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WELCOME TO MUM'S GUIDE TO HARPENDEN!

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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What's On This Week


1st July 2019-07-01 2019-09-08 - 8th September
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


13th July 2019-07-13 2019-09-15 - 15th September
Burston Garden Centre, St Albans


13th July 2019-07-13 2019-09-15 - 15th September
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans


20th July 2019-07-20 2019-09-01 - 1st September
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney


20th July 2019-07-20 2019-08-24 - 24th August
Wrest Park, Luton


22nd July 2019-07-22 2019-08-30 - 30th August
Chiltern's Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


26th July 2019-07-26 2019-09-01 - 1st September
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


5th August 2019-08-05 2019-08-17 - 17th August
Oxfam Books & Music, Harpenden


14th August 2019-08-14 2019-08-18 - 18th August
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


17th August 2019-08-17 2019-08-18 - 18th August
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles


17th August 2019-08-17 2019-09-01 - 1st September
The Pop Up Farm, M1 Junction 9


17th August 2019-08-17 2019-08-26 - 26th August
Van Hage Garden Centre, Ware


17th August 2019-08-17 2019-08-17
Batford Springs, Harpenden


17th August 2019-08-17 2019-08-17
Plot 31 Community Garden, Harpenden


17th August 2019-08-17 2019-08-17
The Gate, Bricket Wood, St Albans


17th August 2019-08-17 2019-08-17
Harpenden Library, Harpenden


18th August 2019-08-18 2019-08-18
Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden


18th August 2019-08-18 2019-08-18
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Aylesbury


18th August 2019-08-18 2019-08-18
Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes


18th August 2019-08-18 2019-08-21 - 21st August
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-19
Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-19
The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-19
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-19
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-19
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-23 - 23rd August
Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-23 - 23rd August
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-19
Welwyn Roman Baths, Welwyn Bypass


19th August 2019-08-19 2019-08-23 - 23rd August
Frogmore Paper Mill, Hemel Hempstead


20th August 2019-08-20 2019-08-20
Rothamsted Park, by the Rose Gardens, Harpenden


20th August 2019-08-20 2019-08-20
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles


20th August 2019-08-20 2019-08-20
Redbourn Leisure Centre, Redbourn


20th August 2019-08-20 2019-08-22 - 22nd August
Bletchley Park, Bletchley


20th August 2019-08-20 2019-08-22 - 22nd August
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring


20th August 2019-08-20 2019-08-20
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine


20th August 2019-08-20 2019-08-20
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted


20th August 2019-08-20 2019-08-20
Mill Green Museum, Hatfield


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-21
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-22 - 22nd August
British Schools Museum, Hitchin


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-21
Marford Road Playing Fields, Wheathampstead


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-21
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-21
Mill Green Museum, Hatfield


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-21
Hatfield Park, Hatfield


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-21
Hatfield Park, Hatfield House, Hatfield


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-21
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine


21st August 2019-08-21 2019-08-25 - 25th August
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


22nd August 2019-08-22 2019-08-22
Marquis Lane Open Space, Harpenden


22nd August 2019-08-22 2019-08-22
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans


22nd August 2019-08-22 2019-08-22
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead


22nd August 2019-08-22 2019-08-22
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine


22nd August 2019-08-22 2019-08-22
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted


22nd August 2019-08-22 2019-08-22
Mill Green Museum, Hatfield


23rd August 2019-08-23 2019-08-25 - 25th August
Hertfordshire County Showground, Dunstable Road


23rd August 2019-08-23 2019-08-26 - 26th August
Harpenden Common, Harpenden


23rd August 2019-08-23 2019-08-23
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine

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These are quite shocking statistics and includes families in our area.  If you can help by donating some items to the foodbank next time you are out shopping them please have a look at their website to see what items they are most in need of and add something extra to your shopping basket.  Donations can be left at the drop-off boxes in Sainsburys and Waitrose.

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Blast off with the Summer Reading Challenge this Summer

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge has a Space theme. It all blasts off on Saturday 13th July and is free to take part. Children can pop into Harpenden Library any time from then to register to take part. They have to try to read 6 books over the summer (they don’t have to be about space), return to the library to tell them about what they’ve read and collect stickers to add to their Space Chart. Collect all the stickers to complete the challenge and be entered into a prize draw to meet author Steve Cole!

