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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! 

The Mum's guide to Harpenden Awards are back for 2019, bigger and better than ever!  Voting is now open so visit our Voting page to help decide who the winners will be, and as an added bonus enter our Prize Draw to win an Afternoon Tea for 2, a Family Bowling & Laser Tag session or an Escape Room Experience!

MGTH Awards

2019 Awards Voting Open!

We've counted and verified the nominations, announced the shortlist and the time has come to vote for your winners.  Voting will run from 8th - 21st June.

As a thank you for taking part, you can enter our Prize Draw to WIN either:

Afternoon Tea for 2 at Dining @ Centurion, St Albans
Bowling and Sector 7 Laser Tag for up to 6 people at TenPin Luton


An Escape Room Experience for up to 6 people at ClueQuest London 

Just indicate on the voting form which prize(s) you would like to be entered for.  You can read our review of Dining @ Centurian and Tenpin Luton on our Tried and Tested page.

Good luck to all our Finalists!

Wayside Healthcare Ltd
Drama Llamas
What's On This Week

14th June 2019-06-14 2019-07-15 - 15th July
Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes

18th June 2019-06-18 2019-06-19 - 19th June
The Radlett Centre, Radlett

19th June 2019-06-19 2019-06-20 - 20th June
Luton Library Theatre, Luton

19th June 2019-06-19 2019-06-20 - 20th June
The Alban Arena, St Albans

19th June 2019-06-19 2019-06-20 - 20th June
Watford Colosseum, Watford

21st June 2019-06-21 2019-06-30 - 30th June
St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard

21st June 2019-06-21 2019-06-21
The Conservatory, Luton Hoo Estate

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
Luton Library Theatre, Luton

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
St Peter's Church to St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-23 - 23rd June
St Albans Clock Tower, St Albans

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
Hertford Theatre, Hertford

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-23 - 23rd June
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
Highfield Oval, Harpenden

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
The Gardens of Harpenden Hall, Southdown Road

22nd June 2019-06-22 2019-06-22
The Showground, Redbourn

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
Welwyn Roman Baths, Welwyn Bypass

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
Knebworth House, Knebworth

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
Alban Arena, St Albans

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
Lower High Street, Harpenden

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-30 - 30th June
Various venues, Harpenden

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
Inn on the Park, St Albans

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
Shenley Park Walled Garden, Shenley

23rd June 2019-06-23 2019-06-23
Ashridge House, Berkhamsted

24th June 2019-06-24 2019-06-24
The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans

25th June 2019-06-25 2019-07-07 - 7th July
Various Locations, St Albans

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News & Notices

Official Opening of Elliswick Lawn Tennis Club Extension

An impressive extension at the Elliswick LTC clubhouse, in Harpenden, was recently officially opened by the The Town Mayor of Harpenden, Councillor David Heritage, and his Consort, Councillor Teresa Heritage.... Read more

uPlay Sports Management Ltd
Krav Maga Defence Tactics
Monthly Picks

June is bustin’ out all over” so says the song, and that’s certainly true when it comes to what’s on in the area this month!

Take the family down to Harpenden Common on Saturday 8th June for the Harpenden Carnival.  With stalls, activities, music on the live stage and entertainment in the main arena there’s something for everyone.  And this year the fun extends into the town centre with activities and entertainment Church Green and Bowers Parade too!

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The Oval’s annual Summer Fun Day and Dog Show takes place on 22nd June.  The day starts with the Fun Run and 5-mile run, before the Dog Show and other activities, and ends with a BBQ.

After the success of 2018 the Cultivate Festival returns with music, art, photography, activities and workshops at churches and other venues across Harpenden, 23rd -30th June.

Larks in the Park at Batford Springs takes place on 30th June with a Roman theme in keeping with the St Albans Roman Festival (more about that later).  As well as entertainment and music there will be donkey rides, the duck race, the Largest Mega Slide in Hertfordshire and mini golf!

With the exception of one or two events in the Cultivate Festival all of these community Festivals have free entry as does Open Farm Sunday at Luton Hoo Estate on Sunday 9th June where you can see demonstrations of a working farm and join in farm-related activities.

In Wheathampstead there’s a brand new Children’s Book Festival taking place at St Albans High School Prep on 15th June and with David Baddiel, Robin Stevens, Simon Pegg, James Mayhew and Jonathan Stroud all attending this is definitely one for young book lovers!

Over in St Albans the annual Alban Pilgrimage on 22nd June and Alban Street Festival on 23rd June tie in with the new St Albans Roman Festival taking place from 21st – 30th June, which aims to celebrate the history of the city. Other family-friendly events include: an afternoon of Roman-themed entertainment in The Alban Fest; Roman arts & crafts all day in the Cathedral on 21st June; Roman dressing-up at St Albans Clock Tower on 22nd & 23rd June; an Open Day at Verulamium Museum on 29th June;
making mosaic masks at Trestle Arts Base on 29th June; and Emperor and Empress Fun Day at Inn on the Park on 23rd June.

The St Albans Film Festival is back for it’s 6th year with over 50 films for all ages showing at venues across St Albans, including parent & toddler screenings, a teenage special and the outdoor cinema in the grounds of St Albans Cathedral.

The arrival of summer also makes it the perfect time to enjoy some open-air theatre.  If you like a bit of Shakespeare then you can enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Knebworth House in the Sunken Lawn, and The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing at Chiltern Open Air Museum.  Or for something to appeal to younger audiences Shenley Walled Garden has performances of Gangsta Granny and Wind in the Willows.

And we mustn’t forget that June includes Father's Day!  Take a look at our What’s On page to find what’s going on that day, along with all the other events this month that we just didn’t have room for here!

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