Underwater Drawing exhibition

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A display of drawings made underwater and films of the drawings taking shape, produced at this year’s exciting Big Draw events, will be coming to Loughton Art Centre.

Local people were invited to work together to create drawings whilst completely submerged underwater.  Swimmers were encouraged to join Epping Forest College students at Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool to create these unique drawings. Year 9’s P.E. class of Davenant Foundation School also took part in their school pool.

The Big Draw Underwater

Details

  • Where – Loughton Arts Centre, Lopping Hall, 187b High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LF
  • When – 16 to 30 October, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

The exhibition will also be returning in 2016 at Epping Forest College, where college students will help to curate, publicise and document the show.

 

Join us for underwater drawing fun

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As part of the worlds biggest drawing festival The Big Draw, we are offering a drop-in drawing event to get people from across the district to come and draw with us … underwater!

The Big Draw Underwater

Details

  • When – Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool, Roundhills, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1UP
  • Where – Tuesday 6 October from 3pm to 6pm
  • What – All you have to do is dive down and draw on the special waterproof paper known as Parax Paper that will be placed at the bottom of the pool. Working as team when you run out of breath just bob up to the surface and let someone else have a go, to create a crazy underwater masterpiece.
  • Idea – The idea behind the project is to explore how our environment changes or dictates the way we make art. In the work made so far have, participants have chosen to wear light, loose fitting clothes over their swimwear but no shoes of course! Please bring goggles if you have them.
  • Cost – Normal swim charges apply, but participation in this event is free.

Epping Forest District Council’s Culture team is running a drawing project with a difference, hope to see you there.

Inclusion Project October half term activities

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The Epping Forest Inclusion Project is running a variety of activities for children and young people with SEND this October 2015 half term. Why not join us for some fun!

Inclusion Project October half term 2015 flyer

Monday 26 October 2015

Own a Pony

  • 10am to 12pm
  • High Beech Riding School, Pynest Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3QL
  • £20 includes hat hire

Enjoy a morning of riding and all the fun that comes with owning a pony. Learn how to groom, tack up and feed ‘your’ pony. Limited spaces, must book in advance. This session is only for children or young people with disabilities/SEN. Please wear suitable clothing.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Bounce & Swim

  • 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Ongar Leisure Centre, The Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA
  • £5 (both sessions) £3.50 (for one session)

Come and enjoy an hour of trampolining and an hour of swimming. Book both sessions or just the one that takes your fancy. Parents can swim too! If your child is under 8 you need to be present for the swim session.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Autumn Suntrap Funday

  • 10am to 3.30pm
  • Suntrap Forest Education Centre, Church Road, High Beach, IG10 4AJ
  • £15 for the first child (additional children £7.50, adults free)

See the forest at its autumn finest and join us for this Halloween theme day. Pumpkin carving, forest trails and lots more. A brilliant day whatever the weather. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear. Limited spaces must book in advance. Parents must stay if child is under 5.

Thursday 29 October 2015

Booster Cushion performs Hansel, Gretal & You…Who?

  • 11am
  • Loughton Library-First Floor (Jazz Archive), Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
  • £5 per child (adults free)

This really is fun for all the family. Come and hear the unique story of Hansel and Gretal. With help from the audience can you save them from the Candy House and the Ginger Witch! This is a fast funny show with lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

Friday 30 October 2015

Yogini Tinies – Play, Learn & Share Workshop

  • 10am to 2pm
  • The Limes Centre, Chigwell, IG7 5LP
  • £6 per child

Learn yoga the Yogini Tinies way-through story telling, music and creative play. This fun interactive session will help improve you child’s posture, core strength and muscle tone. Siblings welcome. Limited spaces must book in advance.

Inclusion Project booking information

  • Book online

  • Call our booking line on 01992 564226 (open from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

 

Booster Cushion Theatre returns!!

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After welcoming Booster Cushion Theatre to Epping during the summer they’re back!

Following on from their great success with ‘Little Red Riding Hood and Friends’ and ‘Old MacDonald’s Farm and The Three Pigs Plus’ they return this October to Loughton Library with ‘Hansel, Gretal and You…Who?’

This is a fast, funny show with lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved, great fun for all the family.

Hansel, Gretal and You ... Who?

Can you help Hansel and Gretal escape from the Candy House and the Ginger Witch?! 

