Jack and The Beanstalk
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
28th Nov – 6th January

Times: Various times – see website

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, it’s panto fun for everyone When Jack sells Pat, his beloved family cow, for magic beans, he soon discovers they open up an unexpected world of thrilling adventure. Join Jack and dotty mum Dame Trott as they scale the Beanstalk, outwit the Giant and are reunited with Jill, the girl Jack loves. Brought to you by the same team as last year’s record-breaking Beauty and the Beast and 2016’s Cinderella, this actor musician version of the popular panto tale is peppered with pop hits from across the decades, bundles of audience participation and hilarious slapstick. So grab your tickets today for some joyously festive family fun.

Santa’s Grotto
Romford Shopping Hall
17th Nov – 24th December

We’re proud to announce the return of #Santa’s #grotto. This will open on Saturday 17th November at 10 am until 4 pm. This year we will be raising funds for the 6F (Romford) Squadron, #RAF Air Cadets. Fabulous little local charity – we are spreading the love! £6.00 per child and you may take as many photos or videos on your phone as you wish plus a fabulous present from the big man himself. Just turn up on the day – no booking require no time slots here!! Don’t forget we close at 1 pm sharp on Christmas Eve as he has a busy night ahead of him – See you all soon. This is our favourite time of year!
Lots of Love Mr & Mrs Santa xx

Belle’s Afternoon Tea’s
Berwick Manor, Berwick Pond road, RM13 9EL rainham, essex
Sunday 2nd December 1pm

Come & join us at Bewick Manor Hotel Every Sundy from 25th November for our Festive Family Afternoon Tea’s.

Join Elsa & Anna on Sunday 25th November & Sunday 9th December 2018
Join Belle on Sunday 2nd December & Sunday 16th December 2018

Tickets Sold from 01708 55 55 86
£22.50 for Children / £19.95 for Adults
Everyone will recieve a festive afternoon tea and welcome drink
All entertainment included
Photo opportunity at the end of event (charges apply)

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
1st – 23rd December

Based on the poem by Clement Clarke Moore ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas When all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. .. A magical festive treat… It’s Christmas time. Leave your shoes and slippers by the fireplace and settle down to hear one child’s story about the night they met a certain twinkly-eyed, round-bellied chap. After last year’s sell-out run at the National Trust’s Rainham Hall, the Queen’s Theatre is delighted to be bringing this joyful Christmas cracker of a production home to Hornchurch. ‘The performance was like opening a bottle of everything that excites a child about Christmas’ Cuteness and Chaos To be performed in the Theatre’s new onsite Rehearsal Space Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled performance start time. Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds Unfortunately, due to the intimate nature of this storytelling performance, children under the age of 3 cannot be admitted to this production.

Legends of King Arthur
Brentwood Theatre
4th – 30th December

This magical show retells the famous legends of the Sword in the Stone and Arthur with his Knights of the Round Table.

Watch as Arthur grows from a young squire into the rightful King of England. Merlin’s magic and Lancelot’s bravery help Arthur on his quests against a fiery dragon and the evil Morgana. Along the way, Arthur falls in love with the beautiful Guinevere and she inspires Arthur and his Knights to save the Kingdom of Camelot.

Adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller
Directed by James Sinclair
Produced by Brentwood Theatre Company by arrangement with Plays for Children.

Bark in the Dark – Thames Chase Christmas Special
Thames Chase Forest, Upminster, RM14
7th December 6pm

Take your best friend on an after-dark walk and raise money to care for homeless pets.
Setting off at sunset, you’ll follow our unique 5k glow in the dark trail. Light the way with a head torch, grab a night collar for your dog and join the fun.
See the forest like never before! Tickets are limited so be sure to purchase yours now to avoid disappointment.
Registration on the day opens at 6.00pm, the event will start at 7pm prompt and will finish at approx. 9.30pm. Anyone arriving after the walk


Santa Grotto & Train Rides
Lodge Farm Park, Romford, Essex. RM2 5AJ
8th December 10am – 4pm

Take a train to see Santa in his grotto.
Trains run from 10am and finish around 4pm.

21st Romford Scouts will be providing a light refreshments stall with hot drinks.

Tickets on sale on the day.

Christmas costumes and fancy dress to be encouraged.
Full details nearer the time.

