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Things To Do With The Kids This Festive Season In The Essex Area...

December 13th 2012
By: Melanie

Visit Father Christmas in the Forest Saturday the 15th and 16th of December - If you are planning on taking your children to see Father Christmas, then why not take them along to the Hunting Lodge and New Chingford Visitor Centre. Price from £7.95 per child (including a present) from 10-12 and 12.30-15.00 at the Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge. Booking required either by phone Tel: 0208 508 0028 or via their website:

Christmas Carols at Audley End - Every year Audley End hosts a wonderful Carol concert, entry price include either a soft or alcoholic drink. This year they are holding the event on the 12th of December between 7:30pm till 8:45pm. To book go to

Go all aboard on Santa’s Special Train – this experience starts at the historic Ongar Station and goes through rolling countryside, whilst Santa makes his way through the train, visiting the children. Adults will be offered a festive drink and mince pies before arrival at the ‘North Pole’ station. On the 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd of December 2012. To book please go to their website at or call 01229 717966

The Dove Project- decorate a dove with your children or write a message to yourself to a departed loved one, or someone you can’t spend Christmas with. The doves are then hung on a Christmas tree near the Market Square, Harlow for the remainder of the holiday period. Suggested donation £1 – all proceeds to the local charity Harlow Citizens Advice Bureau. Every Saturday between 1st and 22nd December from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (weather dependent). £1 suggested donation to local charity.