Title ID 393Collection ID294
Title[Holiday and Outings]
CollectionKenneth Woolsey
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fiction
ThemeFamily life Seaside
KeywordsChildren Harbours Ships Cross-Channel steamers Railway steamers Beaches Family Domestic Gardens Holidays Railways Steam Locomotives
LocalShirley St. Mary's Bay Rye Folkstone Cambridge
RegionalSurrey Kent Cambridgeshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionKenneth Sidney Woolsey
CameraKenneth Sidney Woolsey
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration11 min. 47 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The Woolsey family on holiday at St. Mary's Bay near Dymchurch in Kent, where they travel on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, a walk around Rye, visits to Folkstone harbour and beach, and family scenes in their garden of their home in Shirley, near Croydon, on Surrey, in 1952.


Ian Woolsey, the young son of the amateur film-maker, is lifted into an iron water butt in the family garden in Shirley, near Croydon, in Surrey. Family members, visiting from Scotland, sit on deck chairs side by side on the lawn. Ian sits on the grass with three women in summer dresses sporting flower prints. He drives a toy car through a gate along muddy paths. He rolls in a sack on the lawn, past flowerbeds in bloom.

Holiday scenes at St. Mary's Bay, near Dymchurch, in Kent follow. A steamtrain passes the camera, moving along the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Constance, Ian's mother, Ian, and another couple with a young child are seen, approaching the train at a platform. Footage shot from a window of the moving train as it curves around the track follows, passing fields of sheep. The children wave from merry-go-round and miniature railway rides at a fairground. Views of the narrow cobbled streets and medieval ramparts, shops and houses of Rye follow. The family group is seen walking through the town and in the front garden of a house. The two young children climb on top of the girl's father, screaming with laughter.

Boats chug in and out of Folkestone Harbour. The camera pans across French railways' cross-Channel steamer ‘Cote d’Azur’ at her berth on Folkestone Quay. She moves off the berth, passes in close-up and heads out to sea on her once-daily crossing to Calais. The group is seen, sitting together at the beach in the sun. The children play with toy sailing boats in the water and paddle with their mothers, who wear printed cotton dresses and woolen cardigans. Further railway footage follows extended beach scenes. Views of cloisters and architecture of Cambridge close the film.