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January - Longest Month of the Year!


January is such a funny month. It's an anticlimax after Christmas and New Year. We are glad when it arrives as it means we can get the house back into order and get our families back into a routine. 

But it's also a month when more people than ever struggle with feeling low, struggle to make the pennies last to the end of the month and struggle to find ways to keep the children entertained.

We know that our events guide isn't as bustling as usual, but that's normal for this time of year. So, to help us all get through the next few weekends, we thought we would share some ideas with you.

Some will be free, and some will have a charge. Some you will know about already and some will be new ideas. We hope this list gives you some inspiration. 

Hidden Costs
The hidden costs of a day are are often car parking and food. Research before you go about parking charges and pack a picnic! 

Weald Country Park - wellies on and explore this great park. Feed the deer and follow the Stick Man Trail.

Bedfords Park - a great outdoor space for all the family with FREE parking.

Harrow Lodge Park - one of the largest parks in Havering with lots of space, a huge play area, lakes, ball courts and a lovely cafe.

Essex Wildlife Trust - Thorndon Countryside Centre - The Gruffalo Trail is always fun and there are covered picnic tables you can use if the weather isn't good. Parking charges apply.

Raphael Park - our biggest park in Romford is easily accessible by bus and the car park has a minimal charge (I think its 20p/50p). You can also park at the back of the park, near the play area, on the road for FREE. Feed ducks, visit Percy the Park Keeper, visit the Bug Hotel, see the squirrels, play in the play park, use the courts or just explore. 

Thames Chase -  Some of the climbing apparatus is closed currently but there is still the new Farmageddon Trail which is fun for the kids to follow. You can download the app and get the map from the visitors centre. This is one of our favourite places to visit - and there's a cafe too! Parking is £1 all day during winter months. 

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf - This is a free event running from 16th - 25th January in the evenings. It's definitely on our list!

Sapphire Ice and Leisure - Romford's newest swimming pool is great value for money. There is also ice skating for those inspired by Dancing on Ice!

Premiere Cinemas Romford - The cheapest cinema around. Only £3.50 per person on Mondays!

Belhus Woods - the huge wooden play area is very popular. Lets hope we get some dry weather to make use of it. 

Namco Funscape - perfect for when the weather let's us down but the kids still have energy to burn off. 

Natural History Museum, London - If you can brave the journey into London, this is a great place to visit. It's completely FREE and the dinosaur exhibit is a must see.

Colchester Zoo - pre booked tickets are just £10 during January

Jump Evolution - let them bounce bounce bounce.

Barleylands - For farm lovers there is 50% off entry price in January.

Marsh Farm - entry for just £5 per person.

Moby Golf - Enjoy the fun so much they don't want to leave? 2nd round half price.

Lakeside Karting - fun behind the wheel for older kids. 

Southend Pier - blow the cobwebs away and take the train to the end of the pier.

Havering Museum - our very own museum here in Romford is back open after the holiday period. Pop in for a visit. 

You might also want to have a look at some past articles we've shared with you: Days Out on a Budget and Our Parks & Green Spaces.


If we have missed anything, just drop us a line and let us know!

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