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dance for those with anxieties about life's challenges.  Part of Hertfordshire Youth Connexions, the Harpenden Young People's Centre is a wonderful facility located above Harpenden Library equipped with a dance studio, a computer area and a sta... Read more

School admissions and appeals
dance so do check the exact criteria for the schools you are interested in.  Parent View on the Ofsted website lets you see what other parents think of any school in England - a useful source of information to make an informed choice about the ... Read more

Open Days
dance before setting off. You can access all the information you need about the state school applications process on the Herts County Council website. Independent schools will run their own admissions processes and you should visit the school websit... Read more

Articles

Ten Pin fun strikes the right balance!
dances! As long as you don’t wear heels or open toes you can keep your own shoes on, saving yourself from the dreaded bowling shoes. The children then got very excited about laser tag, which you can do as an add-on after a bowling game or as... Read more

A Day in the Life of Bim Afolami MP
dance, not the sauce)? I actually don’t know how to do either of those things, either make it or dance it, but you know I’ll give it a good bash. How would you rate your karaoke skills on a scale of 1 to Mariah Carey?Just short of Mariah... Read more

Scaling new heights at Sauncey Wood
dance levels up and children excited to come to school each day he is achieving just that. There is a very holistic approach to teaching the children at Sauncey Wood. It begins with the children being willing to learn. If they don’t feel that t... Read more

Learning Online can Expand their Minds!
In this article: Educational Resources - Audio Resources - Just for Fun After nearly two weeks of “home-schooling” it has been really exciting seeing the children begin to explore the world from a different angle. I was a complete nerd a... Read more

Keeping our Children Safe Online
dance. ThinkuKnow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP command.  It is split into different areas aimed at children of different ages as well as parents & carers.  They have released new 15-minute activity p... Read more

Kayaking fun with Canoe Trail
dance and we were off!   I admit I was a little dubious as to how peaceful it would be starting near the centre of Bedford, but it really was.  Especially once you got a little bit further along the river – it was absolutely beautif... Read more

Congratulations to the 2021 Awards Lockdown Lifesavers
dance fees for small businesses, increased meetings in Zoom and proactively promoted and supported independent businesses." Emilios and ToastiliciousFor remaining open throughout lockdown"It was so nice to have somewhere to go for excellent coffee/t... Read more

Top Tips For Your First West End Theatre Visit with Children
dance of shows suitable to give our youngest theatre goers the perfect introduction to the experience. Many are based on much-loved children’s books which will give a sense of familiarity. They regularly tour local theatres (including our own E... Read more

Events

The Instrumentals

The Instrumentals

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre
Sat 9th March 2024
11.30am & 2pm

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For Under 5s
For School-age

GET READY TO GROOVE WITH THE INSTRUMENTALS
A new family show ideal for ages 4+

When Belle is feeling down she slips into her grandfathers basement and discovers his old dusty instruments. But far from being junk, The Instrumentals are pure funk, and they teach Belle to 'get down' in a whole new way. Bursting to life with brilliant puppetry and bold music, the Instrumentals is full of love and laughter, about the memories we hold and how we celebrate life.

This is a show for all children with characters, story & inspiration from the African-Caribbean diaspora. It's full of uplifting original music with soulful sounds and seventies grooves. Combined with innovative puppetry and lots of comedy, this fun musical journey will have audiences dancing in the aisles!... Read more

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3AE

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre
Sat 20th April 2024
2pm

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For School-age

You think science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen it before. Designed for children and adults alike, Mark's Spectacular Science Show explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant's toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies!

Awarded 'