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"Well, if this is paradise, give me 'ell".
Sid Boggle after spending the night in a rainy tent.

Carry On Camping is the seventeenth film from the Carry On series, that is arguably the best film of the entire franchise, and was the highest-grossing film at the box office in 1969. It stars series regulars Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Terry Scott, Barbara Windsor, Hattie Jacques, Bernard Bresslaw, Julian Holloway, Dilys Laye, Peter Butterworth, and Betty Marsden.

The movie hops between a Road Trip Plot and a Camping Episode depending on which set of characters are being focused on, as a group of people decide to spend their holidays at Paradise Camp Site, owned by Josh Fiddler (Butterworth), a greedy farmer who charges customers ludicrously.

Keen campers that arrive are Sid Boggle (James) and Bernie Lugg (Bresslaw), who are inspired to go camping after watching a movie at the cinema about a nudist campsite. They hope to liberate their prudish girlfriends, Joan Fussey (Sims) and Anthea Meeks (Laye), and hopefully have a chance to finally make love with them. The former goal doesn't go well, and the latter goal balances on a very thin line.

Another set of campers are married couple Peter and Harriet Potter (Scott and Marsden), who were completely divided over the idea of going camping. Harriet is keen to go on a camping trip and is so wrapped up in her own little world that she doesn't listen to her camping-hating husband, who tries to convince her to go on holiday overseas, and fails miserably.

Then there's the happy-go-lucky Charlie Muggins (Hawtrey) whose tent is blown away and is allowed to stay with the Potter couple, much to Peter's disgust, and manages to unintentionally cause him loads of grief.

Finally, there are Babs (Windsor) and the other schoolgirls from the posh Chayste Place boarding school, who hope to get lucky with boys whilst on holiday, but are watched like hawks under the beady eyes of their head teacher Dr. Kenneth Soaper (Williams), the school Matron, Miss Haggerd (Jacques) and coach driver Jim Tanner (Holloway) who are secretly dealing with their own problems, such as Miss Haggerd fawning over Dr. Soaper and hoping to go all the way with him.

Hilarity Ensues.

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  • 6 Is 9: Babs invoke Dr. Soaper and Miss Haggerd's UST by covering the "men" and "women" signs as Dr. Soaper is going for a nighttime shower. He walks into Miss Haggerd's shower and chastises her for being in the men's shower. When the two of them go outside to check, Babs had already gone to bed and the signs were back to normal.
  • Actor Allusion: At one point Bernie mutters "He only arsked". "I only arsked" was a Catchphrase used by Bernard Bresslaw on The Army Game.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Bernie calls Anthea "Anth".
  • Agony of the Feet: Sid accidentally puts his feet in the stew Joan is preparing. Bernie later gives him some ointment for his feet before they see the girls setting up their tents.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Sid and Bernie take Joan and Anthea to the Picture Playhouse.
    • Peter Potter.
  • All Men Are Perverts:
    • Sid and Bernie for definite, seeing as they had hoped to go to a nudist camp (although Bernie isn't as keen on the idea as Sid).
    • Peter isn't really, but there's a notable moment when he and Harriet first meet Mr. Muggins.
      Mr. Muggins: I don't mind. That is, if you and your husband don't wish to be alone.
      Harriet: What on Earth for? (Beat) Oh! I see what you mean. (Annoying Laugh) Oh, we gave all that sort of thing years ago, didn't we Peter?
      Peter: Yes you did, didn't you.
  • All There in the Script:
    • Dr. Soaper's first initial is shown to be "K" on a sign, although only promotional material gives it as Kenneth.
    • Babs, Fanny, Sally and Jane are the only Chayste Place schoolgirls to have their names mentioned in the film. The others' names (Pat, Joy, Hilda, Betty, Verna and Norma) aren't mentioned anywhere in the film.
    • The trailer reveals that Josh Fiddler's first name is actually "Joshua" and that Anthea's surname is "Meeks".
    • The back of the "The Classic Carry On Film Collection" DVD release reveals that Sid is short for "Sidney".
