Title ID 11139Collection ID775
TitleHoliday in May
DateMay 1952
CollectionRay Young
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeLeisure Seaside
KeywordsBeach Buildings Beaches Family Holidays Parks Religious Buildings Roads
LocalSt Leonards-on-Sea Rye: Battle Eastbourne Hastings
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRay Young
CameraRay Young
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


A film showing a family holiday opening with two boys visiting a playground in Gensing Gardens (St Leonards-on-Sea), the towns of Rye, Battle, and Eastbourne; closing with a visit to Hastings Castle and gardens.


"A good start was made in Gensing Gardens"

The two boys play in the playground of Gensing Gardens (St Leonards) later, shown (through intertitles) over the course of a week the family tour several coastal towns that includes Rye, Battle, Eastbourne, St Leonards-On-Sea & Hastings Old Town.

"For the first time we have a good look at -"

The family visit Rye showing the clock on St Mary's Church, views of the sea and street views of "Mermaid St", and Rye Landgate.

"On Wednesday our objective was the Abbey at - "

with a Battle street sign for A21 and exterior views of Battle Abbey, Battlefield and St Mary the Virgin Church opposite.

" A grand time we had at Eastbourne"

Views of Eastbourne from the top of Beachy Head from the Meads side of town, various street views, a coastal walk, sparrows eating bread crumbs off the grass, ice cream sundaes (?) at a cafe, views of Eastbourne seafront, the boys playing on the shingle beach, and strawberry picking in a field; closing with the family playing a game of catch in a Park.

The last day we roamed the gardens and Hastings castle"

The final film shows the family walking around a garden filled with flowers and plants (St Leonards Warrior Square?), and views of, and from, the ruins of Hastings Castle closes the film. End title "The End" followed by: "Long live our noble Queen" superimposed over an image of HM Queen Elizabeth II in coronation attire.


A still from Holiday in May (1952)