Rainham Village Christmas Fayre 2018

A Christmas wreath on the back door of Rainham Hall

On Saturday 1 December 2018 we will host craft activities and storytelling as part of the annual Rainham Village Christmas Fayre.

The Rainham Village Fayre is a local annual celebration heralding the start of the festive season. It's a time when people from the London Borough of Havering and beyond visit the small, urban village of Rainham to enjoy stalls, activities and entertainment. Rainham Hall has been situated proudly in the heart of the village since 1729, and we'll be hosting crafting activities on the Fayre day to help families get into the Christmas spirit. The Stables Café will also be open serving warming hot chocolate, light lunches and festive sweet treats.

The Fayre takes place on Saturday 1 December 2018, 10am-4pm, and Rainham Hall will be taking part by running children's craft activities and and storytelling with local children's author, Ross Baker, during the day. The Hall will be decorated for a 1950s Christmas. The Stables Café will be open serving warming hot chocolate, light lunches and festive sweet treats.

Christmas decoration making (11am-1pm): Get ready for Christmas by making decorations that will add some festive cheer to your home. Children can make paper snowflakes and paper lanterns. Tickets: £3 per child. Age range: 3-12 years old. Booking: No pre-booking required.

Christmas storytelling (1:30-2:30pm): Local children's author, Ross Baker, will be reading from his new book, The Magical Christmas Bus of Fun. Please read a little more about the book below:

It's Christmas time and the Magical Christmas Bus of Fun is in town. Hop aboard and have fun exploring the 10 amazing floors. See the singing snowmen, take a train ride to the North Pole and maybe even meet Father Christmas himself. It's a Christmas journey like no other.

Tickets: Free. Age range: 2-6 years old. Booking: No pre-booking required.

Christmas crafts for all the family
Girl making paper chain
Christmas crafts for all the family

Visit the Hall (open Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am-4pm)

Built in 1729, Rainham Hall has been home to nearly 50 different inhabitants and one-by-one we’ll be bringing their stories to life through changing exhibitions. Visit the Hall this October half-term to see our current exhibition Remembering the Day Nursery, which uses historic photographs, oral history recordings, objects and film, to tell the story of the children who attended the nursery at the Hall between 1943 and 1954. Perfect for all ages; little ones can explore the building as children did during the nursery era, and for others the experience will provoke reminiscences about nursery days in years gone by.

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.