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Our dance schools focus on performance and enjoyment, as well as high quality dance training. All our non-syllabus Harpenden dance classes provide a place for kids and teens to keep fit, get inspired and challenge the body and mind through dance.

We offer classes in street dance for ages 8-18 & contemporary for ages 11-18 at Katherine Warington School on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Our team of highly qualified and experienced teachers provide classes with constantly fresh choreography, and are DBS checked and first aid trained.
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Community

It’s time for the Mayor’s annual Design-a-Christmas-card competition!  The closing date is November 4th, so a perfect half-term activity. The theme is “Christmas in Harpenden” and it is open to children aged 4-11.

Children should create their designs on A4 paper and put their name, age and school on the back. Designs can be delivered by hand or posted to The Mayor’s Secretary, Harpenden Town Council, Town Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2LX.

The winner will have their design turned into the Mayor’s Christmas card and will be invited to turn on the town Christmas lights at the Christmas Carnival.

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Enjoy everything October has to offer!

October brings us beautiful autumn colours, pumpkins, half-term and Halloween.  And don’t worry if you don’t fancy all the Halloween-themed activities during half-term, there’s plenty of other things going on.

Before we get to half-term events, the first weekend of October is the annual Fun Palaces weekend, which is all about connecting communities and sharing skills and there are events running at Harpenden Library and St Albans Library.

Our local theatres have re-opened and little ones can enjoy Stick Man Live at the Alban Arena on 12th & 13th October. The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead has a full autumn programme for families including Morgan & West's Fantastic Family Magic Spectacular on 3rd October, Mavis Sparkle, a "heart-warming" tale for ages 4+ on 9th October and Baby Bear for under 5s during half term. The Culture Trust Luton have also reopened all of their venues – Stockwood Discovery Centre has a theatrical comedy for ages 3+ Ogg, Ugg and the World's First Dogg on 10th October; and Luton Library Theatre has an adaptation of Big Red Bath for ages 2-5 on 27th October.  You can also catch The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show during half term at Watford Palace Theatre or The Grove Theatre. This is just a selection of what’s on at the theatres and you can find more on our What’s On page.

If you are looking for places to pick and/or carve pumpkins tickets are now available for The Popup Farm starting 2nd & 3rd October. Tickets are being released in batches so keep checking their website for the date you want.  Rothamsted Conference Centre are holding a Pumpkin Week during half term, which will include choosing and carving a pumpkin, amongst other activities. Willows Activity Farm have their annual Pumpkin Festival running from 16th to 31st October where you can pick your pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and enjoy a pumpkin hunt as well as all the usual fun of the farm. Mead Open Farm near Leighton Buzzard also have a pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving from 23rd to 31st October in their Pumpkin Spooktacular, and Aldenham Country Park Farm’s Spook-Fest includes pumpkin picking amongst other "frightfully fun offerings".

During half-term in Harpenden you could join in with Book Sleuths in a Bind: A Very Puzzling Case, an interactive theatre show for ages 7-11 at Harpenden Library on 28th October – booking is required. The Little Gym are hosting a Halloween Party open to members and non-members on 29th October which will feature ‘Paws and Claws’ animal handlers, a fantastic Halloween themed assault course in the gym and a spooky garden treasure hunt.  Contact them to book.  There’s also Batford Springs Half Term Trail, which is a free self-led trail, but you do have to book your slot.  It’s running from 25th – 28th October.

Sticking with nature-themed activities, Dunstable Downs and Ashridge Estate also both have trails running during half term.  And at Natural History Museum at Tring you could make a Messy Apple Bird Feeder on 28th & 29th October or have a go at Apple Pressing & Juice Tasting on 27th October.  Both of these activities are free and you can just drop-in. St Albans Cathedral have another free, drop-in Family Discovery Morning on 27th October and theme is Excellent Earth!  Children can take part in eco-themed activities.

If you do want to embrace the full Halloween experience then you can find lots of themed activities on our What’ On page running from 23rd to 31st October.  Including Sneaky Experience presents Half Term Halloween at Hatfield House, with trails, spooky characters, pumpkin carving and a spooky disco. This requires advanced booking.  Mill Green Museum and Mill have three days of craft activities where you can decorate a tote bag, make a Halloween wreath or craft stick spider webs and pine cone spiders! And at Welwyn Roman Baths you can make Witch Peg Dolls.  There’s also a Halloween Trail at Knebworth Gardens and they are encouraging fancy dress.  This is another one you have to book in advance.

Whatever way you want to celebrate October there’s something for everyone and this is just a selection. You can find even more listed on our What’s On page.  And of course you can find all your holiday clubs and camps running during half-term here on the website too.

