Keep your kids active this Easter

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Looking for fun things to with the kids this upcoming Easter break? Look no further, we have a range of activities for all ages and abilities. Adventures in the forest, arts and crafts and much more, there’s no excuse to be bored this spring.

Easter activities 2016

Play in the park

Play in the park is free to attend and all about playing games and having fun outdoors using a variety of play equipment, and arts and crafts.

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Roding Valley Recreation Ground, (Near Tennis Courts) Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3B
  • Wednesday 30 March / 10am to 12 noon / Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JH
  • Wednesday 30 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS
  • Thursday 31 March / 10am to 12 noon / Roydon Playing Fields, Occupation Lane, Roydon, CM19 5HL
  • Thursday 31 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Shelley Park, St Peters Avenue, Shelley, Ongar, CM5 0BT
  • Monday 4 April / 1.30pm to  3.30pm / Stonards Hill Recreation   Ground, Stonards Hill,  Epping, CM16 6EJ
  • Tuesday 5 April / 10am to 12 noon / Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS
  • Tuesday 5 April / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Roding Valley Recreation Ground, (Near Tennis Courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • Wednesday 6 April / 10am to 12 noon / Ninefields (Large Green Field), Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3EL
  • Thursday 7 April / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Jubilee Park, Love Lane Playground, Love Lane, Ongar, CM5 9BL

Play in the forest

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. A wide range of activities will be on offer including bug hunting, shelter building and woodland arts & crafts.

  • Friday 1 April / Ditches Rise Car Park, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7DR
  • Friday 8 April / High Beach, Car Park Behind Kings Oak Pub, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE

£3 pay on the day from 10am to 12 noon.

Easter activities 2016

Epping Forest Multi-Sport Days

Epping Forest Multi-Sport Days offer a chance for young people aged 7 to 14 to take part in fun-filled days of activities including Football, Netball, Tennis, Tag Rugby, Zumba, Athletics, Dance, Dodgeball, Handball, American Flag Football, Boxercise plus many more.

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / Thursday 31 March / Tuesday 5 April / Thursday 7 April

Registration Time: 8.45am to 9.15am / Event Time: 9.15am to 3pm

Ages 7 to 14 / £15 per child

Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, Essex, CM16 6NL

Booking Info

  • Booking line: 01992 564226 (Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Book online

Mountain Bike Day

Each day will be an intense day of mountain biking skills development coaching and trail riding, aimed at improving participant’s skill and confidence on their bike. Groups will be split according to age and ability throughout the day.

Ages 8 to 16/ £30 per child

Dates

  • Thursday 31 March / Thursday 7 April

Registration Time: 8.45am to 9.15am / Event Time: 9.15am to 4pm

Debden House Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2NZ

Booking Info

  • Booking line: 01992 564226 (Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Book online

Xplorer Challenge

Xplorer is a family friendly event for all ages. The navigation challenge is educational and fun and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers. It involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together. At each marker children need to identify what is pictured and enjoy learning a fun fact to tell their friends.

With the new Xplorer Challenge you can also win a free attendance at our Multi Sports Day for Half Term or summer.

To win all you have to do is take part in one of our Xplorer events at Easter. If your team complete the challenge in one of the fasters times of the day, than we will send you a voucher allowing you to book your children on to a Multi Sports Day in May Half Term or Summer Holidays totally free!

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / 10am to 12pm / Roding Valley Recreational Ground,   Roding Road Entrance, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • Monday 4 April / 10am to 12pm / Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Main Entrance, Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 6SP

£2 per map.

More information

For more information on any of the upcoming events please call

  • Community Services on 01992 564226 (open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

 

Motiv8 2016 tickets now on sale

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Come and see the dancing stars of tomorrow as dance groups from across the Epping Forest district share their latest dance pieces for our annual youth showcase, Motiv8.

Motiv8 logo 2016

Motiv8 is part of the U.Dance network of events which is a national programme that aims to provide every child and young person with the opportunity to take part in a dance performance each year.

Motiv8 2016

  • Where: Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA
  • When: 21 or 22 March 2016
  • 7.30pm,
  • £7.50 full price / £5 concessions (under 16s/students/over 60s)

Booking information

Presented by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Epping Forest College, Performing Arts.

Museum reopening date confirmed

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After a 2 year long Heritage Lottery Funded project, the reopening of Epping Forest District Museum is on the horizon.

Museum reopening flyer

Come and see us

We would like to welcome members of the public to the museum on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 10am to 5pm to see the fantastic improvements and changes that have taken place on site.

With a new community room for schools, groups and activities, a lift making all galleries accessible to the public for the first time and the chance to see behind the scenes the museum will be a unique offer to both local people and the wider community.

The museum team are now in the process of reinstalling the objects in the 6 new galleries ready for the reopening in March, with a much greater number of objects going on display than ever before.

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Find us

Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL.

Want to know more?

 

February half term activities

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February half term is fast approaching! Have you booked your kids place yet on our fun packed holiday activities?

If not book now before it’s too late.

Epping Forest Multi Sport Days

Epping Forest Multi-Sports Days

Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 February 2016.

Ages 7 to 14 years old at Epping Upper Clacton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, Essex CM16 6NL.

Multi-sport days will be running from 9.15am to 3pm (registration 8.45am to 9.15am).

