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FEATURE

Advertising Feature by Beechwood Park School

Beechwood Park School
and Woodlands Nursery

Spring Open Morning
Thursday 26 May 2022

Situated in stunning parkland just 8 miles from Harpenden and 10 miles from St Albans, Beechwood offers a uniquely child-centred learning environment for boys and girls aged rising 3 to 13  

  • Co-educational from 3-13
  • Exciting, challenging curriculum delivered in small classes
  • Exceptional pastoral care
  • Extensive range of co-curricular activities, including cheer-leading, fencing, Lego engineering, music ensembles, yoga and Ancient Greek  
  • Outstanding record of exam success and scholarships to a range of excellent local and national senior schools 
  • School bus service from Harpenden, St Albans and villages
  • Award Winning (www.daynurseries.co.uk Top 20 in East of England) onsite Woodlands Nursery (from rising 3) offering an innovative, creative curriculum including French, Yoga and Forest School
  • Winner of an Independent School of the Year Award 2021
  • Flexi-boarding options from Year 6
  • Finest facilities for Sport and the Arts, including covered swimming pool complex, Performance Hall, Music
  • Technology suite, recording studio and pottery cellar
  • Cutting-edge Design Technology programme
  • Established Forest School from Nursery
  • Progressive Future Skills curriculum from Year 3  

 

Main entry points: Nursery, Reception & Year 7

 

Keen to find out more?

 

Click here to register to visit us on Thursday 26 May

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee coincides with half term and comes with two bank holidays on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June, so it's no surprise that there are lots of Jubilee-themed events planned for the week.

Here in Harpenden the big event of the week will be on Thursday 2nd June, with the Town Council's Platinum Jubilee Party on Harpenden Common, 12- 6pm.  This Community Festival will include live music and entertainment, food and drink stalls, outdoor tables and community seating, games, face painting interactive performances and many more exciting family friendly activities.  In the evening there will be the Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon at 9.45pm. Thurston Funfair will also be on the Common from 2nd to 5th June.

Throughout the week Harpenden Town Council are also running a Jubilee Window Trail along the High Street. Take part to be in with a chance of winning a hamper filled with some fantastic prizes from local businesses.

Harpenden Library are getting into the jubilee spirit with four free events - Royal Memories Coffee Morning and Jubilee Mosaic Crown Jewels Workshop (booking required) both on 30th May. On 30th & 31st children can enjoy Treasure Hunts and Royal-themed activities when you drop in to the library, and there will be a special Jubilee Storytime on 31st May.

St Nicholas School PTA will also be running a Jubilee Corgi Trail on Saturday 28th May alongside their Plant & Produce Sale. And on Sunday 5th June St Nicholas Church are holding a Jubilee Garden Party in aid of the DEC Ukraine Appeal with afternoon cream teas, live music, entertainment and crafts.

In St Albans there will be free, drop-in Jubilee Crafts in St Albans Museum and Gallery from 30th May to 1st June.  And on 1st June you can Make and Decorate a Crown at Burston Garden Centre - booking is essential for this one. Also on 1st June, and also requiring advance booking, is Jubilee Jamboree at St Albans Cathedral  - a family arts & crats workshop led by the cathedral's artist in residence. 

The city's main event of the week is the St Albans Platinum Party on Thursday 3rd May, 3 - 10pm. This is a free street party in the city centre with live music, market stalls selling takeaway food and drink with plenty of outdoor seating and an entertainment programme. Children's activities will include games, face painting, circus skills workshops and a magic show. The event will end with te beacon lighting at 9.15pm. 

Further afield...

  • The animals at Whipsnade Zoo will be getting in on the celebrations when they host their Zoobilee throughout week.
  • There will be a Queen's Jubilee Children's Trail at Jordans Mill.
  • Dunstable Downs and Ashridge Estate are both hold Jubilee Events from 30th May to 5th June including trails and activities such as the Royal Dig and making nature crowns and bunting (exact activities vary by date and location).
  • Mill Green Museum is holding a Jubilee Family Day on 2nd June with games, activities, crafts and themed food.
  • Hertford Museum will be running drop-in arts & crafts with a jubilee theme on 31st May and 1st June, as is the Forest Centre at Martson Vale on 31st May (booking is required for this one).
  • Chiltern Open Air Museum are holding a Jubilee Celebration featuring live 1940s music and dancing on 2nd and 3rd June.

If you want some non-jubilee events for half term you can find lots more listed on our What's On page.  If you have dinosaur fans in the house it's worth a look as there are number of dino-themed events also running during half term!