If so they need you!

Loughton Library 2pm October 29th! 

Heres how!

  • Booking line opens Monday 28 September.
  • £7 Adult, £5 Child.
  • For children aged 3 years and above.
  • Call 01992 564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer may be gone but it’s not forgotten

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Creative workshops from Epping Forest District Council are now finished for 2015, but the excellent artwork lives on!

Big Top Bonanza - RAHH!

Summer Actives

Booster Cushion Theatre was welcomed to the district for the first time with ‘Little Red Riding Hood and Friends’ and ‘Old MacDonald’s Farm and The Three Pigs Plus’.  One performance was part of Epping Forest District Council’s Inclusion Project, suitable for children and young people with additional needs.  There were lots of jokes, characters and audience participation. One parent went on to say;

“Had a fantastic time. My 2-year-old really enjoyed it. Thank you, we will be returning!”

After such a successful summer in Epping, Booster Cushion Theatre will be back in October half term with another great show!

Blunderbus Theatre Company returned with a brand new show, ‘My Pet Monster and Me’.  The show had Blunderbus’ famous, wacky, loveable characters, brightly coloured sets and amazing puppets.

Long Nose Puppets also returned this summer with a very colourful show, ‘Flyaway Katie’.  Audiences were captivated by the enchanting music, beautiful storytelling and wonderful puppetry. One parent said;

“Thoroughly enjoyed the music, dancing and puppets. Both of my children were mesmerised throughout. A lovely afternoon!”

Flyaway Katie - The audience get to meet another character

Summer workshops

The ever popular ‘How to…Draw and Colour’ workshops were back for a third year!  Artist, Helen Morse Palmer, showed once again how anyone can draw. During the workshops participants experimented with shapes, shadow and sound, got basic tips and tricks on different ways to use colour and the science behind it.

Things got a little messy with ‘How to…Paint’ workshops. Over four days participants learnt about four different paints; watercolour, ink, acrylic and oil.  They experimented with the paints, learnt about their history and made some stunning masterpieces.

How to Colour - Bringing a flat image to life

Big Top Bonanza

Families joined in for an afternoon of circus themed fun at Chigwell Hall for ‘Big Top Bonanza’.  The heavy rain didn’t stop children and their grownups from watching a fantastic balloon show by Miss Fantwistic and taking part in activities like mask and hat making, ribbon dancing, a circus circuit and the circus parade. One parent who attended said;

“Another great event by EFDC! Kids absolutely loved all of it! Outstanding!”

Dancer Jenny Bater, from Hip Hop Pop was back with another great hip hop workshop.  Participants had a difficult routine to learn with moves including ‘smurfing’, ‘prepping’ and ‘top rocks’.

Four to six year olds learnt ballet moves with ‘Biff’ the dog from the book ‘Dogs Don’t Do Ballet’ by Anna Kemp.  Participants helped tell the story, took part in their own ballet class; learning to plié, jeté, arabesque and pirouette, they also discovered that dogs can do ballet!

We already can’t wait till next year!

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Teddy Bears Picnic

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Update 25 August 2015

The Teddy Bears Picnic tomorrow has been cancelled due to expected heavy rain tonight causing the meadow at Linder’s Field to be waterlogged – we’re sorry for the disappointment.


 

Come and join Countrycare and our teddy bears for some fun outdoor activities.

Bring along a picnic to enjoy while you join in with our teddy bear hunt, mask making, bug hunting, crafts, nature trails and more. And don’t forget your teddy bear!

Teddy Bears Picnic poster

Details

  • Where – Linder’s Field, Buckhurst Hill, Roebuck Lane IG9 5QN
  • When – Wednesday 26 August 2015 from 12pm to 2pm
  • Who – The Teddy Bears Picnic is aimed at children aged 3 to 6 years old

Cost is £3 per child and parents must accompany their children.

Booking is essential – please call 01992 788203 to book your child a place.

Countrycare

Epping Forest Countrycare is our award winning Countryside Management Service – find out more at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/countrycare.

 

 

Talent shines at eNgage15

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Dancers thrilled a packed audience at the Harlow Playhouse on 3 June 2015 for eNgage15.

Talented youngsters danced to a wide variety of songs by Bonnie Tyler, Fergie, Katie Perry, Mark Ronson, Gwen Stefani, the Prodigy and even Guns n’ Roses.

