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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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OPEN MORNING
Friday 18th October 2019

Situated in stunning parkland just 15 minutes from Harpenden and 20 minutes from St Albans Beechwood Park School offers an environment where children from 3 to 13 can flourish.

  • Broad, balanced curriculum and outstanding record of exam success to a range of excellent senior schools
  • Well-served by a network of school buses
  • Onsite Woodlands Nursery (from rising 3) offering an innovative, creative curriculum including French, Yoga and Forest School
  • Flexi-boarding available from Year 5
  • Excellent range of co-curricular activities, including sailing, orienteering, fencing, Russian, Ancient Greek and Spanish
  • Newly opened music technology and recording studio
  • Finest facilities for sport, including covered swimming pool complex, sports hall and multiple pitches
  • Superb art studio, including pottery cellar
  • Established Forest School programme

Main entry points: Nursery, Reception & Year 7

“Pupils achieve highly because they are nurtured, engaged and inspired to succeed, in line with the school’s mission.” ISI Inspection Report 2019

To find out more or arrange a visit call 01582 840333 or visit
www.beechwoodpark.com

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What's On This Week


16th October 2019-10-16 2019-10-20 - 20th October
Shaw's Corner, Near Welwyn


16th October 2019-10-16 2019-10-19 - 19th October
Wardown Park Museum, Luton


17th October 2019-10-17 2019-10-20 - 20th October
Hertford Theatre, Hertford


18th October 2019-10-18 2019-10-18
Quaker Meeting House, Harpenden


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-19
Hertford Theatre, Hertford


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-31 - 31st October
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-20 - 20th October
The Alban Arena, St Albans


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-19
The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-11-03 - 3rd November
Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-19
The Hat Factory, Luton


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-30 - 30th October
The Pop Up Farm, M1 Junction 9


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-19
Christopher Place Shopping Area, St Albans


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-11-03 - 3rd November
Aldenham Country Park Farm, Elstree


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-11-03 - 3rd November
Wrest Park, Luton


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-20 - 20th October
Hertford Theatre, Hertford


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-27 - 27th October
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-11-03 - 3rd November
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney


19th October 2019-10-19 2019-10-19
St George's School Assembly Hall, Harpenden


20th October 2019-10-20 2019-10-20
Shenley Park Walled Garden, Shenley


20th October 2019-10-20 2019-10-20
IWM Duxford, Duxford


20th October 2019-10-20 2019-10-20
Shaw's Corner, Near Welwyn


20th October 2019-10-20 2019-10-20
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, Dunstable


21st October 2019-10-21 2019-11-01 - 1st November
Mead Open Farm, Billington


21st October 2019-10-21 2019-11-01 - 1st November
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted


21st October 2019-10-21 2019-10-25 - 25th October
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine


21st October 2019-10-21 2019-10-21
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


21st October 2019-10-21 2019-10-31 - 31st October
Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable


21st October 2019-10-21 2019-10-21
Houghton Hall Park, HoughtonRegis


22nd October 2019-10-22 2019-10-22
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable


22nd October 2019-10-22 2019-10-23 - 23rd October
Wardown Park Museum, Old Bedford Rd


22nd October 2019-10-22 2019-10-23 - 23rd October
Luton Library Theatre, Luton


22nd October 2019-10-22 2019-10-23 - 23rd October
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


22nd October 2019-10-22 2019-10-24 - 24th October
Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring


22nd October 2019-10-22 2019-10-22
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine


23rd October 2019-10-23 2019-10-23
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable


23rd October 2019-10-23 2019-10-23
Shaw's Corner, Near Welwyn


23rd October 2019-10-23 2019-10-27 - 27th October
Shaw's Corner, Near Welwyn


23rd October 2019-10-23 2019-10-31 - 31st October
Burston Garden Centre, St Albans


23rd October 2019-10-23 2019-10-24 - 24th October
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine


23rd October 2019-10-23 2019-10-23
Houghton Hall Park, HoughtonRegis


24th October 2019-10-24 2019-10-25 - 25th October
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


24th October 2019-10-24 2019-10-24
The Alban Arena, St Albans


24th October 2019-10-24 2019-10-24
Trestle Arts Base, St Albans


24th October 2019-10-24 2019-10-24
The Olde Watermill, Barton-le-Clay

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Celebrate Bonfire Night with a whizz, pop and bang at one of our local Firework Displays...

