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Your guide to half-term activities in Havering

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 February 2018

Children enjoying craft activities at Rainham Hall. Picture: Ken Mears

Children enjoying craft activities at Rainham Hall. Picture: Ken Mears

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As half-term begins next week with children freed from their classrooms, it can be difficult to think of fun ideas to keep them occupied.

So to make sure they are busy and entertained, why not take them to one of the many activities taking place in the borough.

Monday

Surprising superheroes - create and play morning, Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch

Creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities.

Tickets £10, for four-six-year-olds from 10am. Visit queens-theatre.co.uk

Forest Mondays, Essex Wildlife Trust, Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Haveringe-atte-Bower

The session is based outdoors in the woods, take part in den building, rope work, bushcraft skills and tool work, woodland crafts and explore wildlife. Suitable for children five and older but must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost £6 per child, 1-3pm.

Booking in advance is essential. Call 01708 899840 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk

Tuesday

Street dance masterclass, Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch

Learn skills from leading industry professionals. 10am-12pm for six-nine-year-olds and 1-3pm for 10-14-year-olds.

Tickets £8. Visit queens-theatre.co.uk

Den building, Essex Wildlife Trust, Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Haveringe-atte-Bower

Activity session building dens and shelters in the woods. Use tarpaulin, rope, wood, leaves and branches amongst the trees to create a fantastic shelter. Suitable for children aged five and older. Tickets cost £6 per child, 10.30am-12pm.

Booking in advance is essential. Call 01708 899840 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk

Wednesday

Make your own kite, Rainham Hall, Broadway, Rainham

Suitable for five-12-year-olds. Tickets £3, 11am-12pm. Call 01708 525579

Bedfords Nature Tots, Essex Wildlife Trust, Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Haveringe-atte-Bower

Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play and create for under five-year-olds. Tickets cost £6 per child, £4 per sibling, 10.30am-12pm.

Booking in advance is essential. Call 01708 899840 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk

Thursday

Fairkytes Cinema Experience, Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch

A fun packed afternoon for the whole family, including a screening of the movie “Sing!”, activity packs and glitter tattoos.

Tickets £6 first adult and first child, £3 additional children, £2 additional adults, 1pm. Booking is essential.

Call 01708 456308

Musical theatre masterclass, Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch

Sing and dance your way through one of your favourite musical numbers as you learn a full musical theatre routine from a west end show. 10am-12pm for six-nine-year-olds and 1-3pm for 10-14-year-olds.

Tickets £8.

Plant it, grow it and eat it, Rainham Hall, Broadway, Rainham

Learn how to sow seeds in recycled pots. Suitable for five-nine-year-olds.

Tickets £3, 11am-12pm. Call 01708 525579

Dinosaur Family Fun Day, Havering Museum, High Street, Romford

Drop in anytime with the children to have fun exploring Britain’s dinosaur heritage through crafts, quizzes and roaring good fun.

Suitable for four-10-year-olds, tickets £3 per adult and free entry for children. Fun day will run from 11am-3pm.

Call 01708 766571

Friday

Campfire cooking, Rainham Hall, Broadway, Rainham

Suitable for five-12-year-olds. Inspired by the hall’s exhibition about the Second World War nursery at Rainham Hall, children will be able to gather around a campfire to toast marshmallows as children did in years gone by. Booking online in advance is essential for this event. Tickets £3, 11am-3pm (half hour slots). Call 01708 525579

Forest Fairytales, Essex Wildlife Trust, Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Haveringe-atte-Bower

Follow an adventure at your own pace through the forest, discover characters from your favourite fairytales and back to the centre to create a fairytale craft to take home

Suitable for children three and older, £6 per child, 1-2pm.

Booking in advance is essential. Call 01708 899840 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk

Saturday

Plant it, grow it and eat it, Rainham Hall, Broadway, Rainham

Learn how to sow seeds in recycled pots. Suitable for five-nine-year-olds.

Tickets £3, 11am-12pm. Call 01708 525579

Sunday

Family fun, Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet

You can pick up an adventure trail sheet at the visitor centre and take part in self guided activities. Cost £1.50 per person, 9.30am-4.30pm. Call 01708 899840 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk

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