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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! 

Scroll down to find out what's happening this week and to read our pick of what's on this month.  And if you're a new or expectant parent, or new to the area check our essential guide!

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The nights are drawing in and Christmas is creeping upon us!  Why not take some time out for YOU and book in for one of our fabulous special offers between now and Christmas!  Every week we have a special offer on one of our fabulous treatments, to get you looking your best for the festive season.  Whether its luscious lashes, a contour wrap or facial, we have a special offer each week leading up to Christmas!  Just some of the special offers we have are:

Lipocontrast Fat Freezing –Get that body into shape for that little black sparkle number! We are doing 20% OFF 3,4 and 5 areas of Lipo contrast JUST for Christmas! So book in now to honour the offer!

HD Brows - Get those brows into shape this festive season and have this high definition treatment to get them looking fab! Buy a course for a loved one and receive the 5th session free!

Dermatude and Nano mask Facial -  Get flawless skin in time for Christmas with the Dermatude Meta Therapy facial and relax whilst the nano active mask works to improve elasticity, regenerating and anti wrinkle components that act in synergy to delay the laws of time. Normally £85 Christmas Offer - £69

For a full countdown of all our special offers, week by week until Christmas, visit our website!  To book simply do so via our website or give us a call on 07585 605126.  

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News & Notices

Nearly new baby and children's market where mums sell to mums

Mum2mum Market Harpenden is happening THIS Saturday!

Do you have tonnes of baby and children's clothes, used toys and baby equipment to sell on? Then grab yourself a stall at the market!

Do you need baby and children's clothes, used toys and baby equipment? Then run to Kinsbourne Common Hall, 453 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 3QE from 11am - 1pm on Saturday 21st October!... Read more


"Age No Limit" - A parent & toddler group with a difference!

A new initiative at St Matthew's Care Home in Redbourn is bringing the generations together. Every Wednesday morning from 10.30am parents & toddlers are invited to join a very special club with the residents of St Matthew's.

With singing, dancing, chatting, cartoons in the special cinema, Dinky Dancers and even plans for some outings this is a club like no other and everyone is welcome. £4 per child and £2 per sibling.

Just drop in from 10.30am on a Wednesday. The sessions run for about an hour with refreshments afterwards. Everyone is welcome.


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DJs Play Park is playtastic!

First impressions of the new DJs Play Park were WOW! (And that was my 11 yr old talking!) A good start. As you walk into the huge open plan space there is the Under 2s funzone/soft play, go-karts, a whole village of imaginary play shops, basketball area, canteen, party rooms and the soft play.

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What's On This Week

1st October - 31st October *FREE*
Hide and Squeak Trail
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton

14th October - 31st October
Pick Your Own Pumpkin
The Pop-up Farm, By J9 off M1

21st October - 29th October
The Centre of Hocus Pocus
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead

21st October - 29th October
Halloween Owl Encounters
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead

21st October - 31st October
Boo at the Zoo
Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

21st October - 29th October
Amazing Autumn Trail
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts

21st October - 29th October
Creatures of the Night trail and Pumpkin Carving
Waddesdon Manor Grounds, Aylesbury

21st October - 29th October
Willows Pumpkin Festival
Willows Activity Farm, St Albans

21st October - 29th October
Spook-Fest Halloween Fun
Aldenham Country Park, Elstree

21st October - 30th October
Freaky Funfest
Mead Open Farm, Billington

21st October - 29th October
Dangerous and Deadly Trail
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

21st October - 31st October
Howl-o-ween
Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne

21st October - 29th October *FREE*
Pumpkin Trail
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

21st October - 28th October
Children's Halloween Cupcake Workshops
Yummy Mummy's Bakery, Harpenden

23rd October - 27th October
Autumn Half Term @ Milton Keynes Museum
Milton Keynes Museum, Milton Keynes

23rd October - 27th October
Ghosts & Ghouls
Wrest Park, Luton

23rd October - 27th October
Halloween Trail & Crafts
Ashridge Estate, Near Berkhamstead

23rd October - 27th October
Airfix Make & Take
RAF Museum London, Hendon

23rd October - 24th October
The Big Draw: Secret Intelligence
Bletchley Park, Bletchley

23rd October - 24th October
Crafts in the Colonnade
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

24th October - 25th October
SEND Exclusive Spook-Fest Bash
Aldenham Country SEND Playground, Elstree

24th October
Dick & Dom Live!
Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

24th October - 29th October
Circus Zyair
Harpenden Common, Harpenden

24th October
Dancing for Fun
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

24th October
Mini Pumpkin Arrangements
Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable

24th October
Halloween Decorations
Mill Green Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield

24th October
Amanzi Open Water Teens/Tweens Session
Harpenden Pool, Harpenden

24th October
Messy Planes
RAF Museum London, Hendon

24th October
Messy Apple Bird Feeder
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

24th October
Faces at the Window
Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City

24th October
Fun with Fiction - Creative Writing Workshop
Harpenden Library , Harpenden

