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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! 

NEW - you can now add RECOMMENDATIONS for your favourite businesses!  You asked for it, and we listened!  Just visit the listing you want to recommend and click the "Recommend this" button.  You'll be asked to register the first time and then you can add recommendations for as many businesses as you like.

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Community

Mayor's Christmas Poster Competition

It's time again for the Mayor's Christmas Poster Competition!

Open to ages 4-11, children are asked to design a poster on the theme "The Celebration of Christmas".

The winner will turn on the Christmas lights, plus receive a prize and have their design used on the Mayor's Christmas Card.

Full details on entry requirements and how to enter are on the poster below.  Closing date for entries is 2nd November.

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What's On This Week


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-31 - 31st October
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-28 - 28th October
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-31 - 31st October
Mead Open Farm, Billington


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-26 - 26th October
Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-31 - 31st October
Jordan's Mill, Broom


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-31 - 31st October
Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-28 - 28th October
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-28 - 28th October
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead


20th October 2018-10-20 2018-10-31 - 31st October
The Pop-up Farm, M1 Junction 9


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-25 - 25th October
Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-22
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-26 - 26th October
RAF Museum London, Hendon


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-22
Batford Springs, Harpenden


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-28 - 28th October
Wrest Park, Luton


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-26 - 26th October
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Near Berkhamst


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-22
Fleetville Infant and Nursery School, St Albans


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-26 - 26th October
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead


22nd October 2018-10-22 2018-10-28 - 28th October
The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-25 - 25th October
Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-23
IWM Duxford, Duxford


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-24 - 24th October
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-23
Luton Library Theatre, St George’s Square


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-25 - 25th October
Bletchley Park, Bletchley


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-23
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-23
Knebworth House, Knebworth


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-25 - 25th October
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring


23rd October 2018-10-23 2018-10-23
The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine


24th October 2018-10-24 2018-10-24
IWM Duxford, Duxford


24th October 2018-10-24 2018-10-24
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton near Aylesbury


24th October 2018-10-24 2018-10-24
Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


24th October 2018-10-24 2018-10-31 - 31st October
Burston Garden Centre, Chiswell Green,St Albans


25th October 2018-10-25 2018-11-04 - 4th November
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney


25th October 2018-10-25 2018-10-25
IWM Duxford, Duxford


25th October 2018-10-25 2018-10-25
The Weston Auditorium, Hatfiel


25th October 2018-10-25 2018-10-25
Quaker Friends Meeting House, Harpenden


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
IWM Duxford, Duxford


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
Luton Central Library, Luton


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
The Radlett Centre, Radlett


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
DJ's Jungle, St Albans


26th October 2018-10-26 2018-10-26
The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-27
Hertford Theatre, Hertford


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-11-04 - 4th November
Aldenham Country Park, Elstree


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-11-04 - 4th November
Aldenham Country Park, Elstree


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-31 - 31st October
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-27
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-27
Luton Library Theatre, St George’s Square


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-27
The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-27
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-27
Harpenden Sports Centre, Harpenden


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-28 - 28th October
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-11-04 - 4th November
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-11-04 - 4th November
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-27
Batford Memorial Hall, Harpenden


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-10-27
DJ's Play Park, Hemel Hempstead


27th October 2018-10-27 2018-11-04 - 4th November
Foxholes Farm, Hertford


28th October 2018-10-28 2018-10-29 - 29th October
Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Garden City


28th October 2018-10-28 2018-10-29 - 29th October
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans


28th October 2018-10-28 2018-10-28
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable


28th October 2018-10-28 2018-10-28
Lower High Street, Harpenden

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News & Notices

Primary School Open Days

Attention parents of children turning 5 between Sept 2019 and Sept 2020!

Local primary schools have started to publish their open days and tours for prospective parents for 2019/20. To save you trawling through the individual school websites we've done it for you and compiled the list on our School Open Days page. Not every school offers formal tours and some haven't announced dates yet, but most are on the page already, so take a look, book your places and get the dates in your diary! We will add any others as they are announced.... Read more


Katherine Warington School Update

On 26th September 2018 it was announced that Katherine Warington School can go ahead.  The request by Right School Right Place to appeal a previous High Court Judgement made on August 2nd in relation to the planning permission for the new school was denied.

Read the full press release from the school. This judgement (made on 25 September 2018) concludes the ability for any party to legally challenge the planning decision reached by Hertfordshire County Council.... Read more


Monthly Picks

Welcome to October!  Month of falling leaves, crispy apples, giant pumpkins and spooky goings-on!

If you would like to celebrate everything that's wonderful about the humble apple this month then head to YWAM at Highfield Oval for their Apple Festival on Saturday 13th October - entry is free.  Or visit the YMCA in Highfield Park, St Albans on Sunday 7th October for their Apple Day.  (Strangely similar venues and addresses for those two events, so don't get them confused!)

Libraries Week happens this month - a chance to celebrate the fantastic free resources that we have on our doorstep.  Events are running at libraries across Hertfordshire, but at Harpenden library you can enjoy a special Toddler Tales featuring Angry Cookie Tales on Tuesday 9th October and an all-day storytelling event for all ages (including Baby Rhyme time) on Thursday 11th October.   Later in the month on Tuesday 30th October there will be a special Spooky Stories for under 8s and children are invited to come in fancy dress!

This year is the 50th anniversary of the film version of Lionel Bart's Oliver!  This month you can enjoy it live on stage at our very own Harpenden Public Halls when Harpenden Musical Theatre Company and a cast of local children bring it to life on 9th - 13th October.  Featuring all the favourite characters and well-known songs this is definitely a show for all the family!

Also taking place this month is the annual Fun Palaces event, which campaigns for culture for all. Amongst the venues taking part this year is the Trestle Theatre at St Albans Museum on Saturday 6th October.  On offer will be a range of workshops and taster sessions including crafts, yoga, hand-on science and more all around the museum.

You may have already noticed that Hertfordshire schools have a different half-term to the surrounding counties this year, so half-term events at venues in neighbouring counties are taking place the week before our holiday.  But if you have younger children who are not yet school age, or if your child attends a school that is having a longer break then you will be able to take advantage of two weeks of activities and events!

If you are looking for places to take part in some pumpkin carving (amongst other spooky activities) then try Pumpkin Festival at Willows Activity Farm, Spooky Pumpkin Carving at Aldenham Country ParkPumpkin Scooping at Ayletts Nurseries, Carve a Pumpkin at Mill Green MuseumBoo at the Zoo at Whipsnade Zoo, Freaky FunFest at Mead Open Farm, Howl-o-ween at Paradise Wildlife Park, Halloween Treat at Herring Green Activity Farm or Ghosts Ghouls and Goings On at Wrest Park.

And if you prefer to carve your own then you'll want to know that the Pop-up Farm is open for PYO pumpkins 6th & 7th October, 13th & 14th October and 20th-31st October, 10am-4pm.

Have a spoooook-tacular time this month!

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Welcome to Parenthood in Harpenden!

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Christmas

Where to see Santa 2018

Ho Ho Ho!  Here's our ultimate guide to all the Santa's Grottoes and Father Christmas Experiences taking place in the local area this year.  From 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!

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