Community

Harpenden in Bloom Children’s Competitions 

As part of Harpenden in Bloom 2022 the town council has launched a range of competitions for children aged 4-16.  

The first is the Design a Logo competition (for ages 4-11) and the deadline is Friday 25th March.  The winning logo will be used in all Harpenden in Bloom promotional material and the winning entrant will receive a gift voucher and a certificate.

Full details on how to enter can be found here.

The other competitions are (all with an entry date of 24th June, and details also in the link above)

  • Grow the tallest sunflower (ages 4-11 only)
  • Grow a multi-headed sunflower
  • Use the most creative container
  • Make a recyclable scarecrow

COMING UP IN TOWN


15th May 2022-05-15 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st May
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAround Harpenden, St Albans & Villages, Harpenden


27th May 2022-05-27 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHigh Street, Harpenden


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-05-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeConcourse opposite Boots, Harpenden


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st May
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


1st June 2022-06-01 2022-06-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeInn on the Green, Harpenden


2nd June 2022-06-02 2022-06-02 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, Harpenden


2nd June 2022-06-02 2022-06-02 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common - nr Bull Road crossing, Harpenden


2nd June 2022-06-02 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, Harpenden


4th June 2022-06-04 2022-06-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeEric Morecambe Centre Harpenden, Harpenden


5th June 2022-06-05 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Nicholas Church Garden, Harpenden


11th June 2022-06-11 2022-06-12 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 12th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeEric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden


18th June 2022-06-18 2022-06-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, Harpenden


18th June 2022-06-18 2022-06-19 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 19th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, Harpenden


25th June 2022-06-25 2022-06-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeOur Lady of Lourdes Church, Harpenden


26th June 2022-06-26 2022-06-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLower High Street, Harpenden


1st July 2022-07-01 2022-07-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd July
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, Harpenden


3rd July 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, Harpenden


9th July 2022-07-09 2022-07-09 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSir John Lawes Playing Fields, Harpenden


10th July 2022-07-10 2022-07-10 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBatford Springs, Harpenden

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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK


15th May 2022-05-15 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st May
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAround Harpenden, St Albans & Villages, Harpenden


21st May 2022-05-21 2022-06-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Cathedral, St Albans


24th May 2022-05-24 2022-08-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 21st August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Roman Theatre St Albans, St Albans


27th May 2022-05-27 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHigh Street, Harpenden


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-05-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeGrove Theatre, Dunstable


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWrest Park, Silsoe


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWaddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWaddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRSPB Rye Meads, Hoddesdon


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-05-29 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 29th May
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHertfordshire Showground, Redbourn


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-05-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeConcourse opposite Boots, Harpenden


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLee Valley Animal Adventure Park, Waltham Abbey


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeIWM Duxford, Duxford


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeIWM Duxford, Duxford


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-05-29 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 29th May
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMead Open Farm, Billington


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeOdds Farm Park, High Wycombe


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWhipsnade Zoo, Dunstable


28th May 2022-05-28 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeJordans Mill, Broom


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st May
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Radlett Centre, Radlett


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWillows Activity Farm, London Colney


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-06-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeStandalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st May
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Olde Watermill Shopping Village, Barton-le-clay


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeDunstable Downs, Dunstable


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeDunstable Downs, Dunstable


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-06-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAshridge Estate, Berkhamsted


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-05-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBletchley Park, Bletchley


30th May 2022-05-30 2022-06-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 1st June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Museum and Gallery, St Albans


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeNatural History Museum at Tring, Tring


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBurston Garden Centre, St Albans


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
Virtual Eventhttps://schema.org/OnlineEventAttendanceMode


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-06-02 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 2nd June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBritish Schools Museum, Hitchin


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-06-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 1st June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHertford, Hertford


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-05-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeForest of Marston Vale - The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-06-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 4th June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBletchley Park, Bletchley


31st May 2022-05-31 2022-06-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeVerulamium Museum, St Albans


1st June 2022-06-01 2022-06-02 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 2nd June
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBuckinghamshire Railway Centre, Aylesbury


1st June 2022-06-01 2022-06-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBurston Garden Centre, St Albans


1st June 2022-06-01 2022-06-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeInn on the Green, Harpenden


1st June 2022-06-01 2022-06-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Olde Watermill Shopping Village, Barton-le-clay


1st June 2022-06-01 2022-06-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Cathedral, St Albans


1st June 2022-06-01 2022-06-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWatford Palace Theatre, Watford

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