What’s on November 2018

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Haunting Julia at The Queen’s Theatre
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
1st – 17th November 2018

This hauntingly tense study of grief and the supernatural is punctuated with trademark wit from Alan Ayckbourn, one of the world’s most popular and prolific playwrights.

Romford Firework Extravaganza 2018
Broadford Primary School, Faringdon Avenue, Romford RM3 8JS, UK
2nd November 5:30pm – 9pm

Tickets can be purchased online at www.romfordfireworks.weebly.com:

£5 children £6 adults
An earth shattering display designed for the event by Pyrotechnic geniuses will brighten up the skies of Havering on the evening!

We truly believe this years event will once again be Havering’s No.1 family friendly display.

Back by popular demand is our firework crafting area and glow in the dark stalls and UV/glitter face painting station.

​There will be a bonfire lighting at 6pm and and the fireworks will begin at approximately 7.15pm. The gates will open at 5.30pm with aerial trapeze show, live music, DJ, magician and entertainment for children and adults alike.

In terms of food, we have our very own BBQ, pizza, dessert trailer and world food stall.

To ensure you are on site in time for the fireworks we recommend you arrive as early as possible, to sample the atmosphere and obtain a good viewing position.

​There is no parking available on the site – we would encourage you to walk or use public transport.

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Romford Model Railway Show
Marshalls Park School, Pettits Lane, Romford, Essex RM1 4EH
3rd November 10am – 5pm

A friendly model railway show for all the family featuring layouts in a variety of scales with trade support to cater for a wide range of railway modelling interests

Adults £5.00 Concessions £5.00 Children £4.00 Family £14.00

Outdoor Survival –
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Saturday 3rd November 10.30am – 11.30am, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Build a waterproof den, learn the techniques of lighting a fire. Suitable for ages 5+.
Dress for the out-doors. Donation: £6.00 per child. Adults and Children welcome.

Supersonic Science Workshops
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
Saturday 3rd November 11am; 1pm; 3pm

There’s hands-on experimenting in these interactive demonstrations, where you’ll have tons of fun investigating and testing rockets, making lava lamps, eating bubbles, making slime, riding an indoor hovercraft and plenty more! Book early! £10 per child. 20 for child participants only. Please note that this is a workshop and not a performance. Ages 7+ years

Elly Griffiths
Hornchurch Library
Monday 5th November 7:30 – 8:30

Author of the Stephens & Mephisto novels, Elly’s real name is Domenica de Rosa. She came up with Elly Griffiths after developing the idea for her Dr Ruth Galloway character while on holiday in Norfolk. Her agent told her: ‘This is crime. You need a crime name.’

London-born and Brighton-raised. She wrote her first book aged 11, a mystery set in Rottingdean near to where she still lives. After reading English at King’s College, she rose from publicity assistant at HarperCollins to become the company’s Editorial Director for children’s books.

While on maternity leave in 1998, her first novel, The Italian Quarter, was published. Three more books about Italy, families and identity followed before she came up with Ruth Galloway (and Elly).

Cost £5


Ensonglogpedia – Workshop
Romford Library
Wednesday 7th November 5pm – 6pm

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, ‘big bangs’, cells, DNA… expect the unexpected and expect it to rhyme.

This new show by John Hinton, multi-award winning writer and performer of the ‘scientrilogy’ of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie.

Peer reviewed by actual real life scientists from institutions including University of Sussex, King’s College London, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, the Natural History Museum, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and many more. The show was nominated for a Children’s Choice Award at the Brighton Fringe 2017.

Tickets £5


Jeffrey Archer
Hornchurch Library
Wednesday 7th November 7:30

Global best-selling author with a back story to rival any fictional character.

It has been said that Jeffrey Archer’s story would make an international best seller. Born in London, brought up in Somerset, the son of a printer, and educated at Wellington School, and Brasenose College, Oxford, he gained an athletics blue, was president of the University Athletics Club and ran the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966.

After leaving Oxford, he was elected to the Greater London Council, became MP for Louth at the age of 29, was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, made a Life Peer and was planning to stand for Mayor of London when he was imprisoned in 2001 for perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Jeffrey wrote his first novel to help clear debts of more than £400,000 after a failed investment that forced him to resign from the House of Commons. The novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less sold to 17 countries and was later dramatised by the BBC. His second novel Shall We Tell the President sold more than 3.5m copies in UK paperback edition alone.

Published in 97 countries and in more than 33 languages, Jeffrey’s novels have sold more than 330m copies worldwide. He is the only author to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (19 times), short stories (four times) and in non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

Tickets £10


Poppies and Planes
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
11th November 10am – 4pm

WWI and WWII artefacts and information from local historians along with Tony Philpot and Terry Roberts from The Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Society

Make a spitfire badge and paper poppy to take home
Donation: £3.00 per craft

Papalarny the Magic Man
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
Saturday 17th November 10am

Bim Bam Boo it’s Papalarny the incredibly popular children’s entertainer, as seen on Channel 4. Creating mind-blowing balloon models and performing his hilarious family magic show. You’ll go home with a creation of your own. Tickets £5 each booked on the website.

