Vintage Summer Activities

A wooden xylophone suspended on the pier in Rainham Hall Garden.

During the summer holidays in 2018, there were a variety of family friendly activities inspired by the exhibition, Remembering the Day Nursery at Rainham Hall. Please note these are past events.

Vintage Sports Day

Families enjoyed old-fashioned fun with vintage games galore! Featuring the classic egg and spoon race, sack race, bean bag throwing, three legged race, and relay race.

Garden play trail 

During the summer holidays in 2018, a self-guided play trail took visitors on a winding journey through the nearly three-acre Community Garden. Inspired by the play of the children who attended the day nursery at Rainham Hall from 1943 to 1954, the summer trail allowed children to follow in the footsteps of the past, discovering how children played in the Rainham Hall Gardens in years gone by. 

Nature mobiles

Inspired by 50 things to do before you're 11¾, in this session children could tick off #18 by making some 'wild art'. Using items found in our Community Gardens, they made mobiles, like children who attended the Rainham Hall day nursery would have had above their beds.