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eNgage15 is the annual youth and community dance showcase featuring performers from in and around the Epping Forest district, aged 9 years old to adult. It incorporates diverse dance styles from Hip Hop to Musical Theatre to Contemporary and Ballet.

Fun and entertaining

Vice-chairman of Epping Forest District Council Jeane Lea said: ‘What a great night, it was loads of fun and really entertaining! I never knew there were so many talented dancers in the district.

‘I’d like to thank the dance engagement officers at Epping Forest District Council for organising this great show – forget about Britain’s Got Talent, Epping Forest’s Got Talent is where the talent’s at!’

 

Book your kids summer activities now

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Youth activities, summer sports, family entertainment, activity camps & more – book your kids summer activities now!

Summer activities 2015

You will find lots of exciting things to do throughout the school holidays. There’s a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, children’s theatre and multisport activity sessions.

The Epping Forest Inclusion Project runs a number of sessions and activities for children and young people with additional needs.

Book your activities in 3 easy steps

      1. Choose the activities you’d like your kids to attend

        Read our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB)

      2. Book and pay for the activities online

        to book by telephone please call 01992 564226 from 1 July

      3. Add the dates to your diary

        Get ready to celebrate the summer!

What’s going on?

  • Activity Camp

Activity Camp is the new playschemes programme from Epping Forest District Council. Each day of the Activity Camp is jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities that will keep young children smiling and having fun all day long. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Forest

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities will include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Park

Play in the Park is all about playing games and having fun outdoors. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment for children and young people to enjoy and will help organise games. Space Hoppers, flying saucers, cricket, football, art & crafts … endless fun! Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

Celebrate the summer

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ‘Don’t let your kids get bored this summer! Our summer activities brochure is packed full of fun and exciting ideas.’

‘Give your kids the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends … book now and celebrate the summer!’

 

Museum Heritage Lottery fund project update

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Building work has begun on Epping Forest District Museum’s Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment project. Work began on 20 April 2015 after Coniston Limited was appointed to do the construction.  Coniston Limited have worked on a number of museum based projects including the Imperial War Museum, The British Museum and are also currently working on the refurbishment of the Europe Galleries at the Victorian and Albert Museum.

Museum, Heritage and Culture team on a site visit

Work has started to prepare the building for its new layout and expanded facility. The museum which is extending into the first floor above the local library has been opened up to create a blank canvas for construction to begin on the new room layouts. The stairs have been removed and work has also begun to prepare the space for the lift which will be installed to make the museum fully accessible.

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services said: “It is fantastic to see the building work has begun and that the museum’s redevelopment is really progressing now. We are all very much looking forward to seeing the next stages when the new layout and accessibility features will really begin to take shape. The final product will be a great facility for both Waltham Abbey but also the wider community.”

The next stages of the project will include the installation of new wiring and electrical systems before the decoration can begin as well as the continuing work to install the lift and new staircase.

Another major part of the project is the opening up of the front door to 39 Sun Street which will form the new main entrance to the museum. This work will also take place in the coming months.

Motiv8 dancers show their talent

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Young people from local schools and colleges showed their dancing talent at the annual youth dance show Motiv8.

This year Motiv8 took place at Epping Forest College, on 23 and 24 March 2015. It brought together a large number of young people from the district’s primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and stage schools to perform and share their work.

Motiv8 partnership

The Motiv8 partnership between the council and the college continues to grow and evolve with more students helping out backstage and in the documentation of the show.

This year, beauty students transformed The Funky Nazeing Street Dancers into skeletons for their routine and gave Epping St John’s a psychedelic look with UV make up. Students from the new fashion course designed and made accessories for the college to wear during their performance.

This year welcomed a few new groups who performed to 2 packed out audiences. The Funky Nazeing Street Dancers, Hip Hop Pop Primary Schools Club, Stadium Theatre School’s Thursday group, Epping St. Johns and Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Primary School who teamed up with Motiv8 veterans Flashdancers, from Ivy Chimneys Primary School.

A real sense of union

Vanessa Gayton, Dance Engagement Officer said: “It was really encouraging to see new younger groups perform and be inspired by the various colleges taking part. The en masse finale gave the show a real sense of union with nearly 200 dancers together on the stage.”