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5 Family Fun things to do in HAVERING for October Half Term!

There are lots of great things taking place in Havering this October Half Term which all of the family can enjoy.

Here are 5 great things which are taking place:

1.Halloween at Rainham Hall Community Garden

Join the team for spooky stuff this Half term. In the lead up to Halloween come to the courtyard for Pumpkin Carving for families. Discover the new outdoor Ghostly Garden Trail. No booking required, just turn up, £4 per person doing the activities, card payment only. Children need to be supervised at all times.

Taking place at 11am on Oct 24, Oct 25, Oct 26, Oct 27 and Oct 28th.

2. Queens Theatre Hornchurch – Has it all going on!

From songs and stories to music and crafts, the Queen’sTheatre Hornchurch is excited to present a variety of children’s entertainment this October half-term! Taking over the theatre’s main stage on 22 and 23 October is the most delightful tale of friendship and bravery ever to be seen on stage, Tabby McTat! This magical, musical show has songs, laughter and a heart-warming tale of friendship for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups. The production is based on the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and tickets are £13 (plus 65p New Transformation Fee)


Fans of String-a-long-a-Puppet’s puppet shows such as Hansel and Gretel can sing along with the swashbuckling adventure The Pirate Squad & the Search for Mermaid’s Lagoon, on 19 October at 10.30am and 12pm. This original puppet show packed with audience participation and catchy songs, and suitable for ages 2+. Tickets are £5 for children and £10 for adults. We also have the delightful Back In Time For Breakfast on 26 October at 11.30am. This wonderful show features playful puppetry, interactive sets, imaginative storytelling and much more! It is suitable for ages 3+ and tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for a child, with £25 family tickets (2 adults, 2 children). For the budding scientists there’s the fabulous Bubble Science Show on 24 October at 1pm. This wonderous sixty-minute show combines breath-taking artistry, surprising science, plenty of audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks. For those that love getting creative there’s a range of jam-packed Create & Play Mornings on Thursday 24 October and Friday 25 October. Themes include Mischevious Monsters and Ghostly Ghouls. Little ones aged 4 – 6 years will be able to use their imagination and enjoy two hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. Workshops run from 10am – 12 noon and cost £10. Highlights also include a Musical Theatre Masterclass for those who love performing (Wednesday 23 October at 10am for 6-9 years and at 1pm for 10-14 years) and a Street Dance Masterclass taught by an industry professional (Tuesday 22 October at 10am for 6-9 years and 1pm for 10-14 years). For more information and to book tickets for any of these shows or workshops call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online.

3. Stubbers Adventure Centre presents “Stubbers In The Dark” in Upminster

Taking place on both Thursday October 26th & Friday October 27th this seasonal festival includes lots of great things with its general admission including:

  • Marshmallow Toasting
  • Woodland Discovery Trail
  • Adventure Play Park
  • Silent Disco
  • Sand Play & Paddle Beach

For an additional fee you can include:

  • High Ropes
  • Laser Tag Battle
  • Tractor Rides (£1 per person)
  • Clip & Climb Indoor Wall
  • Caving
  • Pedalo (weather depending)

General Admission is £4 per Child, £3 per Adult and £1 per Under 5 Child.
Stubbers Adventure Centre, Ockendon Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TY

4. Fairkytes Art Centre at The Havering Museum, Romford

Get hands on with lantern making at the Havering Museum this October Half Term.  This will be a great family fun workshop with lots of messy fun!

There are two separate workshops being hosted but both will contain the fun activity of lantern making.  This is suitable for all ages from 5+ and costs £6 per child.

(Advanced Booking is essential from Havering Museum)

5. Holiday Club at the YMCA, Romford

The YMCA provides an active and affordable holiday club for all children from reception upwards.
This is a great opportunity for indoor and outdoor exploration.  The energetic team made up of qualified and experienced staff enhance children’s development and social skills while having fun.

There is a wide range of activities including:

  • Spooky Messy Play
  • Sports & Fitness
  • Cookery Sessions
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bowling
  • Zorbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Days Out (including – Fire Station, Police Station, Cinema & Raphael’s Park)

Taking place from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October 2023 at:
YMCA, 29 Rush Green Road, Romford, Essex, RM7 0PH.

**Discounts for Early Booking as well as Sibling Discounts.  Booking is required: or call 01708 766211

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