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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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Summer Reading
Challenge 2018

The 2018 Summer Reading Challenge begins at Harpenden Library on Saturday 14th July and runs until 8th September.

Children can register to take part for free at the library then all they have to do is read six books over the summer, pop into the Library to tell them about it and collect rewards along the way. This year’s theme is "Mischief Makers" but children can read any books they like.

Wayside Healthcare Ltd
What's On This Week

18th July 2018-07-18 2018-07-28 - 28th July
Harpenden Methodist Church, Harpenden

21st July 2018-07-21 2018-09-02 - 2nd September
Coursers Road, London Colney

21st July 2018-07-21 2018-09-02 - 2nd September
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

23rd July 2018-07-23 2018-07-27 - 27th July
Wrest Park, Luton

23rd July 2018-07-23 2018-07-24 - 24th July
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

24th July 2018-07-24 2018-07-24
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton

24th July 2018-07-24 2018-07-26 - 26th July
Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsely

24th July 2018-07-24 2018-07-24
Jordan's Mill, Broom

24th July 2018-07-24 2018-07-24
The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans

25th July 2018-07-25 2018-07-25
The George, Harpenden

25th July 2018-07-25 2018-07-25
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

25th July 2018-07-25 2018-07-28 - 28th July
Hertford Theatre, Hertford

25th July 2018-07-25 2018-07-25
St Albans Girls' School, St Albans

25th July 2018-07-25 2018-07-25
Harpenden Common (outside the Public Halls), Harpenden

26th July 2018-07-26 2018-07-26
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine

26th July 2018-07-26 2018-07-26
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

26th July 2018-07-26 2018-07-29 - 29th July
Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road

27th July 2018-07-27 2018-08-31 - 31st August
Jordan's Mill, Broom

27th July 2018-07-27 2018-07-27
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

27th July 2018-07-27 2018-07-29 - 29th July
Westminster Lodge, St Albans

28th July 2018-07-28 2018-07-29 - 29th July
Dunstable Downs, Dunstable

28th July 2018-07-28 2018-07-28
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans

28th July 2018-07-28 2018-07-29 - 29th July
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

29th July 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
Shenley Park, Shenley

29th July 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

29th July 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans

29th July 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
Lower High Street, Harpenden

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Lavender & Stone
News & Notices

ImagiNation - Read, Write, Create!

If your child is too old to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at Harpenden Library this summer, how about ImagiNation for 10-18 year olds, also running at Harpenden Library from 14th July to 8th September?

The idea is to combine reading and creativity. Borrow two books from the library this summer, and pick up and ImagiNation book band. Read the book then write or draw on the band to inspire others to read it, then wrap it around the book. Anyone who completes a band and shows it to the library staff will be awarded a certificate and entered into a draw to win Amazon vouchers worth up to £70!... Read more

Museum Explorer Pass

The Museum Explorer Pass is back for 2018! Pick up a pass at a local museum in Herts or Beds, get it stamped, take part in challenges, earn stickers and win prizes. A great way for kids to learn all about the local area over the summer. For more details and participating museums...


Secondary School Open Days Autumn 2018

Term may almost be over, but for those heading into Year 6 in September it will be time to start visit all the Secondary Schools before you know it! The local state schools have all released their Open Evening dates and we have them on School Open Days page in an easy alphabetical list so find the ones you want to visit and get those dates in your diary now. If Sandringham is of interest don't forget its open evening is much earlier than the others on Tuesday, 10th July!... Read more

Drama Llamas
Monthly Picks

Don’t be thinking that you have any time to catch your breath after all the excitement of June because July is just as jam-packed with lots of fantastic local events.

Kicking things off on Sunday 1st July is Larks in the Park at Batford Springs.  Firmly established in the annual fixtures this is a fun day out for all the family.  This year’s theme is “Magic of the Movies” and there will be live music and entertainment, donkey rides, inflatables, fairground rides, stalls, rodeo bull, the duck race and more.  Entry is free.

If you’re looking for that summer Festival experience then Festival on the Field is back at Sir John Lawes School on Saturday 7th July with some of the best tribute acts in the business.  Headlining this year are Yellow - a Coldplay tribute band - plus Massaoke, A Touch of Little Mix, ELO Encounter and Swanvesta Social Club.  A great day out and tickets are still available!

