Wednesday 15th August 2018

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What’s Happening

Below is a calendar showing all of Ongar's wide range of events, meetings and talks, with something to suit all tastes and ages!
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TOWIE star Ricky Rayment to switch on Ongar’s Christmas lights

The Only Way Is Essex star Ricky Rayment will switch on the Ongar Christmas lights on Friday, December 7 2012.

Ricky, who has been in the hit show since February and is dating co-star Jess Wright, has agreed to be this year’s celebrity guest for the big High Street event.

Ricky Rayment will be coming to Ongar to switch on the town’s Christmas lights on 7th December!!

Ongar Town Forum sought the help of fellow TOWIE star Gemma Collins over the celebrity arrangements this year after Gemma and TOWIE colleagues Dino and Georgio Georgiades lit up the town last year.

Ricky will arrive in Ongar on a steam train courtesy of Epping Ongar Railway having made the journey from North Weald Station.

Epping Ongar Railway is running trains from North Weald Station at 5.05pm, 6pm and 7.55pm. Trains back to North Weald will depart Ongar Station at 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.20pm. Special discounted return fares from North Weald of £3 per person will be available on the evening. For more details about the train service, visit

Crowds can follow Santa’s parade as he makes his way – with the help of Ongar Round Table – from Ongar Station to Manor Square in the High Street at 6.30pm.

There will be stalls in St Martin’s Church Rooms, Castle Street, a Santa’s Grotto, performances by local school choirs and an earlier start to the festivities – 4.45pm – than in previous years, with the lights switched on at 7pm.

Many of the town’s shops will be opening late.

Ongar Twinning Association will be providing mulled wine and mince pies.