Historically, Romford was a market town in Essex, though it now falls within Greater London. It now boasts the largest commercial retail, entertainment and leisure districts outside of central London, so if you’re stuck for something to do, why not head to Romford?
The largest street market in South Eastern England, Romford has been a market town since the 1200s. Originally a sheep market, King Henry the Third chartered that no other market is permitted to set up within a “day’s sheep drive” of Romford.
Today, it has over 150 market traders selling everything from groceries, fresh meat and fish, hot food, mobile phone accessories and the latest fashions.
Operating every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, throughout the year, you’re sure to find everything you need.
There’s also the recently revamped Romford Shopping Hall that boasts 40 shops.
Originally designed by Sir Humphry Repton, the last of the great English landscape designers of the 18th century, Raphael Park is still a beautiful place to pass the time.
Despite other designers and developers changing the boundaries and the park’s features over the years, many of its 18th century features are preserved today. For example, Black’s Canal, the Pleasure Ground and the Spoon Canal all date from the 18th century.
You can enjoy a walk round the lake, a game of tennis on the courts, or head to the café or the restaurant for something to eat. There are play areas for children too.
Old Macdonald’s Farm
As you may be able to tell, this is perfect for young families. A farm and fun park with lots of animals and rides, it’s perfect for all ages, up to young teenage years. With over 30 different species of animals, including pigs, ponies, cows, meerkats and wallabies and more!
There’s even indoor soft play fun for when the weather isn’t as good, as well as a café for a brew and a cake or two.
Valence House Museum
Dating back to medieval times, Valence House is the only surviving manor house in the Dagenham area. With a core collection of 20,000 objects, Valence House boasts themed galleries and interactive exhibitions, sharing the story of the people in the area.
You can see and learn about everything from the Dagenham Idol, Roman history, the Fanshawe family portraits and up to modern day.
The house and grounds themselves are beautiful and fascinating too, with a range of interesting trees, a herb garden and a World War Two “Dig for Victory” garden. There’s even a beehive – managed by the Romford Division of the Essex Beekeepers Association – with honey available to buy in the shop.
Moby Adventure Golf
Another great one for families, this crazy golf adventure is the largest in the country.
Make your way around the 60-metre lagoon, in which a 24ft whale ship is berthed, an 8-metre waterfall and even boasts a whale (the one and only Moby Dick) to putt the ball into!
Even if you’re not a fan of crazy golf, there’s a range, a full golf course and more.
The Romford Showroom
Our 9,000 square feet of showroom features three show house displays and a unique exhibition structure, making it a must-see if you’re looking to update your home.
Find out how to visit the Romford Showroom here.