News & Notices

New Cycle Map for St Albans District

Getting out and about, keeping active and entertaining the children during the summer holidays doesn't have to cost the earth!  St Albans District have recently published a new cycle map showing the National Cycle Networks within the District and a section of the 170-mile Chiltern Cycleway.  Pick it up from cycling shops, leisure centres, St Albans Museums and Council offices, or download it from the District Council website and get on your bike!

 


Monthly Picks

Summer holidays can be a drain on the purse, so for our August Monthly Picks we thought we’d pick out what’s FREE this month. 

On 1st August Harpenden Library are taking over the concourse outside the library with their Favourite Toys Family Fun Day.  Drop by to enjoy old toys, outdoor games and their reminiscence boxes.

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On Sunday 4th August Rothamsted Conference Centre are also holding a Family Fun Day.  This is free to attend, but you do have to register your place in advance! With kids & teen movies, art & crafts, science activities, bouncy castle and more it sounds like a packed day.

Play in the Parks is back for the summer - Tuesday mornings at Rothamsted Park, Tuesday afternoons at Redbourn Leisure Centre, Wednesday mornings at Marford Road and Thursday afternoons at Marquis Lane.  No need to book, just turn up.  This is suitable for 3-12 but parents of under 8s will need to stay with them.

Wednesday 7th August is the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Lydekker Park.  Pack a picnic and bring teddy along to enjoy theatre fun with Imajica Theatre, wildlife activities, Teddy hospital, punch castle and more!

Every Thursday during August St Albans Cathedral is running its Family Discovery Mornings featuring a themed trail around the Cathedral and a craft activity.  Each week focuses on a different era - Romans, Victorians, Saxons and Tudors.

On 15th August drop into St Albans Museum and help artist Jo Hammond create a giant junk sculpture.

On 17th August head to Batford Springs Nature Reserve for their Open Day where you can search for minibeasts and butterflies, meet the rangers and go on a tour.

There's also free entry to the Pop-up Farm from 17th August though we can't guarantee that you won't be able to resist picking some sunflowers and sweetcorn!  There's also a bale maze and sunflower trail.  Please check the website to confirm opening dates and times as these will be dependent on the crop.

Return to Lydekker Park on 28th August for Harpenden Conservation Day where you can help build new homes for wildlife.  This is a drop-in event, but there will be a limited supply of resources.

There are also a some free activities running daily this month:

  • Burston Garden Centre have set up a free Summer Garden and Sandpit.
  • The popular Butterfly Corner is back at Ayletts Nurseries. 12-16 August you can also make a Bee Magnet for free and 19-23 it’s Paper-plate Pals.
  • Dunstable Downs have a Summer of Sport with free games and sports taking place.  And Sunday 4th August is also their monthly, free “50 Things Club session where children can try out some outdoor activities, and a new list of must-try activities to try before 11 3/4 is being published this month!
  • As well as their weekly Family Discovery Mornings, St Albans Cathedral have an exhibition of marionette puppets, props and backdrops from the Young People’s Puppet Theatre.
  • The Summer Reading Challenge is on at the Library.  Pop in to register, then children have to read 6 books over the summer to earn their rewards.

So there you have it! Make the most of these free events this August and you won’t have to break the bank to keep the children busy, entertained. And don’t forget to look at the places and activities that are always free on our Things To Do page for more ideas.

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OK, so maybe the second week is the most challenging. All the excitement of not being at school is waning and children have relentless energy. So it was definitely time to wear them out with a day at Orbital Trampoline Park Luton’s summer camp. For just £5 more than the usual entry fee the children can bounce for SIX hours which sounded like an absolute bargain. I took along the 11 & 8 year olds who had a jumptastic day. After warming up on the freestyle trampolines they were let loose to explore the rest of the park including the ninja warrior, gladiator beams, the climbing wall and the foam pits (unfortunately Meltdown wasn’t working but kids don’t hold a grudge!). They were especially excited to be given access to the performance trampolines and taught some basic moves like ‘swivel hips’ (yep, I’m not sure either…!?) “Super-friendly, kind staff” (according to my sensitive 8 yr old) and exhausted happy children gave Orbital the Big Thumbs Up from the MGTH Kids this week.

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