Title ID 3230Collection ID261
Title[Sports and leisure; Family Scenes I]
Date[ca. 1931]; July 1938; August 1939
CollectionFlavell Family Film Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily life Seaside
KeywordsAircraft Beaches Children Domestic Gardens Family Games Leisure Time Activities Outings Performing Arts Play Seaside Resorts Schools Sport Summer Swimming
LocalBognor Regis Midhurst
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ParticipantsBert Flavell; Evelyn Flavell; Johnie; June Flavell; Michael Flavell; Pat Flavell; Teddy
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration41 min. 50 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of home movie material which captures the Flavell family and friends playing and relaxing at the seaside, in a garden and on a bowls green during the summer months. The children are also filmed participating in various school sports and activities.


A multigenerational group are filmed outside their beach hut on Bognor Regis beach. The adults and children swim in the sea, build sandcastles and relax on deckchairs. A couple of the children also take pony rides along the sandy beach. The filmmaker also films a high-speed air race which takes place over the coastline (The Schneider Trophy?) .

The garden of a family home plays host to games of cricket. The children play with each other and with their toys. One boy has a model aeroplane - he is later filmed in his Scouts uniform. Portraits of the various participants are filmed.

Sports day at a boys school sees running races, sack races, bicycle races and the high jump. Their is also a running race for mothers. Girls play lawn tennis at their private school, and perform synchronized swimming in its indoor pool. The filmmaker's daughter is filmed in a dance solo on the school's indoor stage.

Other events filmed in this compilation include an amateur bowls match, and a family outing to a Cowdray Park where they picnic amongst the deer.