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FEATURE

HCTG offers weekly drama classes for children ages 3-18 (divided into age-groups). These classes offer a combination of singing, acting and dance and each class works towards a production at the end of every term, in a real live theatre, with a real live audience, where everyone gets a chance to shine! The productions include professional scenery, costumes, crew, lighting and a ‘live’ band. We run 2 terms a year (September to January and February to July)

www.hurstchildrenstheatregroup.com

Summer

Make The Most Of Summer With FREE Activities!

Our summer picks feature is dedicated to things families can enjoy that are FREE!

Holiday Camps

Hertfordshire County Council's HAPpY Holiday Programme is back offering free places on a variety of holiday clubs around the county.  Your child has to be in receipt of benefit-related free school meals to be eligible for this one.

Harpenden Squash Club are offering free 3 and 5 day camps for ages 5-18 in August. Text “details” to 07817 182337 for more information.

If you have a young person aged 13-17 living with or at risk of poor emotional well-being, Herts Services for Young People in conjunction with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust are running free sessions enabling them to spend time outdoors taking part in nature-based activities and learning about local wildlife. More information about these sessions, including times, dates and details on how to book can be found on their website.

Activities and Events

Classics on the Common takes place on 27th July when hundreds of classic cars and motorbikes descend on the Common.  It’s a great spectacle and a nice way to spend the afternoon. Entry is free, though if you are able, a donation to charity is most welcome.

And the following week, on 3rd August in Lydekker Park, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic takes place.  Take your picnic, take your Teddy and enjoy some free fun for little ones.

Also for little ones, Baby Rhyme Time and Storytime continue at the library throughout the summer.  Note that you have book in advance for Baby Rhyme Time.

And for older children, they can join in with the Summer Reading Challenge. If you have teenagers it’s worth enquiring at the library to see if they need any more volunteers to help with the scheme.

St Albans Museum is free to enter and this summer they have a free trail map with questions and puzzles that you can pick up at the welcome desk.

St Albans Cathedral are running their free Family Discovery Mornings on three Thursdays in August.  Each is on a different theme - Romans, Tudors and Victorians - and includes a craft activity.  There’s also a free storytelling session with Tales from the Hart on 26th July.

Stockwood Discovery Centre, another attraction that’s free to visit, is holding a free Garden Party on 6th August, 20th August & 3rd September which will include theatre, storytelling, puppetry and you can take part in a finale parade at the end of the day

As well as enjoying a walk and kite-flying at Dunstable Downs you can take part in their free Summer of Sport including 5-aside football pitch, cricket pitch, athletics track, volleyball court, tennis court, table tennis table and family games, all self-led.

A bit further away, but Tring Natural History Museum is free to enter and has Under the Sea Crafts running on various mid-week dates throughout the summer as well as a Roald Dahl-themed session based on James and the Giant Peach on 24th August.  You can also explore the galleries with an Ocean Adventure Trail sheet for only £1.

Also a bit further, but if you have a SEN child, Aldenham Country SEND Pavillion & Playground is 10 years old and is celebrating the event by offering free entry to all SEND families throughout the summer.

At the end of the summer there annual Classic Car Show and Village Fete will be on Redbourn Common and entry to the event is free.

Local Attractions and Things To Do

Several years ago we wrote an article listing free or low-cost things to enjoy in and around Harpenden.

There’s also our Enjoying the Great Outdoors in Harpenden article, most of which are free to do.

You can also filter the listing in our Things To Do section to show places and activities that are free.

We hope that’s plenty to keep you and the family busy and entertained throughout the summer without burning too much of a hole in your pocket!

Feature

Appointments for School Uniform at Stevensons this Summer

If you have child starting secondary school this September, Stevensons in Harpenden and St Albans will be open for appointments only on weekdays from 11th July to 21st August.  On Saturdays 9am - 5pm you can walk-in.

From 22nd August to 4th September both stores will be open for walk-ins only and will be operating extended hours of 9am - 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays.

If you would like to book an appointment you can watch their video below:

Click here for full store opening times.

