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From bumps to teens, we have it covered!  This is your one-stop site for everything you need to know about living in Harpenden with children. We're number one for information about what's on, things to do and children's activities locally! 

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Wayside Healthcare Ltd
What's On This Week

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Harpenden Trust Hall, Harpenden

22nd May 2018-05-22 2018-05-22
St Michael's Manor Hotel, St Albans

25th May 2018-05-25 2018-05-25
Batchwood Sports Centre, St Albans

25th May 2018-05-25 2018-05-28 - 28th May
Harpenden Common, Harpenden

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-05-27 - 27th May
Herts County Showground, St Albans

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-05-27 - 27th May
IWM Duxford, Duxford

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-06-03 - 3rd June
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-05-27 - 27th May
Milton Keynes Museum, Milton Keynes

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-05-26
Luton Library Theatre, Luton

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-05-26
Skew Bridge , Harpedende

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-06-03 - 3rd June
Willows Activity Farm, St Albans

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-05-26
Luton Library Theatre, Luton

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-05-27 - 27th May
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-06-03 - 3rd June
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

26th May 2018-05-26 2018-06-03 - 3rd June
Aldenham Country Park Farm, Elstree

27th May 2018-05-27 2018-05-28 - 28th May
Wrest Park, Luton

27th May 2018-05-27 2018-05-27
Lower High Street, Harpenden

27th May 2018-05-27 2018-05-28 - 28th May
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Aylesbury

27th May 2018-05-27 2018-05-27
Hitchin Priory, Hitchin

27th May 2018-05-27 2018-05-28 - 28th May
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

27th May 2018-05-27 2018-06-01 - 1st June
Mead Open Farm, Billington

27th May 2018-05-27 2018-05-27
Mill Green Museum, Hatfield

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-06-01 - 1st June
Milton Keynes Museum, Milton Keynes

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-05-28
Welwyn Roman Baths, Welwyn Bypass

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-05-28
The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-06-01 - 1st June
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Near Berkhamst

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-06-01 - 1st June
RAF Museum London, Hendon

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-05-28
Redbourn Village Museum, Redbourn

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-06-01 - 1st June
Dunstable Downs, Dunstable

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-06-09 - 9th June
Lewsey Library, Luton

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-06-09 - 9th June
Marsh Farm Library, Luton

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-06-09 - 9th June
Leagrave Library, Luton

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-05-28
The Radlett Centre, Radlett

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-06-01 - 1st June
Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City

28th May 2018-05-28 2018-05-28
Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes

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Volunteers wanted for Summer Reading Challenge

Harpenden Library are once again looking for volunteers aged 14-25 to help with the running of the Summer Reading Challenge during the summer holidays.  Typically this involves talking to chldren and famiies about the scheme and encouraging them to sign up, talking to the children about the books they have read and helping them to choose new books.  Contact Hertfordshire Libraries for more information or to apply. Applications must be made by 8th July 2018.

You can find more about the Summer Reading Challenge here


WIN a family ticket to The Owl and the Pussycat on 2nd June 2018!

Full House Theatre presents a fizzgiggious show at Hertford Theatre all about where, what and who our family really are.

To be in with a chance of winning email [email protected] before midnight Thursday 24th May 2018! Full terms and conditions available here

Join Owly-cat and fellow family members, Jumblie and Quangle Wangle Quee, in a story inspired by the nonsense world of Edward Lear. The spongetaneous trio travel to the dolomphious land where the bong tree grows, learning all about the creatures who live there and their curious habits. Will this meloobious family return together, will they always be a three? 

What audiences have said about The Owl and the Pussycat:

“Theatre that makes you feel alive”

“Excellent. It just held you somehow. It was magical”

“The reinterpretation of the story was a surprise but it was brilliant. Really enjoyed it”.

“My children loved it! They want to see it again! Loved the songs, set and costumes”

With music by award winning composer Rebecca Applin and design by renowned theatre designer Sophia Lovell Smith (Polka Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank Centre), don’t miss out on this new show, a story that’s sure to delight and surprise young and old alike. 

For further details and booking information go to www.hertfordtheatre.com  

Full House Theatre is a Bedfordshire based theatre company and arts charity
Our vision is for every child to hold treasured memories of theatre. We work with children, young people and their families in schools, theatres, community spaces and other venues. We are producers of children’s theatre festivals Feb Fest, June Arts Jam and Houghton Regis Hullabaloo. www.fullhouse.org.uk

By entering this competition you are confirming that your are over 16 years of age.


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Monthly Picks

Featuring two bank holidays, some favourite annual events, half term and a whole host of family fun in between, May is positively bursting at the seams with great activities and things to do!

This year Kimpton May Festival celebrates 50 years with its "Around the World in 80 ways" theme, 4-7 May.  A range of events and activities span the weekend, but the traditional procession and arena events including Maypole dancing and falconry, take place on the Saturday.  There is also a Dog Show on Sunday and Village Green activities on the Monday.

You can find more traditional May Day entertainment at Chiltern Open Air Museum in their Elizabethan May Day Merriment event on 6 & 7 May and at British Schools Museum, Hitchin where there will be Maypole and country dancing on 7 May.

Brambleton Model Railway Club are holding a Spring Open Day at their site at Highfield Oval on 12 May.  This is always a hit with little ones, as well as any model train enthusiasts.  Just discovering the site hidden away where it is, feels somewhat magical!

If your child prefers dinosaurs to trains then Dino Adventure Day at Knebworth House, also on 12 May, sounds right up their street. Featuring a dinosaur trail, hands-on reptile encounters, hunting for fossils and dinosaur artefacts this is sure to please any budding palaeontologist.

Back in Harpenden, again on 12 May you can get up close and personal with some much smaller creatures at the Batford Springs Family Open Day to celebrate the opening of the new Nature Reserve Centre. The afternoon will include free activities such as bug hunting, pond dipping and wildlife crafts.

12 - 13 May is an incredibly busy weekend, because if none of that takes your fancy then you might like to take advantage of the first Great British Tennis Weekend of the summer and enjoy some free tennis sessions at Harpenden Sports Centre, Harpenden LTC or Redbourn Tennis Club.

And we’re not even halfway through the month yet!

New in town this month is Luna Cinema bringing their outdoor cinema to Harpenden Common on the weekend of 18 – 20 May, showing The Greatest Showman (PG), Dirty Dancing (12A) and Top Gun (12A) – something for everyone there!

Or how about this for two very different experiences in one weekend… 26 & 27 May brings us the annual Herts County Show, at the County Showground in Redbourn, showcasing all that is wonderful about farming, agriculture, food and entertainment in the county; and on 27 May Tot Fest! brings a whole festival just for under 5s and their parents, including everything from live shows to a baby rave, workshops, messy play and a sports village!

And last, but definitely not least, 28 May to 1 June is half term week.  There are far too many activities going on that week to mention them all here, but take a look at our events page for a full rundown – crafts, trails, theatre, hands-on, it’s all going on!

Drama Llamas
Essential Guide

Welcome to Parenthood in Harpenden!

If you are new to Harpenden, or a new or expectant parent, then here's our essential guide and top tips for living in Harpenden with children...

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"Very useful session to a first time mum who hadn't yet figured out to entertain a baby with random stuff around the house. Enjoyable songs and activities with the lovely Laura and Maddy. I came away with many ideas for things to do at home."

"Amazingly crazy, different themes each week and cheerful songs that you just can't help but join in with. My daughter loves it and I will be very sad when the time comes that we can no longer attend. Andrea is a huge credit to childrens' entertainment."

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