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WELCOME TO MUM'S GUIDE TO ROMFORD!

From bumps to teens, we have it covered!  This is your one-stop site for everything you need to know about living in Romford with children including children's activities, things to do and other local services such as health, education and party providers & supplies

Whether you have lived in Romford for years or are new to the area, this website will help connect you with great activities for you and your children, help you to discover what's going on in your area and hopefully help to keep the kids busy and entertained. It will also direct you to details of local medical centres, libraries, Children's Centres, fitness clubs, nurseries and schools - and so much more.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as that's another great way to keep up to date with what's happening locally.

In the meantime, if you run a local business or event that's relevant to children and families I'd love to hear from you and get you listed on the site. 

NEW - you can now add RECOMMENDATIONS for your favourite businesses! Use our category menu or the search bar to find the listing you want to recommend and click the "Add recommendation" button. You'll be asked to register the first time and then you can add recommendations for as many businesses as you like.

Under 5 Drop Ins

What's On This Week


7th February 2020-02-07 2020-02-28 - 28th February
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Hornchurch


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
The Museum of London at Docklands, West India Quay


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Barleylands Farm, Billericay


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
Secret Nuclear Bunker, Brentwood


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Cedars Nature Centre, Waltham Cross


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Old MacDonalds Farm, Brentwood


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-04-06 - 6th April
Old MacDonalds Farm, Brentwood


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
Upminster Garden Centre, Upminster


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
The Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-22 - 22nd February
Liana's Tea Room at Langtons, Hornchurch


18th February 2020-02-18 2020-02-22 - 22nd February
Valence House Museum, Dagenham


18th February 2020-02-18 2020-02-19 - 19th February
Noak Hill Sports Complex, Romford


18th February 2020-02-18 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Bedfords Park, Havering atta Bower


18th February 2020-02-18 2020-02-20 - 20th February
Kent & East Sussex Railway Company, Tenterden


18th February 2020-02-18 2020-02-19 - 19th February
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Essex Wildlife Trust Langton, Basildon


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Wellgate Community Farm, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Thorndon Countryside Centre, Brentwood


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Studio Fly Harlow, Harlow


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Frances Bardsley Academy, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Myplace, Harold Hill, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Myplace, Harold Hill, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Brittons Academy Astro Turf Pitch, South Hornchurch


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Brittons Academy Astro Turf Pitch, South Hornchurch


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Central Park Leisure Centre, Harold Hill, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-20 - 20th February
Myplace, Harold Hill, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
LUSH, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Myplace, Harold Hill, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Rainham Hall, Rainham


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Teatots in Mercury Mall, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Bonnetts Garden Village, Brentwood


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Bedfords Park, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Bedfords Park, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Collier Row Gospel Hall, Romford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Engayne Primary School, Upminster


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Ingrebourne Valley, Hornchurch


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Rainham Hall, Rainham


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Hertford Theatre, The Wash


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Wild Forest, Kelvden Hatch, Brentwood


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Valence House Museum, Dagenham


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Valence House Museum, Dagenham


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Brittons Academy Astro Turf Pitch, South Hornchurch


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
YMCA Thames Gateway, Romford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Myplace, Harold Hill, Romford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Brittons Academy Astro Turf Pitch, South Hornchurch


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Crafty Arts, Romford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Queens Theatre, Romford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Rainham Hall, Rainham


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Teatots in Mercury Mall, Romford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Bonnetts Garden Village, Brentwood


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Bedfords Park, Romford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Bedfords Park, Romford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
The Mercury Mall Shopping Centre, Romford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Redden Court School, Cotswold Road


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Wellgate Community Farm, Romford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Myplace, Harold Hill, Romford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Myplace, Harold Hill, Romford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Central Park, Harold Hill


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Havering Museum, Romford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
LUSH, Romford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
LUSH, Romford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
The Pink Parachute, Hornchurch


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-22 - 22nd February
Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-22 - 22nd February
Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Teatots in Mercury Mall, Romford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Bedfords Park, Romford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Ingrebourne Valley Visitors Centre, Hornchurch


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
M & B Sports and Social Club, Romford


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
Valence House Museum, Dagenham


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
Weald Country Park, Brentwood


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
The Billet, Hornchurch


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
The Mercury Mall, Romford


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Kent & East Sussex Railway Company, Tenterden


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
Stratford Centre, Stratford


23rd February 2020-02-23 2020-02-23
Exchange Ilford, Ilford


23rd February 2020-02-23 2020-02-23
Ingrebourne Valley Visitors Centre, Hornchurch


23rd February 2020-02-23 2020-02-23
Heart & Soul, 80-84 Market Place


23rd February 2020-02-23 2020-02-23
Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, Romford


23rd February 2020-02-23 2020-02-23
Teatots, Romford


23rd February 2020-02-23 2020-02-23
Noak Hill Sports Complex, Romford


25th February 2020-02-25 2020-02-25
The Pink Parachute, Hornchurch

More events

Under 5s drop-in groups

If you are running a local event for families or children you can add the details to our site for free.

Feature

Kiddiewinks Soft Play 

Romford's newest soft play has arrived! 

Located upstairs in Romford Shopping Hall, Kiddiewinks Soft Play officially opens to the public on 17th February - just in time for half term!

The baby/toddler area is a great size. It is suitable for 0-4 year olds and has a sensory area, slide, foam building blocks, rollers, interactive screens and a trampette.

The larger section, for older children has too many elements to list! Aimed at 4 - 8 year olds, children will find stepping stones, rollers, biff bags, rope climbing, look out towers, a huge slide and a sky tunnel high above the seating area! Older children can use the soft play IF they are accompanying younger siblings. 

A special menu has been created with offerings from 3 of the nearby cafes inside the shopping hall. Food can be ordered at the tills and will be delivered to Kiddiewinks by the cafe staff. 

On a recent visit, local Mum Hayley told us 'We loved Kiddiewinks! Big, clean with lots of variety to keep all ages entertained. There’s also great food options using other local businesses. We will definitely return!'

Kiddiewinks will also be offering parties 7 days per week. Parties include 90 minutes of play and 30 minutes in the party room. You are welcome to bring a party entertainer to the party room if you wish. Parties start at £11 per child which includes a cold buffet and £13 per child for a hot buffet. Menus are available on the website

Michelle Fitzgibbons, Marketing Manager of Kiddiewinks Soft Play told me "We are delighted with the initial response from parents in the local area. Party and pre bookings have been rolling in since we have gone live."

During half term it is advisable to pre book your visit as it will no doubt be very busy. Party enquiries can be made on 01708 760714.

 

 

MGT Awards

This is it! We are finally bringing you the much talked about Mum's guide to Romford Awards.

We are excited to bring you these brand new Awards aimed at recognising and celebrating the local people, businesses and organisations that help make Romford and the surrounding area such a great place for families.

Nominations have now closed and we are busy collating and counting almost 1000 nominations and over 30 recommendations.

We will announce the shortlisted businesses soon, ready for voting to begin on Friday 28th February.  

 

This year's categories are:

Best Activity Class or Group for Under 5s
Award for the best activity class or group for children under 5, including parent and toddler groups.

Best Activity Class or Group for School-age Children
Award for the best activity class, group or club for children of school age, either primary or secondary school.

Best Holiday Club or Class
Award for the best club, class or camp that runs during the school holidays for children in any age group.

Best Pre/Post-natal Support Service
Award for the business, individual or organisation that provides the best service for pre or post-natal mothers, and can include anything to do with pregnancy and post-pregnancy, including groups and classes.

Best Lifestyle Service for Parents
Award for the business, individual or organisation that provides the best service of any type (not necessarily child-related) to local parents. The business or service does not have to be exclusively aimed at parents but can simply be one that provides a service that caters for a busy parent's lifestyle.

Best Party and Celebrations Provider
Award for the business or individual that provides the best venue, entertainment or party-related product (e.g. cakes, catering, decorations, tableware).

Most Family-friendly Café/Restaurant
Award for the café or restaurant which caters best for families.

Best Local Shop
Award for the local shop, whether child-related or not, that gives customers extra-special service either by way of the staff, products, facilities and extra services or a combination of all of these.

Best Local Event
Award for the best local event within a distance of 10 miles from the centre of Romford that caters for families and children.

Local Volunteer of the Year
Award for a volunteer who goes the extra mile to make Romford and the surrounding area an amazing place for children and families. (Either the role or the organisation they volunteer for must relate to or benefit children and/or families in Romford and the surrounding area*.) We all know someone who works tirelessly for their community, who puts themselves out to make things better for our families and who deserves to be nominated.

Those with the most nominations in each category will make the shortlist for the final voting round. Nominations close at midnight on Saturday 15th February 2020.

The final voting round will open on Saturday 29th February 2020 on the website. Full terms and conditions for the 2020 Awards are available here. *Please see our terms and conditions for the definition of "surrounding area".

 

You can nominate your favourite businesses here.

Competition

Win 2 tickets to a NERF battle event in The Mercury Mall on 7th March.

How would you like to win 2 tickets to the ultimate NERF battle?

We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away - so 2 lucky winners!

To win, simple send an email with you name, email address and mobile number to [email protected]

FLING SOME FOAM at the Mercury shopping Mall Come and get stuck in to the ultimate Game of foam! Grab your Nerf blasters and engage with an opposing team in a series of exciting games and challenges! Enjoy the thrill and slide your way to victory in an epic multiplayer battle experience set in The Mercury Mall shopping centre after hours. All the fun of being in a shopping centre with out the need of shopping.

Think you’ve got what it takes to own the Games of Foam Bring your own blaster or use one of ours! Unlimited foam darts for all. 

 

Good Luck!

 

 

*Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Adults who are not participating do not need tickets. This will suit all ages from 7 upwards.

 

For full terms & conditions click here.

 

Feature

Kidz Camp Essex comes to Romford

At Kidz Camp Essex, we pride ourselves in offering a fun and inclusive childcare service for children aged 4 - 12 in Essex at our four fantastic venues in Colchester, Rayleigh, Southend and now in Romford at Hylands Primary School. We are open between 7:30am - 6pm, Ofsted registered with all our staff DBS checked and fully trained.


Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme allows 4 & 5 year olds to gain fundamental skills and knowledge, preparing them for starting school, whilst enjoying themselves.


We accept childcare vouchers, offer family savers, and provide a free lunch - making Kidz Camp Essex the perfect childcare solution.


All our activities and schedules are carefully thought out, ensuring your child will have a memorable break from school, gain new skills, socialise and make friends!


Our fun filled days include sports, crafts and daily special activities - providing not only a childcare service for our parents, but an experience where your child can have Fun, Learn and Create!

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To get more information about Kidz Camp Essex and to book your child's place you can click here to visit their website.

News & Notices

Half Term - What's on at the movies?

There are lots of options if you fancy an afternoon at the cinema. Take a look...

Vue Romford - The Brewery
­čÄ×Dolittle
­čÄ×Sonic The Hedgehog
­čÄ×Spies in Disguise
­čÄ×Little Women

Premiere Cinemas Romford - Mercury Mall
­čÄ×Spies in Disguise
­čÄ×Sonic The Hedgehog
­čÄ×Dolittle
­čÄ×Jumanji: The Next Level
­čÄ×Spycies
­čÄ×Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue


Children's Centres New Timetables

All 7 of our local Children's Centres have published new timetables for January and February. Click the links below for further information.

St Kilda's, Eastern Road, Romford
Collier Row, 28 Clockhouse Road, Romford
Hilldene, 267 Straight Road, Harold Hill, Romford
Elm Park, Diban Avenue, Hornchurch
Ingrebourne, Ashbourne Road, Romford
Chippenham Road, 85-89 Chippenham Road, Romford
Rainham Village, Rainham Primary School, Upminster Road South, Rainham

 

 


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Here's the latest recommendations from our visitors and followers. If you'd like to add a recommendation for a business or organisation search for their listing here on the site and click on the Recommend This button.

Portraits and More Photographers
"I and my family had the opportunity to have our photos taken at the studios of Portraits and More at Romford. The lead , Jeff and team were on top of planning , set up and most especially, providing a fun experience, like none other, with regards to taking photos. My 2 year old daughter was so engaged during the photoshoot, with props all included. My family had a wonderful time at the studios. In addition the quality of pictures , especially in portrait form are of high quality, trust me when I say HIGH quality . I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PORTRAITS AND MORE to anyone who cares about the significance of capturing moments for eternity. "

JB Treat Carts
"Jb carts are a must for any party! They saved my husbands birthday party from being a total disaster with their professionalism and great customer service. Their waffles taste absolutely amazing and were the best feature at the party. The team are two very kind people who were professional, easy to talk to and just a pleasure to have serving us at our party. I recommend them because of this and hope many more people can enjoy their sweet treats and great customer service!"

Portraits and More Photographers
"I toke my 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son here to have their professional photos taken. We have used lots of companies before, but I found Jeff and his team were amazing with the children. Very patient, no rushing around and the photos were amazing! I am very grateful and have recommended amongst my friends. If your local and want some beautiful photos of your children, that is a stress free and fun experience, Then portraits and more Is 100% the place to go!"

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