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Sizzling Summer Activities for you and the family

Make the best of your Summer holiday by taking part in one of our many events at Redbridge, we have everything from picnics to festivals, to allow you to take advantage of the wonderful weather.

For a full guide of our activities, check out our Summer Do More Guide.

We’ve managed to narrow it down to our top 5 events or places to be this summer:


1. Valentines Mansion

Fancy some arts and crafts? Valentines mansion is the place for you, with fantastic family friendly activities.

  • Monday 6 August – Lavender Bags
  • Wednesday 15 August – Funky Fish & Crazy Crabs
  • Wednesday 22 August – Sunflower Fun

Find out more about these arty events and get yourself involved by visiting the website for more information about prices and times.



2. Redbridge Museum

Come down and visit the Build It Exhibition this summer at Redbridge Museum where you can explore Redbridge’s different buildings in the past, present and future by taking part in this interactive exhibition, running until Saturday 1 September. There is free admission and special activities on certain days.

Specifically for the summer, there are a range of creative activities where you can put your building skills to the test; make prints based on historic buildings or make your own stained ‘glass’ made from paper!

Make sure you dig into our website for further details on how you can get involved.


moana.jpg3. Redbridge Drama Centre

Redbridge Drama Centre is hosting its very own educational workshops, Drama Days, where you can learn improvisation, mask work and physical theatre. Learn the art of acting and do something bold and brave this summer.

Or you could take a trip to the beach and join us for a very special adventure with Moana. This very special beach party on Friday 10 August will include spectacular summer activities to get involved in, as well as a showing of the film. Make sure you book your tickets fast!



4. Redbridge Libraries

Redbridge Libraries are the place to be, with their fun drop ins, special holiday film clubs and ceramic painting experiences. There is something for everyone, but make sure you book your place to avoid disappointment!

The Summer Reading Challenge is also being held; an event that helps encourage reading. You can win your own prizes for the books that you read, earn yourself a medal or certificate!

These educational activities are not to be missed, and are for a range of ages. For details and a list of events just visit our website.



5. The great outdoors

Do you love the great outdoors? Come and explore with us, and find out how beautiful nature can be. Our nature conservation holiday activities are perfect for all those curious adventurers that can’t wait to start exploring! Take a look at what’s on:

  • Monday 6 August – Woodland Pond Dipping
  • Wednesday 8 August – Hapa Zone

Keep yourself busy this summer. Visit the website for more details.


Honourable mentions

Loxford Leisure Centre

Want to cool off in this heat? Loxford Leisure Centre is hosting school holiday crash course swimming lessons where you can learn to swim like a fish in water!

Already know how to swim? Try out our paddle sports sessions and come to learn how to kayak in this friendly atmosphere.

Visit the website for more information.

Redbridge Cycling Centre

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, Redbridge Cycling Centre has something for everybody with their summer holiday courses, where you can develop your cycling skills. Learn how to ride on different terrains with the Mountain Bike Skills session, or start from scratch with the Novice Go-ride Skills.

Visit the Website for more information.


For more sports check out our Summer Do More sports guide, packed full of clubs and activities to help your kids enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest.

Post Author: Priya Devandran

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A day out at Fairlop Fair 2017


On Saturday we headed to Fairlop Waters County Park for their annual fair. This was our first time going to the fair but not our first visit to the park as it is one of our favourites and is opposite my daughter Chloe’s nursery.

As you may be aware we love a local day out and the fair is one of our favourite days. The fair started at 11am and we got their around 11.30am and by then it was already busy. I was amazed at the variety of activities they had.


Chloe had seen the rides on her way home from nursery on Friday so was already looking forward to going on them and had been saying all morning she wanted to go on the cars. I think Chloe and her cousin Lizzie would have stayed on them all day if we had allowed. The rides were all ticket based which you purchased from the ticket booth. It was £10 for 10 tickets and the rides were two tickets each.  I don’t know what it is with little ones but they get so much enjoyment going round, and round and round.

One of the first things to catch my eye as we entered was the Greggs sign and we soon made a beeline for this. They had a gingerbread decorating stall and the children got two gingerbread men to decorate, one was to be entered in to the competition and one was to be enjoyed now. Chloe didn’t want her one which meant I got to enjoy it. And the best thing was it was all FREE.


