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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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Where to see Santa 2019

Ho Ho Ho!  Here's our ultimate guide to all the Santa's Grottoes and Father Christmas Experiences taking place in the local area this year.  From train rides to winter wonderlands you can find them all here.  So don't delay and get booking, as some of the most popular ones get booked up very quickly!

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Harpenden Eye Centre
Drama Llamas

What's On This Week

14th November 2019-11-14 2020-01-06 - 6th January
Van Hage Garden Centre, Pepper Hill

14th November 2019-11-14 2019-11-17 - 17th November
Aldenham Country Park, Radlett

16th November 2019-11-16 2019-11-17 - 17th November
Christopher Place Shopping Area, St Albans

16th November 2019-11-16 2019-12-22 - 22nd December
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

17th November 2019-11-17 2019-11-17
St Peter's Street, St Albans

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Luton Library Theatre, St George's Square

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St Savior's Church, St Albans

18th November 2019-11-18 2019-11-18
Camp Primary and Nursery School, St Albans

19th November 2019-11-19 2019-11-19
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

21st November 2019-11-21 2019-11-21
Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-11-23
St Nicholas C of E Primary School, Harpenden

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-11-23
The Alban Arena, St Albans

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-11-24 - 24th November
Christopher Place Shopping Area, St Albans

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-11-23
Luton Central Library, Children's Area, St George's Square

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-11-23
Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne

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The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

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Luton Central Library, Luton

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-11-23
Burston Garden Centre, St Albans

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-11-23
St George's School, Harpenden

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-11-23
Costa Coffee, Harpenden

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The current Rothamsted Park play area equipment is very outdated and is near to the end of its life. Playpark Action Rothamsted Committee (PARC) was established to help raise funds to create a flagship play area for Harpenden and the surrounding towns and villages. 

An estimated £250,000 is required to deliver the project. This is our greatest challenge – although we are getting closer every week! PARC is hopeful that it will have funds in place to commence installation in 2020. This is ambitious and relies on the support of the community. 

To be part of history and add your name to the new play area PARC is offering you the opportunity to recognise your donation with an engraved paving stone with your name or choice of text which will form part of a commemorative pathway in the play area. Bricks are available at: www.parkaid.org and range in price from £100 for a basic design to £2,500 for a corporate brick engraved with your logo.

If any businesses or individuals alike would be interested in supporting us, please contact us at [email protected].

Registered Charity No: 179147
Website: parc.charity
Facebook:  @RothamstedPARC
Twitter:  @parc_rothamsted


Foot care - The importance of Childrens' feet

Conditions such as flat feet, walking pigeon toed or hypermobility often cause tiredness and difficulty when participating in sport for children. As a specialist in childrens' feet for over 25 years, Dr Patsy Parfitt regularly treats Severs, Tendo Achillitis, Plantar Fasciitis, hyper-mobility and heel pain. Patsy told us, “Early treatment of childrens’ flat feet/knock knees and in-toeing gait is recommended as it helps prevent more serious and often painful, knee and back problems as an adult. It also improves upper body posture. Often I treat the parent too.” 

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News & Notices

Letters to Santa

The Royal Mail are once again helping Santa out by delivering the children's letters to him.  To ensure Santa can reply in time letters need to reach him by 6 December at:... Read more

Reading Hack - Volunteering for ages 14-24

Have you got a teenager looking for some voluntary work?  Reading Hack is a national programme for ages 14-24 available at Hertfordshire Libraries.  Volunteers can get involved in Chatterbooks reading groups, Summer Reading Challenge, library promotions and displays, volunteer librarian or organising library events.  Visit the website to find out more and apply online to help at your local library.

Monthly Picks

November, of course starts with a bang with all our local firework events taking place in the first couple of weeks. Take your pick from Redbourn Common Fireworks and St Albans Cathedral Firework Spectacular both on 2nd November, Crabtree Schools Fireworks on 9th November, and Harpenden Rugby Club Fireworks and Wheathampstead Fireworks both on 10th November.

The middle of the month is always a bit quieter after the Halloween/Firework excitement and the promise of Christmas to come, but there are still some lovely events to enjoy as a family...

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There are three opportunities to immerse your children in classical music this month. On Sunday 10th November illustrator James Mayhew joins the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra to draw his way through two much-loved children’s tales set to music - Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and Ravel’s Mother Goose.

Peter and the Wolf is also being performed by a quintet at the Radlett Theatre on 1st November.

And on Sunday 17th November you can join St Albans Symphony Orchestra for their annual children’s concert. This year’s theme is “We’re going on a Bear Hunt”. Dressing up is encouraged and children will get a chance to try the instruments!

The annual skating rink at Van Hage Garden Centre in Great Amwell opens on 14th November and runs until the new year. Booking is now open.

There’s also lots of great family theatre this month with I Believe in Unicorns, Spontaneous Potter:Kidz, The Giant Balloon Show and Soonchild at Luton Library Theatre, Dear Zoo Live! at Hertford Theatre, The Adventures of Dr Dolittle and The Snow Dragon at Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead, The Gruffalo at The Radlett Centre, The Scarecrow's Wedding at the Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, Hansel, Gretal and You...Who? at Luton Central Library

And before we know it, it’s the end of the month and all the festivities will be kicking off with Harpenden Christmas Carnival on 24th November which promises to be bigger and better than ever with extra events including a Christmas Emergency Services Open Day and Harpenden Collective Christmas Market happening alongside all the usual fun; Southdown Lights and Lanterns Extravaganza on 29th November; and Batford Lights Up on 1st December.

We’ll be back next month to tell you what’s in store for Christmas including all your local pantos!  If you can't wait, then check out the What's On page because most are listed there already! 

Essential Guide

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