    • Also Inverted, despite Brian Oulton and Valerie Leon's characters being named Mr. Short and Miss Dobbin, official cast lists simply call them "Store Manager" and "Store Assistant".
  • All Women Are Prudes: Joan and Anthea seem to be frumpy and unwilling to have it off, although Sid and Bernie learn at the end of the film that this isn't quite true.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Sid and Bernie (who were both played by Jewish actors) are dating Joan and Anthea the former having a moaning mother (portrayed by a Jewish actress) and the two women constantly moan about their boyfriends' foolish antics throughout the movie, leading into loads of arguments.
  • Annoying Laugh: Harriet has a braying laugh that is just one of the many things about her that gets on Peter's nerves.
  • Answer Cut: Miss Haggerd and Dr. Soaper's conversation about their well-behaved students, which features cuts of Babs and another girl fighting with the rest of the class cheering them on, and then later meeting up with boys and heavily petting with them in the school garden.
  • Anxiety Dreams: Mrs. Fussey has them about men taking advantage of Joan and Anthea.
  • Apron Matron:
    • Mrs. Fussey is strict and domineering towards her daughter Joan, although her boyfriend Sid doesn't seem to be afraid of her.
    • Miss Haggerd. But then again, she's played by Hattie Jacques who was often Typecast into those sorts of roles.
  • Aside Glance: Mr. Muggins gives one to the camera after the girl with the cow says her dad can't impregnate it.
  • Ass Shove: The farmer threatens to shove his twelve-bore up Mr. Muggins' backside when he kicks him out.
  • Bad Habits: Sid dresses up as a monk so he can slip away from Joan at Standfast Abbey and see Babs in secret.
  • Bait-and-Switch: After setting up the first tent, it is still pouring with rain and Sid and Bernie don't want to set up the other tent. Joan and Anthea agree, but rather than inviting them into their tent, they make them sleep in the car.
  • Battleaxe Nurse: Miss Haggerd, who always gets on the wrong side of Babs and her friend Fanny.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Mr. Muggins is shocked when the girl with the cow makes a comment about her father being unable to impregnate it.
    Mr. Muggins: What's a nice girl like you doing with an old cow?
    Girl with Cow: I'm taking her to the bull.
    Mr. Muggins: "To the bu-"? Ohh! Couldn't your father do that?
    Girl with Cow: No, it has to be the bull.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Sid and Bernie give them to Joan and Anthea after they prove to be Not So Above It All.
  • Blatant Lies: Peter makes up several outrageous stories to try and get Harriet to listen to him, although she never listens.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: Chayste Place doesn't seem like a bad school, but you'll guarantee that the moment the teachers' backs are turned, something bad will happen.
  • Brake Angrily: Sid does this when Anthea is about to be sick (again) and Joan tells him to stop the car so she can be sick behind a hedge. This causes the roof rack holding the luggage to come off (again!).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mr. Muggins looks directly into the camera after the girl with the cow makes a comment about her father being unable to impregnate it.
  • Brick Joke: At one point Bernie brings an inflatable dinghy into the tent, although it is forgotten about until he accidentally inflates it trying to put out the light.
  • Bull Seeing Red: Peter is chased by what he thought was a cow because of his red dinner bib around his neck.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Peter, at the unintentional hands of his oblivious wife. Among other things he gets chased by a bull and Shot in the Ass.
    • Dr. Soaper to the schoolgirls he's in charge of, possibly because of hiring Miss Haggerd, and is always used in the whenever they prank Miss Haggerd.
  • Buxom Beauty Standard: Babs' breasts make her an object of desire to lots of the male characters:
    Babs: Good morning, Dr. Soaper. Are we all loaded?
    Jim: Not 'alf!
  • Camping Episode: The film revolves around several different people all enduring a Horrible Camping Trip.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: Mr. Muggins sets up camp on a field that practices army weapons which spells trouble when an explosion blows his tent away.
  • Cassandra Truth: After constant lies about being with beautiful women, Peter tells Harriet he was in the arms of a beautiful girl and she doesn't believe him, even though he had just had it off with Jane in her tent.
