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Mum's guide to Romford PYO Pumpkins

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Pick Your Own Fruit

One of our favourite things to do in the summer is to go fruit picking. Although we don't have any PYO farms in the Romford area, there are some that aren't so far away - perfect for a day out!

Lathcoats Farm - Great Baddow, Chelmsford. CM2 8LX (approximately 30 - 35 minutes from Romford)
Lathcoats have a great selection of fruit to pick at various times. You'll find strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, cherries, tummelberries, currants and more. Covid-19 restrictions are in place to fruit vouchers must be purchased before you visit. Visit the website for daily updates on ripe fruit available for picking (it's best to check later in the day when the staff have assessed what will be available for the following day). There are no facilities for picnics currently and the coffee shop is closed - please do check the website as this may change.  You'll find up to date information on the PYO and restrictions here.

Cammas Hall Farm - Hatfield Broad Oak. CM22 7JT (approximately 45 - 50 minutes from Romford)
Cammas Hall is a very popular destination and they are operating a voucher system which is only available for pre booking. They have a great selection of fruit available - strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, cherries and more. There are daily updates on their Facebook page with information about fruit availability. Booking slots are released a day or two in advance and must be booked on the website. You can check what produce is available here. For details on the Covid-19 restrictions click here.

Parkside Farm - Enfield EN2 8LA (approximately 50 minutes from Romford)
Parkside has a great range of berries and some vegetables available at various times. You can check availability on their website. Again entry is by advance booking to enable the staff to maintain safe numbers of customers. There is a farm shop on site selling local produce - honey, fruit and ice creams.

McLauchlins of Boxted - CO4 5RB (approximately 1 hour from Romford)
As with all venues this year there are special safety measures in place. The is a selection of fruit available to pick - strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, dessert gooseberries, broad beans & gooseberries. You must pre book your visit otherwise you will not be allowed to pick any fruit. There is a shop on site selling produce. For booking information and details of the safety measures in place click here.


Bloomfield Farm - Chipping Ongar, CM5 0NB (approximately 35 - 40 minutes from Romford)
UPDATE: Awaiting opening information for 2021
Planning to open mid July with Czar Plums to PYO - check Facebook page for up to date info.

Updated June 2021

Halloween

Halloween in Havering and Beyond

Halloween is fast approaching and there are so many great events running in Havering and beyond. We want to make it as easy as possible to find what you are looking for so we have made some lists and they all have links!

Take a look at our pick of the crop below!

🎃Halloween & Half Term Events - we have created a list of our 'best picks' of the days out, events and places to visit. You can see the full 'What's On' guide here.

🎃Frightening Fun, Ghoulish Games & Scary Snacks - if you plan to spend some of half term at home, it's always a good idea to have some ideas up your sleeve!

🎃PYO Pumpkins - some farms have fields to PYO and some have other Halloween themed activities too. Always check if venues need tickets to be booked in advance.

🎃Halloween Scavenger Hunt - take this with you when you are out and about. Can you find all the things on the list? Download a copy of our Halloween Scavenger Hunt here.

🎃Halloween Movies - need some inspiration for a movie night?

🎃FREE Halloween Colouring Sheet

🎃FREE Pumpkin Design Template

MGT Awards

The Mum’s guide to Romford Awards are back for their 2nd year with the aim of recognising the local people, businesses and organisations that help make Romford and the surrounding area such a great place for families.

The 2020 awards were a huge success, with over 2750 local parents taking part in the final voting stage, casting over 8000 votes! We hope that 2021 will be even bigger!

Nominations will open soon and we want you to tell us which businesses and organisations make Romford and the surrounding area fantastic.

From Monday 20th September 2021 you will be able to nominate a business in one of our 7 categories. You can nominate as many or as few businesses as you like in as many or as few categories as you like, but businesses must be based or operate in Romford and the surrounding areas (Havering) and business owners or employees cannot nominate their own business.

This year's categories are:

⭐️Best Activity Class or Group for Under 5s: Award for the best activity class or group for children under 5, including parent and toddler groups.

⭐️Best Activity Class or Group for School-age Children: Award for the best activity class, group or club for children of school age, either primary or secondary school.

⭐️Best Holiday Club or Class: Award for the best club, class or camp that runs during the school holidays for children in any age group.

