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You may be giving trick-or-treating a miss this year but the good news is there’s still lots going on to get your Halloween fix this half-term.  Here's some highlights... (please note that unless stated everywhere requires booking and places may be a bit more limited than usual)

Here in Harpenden, unfortunately tickets for the Town Council’s Halloween Trail have already booked out, but lots of alternative trails have been organised... Friends of Harpenden Academy have organised a Pumpkin Trail on 31st October, St Dominic PTA are running a Halloween Fun Trail all week as well as a Haunted Wood Trail on 31st October on the common, Friends of High Beeches School have a Treasure Hunt around town running all week and YWAM have organised a Harvest Trail at Highfield Oval in aid of Harpenden Cares.

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Also here in Harpenden Rothamsted Research Conference Centre are running a Pumpkin Week during half-term with pumpkin-related activities, including pumpkin carving (and the pumpkin is included in the ticket price) and Poppyseeds Home are running some Halloween-themed craft workshops at their studio - Trick or Treat Bag and Mini Halloween Garden.

If you fancy a change of scene for your Halloween Trail then St Albans BID have organised one around the city centre with completed entries going into a prize draw.  You can pick up your trail sheet free in the city or download it and print at home in advance.

If you want to pick your own pumpkin to decorate then you can do this at the Pop-up Farm, just off J9 of the M1. 

Willows Activity Farm have their annual Pumpkin Festival where there are 1000s of pumpkins waiting to be picked and carved, along with a whole host of other activities.

Pumpkins can also be picked at Mead Open Farm's Pumpkin FunFest where they also have other Halloween fun planned, and also at Hitchin Lavender.

Hatfield House have a Halloween Trail planned around the woodland and they invite you to come dressed in your scariest costume, as do RSPB Rye Meads who also have a Halloween trail for you to follow and you don't need to book this one, you can just turn up.  You can also just turn up and take part in the Halloween Trail at Jordan's Mill.

For some spooky fun you could head to the Spook-Fest at Aldenham Country Park where activities like Selma's Spooky Shack and the Horrid Hayride await!

ZSL Whipsnade will have some fun Wizard Trails and talks for their experts on the more gruesome side of nature!

Wrest Park will be putting on a creepy trail and spooky stories throughout half-term as well as Spooky Woodland Walks in the evenings on 29th - 31st October.

You can book to enjoy a whole family day out at Celtic Harmony Camp taking part in autumn crafts, carving pumpkins, exploring the haunted forest and more.

For even more half-term events - Halloween-themed or otherwise, take a look at our What's On page.



For anyone who doesn't know what to do with all the toys, clothes and equipment your children have grown out of, or who is looking for kids’ stuff for free, there is a brilliant new app that has just launched across Hertfordshire called YoungPlanet 

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News & Notices

Harpenden Lions Christmas Card Competition

Harpenden Lions are inviting children up to the age of 16 to take part in a Christmas card design competition. The two winning Christmas card designs will be on sale from mid-November to help raise funds for Harpenden Cares. The theme is "Christmas in a Covid World".

Entries should be sent to [email protected] by 8th November 2020. Further details and the rules of the competition can be seen at www.harpenden-lions.co.uk


Harpenden Youth Engagement Survey

Harpenden Town Council is conducting a survey for residents ages 13-19 as part of effortsto engage more with young people in the town. The Council would like to learn more about what types of projects young people would like to be involved in and how best to engage with them.

For any young people who would like to give feedback, click here to take the survey.

Mayor's Christmas Card Competition

It's time for the annual Mayor's Christmas Card Competition.  Children aged 4-11 who live in Harpenden can submit their designs for a chance to feature on the Mayor's official card for 2020.  The theme this year is "Key Workers at Christmas".

