The Queen Elizabeth 2 is seen at Southampton Harbour. Back in Brighton the Dolphinarium is featured, with interior shots of the pool and dolphins performing at the Brighton Aquarium. Nearby, there are shots of the Royal Pavilion, both exterior and interior with people looking around. The narrator explains the building's history and highlights various rooms. The narrator concludes the film, accompanied by shots of the south coast, coaches full of holidaymakers and an artist painting a landscape scene. [End credits].