If this is your first child heading off to secondary school you might like to read our tips for a smooth transition

COMING UP IN TOWN


13th August 2022-08-13 2022-08-13 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


17th August 2022-08-17 2022-08-17 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeInn on the Green, Harpenden


17th August 2022-08-17 2022-08-17 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden


23rd August 2022-08-23 2022-08-23 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHornbeam Hedgehog Sanctuary, Harpenden


24th August 2022-08-24 2022-08-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeInn on the Green, Harpenden


27th August 2022-08-27 2022-08-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLydekker Park, Harpenden


31st August 2022-08-31 2022-08-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeInn on the Green, Harpenden


3rd September 2022-09-03 2022-09-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBrambleton Model Railway Club, Harpenden


6th September 2022-09-06 2022-09-06 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeKinsbourne Barn, Harpenden


18th September 2022-09-18 2022-09-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden


5th October 2022-10-05 2022-10-08 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 8th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden

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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK


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


19th July 2022-07-19 2022-08-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeNatural History Museum at Tring, Tring


21st July 2022-07-21 2022-09-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 4th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeIWM Duxford, Duxford


22nd July 2022-07-22 2022-08-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLee Valley Animal Adventure Park, Waltham Abbey


23rd July 2022-07-23 2022-09-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 4th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


23rd July 2022-07-23 2022-09-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 4th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWhipsnade Zoo, Dunstable


23rd July 2022-07-23 2022-09-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 4th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeJordans Mill, Broom


23rd July 2022-07-23 2022-08-29 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 29th August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMead Open Farm, Billington


23rd July 2022-07-23 2022-09-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 4th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWillows Activity Farm, London Colney


23rd July 2022-07-23 2022-08-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModede Havilland Aircraft Museum, London Colney


25th July 2022-07-25 2022-09-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 4th September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeDunstable Downs, Dunstable


8th August 2022-08-08 2022-08-12 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 12th August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeStandalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City


8th August 2022-08-08 2022-08-12 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 12th August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeVerulamium Museum, St Albans


11th August 2022-08-11 2022-09-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeDiscover Bucks Museum, Aylesbury


12th August 2022-08-12 2022-08-12 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


13th August 2022-08-13 2022-08-13 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


13th August 2022-08-13 2022-08-13 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Cathedral, St Albans


13th August 2022-08-13 2022-08-14 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 14th August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane


13th August 2022-08-13 2022-08-13 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBletchley Park, Bletchley


13th August 2022-08-13 2022-08-13 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeVerulamium Museum, St Albans


13th August 2022-08-13 2022-08-13 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHatfield House, Hatfield


13th August 2022-08-13 2022-08-13 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


14th August 2022-08-14 2022-08-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 27th August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeKnebworth House, Knebworth


14th August 2022-08-14 2022-08-14 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBuckinghamshire Railway Centre, Aylesbury


15th August 2022-08-15 2022-08-15 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


15th August 2022-08-15 2022-08-19 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 19th August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeVerulamium Museum, St Albans


15th August 2022-08-15 2022-08-15 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeShuttleworth, Biggleswade


16th August 2022-08-16 2022-08-16 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine


16th August 2022-08-16 2022-08-16 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Cathedral, St Albans


16th August 2022-08-16 2022-08-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 18th August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHertford Museum, Hertford


16th August 2022-08-16 2022-08-16 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane


16th August 2022-08-16 2022-08-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 18th August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBletchley Park, Bletchley


16th August 2022-08-16 2022-08-16 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHighfield Park Pavillion, St Albans


16th August 2022-08-16 2022-08-16 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeKnebworth House & Gardens, Stevenage


17th August 2022-08-17 2022-08-23 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 23rd August
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine


17th August 2022-08-17 2022-08-17 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


17th August 2022-08-17 2022-08-17 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeInn on the Green, Harpenden


17th August 2022-08-17 2022-08-17 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWelwyn Roman Baths, Welwyn


17th August 2022-08-17 2022-08-17 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAlban Arena, St Albans


17th August 2022-08-17 2022-08-17 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden


18th August 2022-08-18 2022-08-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeNatural History Museum at Tring, Tring


18th August 2022-08-18 2022-08-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Museum and Gallery, St Albans


18th August 2022-08-18 2022-08-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeShuttleworth, Biggleswade


18th August 2022-08-18 2022-08-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMill Green Museum & Mill, Hatfield


18th August 2022-08-18 2022-08-18 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Cathedral, St Albans

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