What’s on in Havering – December 2017

December is almost upon us and there are lost of events coming up:


Beauty and the Beast at The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
29th November 2017 – 6th January 2018
Come and join in the fun as your favourite fairytale comes to life in a magical, fun-packed panto for the whole family.

In a land far away, lived a bright and beautiful young woman. Her life becomes in danger when she is taken prisoner by a hideous Beast in his castle. Will she escape? Will the Beast be able to find true love and break his terrible curse?

You’ll enjoy booing the baddie, cheering your hero and laughing along with the hilarious Dame as you join the adventure to see if love really can conquer all.

Beauty and the Beast has it all – sparkling sets, colourful costumes, tunes that you all know, lots of laughter and most importantly plenty of audience participation.

From the team that brought you the box office smash-hit spectacular Cinderella, it’s going to be the best Christmas extravaganza in town!

Make sure you book before the final rose petal falls…

Narnia at Brentwood Theatre
5th – 29th December 2017
Join us on a journey beyond the wardrobe for a musical retelling based on the C.S. Lewis classic ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.

1941 sees four English school children evacuated from their home and stumble across Narnia, a magical realm covered in snow and Ice. Along the way they befriend some of the talking animals and mythical creatures who inhabit Narnia. The children are each given a special gift which will help them assist Aslan, The Great Lion, to defeat The White Witch.
Suitable for ages 5 and upwards.

For groups of ten or more please telephone our Box Office on 01277 200305 – you will pay the concession price for ALL members of your group

Twas the Night Before Christmas at The Broadway, Rainham, RM13 9YN
6th – 22nd December 2017
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

A magical Queen’s Theatre show for 3 – 7 year olds and their families performed at a new venue, in the historic Hayloft at the charming National Trust property Rainham Hall.

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!

Cinderella at Myplace, 343 Dagnam Park Dr, Harold Hill, RM3 9EN
Friday 22nd December 7pm, Saturday 23rd December 3pm, Saturday 23rd December 7pm
The Blue Tees will be performing the pantomime “Cinderella” at the Myplace centre in December. This is the first time they’ve ever performed a pantomime.

Tickets are extremely limited and go on sale Monday 4 September.

We will be announcing the cast list one character at a time.

This is going to be fun for all the family.

Buy tickets online.

Buy tickets by phone, 0333 666 3366

Tickets price £8 booking fee

Tickets will not be sold on the door

A Chance to visit Santa:

Santa’s Workshop Weekend at Wellgate Community Farm, Collier Row Road, RM5 2BH
9th – 10th December 2017
Come and join us for Wellgate’s new Christmas event.

Each child will receive an Elves passport to be completed on their travels around the farm and it’s festive task stations.

Tickets are £15 per child (under 16)

What’s included;

❄️ Elves passport activity booklet
❄️ Dress as a reindeer become your very own Rudolph
❄️ Make your own Christmas bauble
❄️ Decorate a gingerbread man
❄️ Pony and cart ride
❄️ Visit Santa’s grotto and receive a gift

For more information contact the farm directly
01708 747850 info@wellgatefarm.org

Santa and the wishing tree at Havering Museum Ltd, 19-21 High St, Romford RM1 1JU
Saturday 9th December at 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-2.30pm
Give your kids an early Christmas treat…bring them along to the Museum on Saturday 9th December at 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-2.30pm.

They’ll met Santa, listen to his amazing adventures with his Elves and reindeer…receive a present and a magic bell. The young ones will also get the opportunity to record what they want for Christmas by placing their messages on Santa’s Wishing Tree. The visit includes craft activity and is suitable for kids 4-10 year olds.

Cost: £6.50p per child, adults free. This event must be booked in advance.

Santa in the woods at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre Hornchurch Country Park, RM12 6DF
16th 17th 21st & 22nd December
Meet Father Christmas and receive your gifts in the woods
Take your own photo with Santa

£7.00 per child

Call to book your session
01708 520364

Crafts available,

£2.00 per craft

Tea With Santa at Wyevale Garden Centre, Nags Head Lane, Upminster, RM14 1TS
18 – 23 December 2017
Check out Santa’s menu that he has planned for your visit to see him for tea this Christmas!
He has planned a Child’s Hot Tea for £10.00 which will be a choice of Pork sausages, crispy chicken nuggets or jacket potato with baked beans or cheese. There will also be seasonal vegetables and unlimited squash for the children to drink with their tea.

Your little elf could opt for a Child’s Cold Tea instead which is also £10.00 and for the cold menu, they can choose any 4 items and a drink from Wyevales Little Diggers My Picnic range.

For mum and dad, grandparents and adults accompanying the children on this special outing, the adult afternoon tea is £8.00 each where you will enjoy a festive afternoon tea of fresh finger sandwiches, colourful patisserie and scones with jam and clotted cream. All served with a pot of tea or regular filter coffee.

