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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.

Get in touch if you would like to list your business in our directory, add your event to the what's on guide or enquire about advertising.

Hylands Tennis
Under 5 Drop Ins
Reopening link

Competition

It's here! Our annual 12 Days of 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 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
Santa’s Grotto Visit at Mercury Mall – Silver Package which includes a visit to see Santa, a snow frame, magnet, 3 keyrings, 6x4 photo and a present.  

🎄2nd December
MOD Pizza - Family meal for 4 people including 4 pizzas, 4 sides and 4 soft drinks.

🎄3rd December
Toddler Sense - 5 free Toddler Sense Classes.

🎄4th December
Sheriport Photography - A mini photo shoot at a location of your choice including all images on USB and 5 edited images. 

🎄5th December
Wild Forest - A family pass for 4 to include an induction to Wild Forest, and a day pass to stay and play on the obstacles and an opportunity to experience the Mud Jump Course. 

🎄6th December
Sounds Right Phonics - 3 free classes at one of 5 local venues.

🎄7th December
Golf Kingdom - 1 x family day pass voucher to Golf Kingdom. Unlimited use of Moby Golf, Foot Golf, Fun Golf and 60 balls on the driving range for 4 people. 

🎄8th December
Ice Hockey Tickets - Family of 4 tickets to see the Romford Raiders play a home match at Sapphire Ice Leisure. 

🎄9th December
The Fashion Style File -  A wardrobe detox will help you create an organised and streamlined wardrobe. 

🎄10th December
Yellow Knot Clothing - A voucher to the value of £25 for a bespoke handmade item of children’s clothing in your choice of fabric.

🎄11th December
Children's Party at Everyone Active - 1 kids party at Hornchurch Sports Centre or Central Park Leisure Centre includes 45 minutes in the party room.

🎄12th December
East Anglia Pass - East Anglia Pass and Kent Pass. Two winners will receive both passes. 

 

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.

Merry Christmas &
Good Luck!

 

Jane x 

What's On This Week


30th April 2020-04-30 2020-10-18 - 18th October
NHM Tring, Romford


7th September 2020-09-07 2020-10-04 - 4th October
Willow's Activity Farm, London Colney


8th September 2020-09-08 2020-09-27 - 27th September
Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden


15th September 2020-09-15 2020-09-20 - 20th September
Harlow Showground, Harlow


19th September 2020-09-19 2020-09-20 - 20th September
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Nr Maldon


19th September 2020-09-19 2020-09-20 - 20th September
Harlow Garden Centre, Harlow


19th September 2020-09-19 2020-09-20 - 20th September
Your home, Online


19th September 2020-09-19 2020-09-20 - 20th September
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers


26th September 2020-09-26 2020-10-28 - 28th October
The Pumpkin Patch, Basildon


26th September 2020-09-26 2020-10-28 - 28th October
The Pumpkin Patch, Colchester


26th September 2020-09-26 2020-09-26
Old MacDonalds Farm, Brentwood


26th September 2020-09-26 2020-09-27 - 27th September
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers


26th September 2020-09-26 2020-09-27 - 27th September
Weald Country Park, South Weald

More events

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

Community

Help Support First Step

First Step is an amazing local charity who have been supporting families who have children with SEND for many years. The support they provide is completely unique and cannot be found anywhere else.

When you visit their website you will read the words 'The first step is often the hardest'. For children born with special educational needs and/or disabilities this could not be more accurate. 

What do they do?
First Step provide family support services to families at the most challenging times in their lives. Pre Covid their support was face to face but virtual support has continued during the pandemic with phone calls, zoom calls and whats app calls. They have recently had to close their Educational Services which includes a pre school setting and PACC (Promoting Attention, Communication & Co-Operation) sessions due to lack of funding which will have a detrimental effect on the children and parents who used this service. It is this service that they desperately want to be able to offer to families again.

 

What can we do?
First Step really need our help. Due to Covid-19 all their usual fundraising activities have had to be cancelled and they are desperately trying to find more creative ways to raise much needed funds. They are currently working with Grove & Dean on the @STEP2IT5K challenge which runs until 15th September but there are other ways that you could support them at this time.

  • run a virtual quiz 
  • organise a socially distanced sporting event in a park
  • complete an activity at home and ask for sponsorship
  • donate to their Just Giving page
  • donate by sending a text (see image below)

To donate a different amount – place figure to be donated after FIRSTSTEP i.e. for £10 text FIRSTSTEP10 (any amount from £1 to £20)

These are the words of a mum who has been involved with First Step for the last 7 years. She needed their support. They helped her and her family at the most difficult time.

"Imagine this: the birth of your baby doesn’t bring the joy it had meant to. Instead, it’s drowned in fear, in worry, in anxiety. In knowing that your baby isn’t like all the others. You immerse yourself in a diagnosis. In the medical jargon being thrown at you. In the appointments. In the no sleep. In the constant worry and stress. In the fear for the future. You hold your screaming baby in your arms wondering how on earth you’re equipped to deal with all the medication, the SEN, the forms, forms, forms, and the letters dropping through your door like Harry’s Hogwarts letter. The constant looks. The pity. The grimaces. The “I couldn’t do it”, the “oh but he looks normal”, the “he might not be that bad when he’s older.”