UPDATES 13/10/21: The brand new Eric Morecombe Centre in Rothamsted Park is opening on Saturday 16th October and this month there will be a performance of How The Koala Learnt To Hug on Saturday 23rd October.  Also St Dominic School are running a Haunted Wood Trail and Grove Schools' are hosting a Halloween Trail and Fun on the Field event, both on Sun 31st Oct.  And Harpenden Lions have also organised a Halloween Ghost Trail running now until 5th November, which sounds like it might suit those with older children.

COMING UP IN TOWN


22nd October 2021-10-22 2021-10-22 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRothamsted Manor, Harpenden


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-23 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 28th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBatford Springs Nature Reserve, Harpenden


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-29 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 29th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeInn on the Green, Harpenden


28th October 2021-10-28 2021-10-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


29th October 2021-10-29 2021-10-29 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Little Gym Harpenden, Harpenden


31st October 2021-10-31 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, opposite St Dominics, Harpenden


31st October 2021-10-31 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeGrove Schools' Field, Harpenden


6th November 2021-11-06 2021-11-06 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeCrabtree Junior School, Harpenden


7th November 2021-11-07 2021-11-07 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Rugby Club, Harpenden


9th November 2021-11-09 2021-11-09 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBennets Club, Harpenden


20th November 2021-11-20 2021-11-20 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt George's School, Harpenden


26th November 2021-11-26 2021-11-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRothamsted Manor, Harpenden


28th November 2021-11-28 2021-11-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHigh Street, Harpenden


3rd December 2021-12-03 2021-12-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSouthdown Parade, Harpenden


5th December 2021-12-05 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Nicholas Church, Harpenden


5th December 2021-12-05 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBatford Corner, Harpenden


11th December 2021-12-11 2021-12-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 30th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden


12th December 2021-12-12 2021-12-12 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBatford Memorial Hall, Harpenden


17th December 2021-12-17 2022-01-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, Harpenden

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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK


24th July 2021-07-24 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWhipsnade Zoo, Dunstable


13th October 2021-10-13 2021-11-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 30th November
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13th October 2021-10-13 2021-11-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th November
Virtual Eventhttps://schema.org/OnlineEventAttendanceMode


16th October 2021-10-16 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWillows Activity Farm, London Colney


16th October 2021-10-16 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAldenham Country Park Farm, Elstree


16th October 2021-10-16 2021-10-22 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 22nd October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHerrings Green Activity Farm, Wilstead


19th October 2021-10-19 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Popup Farm, St Albans


21st October 2021-10-21 2021-10-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeJordans Mill, Broom


22nd October 2021-10-22 2021-10-22 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeDacre Rooms Kimpton, Kimpton


22nd October 2021-10-22 2021-10-22 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRothamsted Manor, Harpenden


22nd October 2021-10-22 2021-10-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeParadise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLee Valley Animal Adventure Park, Waltham Abbey


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBritish Schools Museum, Hitchin


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMead Open Farm, Billington


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeIWM Duxford, Duxford


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeOdds Farm Park, High Wycombe


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-23 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBletchley Park, Bletchley


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWaddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBuckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton near Aylesbury


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWrest Park, Silsoe


23rd October 2021-10-23 2021-10-23 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


24th October 2021-10-24 2021-10-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Grove Theatre, Dunstable


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAshridge Estate, Berkhamsted


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 28th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Bedford


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeDunstable Downs, Dunstable


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWelwyn Roman Baths, Welwyn


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-29 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 29th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRSPB Rye Meads, Hoddesdon


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 26th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeVerulamium Museum, St Albans


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Library, Harpenden


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAround St Albans District, St Albans, Harpenden & Villages


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 26th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 26th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRAF Museum London, London


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 28th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBatford Springs Nature Reserve, Harpenden


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeCeltic Harmony Camp, Hertford


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-29 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 29th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 30th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeKnebworth House & Gardens, Knebworth


25th October 2021-10-25 2021-10-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Radlett Centre, Radlett


26th October 2021-10-26 2021-10-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles


26th October 2021-10-26 2021-10-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMill Green Museum & Mill, Hatfield


26th October 2021-10-26 2021-10-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Reading Rooms, Wheathampstead


26th October 2021-10-26 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 27th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRSPB Rye Meads, Hoddesdon


26th October 2021-10-26 2021-10-28 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 28th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHertford Museum, Hertford


26th October 2021-10-26 2021-10-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 30th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Cathedral, St Albans


26th October 2021-10-26 2021-10-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Grove Theatre, Dunstable


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Cathedral, St Albans


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMill Green Museum & Mill, Hatfield


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeNatural History Museum at Tring, Tring


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeInn on the Green, Harpenden


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Albans Museum and Gallery, St Albans


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLuton Library Theatre, Luton


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 30th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton


27th October 2021-10-27 2021-10-27 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHighfield Park Visitor Centre, St Albans

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