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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! 

Get in touch if you would like to list your business, or add your event to the What’s On page.

Wayside Healthcare Ltd


Drop-in sessions for free play
Redbourn Recreation Centre 

Parent & Child Drop-in Free Play £3 per Child per session (crawling to 4 years) term time only
Friday 9:30-11:00am
Thursday 13:30-15:00pm

2.5-5 years structured parent-free classes
Thursday 15:15-16:00pm
Friday 11:15-12:00pm
Friday 12:00-12:45pm
Friday 13:45-14:30pm
Friday 14:30-15:15pm

To book or enquire contact [email protected] 


Sheridan Creatives are launching their unique Acting for Camera course in Harpenden next term. We are proud to work with outstanding young actors to help them work on their on screen performances. Our courses are aimed at aspiring young actors but also those looking to learn a new skill and develop their confidence.

Our expert tutors help to prepare young actors for professional auditions and jobs. The course runs for ten weeks on Thursday evenings from January 16th 2020. The course takes place at St George’s School in Harpenden. We also run a parallel course on Wednesday evenings in Welwyn Garden City.

The two courses are divided by age group:

Group 1 (ages 9-12) – 17.30 – 19.00

Group 2 (ages 13-16) – 19.00 – 20.30

Further details of the course are available at www.sheridancreatives.com/a4c and please do feel free to ask any questions on [email protected].

Harpenden Eye Centre
Drama Llamas


Christmas in (and around) Harpenden

Where to See Santa

Ho Ho Ho!  Here's our guide to all the Santa's Grottos 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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Pantos & Christmas Theatre

Planning a trip to the theatre this Christmas?  Then you need to have a look at our round-up of the family pantos and Christmas shows taking palace at all the theatres and other venues in the local area.

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Christmas Services

For something more reflective but definitely just as feel-good join one of our churches this month at their Christmas services.

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Aviv Dance Studio

What's On This Week

14th November 2019-11-14 2020-01-06 - 6th January
Van Hage Garden Centre, Pepper Hill

16th November 2019-11-16 2019-12-22 - 22nd December
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

23rd November 2019-11-23 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney

29th November 2019-11-29 2019-12-31 - 31st December
Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

29th November 2019-11-29 2020-01-26 - 26th January
Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

30th November 2019-11-30 2020-01-01 - 1st January
Hertford Theatre, Hertford

30th November 2019-11-30 2020-01-05 - 5th January
Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring

6th December 2019-12-06 2020-01-05 - 5th January
The Alban Arena, St Albans

6th December 2019-12-06 2019-12-21 - 21st December
Wardown Park Museum, Luton

7th December 2019-12-07 2019-12-30 - 30th December
Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden

7th December 2019-12-07 2020-01-03 - 3rd January
The Radlett Centre, Radlett

10th December 2019-12-10 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Garden City

10th December 2019-12-10 2020-01-05 - 5th January
Grove Theatre, Dunstable

11th December 2019-12-11 2019-12-14 - 14th December
Watford Colosseum, Watford

11th December 2019-12-11 2019-12-31 - 31st December
CW Entertainment, Welwyn Garden City

13th December 2019-12-13 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Abbey Theatre, St Albans

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Christopher Place Shopping Area, St Albans

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton near Aylesbury

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Hertford Theatre, Hertford

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Manland Primary School, Harpenden

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Community Learning Partnership, St Martin's Church, South Oxhey

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-14
Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden

14th December 2019-12-14 2019-12-15 - 15th December
Luton Library Theatre, Luton

15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
St John's Church, Harpenden

15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
Hatfield Park Farm, Hatfield

15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
Chidell Hall, Aldwickbury School, Harpenden

15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
St George's School Assembly Hall, Harpenden

15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
URC Harpenden Church, Harpenden

15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
St Mary's Church, Harpenden

15th December 2019-12-15 2019-12-15
Riverside Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead

16th December 2019-12-16 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Watford Colosseum, Watford