  • Catfight: We first see Babs in the middle of a fight with a hefty girl.
  • Chaos While They're Not Looking: The Chayste Place schoolgirls' first appearance in the film is fighting and secretly dating boys. When Miss Haggerd walks into the room, they're back to practicing what they've learnt from their etiquette lessons.
  • The Charmer: Sid charms the schoolgirls after he helps them with their tent at the campsite and an offer for a friendly night-in complete with wine.
  • Class Trip: The campsite trip was for the Chayste Place schoolgirls.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Harriet lives in her own little world and never seems to hear Peter's complaints about anything.
    • Mr. Muggins is a dim little man, the usual sort of character played by Charles Hawtrey.
  • Covered in Gunge: Mr. Muggins pushes Peter too far and ends up with pea soup all over him.
    Mr. Muggins: I wonder if he's offended about something.
  • Cover Up Purchase: Bernie is too shy to ask for sexual magazines over the counter in the newsagents, especially when there's an attractive woman serving for the day, so he asks for toothpaste out of embarrassment. Sid realises that's why his cupboard's full of toothpaste.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Peter doesn't want Mr. Muggins to sleep next to his wife Harriet, so he forces him to switch cots.
  • Cue the Rain: A downpour starts the second Mr. Fiddler predicts a light drop or two.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Peter uses this towards his wife constantly because she rarely listens to him.
      Harriet: They always seem to fancy you. What you really need is a repellent!
      Peter: Thanks. I married one.
    • Sid, when he's around Mrs. Fussey. He realises how overprotective she is and hopes that she won't influence Joan into being more prudish to sex than she already is.
      Mrs. Fussey: They might think your intentions are honorable, but personally, I've got sore misgivin's.
      Sid: You oughta put some talcum powder on 'em!
    • Joan starts to become this too when she notices Sid and Bernie becoming obsessed with Babs and the other schoolgirls.
  • Deer in the Headlights: After an Oh, Crap! when he and Harriet realise a bull is charging at them when they first try setting up camp, Harriet gets the hell out of the field to open the gate, whereas Peter freezes in terror. He finally does run for it and jumps over a hedge to escape.
  • Dirty Old Man: Once you forget the fact that Sid James was well into his fifties when he was playing the obviously much younger Sid Boggle, but as a young man possibly in his early-thirties in the film, he should still know better to not go after the teenage Babs and her friend.
  • The Ditz: Mr. Muggins is a strange, silly little man, which is par for the course for characters played by Charles Hawtrey.
  • Double Entendre: When Miss Dobbin helps Mr. Muggins look for a tent:
    Mr. Muggins: Splendid girl, and so helpful. Do you know she's been showing me how to stick the pole up.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: What Peter does in response of being controlled by both his wife Harriet and unwelcomed guest Mr. Muggins.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Hungarian dub:
    • Mr. Muggins becomes "Mr. Sucker".
    • Mr. Fiddler becomes "Mr. Cheater".
  • Either/Or Title: Carry On Camping or Let Sleeping Bags Lie.
  • Epic Fail: It takes Sid and Bernie hours to set up their tent and once they finish, Bernie trips on one of the ropes and makes the whole thing fall apart.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: Anthea lets a ram loose to chase away Mrs. Fussey.
    Anthea: Oh dear, the ram's loose.
  • Establishing Character Moment: A few of them, actually, generally with opening lines.
    • Sid Boggle's fixated looking at the screen and then his first line of "Cor!" while watching Nudist Paradise at the beginning soldifies his status as a Dirty Old Man.
    • Joan Fussey's first line after Sid's own ESM above is, "That's quite enough of that, thank you" in a disapproving tone, showing her prudish nature, and Anthea Meeks' first line moments later is, "I feel sick" showing how she is a prude too but has a weaker demeanor than Joan.
    • Bernie Lugg's opening line showcases his general tendency to miss the point: "What's the matter, Anth? Don't you like tennis?".