2nd November: St Albans Cathedral Firework Spectacular, Verulamium Park

2nd November: Redbourn Fireworks (Free), Redbourn Common

9th November: Crabtree Schools Fireworks, Crabtree Junior School

10th November: Harpenden Rugby Club Fireworks

10th November: Wheathampstead Fireworks, Beech Hyde School

9th Harpenden Scouts will be holding their fireworks at Kinsbourne Green, but currently tickets are only available to families of 9th Harpenden and select local community groups.  If we hear that any are released to the wider public we will let you know.

Unfortunately the “Low Bang” Fireworks event at Willows Farm on 1st November is sold out.

Monthly Picks

How did we get to October already? With Halloween and half-term falling at the end this month there’s no shortage of fun to be had. But let's not forget about those first few weeks too!

It’s harvest time and the humble apple is taking centre stage in a number of events in early October. On Saturday 12th October there’s free entry to the Apple Festival at Highfield Oval where amongst the music, games and stalls you can enjoy a tractor ride and taste their homegrown apple juice. The previous Saturday, 5th October, Oaklands College are holding their Apple Day. Tickets are only £5 for a family of up to 6 people, but you must book in advance for this one. On Sunday 6th October Highfield Park Visitor Centre in St Albans are holding their Apple Day (also free), as is Tewin Orchard in Welwyn. Later in the month there’s also a free Apple Day at Whipsnade Tree Cathedral on 20th October.

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Once you’ve had your fill of apples, the weekend of 5th/6th October is also when the annual Fun Palaces event takes place across the country - free events placing the community at the heart of culture. The theme is “Everyone an Artist. Everyone a Scientist” and you can join in the fun at Luton Central Library on Saturday 5th October and with Trestle Theatre at St Albans Museum on Sunday 6th October.

To get you in the spooky Halloween mood, don’t miss Harpenden Musical Theatre Company’s production of The Addams Family in Harpenden Public Halls 8-12 October.

For fans of the Horrible Histories series they will be performing Terrible Tudors and Ancient Egyptians at Hertford Theatre 17th - 20th October.

And so we head into Halloween season. Once again some bordering counties have a different half-term week to Hertfordshire, but fortunately most venues are running their events over both weeks. You can find your fill of haunted trails, spooky arts & crafts, pumpkin carving and Halloween parties on our What’s On page - far too many to list here!

But if Halloween isn’t your thing, or you find you’ve had enough of ghosts and ghouls by day two of half-term don’t despair! There’s plenty of non-Halloween activities too. Celebrating 50 years since the Apollo Moon Landing, St Albans Cathedral has a number of Space-themed events including St Albans Space Voyage where the Cathedral will be bathed in interplanetary light and sound every evening 28th October - 1st November (tickets must be booked in advance); and a must for Dr Who fans: Doctor Who - A Voyage in Space and Time on 31st October, where you can journey through six decades of Doctor Who meeting Daleks and other special guests.  This half-term's free Family Discovery Morning on Thursday 31st October also takes on a Space theme.

St Albans Museum are getting involved too with a Planetarium on 30th & 31st October with two main shows: Stars & Constellations and Tour of the Solar System, which includes a relaxed show on 30th October, and for younger children there is a shorter show, Earth, Sun & Moon on 31st October.

Also at St Albans Museum during half-term week is the annual The Big Draw event, 28th - 30th October, where you can make sketches in the gallery and work with professional artist Laura Ellis to create a fantastic masterpiece from your sketches.

And here in Harpenden the Circus is coming to town from 30th October to 3rd November.  Don't forget to enter our competition to win tickets or take advantage of the special offer of 2 for the price of 1 tickets.

And although this is October Picks, don’t forget to check our What’s On page towards the end of the month for details of all the local firework events taking place in early November!

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Where to see Santa 2019

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!

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