17th December 2019-12-17 2019-12-17
The Salvation Army, Harpenden

17th December 2019-12-17 2019-12-19 - 19th December
Hertford Theatre, Hertford

18th December 2019-12-18 2019-12-18
Harpenden Trust Hall, Harpenden

19th December 2019-12-19 2019-12-19
Christopher Place Shopping Area, St Albans

19th December 2019-12-19 2019-12-24 - 24th December
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans

20th December 2019-12-20 2019-12-23 - 23rd December
Abbey Theatre, St Albans

20th December 2019-12-20 2019-12-22 - 22nd December
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

20th December 2019-12-20 2019-12-20
Nash Mills Village Hal, Hemel Hempstead

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Under 5s drop-in groups

If you are running a local event for families or children you can add the details to our site for free.


St Albans Postbox Trail

The St Albans Yarn-bombers have been busy. Look out for their yarn-bombed postboxes around the district. Most are in St Albans but you will also find one or two dotted around Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Redbourn, and even Hemel Hempstead. Take a photo and share with the tag #stalbanspostboxes on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. See if you can find all 54!!

And if you are impressed and inspired (how could you not be?) then you can make a donation to support Earthworks, Age Concern St Albans and Small Acts of Kindness.



What a wonderful day at Willows Farm Christmas Spectacular!

What a wonderful day we had a Willows Farm Christmas Spectacular this year!  

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News & Notices

Letters to Santa

The Royal Mail are once again helping Santa out by delivering the children's letters to him.  To ensure Santa can reply in time letters need to reach him by 6 December at:... Read more

Monthly Picks

For most people December means only one thing, and that's Christmas!

If you are planning to take the children to see Santa over the next few weeks we have an article that tells you exactly where you can go and when.

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If you fancy a family trip to the theatre to take in the traditional Pantomime or a Christmassy show then we have an article for that too!

And if you are planning to celebrate Christmas at one of our local churches, then guess what?  We have an article listing all the local carol services, nativity plays, crib services and christingles that are taking place in the run up to the big day.

So what else could possibly be going on in December? Well, if you want to get out and about, Dunstable Downs will be running their regular "50 Things" event on Sunday 1st December. And every weekend throughout December starting on 1st December Ashridge have a Nutcracker Trail through the woods. 

Sunday 1st December is also when Batford Switch on their Christmas Lights and Redbourn holds it's Christmas Market.

Or you can feel like you are outdoors, indoors at the Van Hage Garden Centre Ice Rink running until 6th January.  Check the website for details of dedicated Parent & Toddler sessions and Special Needs sessions.

For a musical Christmas treat Harpenden Concert Band bring you "Christmas at the Movies" on 15th December.  This is a free concert with a retiring collection in aid of Healthy Young Minds in Herts.  Or, if you missed it last year, or just fancy experiencing it again, Hitchin Brass Band return to Harpenden Public Halls on Sunday 8th December to perform the music from The Snowman along with the film.

Check out our What's On page for details of all your school and church Christmas Fairs where you are sure to enjoy your fill of mulled wine and mince pies, and maybe even pick up a Christmas bargain or two.

Whatever you do and however you celebrate, we wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas, and hope that Santa is good to you all!


If you love Panto you'll love Beauty & The Beast!

If you are a fan of panto you'll know that there are numerous set pieces that every panto must have -  the corny jokes that make you groan, the audience song, "it's behind you!", the throwing of sweets, booing the baddie and so on, and if we could play "panto bingo" at Beauty and the Beast in Harpenden Public Halls this Christmas we'd definitely be calling "full house!". 

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Essential Guide

Welcome to Parenthood in Harpenden!

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Activities, clubs & classes

Harpenden Children's Wind Orchestra - Harpenden Youth Music Project
Sheridan Creatives

Education & childcare

Incredible Parenting

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Doggy Dog World
Harpenden Doggy Day Creche Ltd
The Flamingo Organising Co.

Health & Wellbeing

The Centre for Osteopathic Health

Parties & Celebrations

Deep in Nature

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