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Keep busy in Redbridge this Easter: Top 10 activities

Feel like the New Year only just begun? Have the Easter holidays crept up on you?
If you find yourself with no plans for the kids this Easter, don’t worry we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of fantastic events and activities taking place across Redbridge. So there is nothing left to do except start booking!

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1) Easter Trails at Hainault Forest & Valentines Park

It wouldn’t be Easter without a few fun trails to follow! This year you can choose from two Easter trails. The first is at Hainault Forest where you will follow the clues to defeat the wicked Winter Pixie who has hidden the signs of Spring in the Forest because he wants it to stay winter forever. At Valentines Mansion children can look for hidden eggs and bunnies in the house and gardens and pick up special treats when all the eggs are found!

2) Find that Easter Bunny!

Want to help our rangers search for signs of the Easter Bunny? At South park there are wonderful plants to have a look at, from the tallest trees to the littlest flower… and if you’re lucky you might find places where the Easter Bunny has been exploring!

Only £3 per child (payable on the day)
Book your place by emailing nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk or call 020 8559 2316

3) Multi Sports Camps

If your children are full of energy or you’re looking to keep them active this holiday, then the multi-sports camps at Wanstead Leisure Centre are the perfect place for them. With activities including football, basketball and short tennis, they won’t ever want to leave!

£10 per day. To book or find out more contact Wanstead Leisure Centre on 020 8989 1172

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4) Easter at Redbridge Libraries

Looking for free activities? Come down to Redbridge libraries where we offer a range of exciting events, many of which are free or only have a small charge. A great place for parents and children to spend time together, so come along and enjoy our holiday drop in sessions, film club, face painting and more.

Find out about the activities in Redbridge Libraries

5) Swimming courses at Loxford Leisure Centre

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Give your child the opportunity to learn a skill that not only has health and safety benefits, but is one of the most fun things to learn! We are offering swimming courses at Loxford Leisure Centre throughout the holidays including ducklings courses and stage one.

Find out more by contacting Loxford Leisure Centre on 020 8478 5634

 

6) Family Film club at Redbridge Drama Centre

Want to sit back and enjoy a fun family movie? No need to spend loads of cash at the cinema, we’ve got a family film night right here in Redbridge! Head over to Redbridge Drama Centre on Friday 6 April for everyone’s favourite Roald Dahl classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. On Friday 13 April the Trolls are in town!

Book your tickets via the box office

7) Watersports camps at Fairlop

Think your child would love activities that take place on water? Sign them up for our sports camps at Fairlop Waters Outdoor Activity Centre! From sailing to kayaking, the kids can explore the lake and learn skills from our highly experienced instructors!

£120 for the week
To find out more or to book call 020 8500 1468

8) Cycling courses

Whether your child is a beginner or pro, there are sessions available for all cycling levels at Redbridge Cycling Centre this holiday.

Visit the website to find out dates and for booking information

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9) Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Valentines Mansion

End the holidays with the biggest party this spring! Join the Mad Hatter and friends for exciting activities including crafts, rides, theatre and lots more. Don’t forget to dress up and enter our costume parade, with prizes for children dressed in Alice in Wonderland costume!

Book your tickets now

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Top things to do in Redbridge for Kids this Easter!

With the weather picking up and the sun shining, it finally feels like spring is here to stay! This Easter, don’t waste the holidays at home – there’s so much to do right outside your door. Check out our top picks of things to do in Redbridge for the kids.

easter eggs1. Go on an Easter egg hunt

What are Easter holidays without an Easter egg hunt? Lucky for you, there’s three to choose from (or why not try all three!) At Owls Play Centre, and around Fairlop Waters Country Park search for tokens and end the day relaxing while the little ones enjoy the play centre. Over at Valentines Mansion there are hidden eggs and bunnies to find with a special treat waiting for you. Or head over to Hainault Forest Country Park for a nature trail, clues and a chocolatey prize!

