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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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Lockers Park School
Open Morning

Saturday 14th March 2020
10.00am-12.00pm

Lockers Park is a balanced and happy school with a Pre-Prep (boys and girls, 4-7 years) and Prep School (boys-only, 7-13 years). Situated on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead, with Harpenden and St Albans close by, the school holds an excellent academic reputation, preparing pupils for leading senior schools. 

A modern, welcoming space, the Pre-Prep is filled with experienced teachers ready to give your child the best possible start. Small class sizes ensure pupils receive the attention they need, allowing each to develop at a speed and level that suits them. Learning does not stop at the classroom door, but extends into the leafy 23-acre grounds where children are encouraged to create and explore.

Busy families find the Pre-Prep’s free wraparound care programme (7.30am until 6.00pm with no need to pre-book and all included in the termly fees) hugely helpful. Children can enjoy a cooked breakfast, stay for supper and make the most of a variety of activities in a homely environment. For Year 1’s and above, a Minibus Service operates for pupils travelling to and from Harpenden and St Albans.

Call 01442 251712, email [email protected] or visit www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk to find out more.

News & Notices

Are you looking for a welcoming, safe and nurturing nursery for your child for September 2020?

The Lea Nursery offers learning through play that supports children's development, fantastic indoor & outdoor facilities and flexible hours. Come and see for yourself! Book your place at their open morning on 26th Feb 9.15-10.15am via the simple to use online booking system, or by calling the school office on 01582 767 939.

The session will be led by headteacher, Mr James Berry, and attended by teachers, governors, staff, and PTA members who will be available to answer your questions.

For more information about The Lea Primary School & Nursery click here https://lea-pri.herts.sch.uk


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What's On This Week


20th January 2020-01-20 2020-03-22 - 22nd March
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


23rd January 2020-01-23 2020-02-20 - 20th February
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Wrest Park, Luton


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
IWM Duxford, Duxford


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney


15th February 2020-02-15 2020-02-23 - 23rd February
Mead Open Farm, Billington


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-22 - 22nd February
Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
Bletchley Park, Bletchley


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
Burston Garden Centre, St Albans


17th February 2020-02-17 2020-02-21 - 21st February
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans


18th February 2020-02-18 2020-02-19 - 19th February
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans


18th February 2020-02-18 2020-02-19 - 19th February
Hertford Theatre, Hertford


18th February 2020-02-18 2020-02-20 - 20th February
Frogmore Paper Mill, Hemel Hempstead


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Mill Green Museum, Hatfield


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Watford Palace Theatre, Watford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-22 - 22nd February
Chiltern's Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
IWM Duxford, Duxford


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-19
Wardown Park Museum, Luton


19th February 2020-02-19 2020-02-20 - 20th February
British Schools Museum, Hitchin


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Garden City


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Hertford Theatre, Hertford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Mill Green Museum, Hatfield


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Sandpit Theatre, St Albans


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
IWM Duxford, Duxford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Hertford Theatre, Hertford


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
Chiltern's Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


20th February 2020-02-20 2020-02-20
St Albans Library, St Albans


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Bletchley Park, Bletchley


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Verulamium Museum, St Albans


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
IWM Duxford, Duxford


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Luton Library Theatre, Luton


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden


21st February 2020-02-21 2020-02-21
Chiltern's Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
The Little Gym, Harpenden


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
Bletchley Park, Bletchley


22nd February 2020-02-22 2020-02-22
Chiltern's Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


23rd February 2020-02-23 2020-02-23
Wardown Park Museum, Luton

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Monthly Picks

Ahh, February, you bring us a whole extra day and what can feel like the toughest half-term of the year, if the weather isn’t favourable! But don’t worry there’s plenty going on during that week, and all month to brighten your days and keep you and the family busy!

On 6th February it’s Harry Potter Book Night and Harpenden Library will be holding their annual event to celebrate the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter.  Book your tickets in the library (children must be 8+ and have read the books).

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The British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition is on all month at Stockwood Discovery Centre. It’s free to visit and always worth a look.  I’m always so impressed by the entrants in the junior category.  And once you’re done, make the most of the grounds and the play area and then head to the coffee shop for some refreshments.

For older children and adults, St Albans Museum has a very different exhibition running until 20th February commemorating Anne Frank and 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.  Anne Frank + You is bound to be moving and thought-provoking and admission is free. During half-term the Museum has lots more going on with Mad Scientists roaming around on Saturday 15th February, drop-in messy science workshops on Friday 21st February, or on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th you can drop-in and help make a large dragon that will be used in a performance later in the week!

Lots of regular favourites are back this half-term too, including the Planetarium in the Chilterns Gateway Centre at Dunstable Downs, the Spring Circus at Van Hage Garden Centre, February Frolics where you might be lucky enough to see some lambs being born at Willows Activity Farm, or for more lambs try visiting Mead Open Farm for their lambing event.

Feb Fest – the annual arts and culture festival for children and young people organised by Luton Culture Trust and Full House Theatre Company – will be taking place 15th - 21st February with a range of shows and workshops featuring music, stories, dance, arts & crafts, puppets and theatre.  The Imagination Station at the Hat Factory Arts Centre (right in the middle of Luton near the train station, if you haven’t been before) will have a range of activities daily 17th - 21st February, 11am – 3pm, which are free and drop-in.

And here in Harpenden why not get outdoors and back to nature at the Family Conservation Day on the Common with Herts Wildlife Trust on Monday 17th February.  Spaces are still available.

There’s so much more going on during half-term that we can’t fit it all in here. Take a look at our What’s On page for the full run-down, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for more highlights daily.

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Activities, clubs & classes

Mini Craft and Growers
Abbey Bowman (Herts)
Edwina Wilks Art
Irish Dancing Class
The Dottie Crafter- Dottie Teens: Artsmark or D of E workshops
The Dottie Crafter- Dottie Teens: Saturday craft afternoons
The Dottie Crafter- Dottie Teens: Mixed media art class
Mid Herts Golf Club - Junior Golf Lessons
Julie Maginn
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Showtime Circus - Dance / Musical Theatre
Jen Roffe - Junior Brush-Lettering Workshop
Showtime Circus - Family Circus Class
Stomp!
Money Savvy Kids
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Education & childcare

The Dottie Crafter- Dottie Teens: Art & Art Textiles Tutoring
Julie Maginn
Sleep by Alexandra

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Edwina Wilks Art
The Dottie Crafter- Dottie Adults: Fizzy Fridays
The Dottie Crafter- Art Textiles Courses
Smallford Farm Shop & Cafe
Smallford Farm Shop & Cafe
The Potting Shed Garden Kitchen & Cafe
P.R. Employment Law Specialists
Mitchell Solicitors
Perrin Myddelton
Paul Berg & Taylor
Taylor Walton Solicitors
Wright & Co Solicitors
Neves Solicitors
Archimedes Consulting

Health & Wellbeing

Yoga Harpenden
Beloved Bundles
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Essential Nutrition
Showtime Circus
Sound Mind Hypnotherapy
Sleep by Alexandra
Nicole & Jo's Beauty

Holiday clubs & classes

Kate Buchanan - Create and Craft Workshops
Poppyseeds home - Children's Craft Workshops
The Dottie Crafter- Little Dottie Crafters
Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust
Batford Nursery School & Day Care
NextThing Education Holiday Camps

Parties & Celebrations

Edwina Wilks Art
Melody Monkeys
The Dottie Crafter- Little Dottie Crafters
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