Title ID 1475Collection ID322
Title[Family Holidays]
Date[1935]; 1937
CollectionErnest Freelove
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBeaches Bicycles Children Domestic Gardens Family Film Making Holidays Leisure Time Activities Play Trains
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionErnest Freelove (The Byron Cinema Presents)
CameraErnest Freelove
ParticipantsThe Freelove Family
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration8 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of home movie material with intertitles capturing family holidays in England during the 1930s. Three summer holidays were filmed by Ernest Freelove, showing beach games and swimming, miniature trains, cycling and boat trips.


The film opens with images of adults and children in dressing gowns leaving a seafront house and walking to a sandy beach where they swim in the sea. Two women and a man later lead exercises near the house in an attempt top warm up after the swim. The multigenerational family members board the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway which travels along the seafront. They are also seen boarding a bus. Back on the beach the holidaymakers play cricket, hit golf balls and enjoy donkey rides. Some also sit in a boat built of sand. Others take a small boat out into the shallows - one of the older men promptly capsizes it. The film-maker records the family as they ride in convoy on bicycles through the countryside, a convoy headed by an elderly woman in an electric wheelchair.

The family returns to the beach in 1937, where the film-maker captures a film crew at work. The holidaymakers play leapfrog, dig in the sand with a pet dog, ride along the seafront on bicycles, and canoe in the sea.


A still from [Family Holidays] (1934/1937)