    • Peter Potter has a good one, where he arrives home with a few magazines of foreign destinations, and then says, "Oh, no" when he sees his wife Harriet checking on the camping gear in the living room. Straight away we know he hates camping, but she doesn't.
  • Eye Scream: Joan sprays toothpaste into Dr. Soaper's eye when she mistakes him for Sid peeping on the girls in the shower. He later lies that he got a fly in it to cover up his injury.
  • Fainting: Peter passes out after his ordeal with the bull.
  • Fancy Camping: The tents that the Chayste Place schoolgirls are staying in with shelter flaps definitely look more expensive than the ones that other campers are staying in.
  • Fangirls: The Chayste Place schoolgirls get excited over The Flowerbuds (a hippie rock 'n' roll band that is playing opposite field) and rush to join the hippie crowd. They might not know who they are, but they've probably lived very sheltered school lives where music wouldn't be allowed to play - though they might well listen to pop music radio and watch Top of the Pops when at home for the school holidays.
  • Farmer's Daughter: A farmer tries to work out who knocked up his daughter. A poor choice of words from Peter ends up getting him Shot in the Ass.
  • Flat Character: Mr. Muggins. Outside of the typical stereotype for Charles Hawtrey's characters, all he mostly does after he loses his tent in a hunting accident is travel around with other characters which helps to tie up the loose ends of the story. For example, after the Potters leave him, he is seen again coming off the coach with Dr. Soaper's students, and then becomes attached to the Potters again, much to Peter's disgust. Then after he's eventually thrown out, he never returns to the story. However, he is seen among the girls at the end after The Flowerbuds leave and the girls leave with them.
  • Flirtatious Smack on the Ass: Harriet gives one to Peter. Unfortunately, she does so after removing the bullets from his backside and it causes him severe pain.
  • Food Slap: Peter dumps a pot of pea soup all over Mr. Muggins.
  • Forgot to Mind Their Head: Bernie stands up in the tent and his head pierces through the roof.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: In classic Carry On fashion:
    • Sid and Bernie trying to get Joan and Anthea to have sex with them and/or just simply see them naked.
    • Mr. Muggins trying to enjoy his holiday, losing his tent in the process, and then becoming a lodger.
    • The Potters going on a camping holiday again, even though the sexually frustrated Peter wants to go somewhere new but cannot get a word-in when his wife opens her mouth.
    • The Chayste Place schoolgirls going on a school trip with the hope of acting like "proper ladies" in public, all while the girls want to live like normal teenagers and while Dr. Soaper tries to escape the flirtatious behaviour from Miss Haggerd.
  • Gasshole: Radishes make Mr. Muggins so gassy that when his tent is blown up, he mistakenly thinks it was his fault.
    Mr. Muggins: I knew I shouldn't have eaten those radishes.
  • Get Out!:
    • The farmer outright says this to Mr. Muggins while pushing him out and threatening him with a shotgun.
    • Peter eventually has enough of Mr. Muggins and throws him out of the tent, then pours pea soup over his head.
  • The Ghost: Farmer Giles, the owner of the field where Paradise Camp Site is located.
  • Greed: Mr. Fiddler makes up various problems he can use to swindle more money out of the campers, such as charging them for clotheslines that take up virtually no room.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: When trying to convince Harriet not to go camping again, Peter makes up a story about a work colleague who had an unfortunate event during his time camping in Scotland. Just keep in mind that at the time, "faggot" was also used as the British English word for "haggis".
    Peter: No, no, no, I-I met this chap who just got back from camping in Scotland, and his wife was ravished by a wild haggis, and now they're expecting a little faggot!
  • Henpecked Husband: Peter to Harriet. He can barely get a word in during conversations.
  • Heroic BSoD: Peter takes to a bottle of whiskey after the stress of Harriet and Mr. Muggins gets to him. He soon gets out of it once he meets Jane and is invited back to her tent.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Dr. Soaper and Miss Haggerd steal the Potter's tandem so they can chase after The Flowerbuds and retrieve their students.
