Focus On: Rainham

Sometimes we find it can be quite difficult to fill up the weekends without breaking the bank. Needing to keep the children occupied with activities can be costly and then if you’re not organised in packing a picnic you need to add on the price of food too! It really can all add up and when you want to be mindful of your monthly budget, it can be tough.

So we were so pleased when we came across Enjoy Medway and the Focus On Rainham event. The event took place at Cozenton Park, which if you know the area is just behind the Splashes swimming pool.

We got lucky with some great weather and as our friends live around the corner we decided to park at their house and walk together, rather than chance finding parking in the allocated areas.

On arrival I was really impressed with the amount of stalls and activities on offer. I spoke with the event organisers and I was informed all the stalls were managed by local businesses and as I hope you know by now; this is my thing!!

Making our way around the field we came across companies selling food and drink and we couldn’t help but get some fresh strawberries and also (my weakness) some banoffee fudge! We found the perfect spot to enjoy these new delights by the music stand. Enjoying great music and food, what more could you want? Well, I will tell you, you want free activities to keep your children happy too, and that’s what we found.

Holly had her eye on the trampolines from the moment we arrived, we joined the long queue but I was impressed at how fast this moved and each child still had a reasonable amount of time during their turn.

When Holly was strapped in it was clear she was a little on the small side and although every effort was made to give her enough flexibility to bounce, she didn’t weigh enough to reach the trampoline. In steps Dad! Ian had to perch on the side almost catapulting Holly into the air in what actually turned into a five-minute work out for him!

Once the ice creams were polished off we made our way around the stalls as I was keen to meet as many local businesses as possible and with a two-year-old and ten month old you never know when your time will be up.

The girl guides were really appealing as they had some fun games for the little ones to play and it also became quite competitive for us adults too (always does). Girl guiding is a leading charity in the UK and there are numerous groups across Kent. The message they were really keen to share is they are always looking for volunteers. Alison was lovely in explaining the volunteer programme and you can find out more here. The girl guides operate for the following ages:

  • 5 – 7 year olds: Rainbows
  • 7 – 10 year olds: Brownies
  • 10 – 14 year olds: Guides
  • 14 – 25 year olds: Senior Section

Something I was absolutely shocked about was to discover there is a theatre in Rainham! I have lived here for nearly five years now and I didn’t know that until I spoke with the Rainham Theatrical Society. The 2019 – 2020 programme looks really good with productions such as:

  • Are you being served
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Opera Lele
  • Cinderella

Dance to Enhance Academy also showcased their skills in the big top tent which we unfortunately missed, however I did speak with the team and they explained they provide a dance school for children aged 3 – 15. You can find them in Rainham School for Girls and they also offer half term workshops which might be worth a look if this is an interest for your little one.

I’m now really looking forward to the next Focus On event run by Enjoy Medway which will be taking place in Walderslade on Sunday 30 June at the Recreation Ground.  To see more event details click here.