And what is any day at the fair without face painting? Chloe will always pick a Tiger. No matter what the event or time of the year she wants to be a tiger. The lady who did the face painting was so talented and Chloe sat really still and took the whole face painting very seriously. Lizzie was a disco cat! Oh to be 8 years old and get away with having a rainbow face.

Soon it was lunch time and we headed to the food area to see what there was, and we were not disappointed with the large choice available from jerk chicken, pizza, burgers and a cake stand with the best name ever – Cakey McCakeface! Chloe wanted chips so I headed to the jerk chicken stall and Lizzie and her mum Lisa had pizza. The pizza looked really nice and was all cooked fresh. The great thing with days like this is that it can be as cheap or expensive as you want and I saw plenty of people sitting having a picnic taking in all the surroundings.

After we had eaten we took a walk around the rest of the fair to see what was on offer. They had a beach area with deck chairs but by the time we got to this area it was so busy we didn’t manage to have a play, but it looked fab. Earlier in the day there was a performance put on in this area that looked like fun.


Also going on throughout the day was music and entertainment by the local drama clubs and even a salsa dancing lesson.

We finished the day with an ice cream on the top of the hill looking over the fair and listening to the music. We all went home happy, tired and with a full belly. We are already looking forward to returning next year!

Guest Writer: Mummy Em

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Redbridge Museum’s Super Science exhibition – is truly out of this world!

Among all of the books in the library is the wonderful Redbridge Museum. This summer, it’s been transformed into a dreamland for all those who love science, space and getting creative.

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Before you enter the exhibition on the first floor, it’s worth taking a look at the different displays that bring forth some important history. As we are commemorating the centenary of the First World War, there is a magnificent display of Royal Mail’s First World War Stamps. Each of the proudly displayed large stamps are certainly worth marvelling at as they each tell a story of the War. Other displays include East Ilford Betterment Partnership Mosaic Workshop and a variety of knitted book covers and bags!

Inside the exhibition, there is a burst of bright colours and there are many wondrous things to explore. You can literally get hands on when it comes to the interactive activity that shows you the science behind tons of things we use everyday such as the phone! Come and see how this device has developed by inspecting it and what it looked like through the ages. Then, use your knowledge to impress your friends and family, the next time they use their phone!

There is so much to learn at the exhibition but there are also lots of creative things that you can get stuck into, each week there are various make and take activities on offer, so you can pop in each week to make some amazing creations and best of all it’s free. Until the 16 August, you and your friends can make your own Fantastic Physics Recipe Book. There are tables set out, materials and instructions at the ready, all prepared for you to get creative.

If you dream of going to space one day, you are welcome to experience what it could be like in the museum’s very impressive makeshift rocket. Set against a beautiful scene of outer space and all the planets and stars, with space suits hanging in the corner, the words of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon resonates throughout the museum – “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. The squeals of excitement from each child who put on the space suit and climbed into the rocket to allow their imagination to run wild, proves that this exhibition is certainly not one to be missed!

See here for more details of our Super Science exhibition

Location– First Floor, Super Science Exhibition, Redbridge Central Library

Opening times – 22 July – 06 September 2014

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

Post author: Raeesa Mukhtar

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Coming Soon… A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Sunday 29 June, 6pm

Oddsocks return in their 25th Anniversary year with another high-energy, feel-good, family theatre show and this summer it’s the magical, spectacular “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, performed with live music, exhilarating circus skills and some outrageous hunting dogs! Four lovers run-off to the countryside where mysterious woodland creatures play tricks on them with hilarious results and when a troupe of amateur actors decide to rehearse in the woods the fairies intervention leads to bizarre and outrageous comedy that’s perfect for the open air. If there’s one show you see this summer, if there’s one outdoor event you go to, make it this one! Don’t miss out – Catch the Dream!

 Without doubt the performance was among the best productions that I have seen…’ Jersey Evening Post

Adult £12 (in advance) /£14 (on the day)

Concession/Child £9.50 (in advance) / £10.50 (on the day)

Family Ticket £35 (in advance) / £40 (on the day) 2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children only

Valentines Mansion Gardens, Valentines Park, Emerson Road entrance, Ilford IG1 4XA

Enquiries email:

Visit: for further information and details of how to book. Booking line opens on Tuesday 1 April.

Oddsocks – A Midsummer Night’s Dream