24th October *FREE*
Toddler Tales: We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Harpenden Library , Harpenden

24th October - 25th October
Theatre in the Museums: The Curator
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton

25th October
Bug Hunt
Highfield Park (Meet West Lodge), St Albans

25th October
Half-term Pottery Painting with Glaze Time
The George, Harpenden

25th October
Halloween Event at Burston Garden Centre
Burston Garden Centre, St Albans

25th October
Past the Final Pages Fun Day
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

25th October
Spooky clay fun!
Mill Green Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield

25th October - 29th October
Family Pumpkin Trail
The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine

25th October - 29th October
Pumpkin Scooping
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans

25th October *FREE*
Wall of Eyes Art Attack
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

25th October
Going Batty
Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City

25th October - 27th October
Pumpkin Trail and Treats
Knebworth House, Knebworth

25th October
The Big Draw: Secret Intelligence 14-18
Bletchley Park, Bletchley

25th October
Roman Paper Engineering - Bookable session
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

25th October *FREE*
Roman Paper Engineering - Drop-in session
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

25th October
Isadora Moon Day
Waddesdon Manor Grounds, Aylesbury

26th October *FREE*
Family Discovery Morning - The Big Draw
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

26th October
Rats, Bat's and Cats Halloween Fun
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

26th October
Pumpkin Carving
Mill Green Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield

26th October - 27th October
Halloween Den Parties
Inn on the Park, St Albans

26th October
Messy Apple Bird Feeder
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

26th October
Devilish Disguises
Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City

26th October *FREE*
Museum Explorers
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

26th October - 27th October
Lost & Found
The Radlett Centre, Radlett

27th October
Halloween Spectacular
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

27th October
Child of the Divide
The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton

27th October
Hansel, Gretel & You... Who?
The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans

27th October
Hitchin Children's Book Festival
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

27th October
Halloween Performing Arts Camp
Redbourn Village Hall, Redbourn

27th October
Explore Spooky Skeletons
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

27th October
Satan's Sack
Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City

27th October
Family Friday - Puppets
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

28th October - 29th October
Fete worse that Death
Waddesdon Manor Grounds, Aylesbury

28th October
The Girl and the Giraffe
The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton

28th October
Nick Sharratt's Big Draw Along (Halloween Special)
The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

28th October
The Wind in the Willows: A Folk Opera
Luton Library Theatre, Luton

28th October - 29th October
Peppa Pig's Adventure
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

28th October
Halloween Party
Batford Memorial Hall, Harpenden

28th October - 29th October
Pumpkin Carving
Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City

28th October
City of Things: Sound Catchers
Bletchley Park, Bletchley

28th October
Shadow Puppet Roman Myths and Legends
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

28th October *FREE*
Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave
Harpenden Books, Harpenden

29th October
Halloween Dance Workshops
The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

29th October
Charity Halloween Trail
Rothamsted Park (near Gym entrance), Harpenden

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It's October and that means two things: half-term and Halloween.  Put them together and that's a lot of spooky school holiday fun to look forward to!  But the fun isn't just limited to that one week.

Fun Palaces is a nationwide campaign for culture at the heart of community, with an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for and with local people.  You can enjoy free arts and science on the theme of "Light and Art" at Trestle Arts Base, St Albans on Sunday 8th October.

Make the most of what  Autumn has to offer by picking your own pumpkin ready for Halloween, at the Pop-up Farm 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th & 14th - 31st October; or at Willows Farm Pumpkin Festival 21st - 29th October.  Enjoy an afternoon celebrating apples at Highfield Park's (St Albans) Apple Day on 8th October, YWAM's annual Apple Festival at Highfield Oval on Saturday 14th October with tractor rides, bouncy castle, Hog Roast, games & stalls, Aylett Garden Centre's Apple Festival on 21st & 22nd October, or Harpenden Common Apple Day on 23rd October, which includes rope-swinging and tree-climbing amongst the activities on offer!  

Batford Memorial Hall are holding their annual Halloween Party on Saturday 28th October.  This is a great-value event for all the family and is alway extremely popular so booking your tickets in advance is recommended to avoid disapointment on the night.

Circus Zyair will be back in town 24th - 29th October presenting a colourful, action-packed show.  Tickets are on sale now.

As mentioned already, the arrival of half-term brings every type of halloween-themed activity you could think of from pumpkin carving, spooky trails and goulish arts & crafts to ghost stories and owl encounters. Full details are on our events page.

Fans of children's illustrator Nick Sharratt might want to book a ticket to Nick Sharratt's Big Draw Along (Halloween Special) at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead on 28th October where Nick will be showing attendees how to draw some of his best-loved characters.

Budding young artists are also invited to St Albans Cathedal's free Family Discovery Morning on 26th October to create their very own masterpieces inspired by the theme of this year's Big Draw - Living Lines.

And after all that, if you just want to get and about and enjoy the beauty of autumn then grab your wellies and take a look at the parks, forests and country estates listed in our Things to Do section.

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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