Summer adventures for families at Rainham Hall

Families enjoying the Rainham Hall gardens

Spend the summer holidays at Rainham Hall and enjoy activities for the all the family.

During the summer holidays in 2018 we'll be offering a variety of family friendly activities inspired by both our latest exhibition about the war-time nursery at Rainham Hall, and by nature found in the Rainham Hall Gardens.

While you're here not see how much you can check off your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 list at Rainham Hall. We have a perfect hill for rolling down and plenty of spots to sit and make great daisy chains.

Summer 2018 activities

Please note tickets should either be purchased online in advance (where indicated) or they will be available to buy on the day in the Stables.

Saturday 21 July – Sunday 2 September 2018: Garden play trail. During the summer holidays discover our garden play trail which will take you on a journey around our nearly three acre community garden.  Inspired by our current exhibition, about the day nursery which operated from Rainham Hall in 1943-1954, our summer trail allows children to follow in the footsteps of the past. Discover how children played in the Rainham Hall gardens in years gone by. Self-guided and collect your trail sheet from the Brewhouse. £2 per trail sheet.

Wednesday 25 July and Wednesday 8 August, 12-1pm: Storytelling. Havering Libraries will be running storytelling sessions in the Rainham Hall gardens as part of this year's Summer Reading Challenge. This year's Summer Reading Challenge is called 'Mischief Makers' and is inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. The storytelling sessions are suitable for children aged 7 years and under. Free event.

Thursday 26 July, 9 August, and 23 August, 11am-12pm: Hunt for bugs bio-blitz. Tick off number 31 on your 50 things to do before you're 11 and ¾ list and hunt for bugs in the Rainham Hall gardens.  A bio-blitz is a survey, which helps us to understand more about wildlife so we can better protect it in the future. Every discovery made during a bio-blitz is recorded and submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network. Tickets: £3 per child.

Wednesday 1, 15, and 29 August 2018, 11am-12pm: Nature inspired art – 50 things session. Tick off number 18 on your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾’ list and ‘make some wild art’. Using items found in our Community Gardens we will be making our own mobiles, like children who attended the Rainham Hall day nursery from 1943-1954 would have had above their beds. Tickets: £3 per child. Online booking only.

Friday 3 and Friday 17 August 2018, 11am: Vintage Sports Day. Families can enjoy old fashioned fun inspired by our current exhibition, with vintage games galore! Featuring the classic, egg and spoon race, sack race, bean bag throwing, three legged race, relay race. Tickets: £3 per child. Online booking only.

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 when you visit or ask in advance: