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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.


It's here! Our Christmas competition this year is huge. We have 12 amazing prizes to give away all gifted to us by local businesses. 

Each day, from 1st to 12th December,  there will be a different competition posted on our Facebook page. You can enter each different competition once. To enter please email    [email protected]  stating:

  • Your name
  • Your contact phone number
  • The prize you would like to be entered for

We have collaborated will 12 local business and they have kindly contributed some terrific prizes. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them all sincerely for their generosity.

🎄1st December
Romford Shopping Hall Santa's Grotto - Tickets for a family with up to 3 children to visit Santa. 

🎄2nd December
I'll Bring Dessert - A family sized homemade Christmas pudding.

🎄3rd December
Jolly Good Scents Independent Scentsy Consultant - A ‘Santa’s List’ electric Christmas wax warmer with black raspberry vanilla melts.

🎄4th December
Toddler Sense Romford – 5 free weeks of Toddler Sense Classes.

🎄5th December
Party with Jelly Jade - A free hour of face painting for up to 15 children. 

🎄6th December
Daisy First Aid West Essex – £25 towards a paediatric first aid course, a first aid book and magnet. 

🎄7th December
Glitter Glasses, Gifts & More by Daniella – A personalised Christmas Eve bag with glitter glass gifts.

🎄8th December
Your Own Life Organised –  An Organiser in Bright Palm and a Bedside Book in Coral Wave. 

🎄9th December
Sapphire Ice and Leisure – A family ice skating session for 2 x adults and 2 x children.

🎄10th December
Aquatots – 50% off a level one swimming term with free underwater photos.

🎄11th December
Gemz by Emz - A voucher for an engraved photo keyring.

🎄12th December
Mind, Body and Spirit Hotel Spa Room – a midweek morning spa including full use of facilities (pool, sauna, steam and jacuzzi) and a 30 minute treatment of your choice for one person.

Please see full Terms & Conditions here.

All winners will be drawn using a random name picker on 13th December and winners will be notified by email and/or phone. Winning names will also be posted on our Facebook page.

Good Luck!


Under 5 Drop Ins
What's On This Week

7th November 2018-11-07 2018-12-24 - 24th December
The Mercury Mall, Romford

8th November 2018-11-08 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
The Meadowcroft Garden Centre, Battlesbridge, Wickford

10th November 2018-11-10 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Alton Garden Centre, Wickford

15th November 2018-11-15 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe

15th November 2018-11-15 2019-01-06 - 6th January
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe

17th November 2018-11-17 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
Thurrock Garden Centre, Ockenden

22nd November 2018-11-22 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Westfield Stratford City, Stratford

28th November 2018-11-28 2019-01-06 - 6th January
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

30th November 2018-11-30 2019-01-06 - 6th January
Thameside Theatre, Grays

1st December 2018-12-01 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

1st December 2018-12-01 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross

4th December 2018-12-04 2018-12-30 - 30th December
Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood

11th December 2018-12-11 2018-12-11
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

11th December 2018-12-11 2018-12-11
Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood

12th December 2018-12-12 2018-12-12
Essex Wildlife Trust - Bedford Park, Havering-atta-Bower

12th December 2018-12-12 2018-12-12
Valence House, Dagenham

12th December 2018-12-12 2018-12-22 - 22nd December
Brookside Theatre, Romford

12th December 2018-12-12 2018-12-12
Central Park Leisure Centre, Harold Hill

12th December 2018-12-12 2018-12-12
Valence House, Dagenham

13th December 2018-12-13 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Thorndon Countryside Centre, Brentwood

13th December 2018-12-13 2018-12-13
The Pink Parachute, Hornchurch

14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers

14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-14
First Step, Hornchurch

14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-14
Vallence House, Dagenham

14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-14
Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Ilford

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Beacontree Heath Leisure Centre, Dagenham

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Thurrock Garden Centre, Ockenden

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Plant Perfections, Aveley Road, Upminster

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Nevendon Manor, Wickford

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir , Billercay

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Romford Shopping Hall, Romford

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-30 - 30th December
Near Santa's Grotto , Romford

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Ongar

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Wyvale Garden Centre, Upminster Common

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Barleylands , Billericay

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Woolston Manor Golf & Country Club, Chigwell

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
The P.T. Barn, Langdon Hills

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
The Brittons Academy, Rainham

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Tower Pier, London

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Southend Pier, Southend on Sea

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Essex Wildlife Trust The Naze, Walton On The Naze

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Stubbers Activity Centre, Upminster

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Berwick Manor, Rainham

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Mulberry House, High Ongar

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Hatfield Peverel Village Hall, Hatfield Peverel

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Wellgate Community Farm, Romford

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Chelmsford Market, Chelmsford

More events


Ho! Ho! Ho!

We have been researching all things Christmas related and have already got a jam packed 'What's On' guide for you. Some of these events will be in Romford and some are a bit further away, but as it's Christmas we have included as many as possible. Please take some time to have a really good read as a lot of events are already selling out the dates they have listed. We will continue to add to this guide as new events are announced. 

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Monthly Picks

December is here and that means only one thing - a 'What's On' guide bursting with fantastic events to entertain and amuse the whole family. 

It has been so difficult to choose just a few events to feature this month - so there may be one or two extra! Santa is busy finalising his lists but can still be seen in various places around Havering. For a full list of where to find him, Christmas Markets and other Christmassy events check out our Guide to Christmas.

Our 'What's On' guide is being updated daily so it is definitely worth keeping tabs on that, and checking it regularly for new events. 

So, this months top picks are...

Disney in Lowryland - Lowry Road, Dagenham
1st December 6pm

Hylands House Frost Fair - Hylands House
1st & 2nd December

T'was The Night Before Christmas - Queens Theatre Hornchurch
1st - 23rd December at Queens 

Santa at Thorndon - Thorndon Countryside Centre
6th - 9th December

Magical Valence Christmas - Valence House 
8th December

Christmas Shopping Days - SMASH Camps at Stubbers Adventure Centre
8th & 15th December

Santa Steam - Lodge Farm Park
8th December

Snow Globes - Ingrebourne Visitors Centre
8th December

A Christmas Carol The Musical - Brookside Theatre
12th - 22nd December

Sparky The Elf & The Secret Toyshop - At a secret location!!
15th - 30th December

Stilt Walking Elves - Romford Market
15th December

Farmyard Festivities - Wellgate Community Farm
16th December

Teens Christmas Party - Wild Forest
19th December

Santa Stop Here Lantern Painting - The Mercury Mall
21st December

Aladdin - MyPlace Centre, Harold Hill
21st - 22nd December

Christmas Carol Service - Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
23rd December

Post Christmas Steam Up - Lodge Farm Park
27th December










Essential Guide

Christmas Shopping in Romford!


This Christmas the Mum’s guide to Romford family are making a pledge. We are going to buy at least 5 gifts from small local businesses.  There are literally hundreds of businesses selling handmade or bespoke products and personalised gifts with a personal service all within a few miles of Romford. 

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Why not browse through some of the listings we have recently added to the site...

Activities, clubs & classes

1st Hornchurch Brownies
Toddler Sense

Education & childcare

Guided Learning Limited

More businesses

Becca’s Bookshelf Independent Usborne Organiser

Health & Wellbeing

Guided Learning Limited
Buddha Bellies Pregnancy Yoga

Parties & Celebrations

Kids Party Bags 2 Go
All About Anna's Events

News & Notices

Havering Admissions Information Presentations

If you have a child starting infant or primary school in September 2019, you must apply before 15th January 2019. There are several information presentations scheduled and you are able to book a place on one of these via the link below.



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.

"Callum isnt always sure at new classes but he liked Pete instantly and thoroughly loved the class. It was really age appropriate and really varied with an excellent selection of different equipment. Pete was really great with all of the boys and offered them different advice depending on ability which was good. I really liked that the sports were varied and Callum said he loved it which says it all. "

Baby and Mummy Massage
"My 7 month old and myself just had a session with Debbie this afternoon and I would highly recommend her. Debbie is very friendly and engaging and she is extremely thorough and experienced in what she does. I have gained so much information and learnt new massage techniques which I can do with my baby as often as we like. Thank you so much Debbie for a lovely afternoon. Wilma Lewis"