October half-term at Rainham Hall

Pumpkins on the door step at Rainham Hall

Children carved pumpkins, followed our autumnal trail, and bobbed for apples as children did during the Hall’s nursery years, during our October 2017 half-term activities.

PLEASE NOTE: These events took place in October 2017. Check our homepage for details of what we're up to currently.


Our 2017 October half-term activities were inspired by our latest exhibition about the 1940s-1950s history of the Hall, and we madethe most of harvest time in our nearly three acre Community Gardens. 

Autumnual trail (Wednesdays to Sundays, 21-29 October, 10am-4.30pm): Visit the Stables Café to pick up a trail sheet and enjoy following our autumnal route around the gardens. Look out for pumpkins along the way. Tickets: £1 per trail sheet. Age range: 3-12 years old. Activity location: The Gardens.

Campfire cooking and bobbing for apples (Wednesday 25 October, 11am-12pm, 1-2pm and 3-4pm): We'll be gathering around the campfire to toast marshmallows and bob for apples as children did in years gone by. Tickets: £3 per child. Age range: 5-12 years old. Activity location: The woodland area in the Gardens. Booking online advisable.

Dig for Victory harvest (Thursday 26 October, 11am-1pm): Join our Community Gardener at Rainham Hall to help dig out, wash and sort all the different vegetables we've been growing this year in our WWII inspired Dig for Victory bed. Tickets: FREE. Age range: 5-12 years old. Activity location: The vegetable beds in the Gardens.

Pumpkin carving (Friday 27 October, 11am-2pm): Pick up a pumpkin, scoop out all the gooey insides and carve your own spooky Hallowe'en design. Tickets: £3. Age range: 5-16 years old. Activity location: The Stables Courtyard.

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. 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.