Because of government guidance on coronavirus a number of our buildings are now closed and events listed on our site are subject to change or cancellation. Changes to council services, advice and support we can provide, the latest local news and links to Government advice is available on our dedicated coronavirus information page. Go to our coronavirus information page


Our parks are open however you must observe the Government and NHS advice on social distancing such as keeping 2 metres away from other people. Play areas, tennis courts and outdoor gyms should not be used. People who need to stay at home and self-isolate must do so.

Libraries, leisure centres and arts service changes

All Havering libraries and leisure centres are closed. Havering Music School and Fairkytes Arts Centre are closed. The pre-school on the Fairkytes site is open on in line with government guidance on schools. Our arts and sports events and activity programmes are all cancelled. Our ebooks and audio books, and some online resources, have been extended to temporary members.

Havering Music School virtual lessons

The music school will be offering virtual lessons. Go to the music school website for more details

Binocular and Telescope Open Weekend (see details for dates)

  • Held on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30am till 4:30pm between 4 April and 2 August 2020
  • Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1SZ
  • Cost: Free

Looking to treat yourself to a new pair of binoculars or telescope? Talk to the experts first.


  • Saturday 4 April and Sunday 5 April
  • Saturday 2 May and Sunday 3 May
  • Saturday 6 June and Sunday 7 June
  • Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July
  • Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August

Over the weekend our Binocular and Telescope experts will be on hand to help you and answers your questions about our optics range.

We have a variety of binoculars and telescopes for you to sample, whether you are looking for a first pair or to upgrade.

We have a good selection of RSPB binoculars and scopes, and a selection of high end Swarovski, Zeiss and Leica too.