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Christmas 2023
Maa Family Ltd t/a Maa Eyecare


Swimming for more than 25 years, Aquatots have the most comprehensive swim programme available!

Unlike many less progressive schools, The Aquatots programme, truly is a journey from the little ones at 10 weeks to children aged 7 or 8.

The journey starts from the very youngest little ones at 10 weeks old starting out, in our Level 1 Ducklings class and can teach children all the way through, into the Primary school years, aged 7 or 8 in level 29.

This provides the most progressive structure teaching children, steadily building upon skills already learnt and introducing brand new ones, each and every 9 week term using the same learning techniques that children and parents have become comfortable following with us.

Not only that, but by offering an entire programme, we are committing to your child's full swimming education and saving you as a parent from struggling to find the next swim school every year and going through that settling in phase time and time again.

We have one pool in Romford and one in South Weald. One set within a school close to the town centre with classes on a Friday morning and another a little further out in a private residence, lovely and warm where we swim Mondays, Thursdays and both weekend days!

Our wonderful Level 1 joining offers include FREE underwater photos and unique Swimming Milestone Cards created just for swimming achievements! With the option to pay in three interest free installments and discounts for groups and multiples the choice is easy. 

Follow us on social media to witness the fun and progress and contact us soon to book your place

Instagram: @aquatots_naturally
Email: [email protected] 

MGT Awards

Thank you to the thousands of people who cast almost 8000 individual votes in our 2023 awards!  

That's an amazing number of votes and having counted and verified them all we're now delighted to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2023 Awards.

Best Activity Class or Group for Under 5s
WINNER - Hartbeeps Romford, Hornchurch & Upminster
RUNNER-UP - Fairytale Tots Upminster

Best Activity Class or Group for School-age Children
WINNER - Romford District Scouts
RUNNER-UP - The Outdoors Project Havering

Best Holiday Club or Class
WINNER - The Outdoors Project Havering
RUNNER-UP - Essex After School Club

Best Pre/Post-natal Support Service
WINNER - Basking Babies Romford
RUNNER-UP - Latch On Havering - Breastfeeding Support

Best Lifestyle Service for Parents
WINNER - The Babybank HQ
RUNNER-UP - The Mum Club Havering

Best Party and Celebrations Provider
WINNER - Old Macdonald's Farm & Fun Park
RUNNER-UP - Hartbeeps Romford, Hornchurch & Upminster

Most Family Friendly Cafe/Restaurant/Pub
WINNER - Eastbrookend Country Park Tea Room
RUNNER-UP - Scrums Cranham

Best Local Event
WINNER - Havering Christmas Land
RUNNER-UP - Visit Santa at Romford Shopping Hall

Best Local Independent Business
WINNER - Maa Eyecare
RUNNER-UP - Eastbrookend Country Park Tea Room

Best Family Attraction
WINNER - Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
RUNNER-UP - Stubbers Adventure Centre

Congratulations to all of the winners and runners-up and also to all the businesses who made it as finalists.  It is great to see local businesses being so well supported in our community. There was some very close voting so it was a tough competition.


Christmas isn't far away and we have so much information to share with you. 

🎄Mum's guide to Christmas in Romford & Beyond - this is the ULTIMATE guide. Its got Santa, lights, alternative Christmassy events, Panto, an amazing list of local Christmas markets and so much more!

🎄Letter to Santa - Print off our FREE templates for your children to write their letters to the man in red. There are different options to choose from.

🎄Where to See Santa  - check out this great list and make sure you book the Santa that you really want. Some are already sold out or have limited tickets available.

🎄Christmas on a Budget - this is a great article sharing lots of ideas to help make those pennies stretch a bit further without spoiling the fun or feeling like you are missing out. It is updated for 2023 so check it out!

🎄 Choo Chooooo! Christmas Experiences on Trains in Romford, Essex and Beyond - who doesn't love a train ride, especially at Christmas. These will book up really quickly so check out what's still available here.

🎄Let's go to The Panto - There are so many panto shows running within just a few miles of Romford. There are ten in this feature just to get you started. All booking links are included.

🎄Festive Planner - If like me you struggle to keep tabs on what's happening where and when over the festive period, print off our planner and stick it to the fridge. Everyone can keep up with what's going on!

🎄Real Christmas Trees - where can you go to buy your tree and support local businesses.

We will update this regularly and keep you posted with all that's happening in and around Romford over the Christmas period.


14th September 2023-09-14 2023-12-24 - 24th December Croft Garden Centre, Wickford

9th November 2023-11-09 2023-12-24 - 24th December Mercury Mall, Romford

21st November 2023-11-21 2024-01-05 - 5th January Street Quarter, London

23rd November 2023-11-23 2023-12-31 - 31st December's Theatre Hornchurch, Hornchurch

24th November 2023-11-24 2024-01-01 - 1st January Park, Chelmsford

25th November 2023-11-25 2023-12-24 - 24th December Liberty Shopping Centre, 11 Western Road, Romford

29th November 2023-11-29 2024-01-01 - 1st January Lodge Park, RM11 1JU, Hornchurch

1st December 2023-12-01 2023-12-24 - 24th December Farm, Billericay

8th December 2023-12-08 2024-01-07 - 7th January Excel, London

11th December 2023-12-11 2023-12-11 Hornchurch community association, Rainham

15th December 2023-12-15 2023-12-15 high ropes, Kelvedon Hatch

16th December 2023-12-16 2023-12-16 Wildlife Trust Ingrebourne Nature Discovery, Hornchurch

16th December 2023-12-16 2023-12-16 Nightclub, Ilford

17th December 2023-12-17 2023-12-17 Estate, Chelmsford

17th December 2023-12-17 2023-12-17 Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford

17th December 2023-12-17 2023-12-17 Chase Forest Centre, Upminster

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Here's the latest recommendations from our visitors and followers. Click on the business name to find out more. 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 Leave a recommendation button.


"I had my first session today and it was amazing! I am 38 weeks pregnant and Monique helped me so much to relax and have a me time before the baby comes. The session is not only a simple massage but also a way to relieve all your worries you might have built up during pregnancy. She is so knowledgeable and prepared, I felt like floating after the session!"

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