Title ID 3863Collection ID84
TitleSomerset Holiday
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Camping Farming Holidays Lakes Leisure Time Activities Swimming
LocalBath Cheddar (?)
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionKenneth Davies
CameraKenneth Davies
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration16min. 30sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film of members of the Ellis family on a caravanning holiday in Somerset. Amidst many shots capturing the Somerset landscape, two women and a boy are seen visiting the Roman baths in Bath, having lunch outside their caravan, visiting local towns, going to a farm and bathing in the sea.


Following a brief scene of the women at the Roman Baths, the films shows the camping site and the family's caravan. Outside the caravan the family eat at a table. The film pans acrsoss the ruins of an abbey. Scenes of the surrounding countryside and the camp site include family members with a dog. A train is filmed crossing a viaduct. Scenes of a seaside town promenade are followed by family members enjoying a pleasure boat ride on a crowded boating pond. Film of a bay and further shots of the countryside follow. The women are filmed visiting a castle and there are further views of lakes. The boy is seen playing in the sea on a lilo/air mattress. The women and a man then get into their swimming gear on the beach and play in the water with the lilo.

Scenes of old cottages in a village/town are filmed. The group are then seen visiting a farm, looking at pigs and geese amongst other animals. The women climb into a hay barn and the boy chases the geese. The boy and one of the women go paddling in a river. The car is then filmed leaving the campsite with the caravan on tow. The women stand and look at the secenery from a bridge. Scenes of a high waterfall and further countryside and village shots follow (possibly Cheddar). The group have tea in a garden. There are close-up shots of the women and the boy; the women show some reluctance to be filmed. Returning to the pebble beach, the family go swimming and dive from a platform in the water. The family stand by a car for portraits. The group then catch a ferry (possibly at Lyme Regis).