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With a combination of Peter Pan islands, a House in the Clouds, a safe shallow lake and sandy beach, Thorpeness has been the idyllic holiday resort for more than a century.

Promotional 1930 7 mins Silent

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Seeing such idyllic, charming almost chocolate box scenes it is hard to believe that Thorpeness needed to promote itself at all in this wonderful 1930s film. For children and adults alike, the allure of the state of the art facilities, mock Tudor framed houses and magical fantasy playground must have been been quite a draw.

By the time this film was made, Thorpeness was already well established as a popular seaside resort for the well to do and their families and friends, who returned year on year to sample a flavour of utopia in this unique fantasy world on the Suffolk coast. The brainchild of Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, Thorpeness was opened in 1914 and seen as as a slice of "Merrie England" with a nod to the Garden City philosophy.