Title ID 5669Collection ID816
Title[Camping Holiday in the West Country; Boating; East Anglia; Old Boys fete]
Date1965 - 1969
CollectionDickins Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeFamily Life
KeywordsBeaches Boats Camping Holidays Leisure Time Activities Parades Travel
LocalAbbotsbury Allington Beddington Park Charmouth Hunstanton Leigh-on-sea Oxted Padstow Stibbard Sutton Tavistock Yarmouth
RegionalSurrey Cornwall Devon Dorset Norfolk
NationalEngland United Kingdom Canada United States North and Central America
ProductionErnest Dickins
CameraErnest Dickins
ParticipantsErnest Dickins (grandfather)
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film contains scenes from various holidays taken between 1965 and 1969. This includes Ernest and Gladys Dickins' retirement trip to North America, as well as several camping trips within the UK.


The first section of this film contains images from Ernest and Gladys Dickins' retirement trip to Canada and North America in 1969. Their journey took them by sea to New York, and on to Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco and back via the Panama Canal. The opening shots are taken on board the ship, showing passengers on deck and passing boats. We are shown a visit to the Niagara Falls which includes shots of the waterfall's base from a boat, as well as an elevated view of the Horseshoe Falls. The film cuts to a street parade, one banner passing the camera reading '61st Grand Floral Parade'. Several scenes follow of a garden with a city visible in the background, games being played in an outdoor swimming pool, and passengers on the boat in deck chairs. A brief shot of a palm-fringed beach is followed by the view from the back of the boat again, presumably on the way home to the UK. On their arrival home a little girl, granddaughter Lynn Dickins, runs to greet the couple.

An intertitle appears at this point reading 'Camping: Whitsun, 1965 - Holiday site at Charmouth visiting Lime Regis & Abbotsbury - Photographed by E. Dickins'. The shots included in this section show the campsite at Charmouth in Dorset, Abbotsbury Swannery, and views of the coast and countryside. This is followed by a series of brief shots of a poppy field near Maidstone; boats at Allington Marina in Kent; a bowls game at Mellows Park, Sutton; and John feeding his new born daughter Lynn with a bottle.

The next section of film records a trip to Stibbard in Norfolk that Ernest and Gladys Dickins took in order to try and trace Gladys' family history [whose maiden name was Stibbard]. We see Hunstanton beach and pier, as well as scenery around Yarmouth. The film cuts to Lynn Dickins as a toddler camping with the Dickins family and friends at Charmouth, Dorset in 1966. She is seen playing with a ball on the grass and sitting on her grandmother's knee. The film cuts again to the 'Wallington Old Boys Fete' in Beddington Park, Sutton. We see a brass band and games such as the donkey derby. Images from anther camping holiday to Tavistock in Devon follow. The film shows the campsite at Columb St. Mayer, a regatta at Padstow, Cornwall and images of the Cornish coast. The final shots of the film are of John Dickins playing cricket for Oxted on Master Park, Surrey.