The great news is the weather is looking pretty good for October so there’s no excuse not to get out and about this half term. Luckily, I’ve managed to get a few days off work so I’m looking forward to spending some time with The Little Guy.
One thing I’m really excited about is finally going to visit Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood after whizzing past it so often on the M25. And this half term the farm is hosting a Halloween Festival from Saturday 25th until 2nd November. There’ll be creepy creative activities, pumpkin carving, glow in the dark painting and a ghost hunt. There is even free entry for children in fancy dress on Friday 31st October. And that’s on top of all the usual stuff that they have on the farm that looks great. There’s remote control tractors, a bouncy barn, large soft play area, steam train, giant adventure area and of course the animals. I’ll post a full review soon.
I’m already getting excited about Christmas and have just booked us a trip on the Santa Special steam train on the Epping Ongar Railway in December. But if you can’t wait that long, there’s a steam hauled ghost train on the 30th and 31st October. Featuring face painting, an Epping Forest Hawk and Owl display, apple bobbing and a goodie bag. Plus there are prizes for the best dressed costumes on each train. Apparently it sold out last year so you’ll probably need to be quick to book a ticket.
I’ve also wanted to check out the new Grange Farm Centre in Chigwell, since I heard about the fabulous new Pelican Playground there which is a a lovely wooden pirate ship. And this week, the Essex Wildlife Trust is hosting an All Things Spooky event at the centre on Tuesday 28th October between 1-3pm. There’ll be nature inspired games and activities suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years old. You can book in advance and they are asking for a suggested donation of £3 to the Essex Wildlife Trust.
And finally, if your little ones love dressing up, take them along to Sid & Evie’s children’s shop in South Woodford in their costumes. Then just make a £1 donation to the local children’s hospice Haven House and you’ll be entered into a draw for a £15 gift voucher. There’ll also be free face painting on Saturday 2nd November.
Hope you have a wonderful week and as ever feel free to let me know if you visit any of these events or share other things you’ve discovered in the area.