  • Hollywood Thin: Anthea seems to be a normal sized girl, although everyone else insists she's too thin.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: All the girls at Chayste Place, since they're there to become "proper ladies".
  • Horrible Camping Trip: Paradise Camp Site is an overpriced muddy field and no one seems to enjoy staying there:
    • Sid and Bernie are disappointed it wasn't a nudist camp full of attractive women.
    • Mr. Muggins has to stay with the Potters after losing his tent and gets pea soup dumped on him.
    • Peter is forced to endure his bossy wife Harriet and Mr. Muggins joining them.
  • Hypocrite: Bernie begins to get nervous about going to a nudist camp because he's embarrassed about being naked in front of everyone, apparently forgetting that it's his and Sid's intention to go to one only because they want to see their girlfriends naked, whether Joan and Anthea want to be or not.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Sid and Bernie are heard inside a tent saying things saucy things to the horror of Joan and Anthea, who then discover that the only thing that is being erected is a bed.
    Sid: Grab hold of this. No, both hands.
  • Ironic Name:
    • The school where the girls come from is called Chayste Place, although the schoolgirls are anything but.
    • Paradise Camp Site is only a muddy field with a few buildings.
  • Irony: Miss Haggerd is a school nurse and used to be a Matron in a hospital, but she doesn't know how reproduction works.
  • Jar Potty: Bernie keeps a tin can in the tent in case anyone doesn't want to go outside during the night.
  • Last-Name Basis: Dr. Soaper, although Word of God claims that his first name is Kenneth.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Sid just stops himself from making a comment about Miss Haggerd's breasts:
    Sid: She's got lovely big... blue eyes.
  • Lust Object: Babs. Once Sid lays his eyes on her attractive body, she becomes all he wants, despite the fact his girlfriend Joan is on the same camping trip as them. Sid's not the only one to want her though, as Jim also shows interest in her breasts.
  • Make-Out Kids: Babs and Fanny briefly make out with two lusty youths.
  • Marital Rape License: A drunken Peter forces Harriet to have sex with him. Shockingly, this is seen as a good thing, and Harriet becomes more open to listening to him after.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Joan Fussey. Her mother is incredibly overprotective and she herself is pretty fussy and prudish.
    • Charlie Muggins. Both first and last names are used to mean a stupid person.
    • Josh Fiddler. He spends most of his time scamming the campers out of money.
      Sid: I don't know if anyone ever told you, but your name sure suits you.
    • While unstated in the film, Anthea's surname is Meeks. She's easily the meekest character. Until she proves she's Not So Above It All.
  • My Beloved Smother: Mrs. Fussey, who triple-checks her daughter Joan and her friend Anthea long before they're set to leave the house, and stares daggers at her boyfriend Sid, even though Joan is thirty-three years old.
  • Mythology Gag: Miss Haggerd states that she was in love with a doctor at a hospital she used to work at that looked just like Dr. Soaper, referencing Carry On Doctor (released two years before) where Hattie Jacques played a different Matron and Kenneth Williams played Dr. Tinkle, the doctor she loved.
  • Naked Freak-Out: After her top flies off, Babs screams when Miss Haggerd drags her away by the arm and briefly reveals her breast.
  • Naked People Are Funny:
    • Sid and Bernie try to trick their girlfriends into going to a nudist campground. They screw up, however, and drive to the other campground with the same name.
    • Babs' top flies off during her morning exercise.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: How Mr. Muggins introduces himself to the Potters.
    Mr. Muggins: My name is Muggins, Charlie Muggins.
  • Nipple and Dimed: For most of the period 1975-2010, TV screenings shrugged and allowed the extracts from Nudist Paradise to be broadcast uncensored, on the grounds that this is about as sexually arousing as a cup of cold tea. But in December 2013, ITV abruptly censored out these extracts, leaving the early part of the film somewhat lopsided. You see the character reactions, but not what they are reacting to. When approached to explain, ITV explained that as a family network, they had obligations to a family audience. They did not explain why previously they had let the scenes stand, and felt no such obligation then... The scene where Babs' bikini top flies off and a nipple is briefly exposed was allowed to stand, though.