What's On This Week

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Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

15th October 2020-10-15 2020-10-31 - 31st October
The Pop Up Farm, M1 Junction 9

15th October 2020-10-15 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Around Town, Harpenden

16th October 2020-10-16 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Aldenham Country Park, Elstree

17th October 2020-10-17 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney

17th October 2020-10-17 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Hitchin Lavendar, Ickleford

17th October 2020-10-17 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Cedars Nature Centre, Cheshunt

19th October 2020-10-19 2020-10-23 - 23rd October
Online via Facebook Group, Harpenden

19th October 2020-10-19 2020-10-31 - 31st October
City Centre, St Albans

20th October 2020-10-20 2020-10-20
Online, Harpenden

21st October 2020-10-21 2020-10-25 - 25th October
Jordan's Mill, Broom

23rd October 2020-10-23 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Wrest Park, Silsoe

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Mead Open Farm, Billington

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-10-24
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Around Southdown, Harpenden

25th October 2020-10-25 2020-10-25
Town Centre, Harpenden

25th October 2020-10-25 2020-10-25
Main Car Park, Rothamsted Reseach Conf Centre, Harpenden

25th October 2020-10-25 2020-10-25
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

25th October 2020-10-25 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Around Town, Harpenden

25th October 2020-10-25 2020-10-25
Market Place, St Albans

26th October 2020-10-26 2020-10-26
Poppyseeds Home Studio, Harpenden

26th October 2020-10-26 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Hatfield House, Hatfield

26th October 2020-10-26 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine

26th October 2020-10-26 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Rothamsted Research Conference Centre, Harpenden

26th October 2020-10-26 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Highfield Oval, Harpenden

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Where to see Santa and other Christmas Experiences

Christmas is going to feel a little different this year, with covid-safe guidelines and socially-distanced Santas.  We are expecting that there won't be as many grottos this year (some are already confirmed as not going ahead), so we've expanded our usual "Where to see Santa" article to include other Christmas experiences too. From grottos to pantos, 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, especially this year when space will be limited.

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Pumpkin Carving Competition in aid of the Mayor's Charities

Harpenden Town Council are running a Pumpkin Carving Photo Competition in aid of the Mayor’s charities - Daylight Club and The Human Milk Foundation

You have until 31st October to enter so you have plenty of time to think about your design and then get carving!

Entry costs £2 per photo and you can enter via the Town Council website.  There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!


Why not browse through some of the listings we have recently added to the site...

Activities, clubs & classes

Super Soccer School Ltd (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Emmylou's Zoom Fine Art Classes for Kids / Teens! (ONLINE ONLY)
Head Start Music Theory (ONLINE ONLY)
Ballet Bugs
Musicale Musical Theatre Group - West End Magic (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
The Emotional Wellbeing Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Girls Allowed Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Duke of Edinburgh (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
The Healthy Relationship Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
The Resilience Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Creative Spark LD Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
The Music Dept Rockschool (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Edwina Wilks Art (ONLINE ONLY)
Mini Athletics
Poppyseeds home (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Mixdown Media - Music Production Course (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Westminster Lodge Leisure & Swim Centre (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Hertfordshire Family Centre Service Classes (ONLINE ONLY)
Katie Metcalfe Music (CONFIRMED RUNNING)

Education & childcare

Kinsbourne Common Nursery and Pre-School

More businesses

Eight Ounces Coffee Shop
My Refill Life
The Chef's Friend
The Music Dept
Carriages Lounge Bar & Restaurant
La Pizzetta (Thursday evenings)
Five Dinners
Seed & Grain Cafe and Coffee Shop
Gardener & Painter
Co & Jo Interiors

Health & Wellbeing

DW Beauty
The Aster Baby Scan Clinic
Roo Beauties Harpenden
Information, advice, guidance & sexual health services
SAADI Gymnastics Ltd
Community Zumba Classes
The Dance Studio
Ballet Body
Hertfordshire Family Centre Service - Self Weigh Stations
Socially Distanced Yoga Classes
St Albans Trapeze and Aerial Arts
Healing Tree Reflexology
BeeZee Families

Holiday clubs & classes

Adventure School
Team Horizon Holiday Clubs
Oodles Sport - Lacrosse Camps
Fingertips Woodland Nursery & Forest School
Artventurers Harpenden and St Albans
Watford FC CSE Trust - Holiday Football Courses

Parties & Celebrations

Poppyseeds home

Things to do

Maidenhead Aquatics

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