Howstrake Holiday Camp became the first holiday camp in Britain in 1897. It was established by Joseph Cunningham who used to bring groups of underprivileged lads from Liverpool to the island on holiday. During 1903 a storm badly damaged the camp pushing Cunningham to move his camp to the Little Switzerland site.

During World War 2 the camp was used by the Royal Navy for the training of bandboys.

Unfortunately most of the camp was destroyed by fire in the summer of 1980, though some buildings still remain.