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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! 

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Lockers Park School
Open Morning

Saturday 12th May 2018
10:30am-12:30pm

Lockers Park is a leading day and boarding school for boys aged 7-13 with a thriving Pre-Prep for boys and girls aged 4-7. Situated on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead with Harpenden and St Albans close by, the school holds an excellent academic reputation, preparing pupils for moving on to the country’s leading public and independent senior schools.

Academia, The Arts, Music, Sport and Co-Curricular success are celebrated in equal measure at Lockers Park. Treating pupils as individuals is a central tenet of the School’s approach, which aims to build independence and resilience, helping them discover hidden talents and initiate lifelong passions
along the way.

Busy parents find Lockers Park’s wraparound care options hugely helpful; 7.30am-6.00pm for Pre-Prep pupils and 7.30am-7.30pm for Prep School pupils (included within termly fees). All new for September 2018 is a minibus service from Harpenden and St Albans.

Find out about life at Lockers Park at the May Open Morning where Headmaster Christopher Wilson, staff and current pupils will be on hand to show visitors round. Book in by calling 01442 251712, contacting secretary@lockerspark.herts.sch.uk or visiting www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk.

What's On This Week

What the Ladybird Heard
19th April - 21st April
The Radlett Centre, Radlett

District Cub / Scout Disco
20th April
Crabtree Fields Scout Hut, Harpenden

The challenges of parenting teens and tweens
20th April
Batchwood Sports Centre, St Albans

Family Movie Night - Moana (PG) / Thor Ragnarok (12)
21st April
St George's School, Harpenden

St George's Festival
21st April - 22nd April
Wrest Park, Silsoe

Baby and Children’s Market
21st April
Bennetts Club Harpenden, 21 Leyton Road

Hertford Museum Stores Open Day (FREE)
21st April
Hertford Museum, Hertford

First Aid Course for Teenagers
21st April
St Albans Fire Station, St Albans

Shaker Party! (FREE)
21st April
Harpenden Library , Harpenden

Harpenden Street Food Social
21st April
Harpenden Common, Harpenden

Songs of War and Remembrance
21st April
St Nicholas Church, Harpenden

Harpenden Farmer's Market (FREE)
22nd April
Lower High Street, Harpenden

CJ Birds of Prey
22nd April
Hatfield Park Farm, Hatfield

After School Safari (FREE)
23rd April
Batford Springs, Harpenden

Growth Mindset – A Guide for Parents
23rd April
The Maltings Theatre, St Albans

Story Tent and Teatime Tales
24th April
Trestle Arts Base, St Albans

Historical and Spy Fiction
25th April
Bennet's Club, Harpenden

Story Tent and Teatime Tales
25th April
Trestle Arts Base, St Albans

Modelling Mindfulness
26th April
Fleetville Junior School, St Albans

More events

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Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales - Win a Family Ticket!

We are giving away a family ticket (4 tickets) to see a performance of Tiddler and other Terrific Tales at Hertford Theatre on a date of the winner's choice! 

To enter simply email your name and a contact number to tiddlertickets@mumsguideto.co.uk before midnight Sunday 27th April 2018.

Adapted from the bestselling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales is playing at this Hertford Theatre from 4th - 6th May. Prepare to go under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, as four terrific tales are bought to life on stage with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from the best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed. 

Performances run on:
Friday 4th May, 1pm
Saturday 5th May, 11am and 2pm
Sunday 6th May, 11am and 2pm

Running time: 1 hour
Box Office: 01992 531500
For more info visit www.hertfordtheatre.com  

Full terms and conditions here 
Dates subject to availability.

News & Notices

Opening of Katherine Warington School deferred

On 23rd March after consultation between the Department for Education and the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust it was announced that delivery of a temporary school within the sports hall on the permanent site is no longer possible within the timescales available, and the opening date will be rescheduled.... Read more


Monthly Picks

April means Easter, and that means egg hunts and trails, so that’s what this month’s picks is dedicated to.  Let’s just hope we get suitable weather over the holidays for spending this much time outdoors!

Here in Harpenden, the Friends of Harpenden Academy Easter Egg Hunt on Harpenden Common has become an annual fixture and this year’s event is taking place on Friday 30th March.  Booking is required for this one, so get your tickets soon!

In St Albans the annual Wick Wood Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday 31st March.  This is a drop-in event.  Also taking place the same day, you can drop into the Batchwood Easter Eggstravaganza.  This is a free event and amongst many other activities, such as crafts, bouncy castles and facepainting it will include a Woodland Easter egg trail. Later in the week, on the 4th April there will be an Easter Bunny Hunt at Highfield Park in St Albans.

Cadbury are once again sponsoring egg hunts at National Trust properties all around the country.  Locally you can find one at Dunstable Downs and at Ashridge Estate, both running 30th March – 2nd April. There is also and Victorian Bonnet Trail running the following week at Dunstable Downs.

Further afield you can also find Easter egg trails at Knebworth House on 30th & 31st March; Milton Keynes Museum 30th March – 2nd April, and Forest of Marston Vale 1st & 2nd April.  And some venues have branched out from the traditional egg hunt…Wrest Park have a dragon egg hunt as part of their Easter Adventure Quest running 30th March to 2nd April; Jordan’s Mill have an Easter Creature Hunt running from 2nd to 15th April and animals is also the theme for the RAF Museum London’s Easter Trail  31st March to 6th April. Please bear in mind that for some of these venues a general admission charge applies, please check the website for details.

For even more Easter fun including arts, crafts and theatre have a look at the full listings on our What’s On page.

Herts Libraries' annual LitFest also takes place this month with a range of events for children and adults taking place at librares across the county including Fun with Fiction on 9th April, stories and crafts with Lou Treleaven on 12th April at Harpenden Library - booking required for both of these events.

Later in the month it's Sustainable St Albans week (21st - 29th April) - a week of activities across the district focussing on the environment and sustainability.  Parents & toddlers can enjoy reusing water bottles to make shakers at Harpenden Library on 21st April and everyone can join in the After School Safari at Batford Springs on 23rd April.  Both of these events are free, but booking is required.  During the week, at the Oxfam Bookshop on Station Road, children can exchange books rather an buying new ones.  Up to 5 books can be swapped.  The week ends with the Know How Festival in Fleetville Junior School, St Albans - a day-long fun, family-friendly event - run by community groups and local businesses with workshops to share skills and knowledge.  

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