If you want something a little lighter, the adult mini-tea at £4.50 will fill you with a slice of festive cake from the Wyevale restaurant, served with a pot of tea or regular filter coffee.
Please note that dates and times and availability is different at each garden centre so please check and don’t delay to book the tickets for your preferred slot.

Tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale lasts around 90 minutes, so please check online for details with your local garden centre. The Wyevale Tea with Santa event is suitable for children between 3–8 years old who must be accompanied by at least 1 paying adult.

Please note, to visit Santa’s Wyevale Grotto, you will need to buy tickets for this attraction separately to your meal with Santa booking.

Christmas Fairs

Harrow Lodge Primary PTA Christmas Fayre, Harrow Lodge Primary School, Rainsford Way, Hornchurch, RM12 4BP
Saturday 2nd December 12pm – 3pm
Come & Join us for an afternoon of festive fun including:

Tombolas, Face Painting, Visit Santa, Cookie Decorating, Christmas
Craft, Festive Food plus external stalls selling make up, craft, gifts and more

Entrance: Adults 50p,

Children: FREE

Rainham Village Christmas Fayre
Saturday 2nd December 10am – 4pm

Raphael Park Christmas Fair
Saturday 9th December 12 – 6pm

Even more Christmas Themed Events

Real Christmas Lego craft at Romford Central Library
Saturday 9 December 10.30am-2.30pm
Pastor Dave Chuck, on behalf of the Boys Brigade and the Salvation Army, presents free craft session for all ages


Kingdom of the Elves in Romford Market
Saturday 16th December 10:30am – 5:30pm
Walk around the magical elf kingdom, make toys with the elves, you can even have a ‘selfie with an elfie’ on a giant sleigh.

Christmas Snow Globes at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor centre
Saturday 23rd December 10.00am -11.00am, 12.30pm 1.30pm
Come along and make a great Christmas globe, great fun to celebrate Christmas

Winter Wonderland Experience in Romford Market
Saturday 23rd December 10:30am – 5:30pm
Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland featuring a giant polar bear, giant sleigh, snow globe and live entertainment throughout the day.

Meet the Romford Reindeer in Romford Market
Outside Lloyds Bank, Romford Market
Saturday 23rd December 11:00am – 3:00pm
Make it a magical Christmas as the children meet a real reindeer and enter the ‘name the reindeer competition’.

Winter Lanterns at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sunday 24th December 10.00am-11.00am, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Come along and make a great winter lantern, fun craft for all the family!

£6 per child booking essential

£6.00 each

Booking essential

And finally for those of you who would like to get away from Christmas this December:

Introduction to the Birds and other Wildlife of the Ingrebourne Valley at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, Hornchurch Country Park, RM12 6DF
Saturday 11th November – 10.00am-12.00pm
Join Dave McGough on a walk around Hornchurch Country Park and the surrounding Living Landscape to experience the fantastic array of wildlife that the valley holds. Suitable for beginners. Meet at the visitor centre.

Gambia Hornchurch International Scout Project Concert at Trinity United Reformed Church, Upminster
Saturday 9th December 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Celebrate the great side of local young people at this free concert by coming to the Trinity United Reformed Church on Saturday 9th December Starting at 7.30pm. Enjoy a mixture of songs including a chance to sing along with a few songs and all for a great cause.

Gambia Hornchurch International Scout Project, also known as GHISP, has been working with young people for over 8 years to help them develop their social, physical and spiritual selves.

In Scouting we believe that we should do our best and do our duty. What started as an international trip has grown into a friendship that has affected both the UK Scouters and the Upper River Region Community and Scouters in The Gambia.

We aspire to help our friends to improve their quality of life by helping them achieve simple things like electricity to their communities, running water, toilets and much more.

We want to help ours friends towards a better quality of life.

If you want more details contact us at ghispinfo@gmail.com or you can reserve a seat for free to guarantee a space at http://www.ghisp.org.uk/upcoming-events/ghispmas-concert-reserve-a-seat/


If you like the evening, then please donate a little something to help the youngsters raise money for the bore hole for the Scouts in the Gambia.

For more information visit ghisp.org.uk

Fun Fair in Romford Market
15 – 17 December and 20 – 24 December
There will be a small fun fair in Romford Market from 15 – 17 December and 20 – 24 December

Havering SCI FI Charity Convention in the YMCA, Romford
Saturday 16th December 10:00am – 4:00pm
We are excited to announce a one off event coming to Havering this December…..The Havering SCI FI Charity Convention!!

Featuring stars from a number of iconic films and series, memorablia and gifts on sale.
A perfect event to get Christmas presents early!
Entry £5 per adult, £2 per child. PAY ON THE DOOR.
Actors appearing:

Michael Henbury: The UKs Smallest man! (Harry Potter)
Nick Joseph ( A New Hope)
Ross Mullan (Game of Thrones, Dr Who)
Norman Lovett (Red Dwarf)
Sandy Mohan (The Force Awakens, Eastenders)
Marolyn Turk (Star Wars, James Bond)
Ralph Morse ( Star Wars).