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Top 5 things to do in Redbridge this half term!

LB of Redbridge Half-Term Events, Redbridge, London, United Kingdom - 26 Oct 2016

With New Year’s feeling like a million years ago, the kids have been impatiently waiting to finish school and finally start their half term holidays! For many of them, this is a time to relax, go out with friends or stay at home playing video games. Whatever the plans are this half term, don’t let the kids miss out of some great thing happening on their door step! Here’s our list of top 5 things to do in Redbridge during February Half Term!

  1. Cycling courses at Redbridge Cycling Centre

cyclingKeep the kids active this break with a range of cycling courses from novice go-ride for the little ones just starting out all the way to road racing, for the riders with more confidence. For an incredible price of £12.50 for three hour sessions, your kids are bound to have an amazing time.

For more information on courses and how to book visit the Redbridge Cycling Centre website.


  1. Make:VR – a virtual reality workshop

vr-workshopIf your child is an avid gamer, then this workshop is perfect for them. Creating and using their own virtual reality viewer, the workshop encourages children to really get involved and take a fantastic journey to faraway places!

There are two sessions taking place on Thursday 16 February.
Book at Wanstead Library via Eventbrite.
Book at Fullwell Cross Library via Eventbrite.


  1. Marvellous Magic Show

magic-showThe holidays are always a great time to visit the historic Mansion situated in the beautiful surroundings of Valentines Park. This half term, Valentines Mansion are running some great activities for children including an Arts & Crafts session, and an exciting magic show! Mrs Back to Front has delightful magic tricks up her sleeve that you won’t want to miss.

Tickets are selling fast, so book quickly! To find out more visit the Valentines Mansion website.


  1. Poké-huntpokehunt

The popular gaming app that took the world by storm last summer is still enjoyed by many people. A fantastic way to get kids out of the house and get active, Redbridge Central Library is holding a Pokémon hunt around Ilford Town Centre this half term. An activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family, this is a fantastic way to see the sights and catch every Pokémon along the way!

The hunt takes place from 11am on Thursday 16 February. Please book in advance at Redbridge Central Library.


  1. Club Lollipop at Redbridge Drama Centre

girl-dancingCalling all boppers, boppettes, dudes and divas! Let your kids loose and enjoy an afternoon of games, dancing and lots of fun on Saturday 18 February. With a Disco Boutique which offers tattoos, face paint, temporary hair colours and sparkle the kids are bound to have an unforgettable time. Leave your kids with us (over 5s only) while you run those errands that have been piling up!

Book now at the Redbridge Drama Centre website.

For more activities taking place during half term, visit the Children’s Activities page on the Redbridge website.

Post Author: Nida Hussain


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Surf Safely

Where would we be without the internet? Many of us are reliant on it, using it for our day to day activities. We spend hours on it with unlimited possibilities, from watching cute cat videos to doing our weekly grocery shopping. It doesn’t matter how long we spend on it, many of us tend to forget one important detail – security. Are we really safe on the internet? Want to know some handy tips on how to stay safe? Well, keep reading!

There are three very easy, basic rules for using the internet safely:

  1. Password:

internet-safety-pictureWhen choosing a password, make sure it is difficult for someone to guess it. Use capital letters, numbers and symbols in the password, with a minimum of 8 characters. Do not use proper nouns, your name, date of birth or telephone number. Also avoid the use of the word “password”, “12345678” or even “qwerty”… it is too easy! Remember; do not disclose your password to anybody, even your closest friend.

  1. Protection:

One of the biggest errors people make is to have two protection systems running at the same time. If you do, you create a hole that hackers (people whom steal your information) can get through. Whichever protection system you have, stick to it!  If you have two running then it’s best to delete one.  And remember, both Windows 7 and Windows 10 have a built in software protection. The Windows 7 version has to be activated manually while the Windows 10 version is automatic!

  1. Site choice:

Know what site you are on!  Never click a link for a site unless you know that it is safe (including links within e-mails).  Search engines bring up a range of options to choose from so ensure that you pick the official site.
Never accept a download from any site unless you are 100% certain it is safe.
Be careful of cookies and accepting the use of them. Cookies allow companies to be sent information about you from your system, so they see it and use it!pexels-photo-270557

There are many other suggestions about what you should and should not do with the internet, but remember the axiom “if in doubt, leave it.” If you have a shadow of doubt about a site you are on, exit out of browser and do not return to it. Criminals want your information, do not give it to them!

Guest Author: Stephen Sklayne

Libraries around Redbridge are taking part in safer internet day on Tuesday 7 February. Are you? Visit for more information.

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Seeing Hearts?

seeing-heartsFebruary is the month of love, with spring just around the corner. Cupid is already stretching out his wings, preparing his bow and arrow and taking aim. Hearts are fluttering and finally, the weather is getting better. There is something extremely uplifting about seeing the shops lining up their products ready for Valentine’s Day. The mind dives into potential gifts and activities.

There’s always the struggle of finding the perfect gift for your loved one – but personally, I have always preferred something with a personal touch to it. Nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than something that has had time, effort and care put into it, though being a creative person myself with a flair for art has always made me a little more biased in terms of favouring crafts over roses and chocolates.

Everyone is searching for something to do to make this special day something to remember. It’s lucky that Redbridge has so much going on; get creative with arts and crafts in our Lovely Arts & Crafts (Sunday 12 February) fair and make something heartfelt, personal and special, or why not enjoy the beautiful pieces created by young artists of our borough?

Not the romantic type? Why not try ‘Galentines day’ – go out with your lady friends and make a day of it! Treat yourself and your friends to picturesque scenery and an incredible day out. Not everything has to be about love, it can just be about enjoying yourself, too.

Half term is vastly approaching, which means that children will be looking for something fun to do. Down at Valentines Mansion there is a spectacular show that would be just perfect for them – prepare for them to be amazed by Mrs Back to Front and her mesmerising magic.  Not only can you be astounded by the tricks, but you’ll also get the chance to learn with her balloon workshop, there is so much to be excited about, so why not head down to Valentines Mansion?

Valentines Mansion is hosting a great range of events perfect for those who need gifts, those that want to enjoy the beauty of the mansion, or just want a magical day out with their families, friends and loved ones. There is something for everybody so don’t miss out.

Take a look at what’s on in the mansion and we’re sure you’ll find something perfect for you:

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?