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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.

Perfect Moments Daycare Ltd
Under 5 Drop Ins

What's On This Week


16th November 2019-11-16 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers


21st November 2019-11-21 2019-12-23 - 23rd December
Meadowcroft Garden Centre, Battlesbridge, Wickford


28th November 2019-11-28 2020-01-05 - 5th January
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Hornchurch


30th November 2019-11-30 2020-01-05 - 5th January
Romford Town Centre, Romford


1st December 2019-12-01 2020-01-01 - 1st January
Noak Hill Road, Romford


5th December 2019-12-05 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Hornchurch


6th December 2019-12-06 2020-01-05 - 5th January
Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood


11th December 2019-12-11 2019-12-21 - 21st December
Brookside Theatre, Romford


13th December 2019-12-13 2019-12-17 - 17th December
Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Valence House Museum, Dagenham


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
The Mercury Mall, Romford


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Romford Market, Romford


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Romford Market, Romford


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Teatots, Romford


14th December 2019-12-14 2020-01-12 - 12th January
Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Plant Perfections, Aveley, Upminster


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, Romford


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Colchester


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
The Brewery, Romford


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir, Billercay


14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Colchester Zoo, Stanway


15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
Royal Air Forces Association Social Club, Romford


15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
Cottons Park, Romford


15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster


16th December 2019-12-16 2019-12-16
Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch


17th December 2019-12-17 2019-12-17
The Pink Parachute, Hornchurch


17th December 2019-12-17 2019-12-17
Myplace (Youth room), Harold Hill


17th December 2019-12-17 2019-12-17
Teatots, Romford


18th December 2019-12-18 2019-12-18
Frankies at myplace, Harold Hill


18th December 2019-12-18 2019-12-18
Myplace (Youth room), Harold Hill


18th December 2019-12-18 2019-12-19 - 19th December
Bonnetts Garden Village, Brentwood


18th December 2019-12-18 2019-12-18
Frankies at myplace, Harold Hill


19th December 2019-12-19 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch


19th December 2019-12-19 2019-12-19
Myplace (Large Meeting Room), Harold Hill


19th December 2019-12-19 2019-12-19
Myplace (Youth Room), Harold Hill


19th December 2019-12-19 2019-12-19
The Mercury Mall Shopping Centre , Romford


20th December 2019-12-20 2019-12-20
Liana's Tea Room at Langtons, Hornchurch


20th December 2019-12-20 2019-12-20
Little Robins Nursery & Preschool, 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.

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.

πŸŽ„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.  

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

πŸŽ„3rd December
Toddler Sense - 5 free Toddler Sense Classes.

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

πŸŽ„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. 

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

πŸŽ„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. 

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

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

πŸŽ„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.

πŸŽ„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.

πŸŽ„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 

Monthly Picks

December's Pick of the Month

December is here and our diaries are already filling up with amazing days out and fun things to do. As always it's very difficult to narrow it down but we have a list of great ideas for you. We have tried to focus on events which won't blow the budget as it's such an expensive time of year - in fact some in this list are even FREE!

12 Days of Christmas Competition
1st - 12th December
I can't miss out on an opportunity to tell you about our competition again. 12 amazing prizes to give away with absolutely no catch. Just email us your details. Click the link to get all the info!

Read more

Havering Christmas Land
Various dates
Visit Harrow Lodge House and the secret garden next door in Harrow Lodge Park and experience thousands of festive lights in a stunning Christmas walk through. There will also be a grotto, character nights and other entertainment. All proceeds to Havering Mind.

FREE Christmas Events on Romford Market
14th December - 24th December
As always during holiday times there are a host of great activities lined up on the market. This year we have a mini fun fair, mini concerts, meet the reindeer and The Narnia Experience which sounds like so much fun!

Santa Steam Up
7th December

It's time to visit Santa on the miniature railway at Lodge Farm Park. This event will be really popular and fancy dress or Christmas jumpers is encouraged!

The Nutcracker Christmas Trail
1st December - 5th January
Yet another completely FREE activity that the kids can get involved in. Print off your entry form and explore Romford looking for 10 mystery Nutcracker Kings.

Rainham's Winter Wonderland
7th December
This will be Rainham's biggest ever Christmas event. In Tesco's car park there will be an ice rink, Alaskan Malamutes pulling sleds, lots of fairground rides, great stalls selling treats and gifts, a mini bar and some fantastic food stalls. The stage will have some special appearances from Paw Patrol, Frozen characters, LOL Dolls, our friends from Toy Story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and some tap dancing elves! There will also be a mini farm and a nativity at the clock tower in the village! 

Xmas at Myplace
17th - 19th December
So many craft activities and a Christmas party all happening at Myplace in Harold Hill. A different activity every day - something for everyone.

Noak Hill Christmas House Light Switch On
1st December - 1st January
Every evening from 4pm - 10pm. Pop along and see the amazing lights before the end of 2019!

Santa - there are lots of options to visit Santa locally. The REAL Santa will be at Romford Shopping Hall as usual - pop along and tell him what you would like this Christmas.

Party with Elsa & Olaf
14th & 15th December

Frozen fever has gripped the nation so this is sure to be a popular event! You do need to reserve your place to attend this event so don't miss out, book today!

Valence House Museum Christmas Market
14th December
Most of the Christmas markets were in November but there are still some really great events planning for December. This one is no exception. All the usual buts and pieces, Father Christmas walk about, face painting, mince pies and mulled wine but there will also be some little extras to make the say even more special like a giant inflatable snow globe.

Just in case you have missed any information, check out our What's On guide and our Mum's guide to Christmas in Romford article.

If you are hosting an event and you've not seen it on our What's On guide please complete an event form here.

 

Have a great month! 
πŸŽ„Merry Christmas from us to you!πŸŽ„

 

Jane x

News & Notices

Christmas Tree Recycling

Every year in the aftermath of the festive period we see abandoned Christmas trees dumped in all sorts of places. Local charity, Saint Francis Hospice are offering to collect your tree and recycle it, in return for a donation. ... Read more


Christmas

Ho! Ho! Ho!

It's that time of year again, and we have been researching all things Christmas related. Most of us don’t want to even think about Christmas until much nearer the time but lots of businesses have been getting in touch and sharing details of their events - some have even had various dates selling out already. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun, so we are publishing our list of all that’s happening in the area now, and will continue to add to it as new events are announced.

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