2. Visit your local library!

Did you know that there are always lots of kids activities taking place in libraries during the holidays? We have arts and crafts, creative workshops and even film clubs! Don’t miss out – find out what’s going on in your local library here.

3. Enjoy cycling sessionscycling

There’s no better way to spend time outdoors than a good few laps around the cycle circuit. With courses for everything from beginners to pros, there’s no reason not to give it a try!

To book or for more information call Redbridge Cycling Centre on 020 8500 9359.

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Come along to celebrations across Ilford and Barkingside on Saturday 22 April. Join us in operating the 12ft tall George the Dragon – he plays music and blows bubbles! Don’t forget to head over to Ken Aston Square for the traditional Punch and Judy puppet show. Learn more about the day’s activities.

5. Take part in trampolining

Give the kids a place to release all that energy with our fun and exciting Trampolining courses! It’s a great way to stay fit and improve your skills – head over to Wanstead Leisure Centre and enquire at reception about holiday courses! Or call on 020 8989 1172.DSC_1250

6. Follow our family fashion trail

Throughout Easter, Redbridge museum is hosting free family fashion trails and dressing up along with puppet making sessions. If you haven’t visited the new exhibition yet, this is a great chance to get involved and learn all about the changes in fashion across the last 400 years! Come along anytime between 11am to 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

With so many events and activities taking place, you’re bound to find something to keep the kids busy this Easter!

Read our part-two Easter blog post: Top things for Adults in Redbridge this Easter!

Post Author: Nida Hussain

 

 


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Don’t miss the Redbridge Green Fair this Sunday!

Held once every 2 years, The Redbridge Green Fair is a large, vibrant, inclusive community festival with a “green” theme that raises public awareness of environmental issues and brings the community and businesses together in Valentines Park, Ilford.

This year the Green Fair takes place on Sunday 25 May from 11.30am to 7pm in Melbourne Field, Valentines Park. 

The fair will showcase free, low carbon and simple arts activities for children and adults with the help of local community artists, including construction with paper and wire and tie dying. There will be workshops including composting, vegetable growing, a ‘food miles’ run, recycled bikes for sale, Dr Bikes, a large tryout bikes area, eco shopping tips, craft and mending/repairing activities, bread cooking, drumming, a give and take area and a large solar cinema. The food available will be healthy, wonderful, diverse and solely vegetarian to promote lower carbon dietary choices. Even our music stage will be powered by a fire engine-cum-solar generator!

Our aim is to help reduce the carbon footprint in Redbridge, to support the Council’s aim of reducing it by 30% and bring back community spirit!

Take a look at some of the exhibitors, performers and workshops that will be present at the fair:

Darcy Turner Workshops 

Iroko Theatre Company

Recycles Bike Sales Servicing & Repairs

Tony Harvey Cycle Coaching and Training

Fusion Foods: Pop Up Restaurant

Forest Recycling Project

Solar Cinema Groovy Picture House

For more information visit the website:

Redbridge Green Fair

Email redbridgegreenfair@gmail.com
Twitter @RdbrdgGreenFair

Guest Post: Ros Southern


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Festive Farmer’s Market

Homemade jams, sizzling sausages and a lovely view of Valentine’s Mansion – it can only mean one thing – the farmer’s market, with a christmassy touch, came to Valentine’s Park this Sunday, and Raeesa Mukhtar went to check it all out!

There’s nothing quite like spending a glorious Sunday morning at a farmer’s market, and with Christmas fast approaching, it was an absolute treat for those wanting that extra special touch for their festive meals! I was welcomed with aromas of fresh olives and cheeses. But for someone with a bit more of a sweet tooth, I was straightaway drawn to sweetest looking stall of them all, drooling at the plethora of homemade jams and fudge. Everything was presented beautifully in gift bags and wrapping paper; anything on offer would have made for the perfect Christmas treat.