  • No Full Name Given:
    • We don't get to know Babs, Fanny, Sally or Jane's last names.
    • The same can be said for Mrs. Fussey, Mr. Short and Miss Dobbin's first names.
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: Peter tries to tell his wife, Harriet, that he doesn't want to go camping this summer, but instead wants to go to a resort. She is busy going through their camping things and is ignoring him, so, in the same tone of voice, he talks about his afternoon at work where a series of bizarre things happened, to which she continues talking about their upcoming camping trip.
  • Not So Above It All: Anthea, as it turns out.
    Joan: "I had a nasty dream last night about you and Anthea. You were asleep in your tent and these two big lusty farmhands broke in and cultivated your friendship".
    Anthea: Mmm. Chance would be a fine thing.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Both Potters at their first camping site when they realise the bull they can see is attracted to the red napkin around Peter's neck.
    • Peter has one when the farmer thinks Peter got his daughter pregnant and angrily announces that he's going to kill him. He gets Shot in the Ass as he beats a hasty retreat.
    • Peter has another one when he accidentally sets his shorts on fire inside the tent. He puts it out by rushing outside and sitting in a bucket of water.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: On the ride to Paradise Camp Site, Sid repeatedly loses the luggage when he brakes too hard and sends it flying off the roof of the car.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Peter visits a farmer to collect some milk, stating that he'd met his (now-pregnant) daughter on his last visit to the area.
    Peter: I came here once before, you know.
    Farmer: Oh, you did, eh?
    Peter: Yes, but you weren't here, though. Just a young lady, and she gave me a bit.
    Farmer: Oh, she did, did she?!
    Peter: Yes. And it was very nice too. That's why I've come back for some more.
    Farmer: By gum, you've got a nerve!
    Peter: Oh, don't misunderstand me, please. I-I'm quite willing to pay for it this time.
  • One Head Taller: Bernie is much taller than Anthea. When he kisses her at the end, he has to pick her up.
  • One-Steve Limit: There are two characters named Sally in the film, the girl starring in Nudist Paradise at the start, and one of the Chayste Place schoolgirls.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Aside from Dr. Soaper and Miss Haggerd, no one calls Babs by her actual name "Barbara".
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Joan and Anthea overhear Sid and Bernie helping Babs and Fanny in their tents and mistakenly think they're having it off.
  • Pain to the Ass: Poor Peter Potter's rear end doesn't seem to get a rest throughout the film, being butted at by a bull, shot by a farmer, and set alight by a gas fire. Terry Scott himself was suffering from piles during the making of the film.
  • Papa Wolf: The farmer is violently protective of his daughter, and shoots Peter in the ass when he thinks he's the one to have gotten her pregnant.
  • The Peeping Tom: Played with. Sid notices that the Chayste Place schoolgirls are going to the washrooms for a shower, giving him an idea. He drags Bernie with him to the male washrooms to look for a peephole; there is one in one of the men's showers, coincidently opposite Babs' one. She and Sid talk through the wall until she's caught by Miss Haggerd, who spots the hole after she orders Babs out. Just then, Joan and Anthea arrive to wash themselves; Joan suspects that it's Sid and Bernie's antics. However, Sid and Bernie had already left the men's room; a suspicious Dr. Soaper caught them and looked through the hole himself, wondering what the fuss was about, getting toothpaste sprayed into his eye, courtesy of Joan.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Babs may be small and cute, but she packs a punch as shown by her brawl with the hefty girl at the start of the film.
  • Playing Sick: Jane pretends to be ill in order to get out of going on a field trip.
  • Plot Hole:
    • Joan and Anthea are perfectly dry when she complains about being soaking wet.
    • If Sid didn't tell Joan where they'd be camping, then how does Mrs. Fussey know where to send letters to or where to visit at the end of the film?
    • Where do Sid, Bernie and Jim get their hippy outfits used in the climax from?