The days offer a chance for young people to take part in fun-filled days of activities including football, tennis netball, zumba, athletics, dance, dodgeball, tri-golf, American flag football, boxercise plus many more.

Play in the Forest poster

Play in the Forest

Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 February 2016.

Ages 5 to 11 years old at High Beach, Car Park Behind Kings Oak Pub, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE. Time 10am to 12 noon.

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers wills bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts.

College to show underwater drawing exhibition

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Come and see our underwater drawing exhibition at Epping Forest College in February and March to find out what happens when you draw underwater.

Students from Epping Forest College (EFC) have curated and produced their own exhibition of drawings, photos and films from their time spent drawing underwater.

The Big Draw Underwater

Exhibition details

  • When – Tuesday 9 February to Thursday 31 March 2016, from 10am to 6pm

  • Where – Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA

The drawings were made in Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool in October 2015, as part of the Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival, a nationwide drawing campaign to promote visual literacy.

Drawing in a different environment

Students were experimenting with drawing in a different environment, using special waterproof paper and everyday drawing pencils. The films show each dive to the bottom of the pool where the weighted down paper waited for swimmers to make their marks for as long as they could hold their breath.

EFC students spent time editing the film footage, selecting photographs and drawings for the exhibition. The exhibition will also include work from Davenant Foundation School pupils. It was a chance for creative people to get active and active people to get creative.

This project was delivered in partnership with Epping Forest District Council Museums, Heritage and Culture team and Everyone Active Essex.

Learn to draw and to use colour

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Brush up on your drawing and colour skills this half term with 2 amazing workshops on Monday 15 February.

Poster for 'how to draw' & 'how to use colour' workshops at Loughton Library on 15 February 2016.

How to … draw

  • If you can draw a triangle you can draw a chicken! This artist-led workshop takes you through the basics of drawing in a fun and creative way.
  • Monday 15 February 2016 – 10.30am to 12 noon.
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD.

How to … use colour

  • Learn how to use colour in your artwork with artist Helen Palmer. Explore blending, layering and block colour through practical, creative exercises. All materials provided.
  • Monday 15 February 2016 – 1.30pm to 3pm.
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD.

Book now

Each workshop costs £6 per person. Both are for children Age 7+. Parents are welcome but you will need to book a place and take part too!

Booking is required – to book workshops please call 01992 564226 between Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

 

Both workshops are being run at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

 

Stroke survivor wins InstructAbility award

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Everyone Active along with Level 3 qualified Exercise and Disability Trainer Lee Cartwright have been presented with an InstructAbility award for their work, setting up a Stroke Survivors fitness group.

The InstructAbility awards is a programme created in 2010 by Aspire, the spinal injury charity and YMCAfit training provider. The award recognises successful partnerships between disabled fitness professionals and their employers.

They engage with disabled people within fitness activities, led by qualified instructors who are experts due to their own experiences. The programme has supported over 200 disabled people to qualify as fitness professionals  and their instructors have contributed 20,000 hours of voluntary service to the leisure industry to encourage more disabled people to feel welcome and supported in the gym environment.

InstructAbility Award

(Photo above Lee Cartwright being presented with his award by Centre Manager Chris McCarthy)

Three and a half years ago Lee Cartwright had a major stroke which left him with left side paralysis. Whilst training to try and regain movement he was disappointed with the lack of support for stroke rehab. This led him to qualify as a gym and disability instructor through the InstructAbility programme and set up his own Stroke Survivors fitness group with Louise Bonfield, a friend who had also had a stroke and suffers from epilepsy.

The group meets every Friday in a fitness studio at Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool from 12:00-14:00 and offers accessible fitness sessions, as well as support and a friendly social atmosphere. On Monday and Wednesday, a functional training class also offers exercise sessions for all those with disabilities.

“We are delighted and very proud to have been given the InstructAbility award alongside Lee,” says Everyone Active Centre Manager Chris McCarthy. “He is a fantastic instructor and role model for many people with disabilities, and we hope that the classes will give people with similar conditions the support they need to help them recover.”

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Helen Kane said:

‘’I am absolutely delighted to hear that Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool and Lee Cartwright have been presented with this award. Their commendable work means that stroke survivors in the District are supported by an instructor that understands their condition first hand, encouraging successful rehabilitation. I would like to extend my congratulations to both and thank them for making fitness accessible within the Epping Forest District.’’

More information

Find out more about Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

More information on InstructAbilty

 

Sports & Creativity Awards

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If you are an individual or arts group aged between 13 and 25 years and have a real talent or interest in sports or the arts, we would like to support you in further developing your skills with our Sports & Creativity Awards.

Ranging from £50 to £1,500, they are designed to support and develop artistic and creative talent in the Epping Forest District.

Sports and Creativity Awards

Further Information

To be eligible for either award you must:

  • Be aged 13 – 25 on the closing date of the applications
  • Live in Epping Forest District (or if at college or university your family home must be in the Epping Forest District)

• Find out more about Creativity Awards

How to apply

• Apply online for a Sports Award 

Application deadline for Sports Award is 30th November

• Apply online for a Creativity Award

Application deadline for Creativity Award is 18th December

or contact us:

For Sports Awards: 01992 564567 / SportsDevelopment@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
For Creativity Awards: 01992 564551 / mhc@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

 

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.