As I marvelled at the array of goods, I got chatting to Susie, the stall-holder who was wearing a Santa hat to match the bright red tinsel that draped over her table. I asked her about her farmer’s market experience in Redbridge and she said “I’m a regular here at Redbridge, and I think the location we have by the mansion is great, people can wander round, have a coffee and stop by”. Even in light of the big supermarket chains, Susie still believes that there is an important place for the farmer’s markets. I certainly agree with her as you simply cannot get produce that was on display at the market, anywhere else. Eager to know what she had on offer for Christmas especially, she listed everything she had for a festive treat. “The special fudges are: Christmas pudding fudge and mince pie fudge, the jams are plum and mulled wine. There’s also chutney and citrus whiskey rum”. No doubt she’s going to have people queuing up for that enticing lot!

The cold wind was really starting to bite at my fingers and toes, but that didn’t stop me from soaking up the atmosphere. I watched people at the stalls, unable to decide what to purchase they looked to the experts, the farmers themselves, for some advice on the best products. I think that is the most unique thing about farmer’s markets; you get advice on goods from the people who know everything about them. Delighted with their final choice, people leave the stalls, clutching to their packages and aching to devour it straightaway.

The market is also a perfect place for families, there was an abundance of children enjoying the open space around the markets while mum and dad nipped over to the stalls. The family dog was also out in full force, edging towards the sausages being freshly made by the Giggly Pink Co. The neighbouring stall – in fact it was not a stall at all but a bright yellow truck, that revealed a whole range of goodies.

So, despite the cold, the smiles and laughter signalled that the farmer’s market was once again a success.

Post Author: Raeesa Mukhtar 

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Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming to Redbridge Central Library!

Have you been naughty or nice? Come and visit Santa! He will be in his grotto on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday 11 December 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 14 December 11 am – 3 pm
  • Monday 16 December 12 pm – 2 pm
  • Wednesday 18 December 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 19 December 10:30 am – 1 pm
  • Saturday 21 December 11 am – 3 pm
  • Monday 23 December 11 am – 3 pm
  • Tuesday 24 December 11 am – 3 pm

There will be charge of £2.50 per child and every child will receive a gift.

For more information please call 020 8708 2414

 

DON’T MISS OUT ON SANTA!!!!


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It’s beginning to look a lot like a Barkingside Christmas!

Donning a Santa hat and munching on Gingerbread men, Raeesa Mukhtar joins Barkingside residents as they welcome the festive season.

It’s officially Christmas in Barkingside! Okay so, it may not be snowing, the presents haven’t all been wrapped and it’s definitely not time to buy the turkey… Yet, when I went to Barkingside Christmas light switch-on last Thursday, it was clear that the festive season had taken over almost every shop on the High Street! All around me decorations stood proudly in place, hanging from trees draped with tinsel and glitter. Lights adorned shop window fronts, twinkling happily at passers-by. Despite the cold biting at my fingers, I felt cosy and excited for the coming events.

3.30pm and school is out! The library begins to get busy, but something caught my eye beyond the bookshelf. A figure, dressed in red and white, wearing a Christmas hat and…walking on stilts! Accompanied by two elves, the tall woman made her way out of the library and onto the street, ducking so as not to hit her head on the ceiling! The trio began patrolling and calling out to children, telling them to visit the library and take part in the famous Gingerbread Man Trail. Even whilst skilfully standing on stilts, the woman made a fabulous balloon for each child that stopped to say hello. One lucky little girl received a balloon resembling a red and white candy cane. Once parents had snapped photographs of their ecstatic children they began to flood through the doors of the library. Everyone was desperate to see Santa of course!

The library looked and felt festive, just like the High Street shop windows. The shelves were covered in tinsel and a lovely little Gingerbread house perched on the edge of the front desk.  To the right, there was a spectacular array of trees and decorations, alongside which were tables armed with juice and biscuits for the visitors. Christmas spirit had even descended on the lovely staff, who donned cheerful headbands as they showed children to the eagerly anticipated Santa’s Grotto! Squeals of laughter and beaming smiles filled the library and it seemed that everyone had a great time celebrating Christmas in Barkingside!

Post Author: Raeesa Mukhtar