11 cheap and cheerful days out in and around Havering under £10
- Credit: Jump Evolution Trampoline Park
With lockdown restrictions slowly lifting and summer arriving, here are some ways to enjoy in and around Havering or Romford on a budget under £10.
An 18-hole miniature golf course full of eccentricities, including Dagenham’s giant Moby Dick whale sculpture.
Featuring a waterfall and 60-metre lagoon, this is a whale of a time for all ages to enjoy and fully wheelchair accessible.
Bedfords Park Local Nature Reserve
For those looking to get lost in nature, Bedfords Park welcomes visitors to roam its 215 acres of land.
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Home to red deer, the nature reserve offers fantastic views across London and the Thames. Free entry and parking.
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Be it bowling, pool, ping pong or arcade games, Namco Funscape in the Brewery offers a variety of activities for entertainment-seekers.
The 800-year old Romford Market is one of the oldest and largest markets in the UK.
Head down and browse its 150 stalls, where you can sometimes find quirky events and all manner of things, be it fruit, vegetables, meat, clothes or toys and mobile accessories.
This includes Courtney’s Cakes for six months, after Courtney Gwatkin won Romford Business Improvement District’s (BID) Pitch for a Pitch competition.
Open Wed, Fri and Sat 9am to 4.30pm (5pm Sat).
RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve
Rainham Marshes protected nature reserve, which runs alongside the Thames, offers a top spot for bird watching and hosts a diversity of wildlife.
Non-members can hire a bike for £10 (full-day) or £5 (half-day) and ride two miles along river, past Rainham’s famous The Diver sculpture.
Free entry for Havering and Thurrock residents.
Lodge Farm Miniature Railway
Climb aboard miniature locomotive trains at the volunteer-run Lodge Farm Miniature Railway Park.
The charming rides are perfect for a family day out with young children.
Film buffs or those seeking shelter from the rain can watch new releases at Premiere Cinemas in The Mercury Shopping Centre.
It recently hosted the Romford Film Festival 2021.
Jump Evolution Trampoline Park
If you’re looking to put a spring back into your step, look no further than the 25,000 sq ft Jump Evolution Trampoline Park in Harold Hill.
Jumpers can enjoy group dodgeball, monkey bars and a giant trapeze across 100 interconnecting trampolines.
The discounted early bird and twilight tickets are within the £10 budget.
Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium
Why not spend hours at one of the UK’s most popular dog tracks, Romford Greyhound Stadium?
The site, where Kenyan cheetahs briefly competed in the 1930s, hosts greyhound races six days a week.
Wellgate Community Farm
Meet the gang at Wellgate Community Farm: from ponies Candy and Tumble to Monty the Dartmoor greyface lamb.
The perfect spot for animal lovers to admire and pet furry friends.
An elegant Grade II listed Georgian House, where visitors can visit the community gardens, have a cup of tea and cake and visit its exhibitions.
Anthony Denney's photographs for 1960s Vogue are now on display.