Title ID 743Collection ID190
Title[Apple Fayre; swimming pool; light railway; paddle steamer 'Waverley']
CollectionDonald Sykes
ThemeFamily life Transport
KeywordsBeaches Boats Children Domestic Gardens Family Recreational Facilities Ships Steamships Swimming Trains
LocalBilting New Romney Hythe Littlestone-on-Sea Folkestone Dover
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDonald Sykes
CameraDonald Sykes
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Silent
Duration13min. 22sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur home movie featuring family activities at various locations in Kent. The Sykes family on trips out to an Apple Fayre, picnicing, swimming and spending time at the beach. Family members ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway and the paddle steamer Waverley.


The film opens with three children stroking a cat; a poster reads: "Apple Fayre, Saturday and Sunday 12 & 13 November 1988, Perry Court, Bilting". The family look at the apples which are on display, as well as old farm machinery. Back at home, the children play in the garden as the mother unloads the car. The family are next seen having a picnic at New Romney, after which the children play on a roundabout in a playground. The children and mother swim in an indoor swimming pool at Hythe; the children jump from a low diving board and play with foam mats. Shots of an empty station platform, sign: "New Romney", there is a brief shot of a signal box, before a miniature train approaches. The children and mother walk along the platform, waving at the camera. There is a brief shot of the train as it pulls away from the flatform. The children are then seen playing with toys outside the station building. The film cuts to scenes from Littlestone beach; the children make sandcastles. Sign reads: "Folkestone". At the harbour people board the paddle steamer 'Waverley'. The film ends with shots aboard the paddle steamer as it steams along the coast and views of the White Cliffs of Dover and South Foreland (?).