  • Product Placement: When Dr. Soaper asks if he'll give anything for the food he ate, Mr. Muggins gives him a bag of Saxa Salt, who had sponsored the film in exchange for this blatant cameo.
  • Punny Name:
    • Miss Haggerd, poking fun at Hattie Jacques' matronly appearance.
    • Bernie Lugg. The "lug" refers to "lugs", meaning "ears", implying that he doesn't listen.
    • Balsworth Youth Hostel.
  • Rape Portrayed as Redemption: A drunken Peter performs marital rape on his wife (which was legal in the UK at the time), which makes her listen to him more. One wonders what will happen after Peter becomes sober...
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse: Sid and Bernie tell Babs and Fanny that Joan and Anthea aren't their girlfriends, but rather their aunties so they can keep flirting with them.
  • Road Apples: On the Potter's last camping trip, a goat had gotten into their tent and left a deposit on Peter's bedding.
  • Road Trip Plot: Part of the plot is based around this, depending on what character story the movie chooses to follow. One subplot follows Mr. Muggins who spends most of the runtime looking for a place to stay after his tent is blown away in a landmine accident, whilst Peter travels around the countryside with Harriet as he is attacked by nature, as well as Sid and Bernie driving around England looking for a nudist camp with Joan and Anthea.
  • Rump Roast: Peter backs into a gas stove and sets his bottom on fire.
  • Running Gag: Bernie and Sid being caught by Joan and Anthea with the Chayste Place schoolgirls.
  • Say My Name: Peter shouts "HARRIET!" when he loses patience with her towards the end.
  • Sex Tourism: Sid and Bernie's true intentions behind taking Joan and Anthea on a camping holiday.
  • Shirtless Scene: Jim is briefly shown shirtless when watching the Chayste Place schoolgirls doing their morning exercise.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Mrs. Fussey tells Joan she had to marry her father after he went berserk and made love to her on a camping holiday.
  • Shot in the Ass: Peter, after being thought of as the man that got an innkeeper's daughter pregnant. Well, Terry Scott's characters are usually shot in the ass, anyway.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Anthea wanted to watch The Sound of Music rather than Sid's choice of Nudist Paradise.
    • Sid tells Bernie that Prince Philip likes to relax with his hands behind his back.
    • The scene where Mr. Muggins asks a girl what she's doing with an old cow was directly taken from a saucy Donald McGill postcard.
  • Shower of Love: Miss Haggerd mistakenly believes Dr. Soaper going into the women's washroom by accident was an offer for shower sex.
  • Show Within a Show: While several of the clips in Nudist Paradise came from an actual film of the same name, the film Sid, Bernie, Joan and Anthea watch in the first scene is itself a different movie in-universe.
    Joan: You told us this film was all about camping.
    Sid: Well it is, those are tents aren' 'ay.
    Joan: Not what you're looking at.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The sign at the front of Paradise Camp Site should say "PASSES", but Mr. Fiddler has to go for a "P".
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Mr. Fiddler, the owner of Paradise Camp Site, who makes any excuse to take more money from the campers.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Dr. Soaper whenever he has to try to explain something sexual to his students.
  • Speak in Unison: Babs and Fanny both react in mock horror when they catch Dr. Soaper and Miss Haggerd in bed together as a result of one of their pranks:
    Babs/Fanny: Dr. Soaper!
  • Spoonerism: A flustered Dr. Soaper does so when Miss Haggerd tries romancing him:
    Miss Haggerd: It's not fair to ignore a woman after you've aroused her dormant passion.
    Dr. Soaper: But I've not aroused your doormat ration- I, your dormant passion.
  • Stock Footage: Several of clips shown from the fictional Nudist Paradise film in the first scene came from the real Nudist Paradise.
  • Stuff Blowing Up:
    • Mr. Muggins' tent is blown up in a military testing site.
    • When the campers sabotage The Flowerbud's concert, Jim makes their guitars and amps blow up.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Peter screams out "HARRIET!" in an attempt to get her to listen to him after continually ignoring him.
  • Tagline: "The Carry On team - refusing to let sleeping bags lie!".
