Title ID 6086Collection ID714
Title[Whitsun Tea Parties; Beach; Boating; Bike]
DateMay 1935 - June 1935; May 1936 - June 1936
CollectionNewman Family
ThemeFamily life Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Bicycles Boats Children Family Holidays Play Railway Stations Seaside Resorts
LocalBournemouth Wellingborough Boscombe Isle of Wight
RegionalDorset Northamptonshire Merseyside
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrancis Henry Newman
CameraFrancis Henry Newman; Alice Margaret Newman
ParticipantsMargaret Newman; Baba; Marjorie
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration11min. 50sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film of the Newman family with friends and on holiday. Amongst other activities, they have tea with friends on Whit Monday and travel with their daughter to Bournemouth where she plays on the beach.


The film shows the film-maker's daughter Margaret (aged about 3 or 4) walking down the steps of a house carrying a small dolls house. This is followed by adults enjoying a tea party in the garden, held on Whit Monday in 1935. Margaret is then seen playing with a friend (named 'Baba' on the film label) in the garden. One of the girls is holding a 'golly' doll. The girls can be seen to be playing what looks like 'ring a ring a roses..'. At a station, people board a train (described as 'To Boscombe from Wellingborough June 1935' on the film label). At Boscome in Bournemouth the resort's coast line is filmed and Mrs Newman and her daughter are seen heading for the beach. On the beach, Margaret plays in the sand and paddles in the sea with her mother. Margaret then watches toy boats on a boating pond. We then see her pulling her own toy boat along the edge of the pond. After further beach scenes, the Newmans board a ferry taking them around the Isle of Wight. Further scenes, filmed in 1936, show Margaret playing on the swings with other children and playing with toy prams with another girl. The final scene shows a woman ('Marjorie') riding a bicycle.