Half term: 10 things for children to do in Redbridge this week

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 October 2015

The view of the lake at Fairlop Waters Country Park. Picture: Sandra Rowse

The view of the lake at Fairlop Waters Country Park. Picture: Sandra Rowse


With October half term arriving this week, there plenty of ways to entertain your youngsters across the borough.

Here’s our list of 10 things to do with the whole family in Redbridge this week:

1. Get fabulous at the Fabula Festival:

This weekend Redbridge Central Library, Clement’s Road, are celebrating all things artistic at their two-day Fabula Festival. Kids can make masks, take part in the treasure hunt and get their faces painted for free, whilst some of the other performances and workshops can be booked for a small fee.

Events on both days run from 11am-3pm, with The Monster’s Ball closing the festival from 3pm-5pm on Sunday.

2. Make a splash at Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre:

Running over the entire five days of half term, Splash Multi-Activity days at Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre allow kids to try out a whole host of outdoor skills under the tutelage of fully-qualified instructors. The activities available include kayaking, bouldering, orienteering and raft-building, to name but a few.

Each day runs from 9.15am-4.45pm with children supervised until 6pm to make picking them up a little easier.

3. Get on your bike at Redbridge Cycling Centre:

Redbridge Cycling Centre, Forest Road, is made up of purpose built road, BMX and off-road tracks that will host budding young bikers all week as part of a varied programme of events. Even the most inexperienced bikers can enjoy the centre’s Novice Go-Ride Skills sessions, whilst more adventurous youngsters can take part in their introductory courses on mountain biking, road racing and BMX skills.

All sessions are £10 and can be booked on 0208 5009359.

4. Enjoy a spooky Halloween week at Valentines Mansion and Gardens:

Valentines Mansion, Ilford, is throwing a number of events during half term to keep the kids entertained. Monday’s festival of stories invites children to meet local authors and take part in story-telling workshops, whilst Tuesday’s performance of Dracula is sure to send chills running down their spine. On Wednesday the kids can indulge their artistic sides, creating spooky souvenirs such as pumpkins, spiders and Halloween lanterns.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s sessions can be booked for £5 per child on 0208 7088100.

5. Go back in time at Redbridge Museum’s Ice Age Exhibition:

This Tuesday Redbridge Museum, Clement’s Road, are hosting a Mammoth Fun Day to mark the opening of their new exhibition, showing what Ilford was like over 200,000 years ago. Kids can make mammoth masks and models, as well as coming face to face with a life-size replica of an Ilford mammoth’s skull. If you can’t make the Tuesday, no need to worry, the rest of the week includes Mammoth badge making and a special kid’s trail.

Tuesday’s fun day is £1.50 per child, attendance at Redbridge Museum is free.

6. Brush up on your backhand at Tennis Camp:

Young Andy Murrays can enjoy a half term full of aces and match points at Chigwell Tennis Club next week. Based in Grange Crescent, Chigwell, the camp is staffed by fully qualified tennis instructors and runs from Monday to Friday and is open to any children aged 4-16.

For more information call Coach James on 07800 876681.

7. Take a walk on the scary side at Hainault Country Park:

Kids and parents alike will be spooked on this creepy lantern-lit walk through the forest in the dying light. The ‘Hainault Forest Spooky Halloween Lantern Walk’ follows a blood trail through a zombie zone as children listen to ghost stories and come face to face with monsters.

Running from 6-9pm on Friday October 30, the event is free but donations to the Woodland Trust are appreciated.

To book your place email

8. Get your kicks on a football course:

Running 10am-3pm Monday to Thursday, Beal High School’s half term football course offers children aged 5-16 a chance to improve their skills and meet other young footballers in the area. Making use of the school’s first rate facilities, kids are sure to have a great time banging the goals in.

The sessions are £10 per day. For more information call 07984 189460.

9. Let the kids run wild:

Younger children from 0-12 can enjoy their Halloween at Owls Indoor Play Centre’s Halloween Party. For two hours from 6:30pm on Friday 30th, the multi-tiered soft play centre’s bounce pads and slides will be packed to the rafters with fun-loving kids in spooky costumes. To cap it all off, every child gets a meal box as part of the experience.

A place at the party can be booked on 0208 500 9669. Tickets cost £10 and children must be accompanied by an adult.

9. Try something new at the Olympic Park:

From Tuesday-Thursday, disability sports project Motivate East are teaming up with Team Redbridge to throw a number of paralympic sports taster sessions at Timber Lodge in the Olympic Park. Both indoor and outdoor sessions mean the activities will go ahead whatever the weather.

Sessions run from 10am-3pm. For more information contact Colin King on 07460 862886.

10. Step into the world of Harry Potter with Redbridge Drama Centre:

If your child is a JK Rowling fanatic, then Redbridge Drama Centre’s half term workshop ‘Potty about Potter’ is the one for you. Inspired by the famous book series, the course includes dramatic exercises, games, and learning how to put on a spell-binding performance at their purpose built studios.

The course runs from 10am-4pm from Monday to Thursday and costs £110. To apply contact

For more information on these events, and a full calendar of all the borough’s scheduled half-term activities, visit

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