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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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PARC - Playground Action Rothamsted Committee
Have Your Say!

PARC - Playground Action Rothamsted Committee have been working hard on concept designs for a new play area in Rothamsted Park.  Two fantastic designs have been produced by two different providers offering a completely transformed play area catering for children of different ages and needs.

You can now take a look, vote for your favourite of the two designs design and give your comments and feedback on both.

You can find the designs and feedback form here:  http://l.ead.me/bb0maw

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What's On This Week

15th November 2018-11-15 2019-01-07 - 7th January
Van Hage Garden Centre, Pepper Hill

21st November 2018-11-21 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney

30th November 2018-11-30 2019-01-27 - 27th January
Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

1st December 2018-12-01 2019-01-01 - 1st January
Hertford Theatre, Hertford

1st December 2018-12-01 2018-12-23 - 23rd December
Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring

1st December 2018-12-01 2018-12-24 - 24th December
Mead Open Farm, Billington

5th December 2018-12-05 2019-01-05 - 5th January
Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

6th December 2018-12-06 2018-12-22 - 22nd December
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton

6th December 2018-12-06 2019-01-06 - 6th January
The Alban Arena, St Albans

7th December 2018-12-07 2018-12-31 - 31st December
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

8th December 2018-12-08 2018-12-22 - 22nd December
Adjacent to Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, St Albans

8th December 2018-12-08 2019-01-03 - 3rd January
The Radlett Centre, Radlett

8th December 2018-12-08 2018-12-30 - 30th December
Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden

9th December 2018-12-09 2018-12-11 - 11th December
Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Garden City

11th December 2018-12-11 2018-12-11
Watford Colosseum, Watford

13th December 2018-12-13 2018-12-18 - 18th December
Luton Library Theatre, St George’s Square

13th December 2018-12-13 2018-12-18 - 18th December
Watford Colosseum, Watford

13th December 2018-12-13 2018-12-13
Rothamsted Conference Centre , Harpenden

14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-14
Quaker Friends Meeting House, Harpenden

14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross

14th December 2018-12-14 2018-12-14
Everywhere, Schools and work places

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Abbey Theatre, St Albans

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton near Aylesbury

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted

15th December 2018-12-15 2019-01-06 - 6th January
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

15th December 2018-12-15 2019-01-06 - 6th January
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Chrisopher Place, St Albans

15th December 2018-12-15 2019-01-06 - 6th January
CW Entertainment, Welwyn Garden City

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-16 - 16th December
Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Harpenden Library, Harpenden

15th December 2018-12-15 2018-12-15
Harpenden Sports Centre, Harpenden

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
The Weston Auditorium, Hatfiel

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Watford Colosseum, Watford

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Batford Memorial Hall, Harpenden

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
Chidell Hall, Aldwickbury School, Harpenden

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
St John's Church, Harpenden

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
St Mary's Church, Harpenden

16th December 2018-12-16 2018-12-16
City Church St Albans, St Albans

17th December 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
Watford Colosseum, Watford

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December, of course, means Christmas, Christmas everywhere!  Santa is very busy making appearances in Harpenden and across Hertfordshire.  If you’re thinking of taking the children to see him, have a look at our guide to places that he will be visiting.

Panto season will soon be in full swing.  This year, at Harpenden Public Halls, Polka Dot Pantomimes brings us Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring TV’s Jeremy Edwards and featuring a cast of local children.  It runs from 8th – 30th December with a special relaxed/signed performance on Sunday 23rd December at 10.30am.

There’s also a panto at Batford Memorial Hall on Sunday 16th December.  Odd Socks Entertainment will be presenting their version of Sleeping Beauty, especially aimed at children aged 4-11.

And the Alban Arena is presenting Cinderella from 6th December to 6th January starring Rachel Stevens (S Club 7) and Ben Faulks (better known as Mr Bloom).

Other pantos in the area include: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Grove Theatre Dunstable and Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage; Jack and the Beanstalk at Watford Palace Theatre, Luton Library Theatre and King's Langley; Aladdin at CW Entertainment in Welwyn and the Radlett Centre.

Of course, there is other non-panto Christmassy theatre on offer too including:  Hansel & Gretal at the Sandpit Theatre; A Christmas Carol at Abbey Theatre in St Albans and also at Wardown House Museum; The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio at Hertford Theatre; Santa’s New Sleigh at Broadway Theatre in Letchworth. Definitely something for everyone at the theatre this Christmas!

The film "The Snowman" is a regular Christmas feature in many households and this year the book on which it was based is 40 years old.  To celebrate, there are two opportunities to watch the film accompanied by live music here in Harpenden!  On 9th December you can join Hitchin Brass band at Harpenden Public Halls, and on 16th December Harpenden Concert Band will be presenting it at Aldwickbury School.

