Rainham Hall Harvest Festival

Row of apples

Our Harvest Festival tool place over the October half-term in 2016.

Please note these activities took place in 2016.

Harvest was an important time of year, for a community three hundred years ago, so we have decided to reimagine the tradition in our community gardens. Discover strange eighteenth century varieties of fruit like medlar and quince. Help squish and squash our apples and taste delicious juice fresh from the press. We will be preparing for All Hollows Eve with activities such as pumpkin carving and bat box making. You can even make an eighteenth century mask and take inspiration from fashion three hundred years ago using autumn leaves. 

Flavours of the eighteenth century garden

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 3pm

We will be sharing our tried and tested jam and chutney recipes and looking at fruits used in the eighteenth century such as quince and medlar. Tickets are £2 per person and include tastings.

Spring bulb planting

Thursday 27 October 2016, 11am-1pm

Preparing for the seasons ahead was an important part of life in three hundred years ago so come and help us plant for next spring. You will be planting bulbs so just drop in with the whole family for free.

Eighteenth century masks

Friday 28 & Sunday 30 October 2016, 11am-1pm

Come and make an eighteenth century mask from leaves in the garden. This is a drop in event with a small charge of £2 per child.

Apple pressing demonstration

Friday 28 October 2016, 11am-1pm

Come and taste some of our freshly pressed apple juice and have a go at pressing some yourself! This is a free activity and suitable for all ages.

All Hallows Eve

Saturday 29 October 2016, 11am-1pm

Get ready for All Hallows Eve this half-term with pumpkin carving and bat box making in the gardens. Drop in and join in! There will be a £3 charge for each activity.