There are a host of exciting events happening across the Discover Me sites throughout the year. Talks, workshops, activities, shows and more, these events range in price from a few pounds to absolutely free, so there’s something to suit every pocket.

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Coalhouse Fort and Park

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Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

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Ilford Hospital Chapel

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Valentines Mansion & Gardens

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Thurrock Museum

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Wind Against Tide by Clarkson Stanfield at Thurrock Museum

Valence House Museum

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Beautiful white front of Valence House Museum

Thames Chase Forest Centre

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Rainham Hall

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The majestic facade of Rainham Hall in Havering

The Old Chapel Upminster

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Front of the Old Chapel Upminster in the sunshine

Havering Museum

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Welcoming entrance to Havering Museum on the High Street

Eastbury’s Woodland Grotto at Eastbury Manor House

Dec 1st to Dec 8th Eastbury Manor House

Meet Father Christmas in his Woodland Grotto in this Grade I listed house.

Children will start their day by writing their Christmas wish list, with help from Father Christmas’s elves. They can take their letter to show Father Christmas, or post it in our Christmas post box to send it straight to the North Pole.

Father Christmas is waiting to meet all his little helpers in a stunning woodland grotto, complete with Christmas tunes and a festive fireplace.

Your visit to meet Father Christmas will include a stocking full of gifts and a private meeting with the man himself.

On Sunday 1 December you and all the family can also enjoy a Christmas Makers Market. We will be inviting a range of stalls to Eastbury so come and browse for your Christmas presents.

On Sunday 8 December also join us for more festive activities including Christmas crafts, children’s trails and tours of the house.

The Eastbury Kitchen will be cooking up festive surprises on both days.

Admission to Eastbury, and entry to the Christmas Makers Market, is free of charge on both days. Book tickets to visit Father Christmas at an additional charge. Please specify the ages of children visiting to receive a personalised gift.

Spaces are limited so we recommend booking in advance. Select the date you want to visit and then choose a specific time slot. Adults do not need to book tickets. Max party size is 15. Check Eastbury Manor House social media to see if on the door tickets will be available.

Book tickets here