If you fancy a festival experience aimed at younger children then the Geronimo Festival is taking place 30th June – 1st July at Knebworth House featuring children’s TV favourites such as Alex Winter and Justin Fletcher and a whole host of fun.  Or for something more active then the Little Welly Goes Wild is back at the Herts County Showground 7th – 8th July.  The event is centred around a 3km 30-challenge obstacle course, plus music entertainment, laser quest and more.

Heartwood Forest is celebrating its 10th birthday with a Summer Festival also on Saturday 7th July with stalls, crafts, nature-themed activities and more.  Entrance on the day will be subject to capacity so advance booking is recommended.

The same weekend sees Wheathampstead hold its annual Village Weekend, which features Wheathampstead’s Got Talent, Picnic on the Meads and Carnival Village Day.

Still on the same weekend on Sunday 8th July it’s the ever-popular Highland Gathering in Rothamsted Park, organised by the Harpenden Lions in aid of local charities.  If you have a kilt at home get it out the wardrobe, you won’t look out of place!  There will be pipes, drums, caber-tossing and dancing.

Brand new for 2018 is Open Air Theatre in Lydekker Park on Saturday 14th July.  Imajica Theatre Company will be performing “Don’t Worry Be Happy” along with other entertainment and it’s all free!

Another annual favourite taking place on Wednesday 25th July is Classics on the Common organised by the Rotary Club.  With more than 1000 classic cars, motorcycles and scooters on display, even if you’re not a massive car fan it’s a great spectacle and nice afternoon out, and it's all in aid of charity.  Entrance is free but donations are welcome.

And so we find ourselves at the end of the month and into the school holidays. There's no shortage of events and activities on offer to keep the children busy and we’re still adding more to our What’s On page so keep checking back nearer the time.  Two in particular that are worth a mention... Little Stock is a series of themed events at Stockwood Discovery Centre.  26th – 29th July is Dinosaurs and includes a story-telling performance, art & crafts, and an animatronic dinosaur!  Booking is required.  Later themes are Puppetry, Circus and Nature.  And on 28th July the new St Albans Museum launches its summer programme with its Summer Family Festival - a day of family activities including their new family trail.  If you haven't vsited yet it's a chance to go along and have a look.

Finally, since it happens right at the start of August and we wouldn' want you to miss it, we should mention the Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Lydekker Park, which will coincide with National Play Day on the 1st August.  Bring your teddies for an afternoon of free entertainment.

Essential Guide

Welcome to Parenthood in Harpenden!

If you are new to Harpenden, or a new or expectant parent, then here's our essential guide and top tips for living in Harpenden with children...

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Hemel Stags
"My children (school years 6&3) went to this last summer with their cousins (year 2). There was a good mix of indoor and outdoor activities and some chill-out time with a movie too. The organisers easily led team games and encouraged fair play. The venue is the club house for Hemel Stags Rugby club so it felt unusual for a children’s holiday club but for £12 all day including lunch and snacks, I had no complaints. "

Under 5 Drop Ins

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Activities, clubs & classes

Penny Waterman School of Dance - St Albans Drop Ins
Jigsaw Arts St Albans
Community School Age Athletics
The Little Performers
Redbourn Riding School
Sea Lion Swim School
Cricket 4 Kidz
Tappy Toes
All Stars Cricket
Jane's Swim School
Sewing with Anna
St Albans Trapeze and Aerial Arts
ColourMeIn Art School
Little Mandarin Classes
Relax Kids
Little Stars

Education & childcare

Little Mandarin Classes

More businesses

Buggy Bathtime
Enchanted Tea Rooms

Health & Wellbeing

Buggy Fit
Women only yoga classes
Jade Pharmacy

Holiday clubs & classes

Signing Babies & Toddlers Summer Holiday Classes
PSA Football Camp in Partnership with Beechwood Park
Hockey Camp in Partnership with Beechwood Park
Harpenden Swimming Pool - Swimming Crash Courses
Jigsaw performing Arts School St Albans
Move with Peppa
Komplete Genius School Holiday Camp
Sewing with Anna
Aloha Tri Kids Triathlon Camp
Monkey Music Summer Workshop
ColourMeIn Art School

Parties & Celebrations

St Albans Trapeze and Aerial Arts
DNA KIDS – The Children’s Favourite Party Entertainers!
Little Cookies
Ben's Bouncy Castles
The Pool House near Sandy
ColourMeIn Art School

Things to do

Langleybury Children's Farm
CBeebies Land at Alton Towers
Warwick Castle
Thorpe Park
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor
Scott's Grotto
Henry Moore Studios and Gardens
Howard Park and Gardens
Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Coram's Fields
Cadbury World
Mountfitchet Castle

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