And that might not be your first baby. You might have other children who have to step aside to allow you to put all your effort into your medically complex child. They might suffer because of that.


How does a mother hold it together with all that going on?
With support from charities like First Step.

They only need a small investment to keep doing the amazing work they do. Please help. Please don’t scroll past our most vulnerable children."
Shared with the kind permission of Sarah Burlison

You can support First Step by donating, organising an event that raises money (socially distanced of course!) or even by sharing this article with your friends. Every pound they raise will help. 

First Step remains open to provide support to families of pre-school children with special needs and welcomes families to make contact.

First Step, Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 5PP
[email protected]
01708 556355

www.firststep.org.uk

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News & Notices

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

This year Heritage Open Days are running a little bit differently. As well as some venues being open for free there are also hundreds of venues accessible now online!


This is great as it means we aren't restricted to exploring venues in our own area, but we can actually travel all around the UK, right from the comfort of our sofas!


Click the link and see what catches your eye!

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/advanced-search


Havering Libraries Reopening

Libraries across Havering will begin reopening from this Friday 17th July 

Friday 17th July opening: Romford, Hornchurch, Rainham, Harold Hill and Upminster.
Monday 2pm - 7pm;  Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 10am - 3pm

Wed 22nd July opening: Collier Row, Elm Park, South Hornchurch, Harold Wood and Gidea Park.
Wednesday 10am - 3pm; Thursday 2pm - 7pm... Read more


Online Classes & Services

RECENTLY ADDED

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

Activities, clubs & classes

Premier Tots Football Club
Premier Dance Academy
Premier Dance Academy
Little City West Essex
Hylands Tennis Club

Parties & Celebrations

Froggle Parties
The Party Shack

Things to do

Timbuk2 Softplay

If you are a local business/organisation you can add your listing to our site for free.

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Packed Lunch Ideas

It's that time of year again when we start thinking about the endless task of preparing packed lunches for the kids to take to school. This year there will be more children than usual having a packed lunch as many schools are still unable to provide hot school meals. 

Read more

TO INFORM & INSPIRE

Take time out and read through some of our articles...

Read articles

Christmas

We know it's still summer and we are all just taking one day at a time at the minute BUT lots of companies are already selling tickets for their Christmas events. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun, so we are starting to publish our list of all that’s happening in the area now, and will continue to add to it as new events are announced. Let's start with where to see the big man himself. 

*Please note all details are correct at time of publication. Due to Covid restrictions events are subject to change. Please do check individual websites for further information on how the events will run. You can access these websites by clicking the 'More details' tab under each event.

Where To See Santa 2020

Santa Spectacular 2020
Willows Activity Farm: 23rd November - 24th December
The Santa Spectacular programme is a full day out of festive family fun and the child ticket price includes all the activities and shows plus a visit to Santa and being able to choose a gift from his Toy Shop, making a toy bear in the Create-a-Character workshop and biscuit decorating. Under 2’s can go free but paying under 2’s visit Santa, do the Create-a-Cuddle workshop and biscuit decorating.
More details

Christmas Special 2020
Audley End Miniature Railway: 21st November  - 24th December
Enjoy the most magical Christmas Experience with your family at the Audley End Miniature Railway. Take our Santa Express deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate where you will arrive at Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland! You will meet the big man himself, along with his VERY cheeky Elves, receive a special gift and also watch a crazy Christmas Dance!
More details


Polar Express Train Rideol  **CANCELLED**
Mid Norfolk Railway: various dates still available in November & December.
As you and your family take in the festive decorations at THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride station, you can almost hear the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance and the fun begins...
More details


The Father Christmas Experience
Marsh Farm: 14th November - 24th December
With even more festive magic! Full details to follow.
More details


Santa Specials 2020
Epping Ongar Railway: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th - 24th December
Bring the family to see Santa on his special train with the fantastically festive Epping Ongar Railway Santa Specials! Tickets are being sold by 'compartment' for either 6 or 8 people. On sale now!
More details

Breakfast with Father Christmas
Orsett Hall: 5th, 6th, 12th, 19th, 20th, 22nd & 23rd
A truly magical breakfast experience. Children will enjoy two activities with the Christmas Elves before receiving a visit and a special gift from Father Christmas. Entertainment provided by party entertainers.
More details

Afternoon Tea with Father Christmas
Orsett Hall: 5th, 6th, 12th, 19th, 20th, 22nd & 23rd
A magical afternoon tea with a festive twist. Children will enjoy two activities with the Christmas Elves before receiving a visit and a special gift from Father Christmas. Entertainment provided by party entertainers.
More details

We will be adding to this list as information is available to us. 

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