The lives of various people intertwine during a day out at Bexborough
A 1930s summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to Bexborough at the seaside. Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty contest. Geoffrey and nurse Catherine Lawrence have decided to spend an illicit weekend in the Grand Hotel, although Catherine’s mind keeps turning back to the hospital case she has just been on. Arthur, May and the children are set on a more straightforward holiday of sea, sand, and pub. Meanwhile, the manager and performers of the "Follies" on the pier pray for rain.