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Mum's guide to Romford PYO Pumpkins


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 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.




Wild World Heroes

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

We are very pleased to say that we are back with a physical Summer Reading Challenge this year – with a couple of adaptations to make it as safe as possible for families to take part.

Registration opens on Saturday 10th July at all 10 Havering Libraries.


The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at all children aged 4-11 years old.  The Challenge is for them to read 6 books over the summer holidays – a time when reading levels often dip.  It is a very successful national reading initiative that has been running for over 20 years.

This Year's Theme – Wild World Heroes

We have teamed up with the WWF to deliver a Challenge all about wildlife, nature and protecting the environment.  So a very topical theme.

How to take part

Children will need to visit their local library to register from 10th July onwards.  They will be given a pack that includes a collector's folder, six stickers, a book review sheet, a 'How to Take Part' leaflet and a couple of other surprises.  If they are not already members of the library they can join straight away.  On this first visit they can also borrow all 6 books or just take a couple to start them off. 

They can choose any books – whatever interests them - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, joke books etc.  But they must be library books.  They are welcome to visit the library to choose more books as many times as they want to over the holidays.  But they should be aware that on occasion they may have to queue due to social distancing guidelines.

They then go away and start reading their books.  This year we are asking parents/carers to talk to their children at home about the books that they have been reading and to hand out one sticker at a time after they have read each book.   Children will also need to fill in the book review sheet with a short piece about the book or draw a picture on the review sheet.

Unfortunately we won't be having library staff or volunteers in our libraries to talk to the children about each book they have read this year.  Hopefully we'll be able to return to doing this next year.

When all 6 books have been read, they should return the completed book review sheet to the library, where a member of staff will mark down that the child has completed the challenge and all children who have completed the challenge will receive a certificate and medal in school in the Autumn term (library staff will deliver the certificates and medals to each school).


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

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https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLodge Farm Park, Romford

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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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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 "


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

Children's activities, clubs & classes

SEN Saturday Club
The Dads Cafe
Catleaps Gymnastics Club

Education & childcare

Happy Childcare

For grown-ups (other businesses)

Kirsty's Pram Cleaning

Health & Wellbeing

Zumba with RaeActive Fitness

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