Snow Globes
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
8th December 10am- 12.30pm

Come along and make a great Christmas Globe, great fun to celebrate Christmas
Donation £6 per child. Booking Essential. Adults and Children welcome

Christmas Wreath Making
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
9th December 10am – 12.30pm

Make your very own Xmas wreath to take home, all equipment provided.
Suitable for ages 5+
Donation £6 per Child . Booking Essential. . Adults and Children welcome.

Elsa & Anna’s Afternoon Tea’s
Berwick Manor, Berwick Pond road, RM13 9EL rainham, essex
Sunday 9th December 1pm – 3.30pm

Come & join us at Bewick Manor Hotel Every Sunday from 25th November for our Festive Family Afternoon Tea’s.

Join Elsa & Anna on Sunday 25th November & Sunday 9th December 2018
Join Belle on Sunday 2nd December & Sunday 16th December 2018

Tickets Sold from 01708 55 55 86
£22.50 for Children / £19.95 for Adults
Everyone will recieve a festive afternoon tea and welcome drink
All entertainment included
Photo opportunity at the end of event (charges apply)

The Magic of Motown
The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
10th December 7.30pm

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town.

Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, Heatwave, I’m Coming Out, Loco In Acapulco plus many more.

Book your tickets now and Reach Out for The Magic of Motown!


Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop
The Mercury Mall Shopping Centre, Romford
13th – 20th December

The special venue will be transformed into Santa’s enchanted workshop, and running from 15 – 30 December. Whilst Santa is busy making his list and checking it twice, his most trusted head elf Sparky Tinselbottom is frantically working away repairing abandoned toys. Families with children aged 7 – 11 can join in as one of Sparky’s friends and discover fantastic adventures of unloved toys from around the world. But don’t distract Sparky for too long, as Father Christmas needs everything to be ready for loading his sleigh and the clock is ticking…

Families must arrive 15 minutes before the advertised start time by the Grotto on the ground floor of the The Mercury Mall Shopping Centre, where they will be met and led to Sparky’s secret toyshop, which will be a short walk away.

Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop runs from 15 – 30 December. Tickets are £7.50 for all weekday performances and £10 at weekends. Performances are at 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm, 3pm and 6pm (varies each day). To book, call the Queen’s Theatre’s Box Office on 01708 443333 or go online at queens-theatre.co.uk

Santa in the Woods
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
15th & 16th December

Booking : Booking required
Meet father Christmas & receive your gift, take your photo with Santa in his Grotto in the woods, fun for all the family.

Time: Sessions available
Donation: £7.00 per child £1.00 per adult

Craft available £2.00 on the day.
Adults and children welcome.
Please come dressed appropriately for being outside.
Information 01708 520 364
Protecting Wildlife for the Future and for the People of Essex

Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch
16th December 8pm

Fairkytes Live presents Paul Henderson and Aladdins Aladdinsaneane, widely regarded as the UK’s finest David Bowie tribute band

Tickets £16.50 from Seetickets: bit.ly/2BHs5sf This concert is in addition to those published in the #FairkytesLive guide: bit.ly/2C2ZwFw

Christmas Trail
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Saturday & Sunday 22nd – 23rd December. Between 10.00am – 2.00pm

Come on down and answer a set of Christmas themed questions while following a trail.
Donation: £1.00 per person;
Please come dressed appropriately for being outside.

Myplace, 343 Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill
22nd – 23rd December

Jump on our magic carpet as we take you on a trip to Peking to see three magic wishes. Presented by the Blue Tees, Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a adventure with an interesting love story, a genius genie, an evil sorcerer, a flying carpet and a lamp packed full of spectacular family entertainment. Be ready to boo and hiss the Evil Abanazar as he tries to take over the world.

More information

Christmas at French’s Cafe
French’s Café, 3 North Street
Hornchurch RM11 1RL
December 25th 12pm – 4pm

French’s Café Working with SSAFA the armed forces charity this Christmas
French’s Café are opening their doors this
Christmas Day to give a warm charitable welcome with Christmas Dinner to those who are alone this Festive Season

When: Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 2018.
From: 12am to 4pm

There is no charge but spaces are limited, so if you would like to join us this Christmas please
call and pre book with SSAFA on 01708255060
Don’t be alone this Christmas. Come along and spend Christmas Day with new people and potential new friends.