If Christmas shopping is on your mind then you might want to take advantage of the Christmas Markets popping up around the area.  Brand new to the local Christmas calendar this year is Harpenden Christmas Market taking place on Bowers Parade, 7th – 9th December.  This is separate to the regular Farmers Market and will feature stalls selling arts & crafts, gifts, clothing and jewellery. On 1st December a Christmas Market in aid of St Francis Hospice is being held in Aubrey Park Hotel in Redbourn and then the following day on 2nd December Redbourn village holds its own Christmas Market.   This is the 7th year of the event and there will be over 90 stalls!

St Albans Christmas Market this year will be part of the brand-new Meraki Christmas Festival which will include other activities such as ice skating and Santa’s Grotto.  The festival runs from 30th November to 6th December at the Herts County Showground before transferring to Verulamium Park from 8th – 22nd December.

If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of it all and taking some quiet time out to reflect on the season then you can join one of the many Christmas services aimed at families and taking place in our local churches over the next few weeks.  Christingle Services are taking place at St Nicholas Church on 2nd December (in aid of the Children’s Society), St Mary’s Kinsbourne Green and St Albans Cathedral on 9th December.  Nativity plays and services are happening at URC Church on 9th December, St John’s Church Southdown and St Mary’s Kinsbourne Green on 16th December, and Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Christmas Eve. Also on Christmas Eve you can find Crib Services at All Saints Church, St Nicholas Church, St Mary’s Kinsbourne Green and St Albans Cathedral; and a special promenade telling of the Christmas Story "Walking to Bethlehem", through Southdown to St John’s Church.

You can find lots more going on this Christmas on our What’s On page.

Wishing you and your families a very happy and peaceful Christmas from everyone at Mum's guide to Harpenden.

News & Notices

Special Offer on Panto Tickets for PTAs!

Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It’s off to the Panto you go!

Mum’s guide to Harpenden have managed to bag another bargain for school PTAs to raise £100s of pounds! Each school is being offered 50 discounted tickets for the upcoming Harpenden pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.... Read more

Timeline for Nursery Applications 2019/20

The timeline for Nursery Applications for places at Harpenden Primary Schools with Nursery provision has been published.  

Monday 4th February 2019: Applications for September 2019 Nursery places open
Monday 4th March 2019: Applications for September 2019 Nursery places close
Monday 18th March 2019: Schools will write to parents offering a place
Monday 25th March 2019: Parents must accept or decline a place by this date

Parents must apply to each school individually.  You can find dates of tours for prospective parents on our School & Nursery Open Days page.

Roundwood Park 3G Pitches Pay & Play

The new 3G Pitches at Roundwood Park School are available for Pay & Play sessions for ages 11-17 every Saturday 10am - 5pm.

It only costs £2 per hour for RPS students or members of Harpenden Colts or £3 for all other students.  Or £7 for an all day pass.  Access to the pitches is on the hour only.

Astro-turf trainers, moulds or screw-in plastic studs only. Only water allowed, no fizzy drinks, sports drinks or juice allowed on the pitches.

For more details contact [email protected] or 01582 714019. www.roundwoodparksportscentre.co.uk

Harpenden Police Beat Surgery

If you would like an opportunity to speak to a local police officer about local policing issues or crime prevention a Beat Surgery is held every Friday 3-5pm in the meeting room in High Steeet Methodist Church.

Primary School Open Days

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

Local primary schools have published 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

Drama Llamas

Hertford Theatre put on the Greatest Christmas Show!

Writing reviews can sometimes be tricky, finding kind ways to say it could have been better. Fortunately, for me, the cast and crew of Hertford Theatre’s 2018 Christmas show, The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio, have made it the easiest review ever! I don’t have to glaze over anything. In fact, it was so fantastic I’m going to struggle to have enough superlatives to properly describe the amazing actors, the marvellous musicians and the spectacular production. But, I shall try!

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One Stop Doctors

Meet James Berry, Headteacher at The Lea Primary School

Mum’s guide to Harpenden were recently invited to The Lea Primary School to meet their new headteacher, James Berry, who is very keen to share his vision for the school with Harpenden parents and explain why it will appeal to all prospective parents.

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Lavender & Stone

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!

Read more


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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Under 5 Drop Ins

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Active Hertfordshire Karate
Carrie May School of Performing Arts
Duckling Swimming Lessons

Education & childcare

St Hilda's School

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Shimmering Studio ( Shimmering Ivory Limited)

Health & Wellbeing

Child Space Counselling
One Stop Doctors
Zing Wellness

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