A summer of play at Rainham Hall

The gardens transformed into a playground for nursery children during the 1940s and 1950s

Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy a 'summer of play' at Rainham Hall in 2017.

You'll discover plenty of 50 things activities for families to try in our gardens and inside the Hall our exhibition recalls childhood memories of the day nursery which operated from the building between 1934-1954.


A summer of outdoor play awaits you in our free community gardens. We have plenty of self-led 50 things activities for you to enjoy. Roll down a really big hill, create some wild art, make a daisy chain, hunt for bugs and more! The gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm and entry is free. Our nearly three acre green space is undergoing quite the transformation, so every time you visit you'll discover something new.


Our current exhibition 'Remembering the Day Nursery at Rainham Hall' illuminates the era when up to 45 local children would come each day to their nursery inside the building. The fascinating exhibition is based on the memories of former nursery attendees including information about playtime, snacks and naps. See wooden toys on display that would have been popular during the era, hear nursery rhymes from the time, and take a moment to look from our historic image gallery featuring photographs of the children playing on makeshift swings, seesaws, and in sandpits.

Family facilities

Baby changing facilities and toilets can be found just behind the Brewhouse and Stables Café. We offer a great picnic box for children and a selection of sandwiches and light lunches for grown-ups. There is plenty of seating inside and outside the Stables Café and you are more than welcome to bring a picnic rug and relax in the garden with your lunches (if the sun is out). Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times when visiting Rainham Hall or participating in our activities. If you have any questions just ask a member of our team.

Rainham Hall is open 11-4pm Wednesday to Sunday; the Stables Café and Community Gardens are open 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday. Normal admission applies to the Hall, but we have great value family tickets and National Trust membership available to buy. The Community Gardens are free to explore.  For more information about visiting Rainham Hall this May half-term just get in touch: 

Email: rainhamhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone: 01708 525579