Family visits to Rainham Hall this Christmas
- 27 November 2023
This Christmas try out the Rainham Reindeer Festive Trail with your families or friends. There are 10 small wooden reindeer to find hidden around the community garden and a 'reindeery' activity at each one. Once you have completed them all you'll get a reward of a bag of reindeer food to use on Christmas Eve at home. Share your moves with Dancer, create a snowstorm with pompom snow and get a selfie at the Candy Cane Tree. £3 per trail, (card only) no booking required, just turn up on the day. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wrap up warm and wear wellies or solid shoes as this activity is outside in the garden. 14-16 and 19-23 December 2023 , 11-4pm (last entry 3pm).
Winter Activities for Families at Rainham Hall Community Garden
From Tues - Saturdays 11-4pm you can roam around the discovering nature or just having a run round on the lawns.
You can find all sorts of activities this winter at Rainham Hall Community Garden. In the garden you can discover nature by watching bees at work in Honey Bee Hall, trying out '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities or creating wild art in the outdoor classroom.
Loads of free active nature play to explore for children and families. Wrap up warm and wear solid shoes as the garden areas can be slippy.
Families can also visit the Hall (on Thurs- Sat) with our interactive displays in the exhibitions, the Rainham Tag Trail Challenge and secrets of the Hall to hear about (ticketed).
We have plenty bug hotels for nature detectives and free Rainham Hall Nature Play kits to try out.
The Stables Cafe will be open 11-3.45pm
Planning your family visit
There is no parking on site at Rainham Hall but transport links are very close by, see visiting for details or links or nearby parking options.
Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times when visiting Rainham Hall or participating in our activities.
Family-friendly things to do in the garden
Be with the bees
Honey Bee Hall is buzzing with bee pals in their with brand-new hives. Find out all about a day in the life of a hive in the new display and explore a demonstration hive then go and spot bees or listen to them at Honey Bee Hall.
'50 things to do before you're 11¾'
If you're into discovering nature then '50 things to do before you're 11¾' is for you.
At Rainham you can tick off:
- No. 2 Roll down a really big hill
- No. 13 Make a mud creation in our mud kitchen
- No. 18 Create some wild art
- No. 36 Make a home for wildlife
You can also try out our Minibeast Hunts with a trail to follow and spot as many garden beasties as you can.
Family-friendly things to do in the hall
Families can also visit the exhibitions in the Hall to try out the Rainham Tag Trail Challenge. With lots of interactive displays including a wind up record player to try, 1950's toys to play with, grind your own coffee, meet the blue felt cat, try out a tricorn hat, a telescope or compass. On the top floor try on an old fashioned nappy and get your adult to try one too then have a lie down on our tiny day beds!
Hall entry prices for adults and children apply if visiting the exhibition and Hall.
Discover plenty to see and do at Rainham Hall including 300-year-old interiors, changing exhibitions with historical interpretation and a community garden full of seasonal interest. This Christmas come along to see the Hall decorated inside in Victorian style with red and gold touches and lots of beautiful shimmering candlelight.
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