Past event: Rainham Hall Frost Fayre 2016

2 people shopping at a market

On the weekend of the 26 and 27 November 2016 we re-imagined the wintry tradition of an eighteenth century Frost Fayre at Rainham Hall; this seminal event was the start of our Christmas celebrations at Rainham Hall.

The Frost Fayres are an eighteenth century tradition that John Harle would have partaken in during his time living in London. There were times during Captain Harle’s lifetime when temperatures would plummet and the Thames would freeze. Trade and transport in certain parts of the river would cease, so you would expect life to be very difficult. But Londoners found a way to make the most of the weather. Frost Fayres would pop up on the ice and Londoners would enjoy games, gambling, temporary taverns, tradesmen selling their wares, food and lots of entertainment.

Unfortunately we can’t freeze the Rainham Creek so over this weekend in 2016 we re-imagined the tradition in the Courtyard and Stables at Rainham Hall. We hosted stalls selling gifts, food and Christmas treats accompanied with entertainment and merriment.