Andrew Graham-Dixon at Hornchurch Library
Hornchurch Library
20th November 7:30pm

Andrew’s landmark arts series for the BBC include A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity as well as many documentaries on art and artists. With chef and friend Giorgio Locatelli he combined his love of art and food in the popular series Italy Unpacked. He has written acclaimed books on art, judged the Turner Prize, the BP National Portrait Prize and the Annual British Animation Awards. He served on the Government Art Collection Committee, the Hayward Advisory Committee and the board of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Cost £7.50


Elsa & Anna’s Afternoon Tea’s
Berwick Manor, Berwick Pond road, RM13 9EL rainham, essex
25th November 1pm – 3.30pm

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)

Jack and the Beanstalk
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
28th November 2018 – 6th January 2019

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.

Snowman Craft
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor
Saturday 1st December 10.30am – 11.30am

Festive fun for all, come along and make your own snowman decoration and a marshmallow snowman to give a home.
Donation £6.00 per Child, Booking Essential. Adults and Children welcome.
Please come dressed appropriately for being outside.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
Saturday 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.

Belle’s Afternoon Tea’s
Berwick Manor, Berwick Pond road, RM13 9EL rainham, essex
Saturday 2nd December 1pm – 3pm

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

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)

International Day of the Disabled Person – Havering: Removing the Barriers
Salvation Army, 49 High Street, Romford, RM1 1JL
Monday 3rd December 9am – 4:30pm

In acknowledgement of International Day of the Disabled Person

Havering Council in conjunction with Salvation Army Romford


Monday 3rd December 2018, 9.30am to 4.30pm, Salvation Army Romford

Disabled women, men, and young people should experience the same sense of freedom, inclusion, opportunity and dignity as non-disabled people. This includes freedom to access available jobs, educational and training opportunities, care services, public transport, shopping, social venues, sporting and every other place where people expect access and inclusion. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Disabled Person is removing barriers, so within this theme the purpose of this important event is to listen to the experiences and aspirations of local disabled people and their carers, and to:

Identify local barriers to freedom and inclusion in all aspects of life in Havering
Explain what Council services are doing re disability and a) Children’s and Educational Services b) Adult Services c) Housing d) the Environment and open spaces and e) Public Health (TBC)
Record what we hear and accept responsibility within our respective services to address the issues raised within existing resources where possible, with a view to reporting back to participants at a future event
Speakers on the day will include senior managers from Havering Council, Havering Association of Disabled People, MIND, Transport for London, Havering Works, and other key services. Most importantly, we will hear direcetly from local disabled people. As well as a comprehensive agenda, participants will enjoy a free lunch and refreshments.

Interpreters and BSL signers will be present.

You’ll find free tickets and more information at this link:


DRAFT AGENDA ( – subject to change before the event)

09:00 Registration and tea and coffee

09:30 Opening remarks by Deputy Mayor of Havering – Welcome and setting the scene for a positive and productive day/Programme.

09:40 Andrew Blake-Herbert, CEO Havering Council – Service/SLT/Employer commitment to inclusion and driving up standards for everybody. Thanks to carers and staff.

09:50 Lead Councillor re Disabilities (Barbara Nicholls to confirm)

09:55 Vernal Scott – Disability and Community Cohesion

10:00 Short video – Disability and Employment

10:10 AccessAble (formerly DisabledGo) – Where are the accessible venues in Havering

10:20 HAD – This is what we do

10:30 Sycamore Trust/Autism Hub (TBC) – Autism and Learning

10:40 Havering MIND (TBC)

10:50 George Marcar, TfL speaker (confirmed) – Enabling freedom to travel in Havering and beyond – Trains, Buses, Elizabeth Line

11:10 Break

11:35 Steve Moore – Developing a Disability-Inclusive Environment

11:55 Mark Ansell – (TBC) Improved health outcomes for disabled residents and carers

12:10 Barbara Nicholls: Adult Services removing barriers to inclusion, independence and dignity

12:35 Jane West – Removing Barriers to Training and Employment

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Cycle Confident presentation

14:00 Disabled speaker?

14:10 Tim Aldridge: Children’s services removing barriers to inclusion and equality of attainment in education and care services

14:30 Neil Stubbings – Disability-Inclusive Housing

14:45 Vernal Scott – Intro to Breakout session. Purpose is to identify barriers and possible solutions by disability/impairment group:

Physical Disability

Mental Health

Autism, Learning Disability/Difficulty

Sensory Impairment x 3 (sight, hearing, speech)

Hidden disability/impairment (MS, Diabetes, cancer, HIV etc.)

Children/Young People (TBC)


15:15 Break tea/coffee

15:35 Feedback from breakout and plenary with Andrew, SLT and Vernal Scott

16:15 Chief Operating Officer or Vernal Scott – What happens next?

16:30 Andrew Blake-Herbert or Deputy Mayor to close

Event on-site stalls or displays:

London Fire Brigade
Havering works
Adults Services?
Children’s Services?
Community Safety re Hate Crime

Santa Grotto & Train Rides
Lodge Farm Park, Romford, Essex. RM2 5AJ
Saturday 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
Saturday 8th December 10.00am 11.00am– 12.30am- 1.30pm.

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
Sunday 9th December – 10.00am – 11.00am . 11.30am – 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.

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