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Alison Angela Carol Katie
Alison Angela Carol Katie

Photos by  Ian Scott Photography

With 13 children between us we have spent our fair share of time scouring the internet to find everything from activity classes and places to visit, to details of local facilities and services, and all had the same experience -  that the information available can be difficult to find! In fact, often a bit of luck and word-of-mouth seems to be the best way to find things out. We felt there was a need for a single website to provide all this information in one place so we decided to do it ourselves!

Our philosophy is quite simple:

The site focuses on Harpenden and surrounding villages.
It covers children of all ages from bumps to teens.
It’s as comprehensive as possible - covering activities and things to do, parties, local facilities, services and child-friendly businesses.
We are pro-active about seeking out new businesses and keeping the information up-to-date.

In the process of putting this site together we have discovered so many things that we didn’t know about the area and met some wonderful local people.

We're delighted with the response to the website from local parents and local businesses and since we started in June 2012 the website has grown and gone from strength to strength.  We were delighted in 2013 to be selected as finalists for the Archant Herts Business Awards in the category of Best New Business as well as being short-listed for the Judge''s Award, and in 2014 we were finalists in the FSB Herts Business Awards for Best New Business and were finalists in the category of Best New Business in the St Albans Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards.

We were also very pleased to feature in the November 2014 edition of Hertfordshire Life Magazine in an article about women making a difference in the Harpenden Community!  You can read the article here.

In October 2016 we expanded the business and launched Mum's guide to UK to enable other parents to launch Mum's guide to sites for their towns starting with Bournemouth and Romford in the summer of 2017 and joined by St Albans and Hertford in 2018. 

Amongst all this though we still continue to provide the same comprehensive resource for parents in and around Harpenden!

Alison, Angela, Carol & Katie
The Mum’s guide to Harpenden Team