Fire Engine Memorabilia
Martin’s Bar & Restaurant is home to one of England’s largest and most important private collections of fire engine memorabilia. The collection has been built up over three decades by Martin Cox, a member of the family who has owned Highlands End Holiday Park for nearly 50 years.
Martin himself previously served for many years as a Retained Leading Firefighter with the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. Exhibits on view range from historic firefighter helmets and other curios to a magnificently restored 1936 Leyland fire engine and a 1902 Merryweather horse-drawn steam engine.
Martin’s Bar & Restaurant was extensively refurbished and extended in 2017 and this provided the opportunity to provide an even more eye-catching setting for the exhibits, which celebrate firefighters and their life-saving achievements through the ages.
A wall of photographs next to the bar depicts local firefighting history and is a talking point for locals and visitors. The collection draws enthusiasts from across the UK to see the exhibits, with a recent addition being a Land Rover Fire Engine which promotes the venue and the history of the fire service at local events like West Bay Day. To continue the fire engine theme, in 2018 Martin’s Bar & Restaurant opened the ‘Little Fire Station‘ indoor soft play for children aged 6 and under and in 2020, improvements were made to the outdoor adventure play area on the park, which includes a large fire engine play apparatus.