⭐️Best Pre/Post-natal Support Service: Award for the business, individual or organisation that provides the best service for pre or post-natal mothers, and can include anything to do with pregnancy and post-pregnancy, including groups and classes.

⭐️Best Local Independent Business:  Award for the independent business (not already covered by another category) that provides the best service or product of (not necessarily child-related) to local parents.

⭐️Best Party and Celebrations Provider: Award for the business or individual that provides the best venue, entertainment or party-related product (e.g. cakes, catering, decorations, tableware).

⭐️Best Family Day Out: Award for the attraction that offers best value for money, all round family entertainment and fun whatever the weather or something else to make the day extra special within a distance of 60 miles from the centre of Romford that caters for families and children.

This year we are also adding a special award...

⭐️Local Lockdown Lifesaver:  This can be a person, organisation or business who quite simply saved your lockdown!
This category will not be voted on in the final round, but everyone eligible who is nominated will make it onto our “Roll of Honour”! So who was there for you during lockdown and deserves recognition? A friend, neighbour, family member, teacher, local business, a charity, an organisation? It could be anyone, just tell us why they deserve it!

Those with the most nominations in each category will make the shortlist for the final voting round. Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 10th October.

The final voting round will open on Thursday 14th October on the website.

Full terms and conditions for the 2021 Awards nominations and voting are available here. *Please see our terms and conditions for the definition of "surrounding area".

Christmas

 

Christmas 2021

Christmas is fast approaching and as always we will be keeping you up to date with all that's happening in and around the Romford area. 

Where to see Santa 2021

It may seem very early to be talking about seeing Santa but we know that some venues have already sold out of tickets for their events and some only have a limited tickets still available. 

Santa, Father Christmas, St Nicholas - whatever he is known as in your house, the little ones all love him!  There are lots of options available this year where you can see Santa. We are updating this page regularly as new information is available.  While most venues have now lifted restrictions, some events will be running a little differently to previous years in efforts to keep the public, and Santa, as safe as possible. Take some time to check details before you make a booking to ensure that the event is suitable for you and your family.

To see the most up to date list, click here

Christmas Markets & Events

Click here to see a great list of gift & craft fairs and other Christmassy events running in and around our area.

 

 

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK


31st March 2021-03-31 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLambourne End Centre, Romford


9th July 2021-07-09 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe British Library, London


10th July 2021-07-10 2021-10-08 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 8th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAround Luton, Luton


11th September 2021-09-11 2021-10-02 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 2nd October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWillows Activity Farm, St Albans


18th September 2021-09-18 2021-09-19 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 19th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLee Valley Farms, Waltham Abbey


18th September 2021-09-18 2021-09-19 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 19th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMarsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers


19th September 2021-09-19 2021-09-19 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLodge Farm Park, Romford


25th September 2021-09-25 2021-09-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeOld MacDonald's Farm, Brentwood


25th September 2021-09-25 2021-09-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 26th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLee Valley Farms, Waltham Abbey


25th September 2021-09-25 2021-09-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 26th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMarsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers


25th September 2021-09-25 2021-09-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 26th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe event field, Weald Road, Brentwood, Brentwood


25th September 2021-09-25 2021-09-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 26th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Pumpkin Patch (see post), Colchester

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USER RECOMMENDATIONS

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.

UMAKS - United Martial Arts Karate School

"I cannot recommend the UMAKS holiday camps enough! My 8 year old daughter loved every minute of her days at camp and can't wait to come back for more. So many activities throughout the day from karate driven fun exercise to crafts and amazing face painting. The mini Olympics was a massive hit. The instructors were all amazing and gave the children really great fun packed days. Well done UMAKS, we will definitely be back for more in the future! "

UMAKS - United Martial Arts Karate School

"My son (11) attended the summer camp in August. The instructors made every effort to ensure to kids have fun, non stop activities and friendly competition. He thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended "

UMAKS

"Summer camp was great fun . Great to meet new friends and try lots of different activities, face painting as well as learn new karate techniques. Sensei's all really nice and friendly and engaged with all of the children Children really enjoyed going and couldn't wait for the next session. Will definitely be booking Halloween karate camp."

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