  • The Talk: Miss Haggerd is very uncomfortable talking to the girls about sex education, but Dr. Soaper encourages it greatly. Then it turns out on the coach ride to a hotel, Miss Haggerd had no idea how sex-ed works herself!
    Dr. Soaper: A fine talk you must have given them on the birds and the bees!
    Miss Haggerd: Well I'm sorry, Doctor, but when I started talking about them, I suddenly realised I hadn't the foggiest idea what they did. Well, what do they do?
    Dr. Soaper: Bees sting! note 
  • Teens Are Monsters: The hatred of Miss Haggerd leads the girls to pull pranks on her that unwillingly involve Dr. Soaper.
  • Tempting Fate: As soon as Mr. Fiddler mentions it wouldn't surprise him if there was a spot of rain, a downpour starts and soaks everyone:
    Sid: You 'ad to open your big mouth!
  • That Came Out Wrong: Peter visits a farmer to ask for some milk, and lets him know his daughter let him have a bit last time. Unfortunately, this makes the farmer believe Peter was the one who got her pregnant and Peter is Shot in the Ass.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Bernie sometimes says things he shouldn't, especially if he knows that it's not be known by Joan and Anthea.
  • Those Two Guys
    • Bernie and Sid spend all their time planning on how to get some action.
    • Joan and Anthea, who suffer various annoyances at the hands of Sid and Bernie.
    • Dr. Soaper and Miss Haggerd, who try to keep the Chayste Place schoolgirls in line.
    • Babs and Fanny, who either play pranks on Dr. Soaper and Miss Haggerd or flirt with Sid and Bernie.
  • Time Skip: After the Chayste Place schoolgirls arrive at Paradise Camp Site, the film skips ahead six days.
  • Toilet Humour: Mr. Muggins (unknowingly) sets up his tent on a field where the British Army tests their weaponry and bombs. When a blast blows his tent away in the morning, he wakes up and sighs, "I knew I shouldn't have eaten those radishes".
  • Trojan Gauntlet: Bernie points out the difficulty of asking for pamphlets for a nudist colony to Sid in a camping supply shop. He compares it to going into a chemist to buy some "you know whats" but the attractive young woman behind the counter makes him leave with toothpaste.
    Sid: I wondered what you were doing with all those tubes in yer cupboard.
  • Two-Teacher School: Dr. Soaper and Miss Haggerd are the only teachers shown to work at Chayste Place.
  • Undercrank: Used in true Carry On fashion for comedic effect.
    • When the dinghy is inflated inside Sid and Bernie's tent.
    • When Mrs. Fussey runs away from the ram.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Miss Haggerd is desperately in love with Dr. Soaper, who is hesitant to return her affections.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Anthea runs from Sid's car to go behind a hedge where she can vomit up her bacon and tomatoes she had for breakfast.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction:
    • Jim leaves the washroom and trips over Fanny, resulting in him putting off Babs' nightie.
    • Arguably, the most famous example of British cinema, in which during a class exercise lesson, a stretching activity makes Babs' bikini top snap off and hit Dr. Soaper in the face. Her classmates around her roar with laughter and she is dragged away by Miss Haggerd.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The farmer and his daughter disappear after Peter is Shot in the Ass. It doesn't look like they'll ever find out who the father of the girl's baby is. (Although, the farmer has a strong suspicion that Peter is the father).
    • Sally and Jim are nowhere to be seen when the Chasyte Place schoolgirls leave Paradise Camp Site.
  • "Which Restroom?" Dilemma: Babs and Fanny trick Dr. Soaper into going into the women's washroom which causes a scene when he walks in on Miss Haggerd in the shower.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: This is the situation with the farmer's daughter, and so the farmer treats any man who comes by with great distrust, even going as far as to shoot Peter in the ass.
  • Women Are Wiser: Averted with Peter and Harriet. Harriet is so wrapped in her own world, she doesn't give Peter a chance to have an opinion.

For other Carry On films about vacations, also see Carry On Cruising, Carry On Abroad and Carry On Behind.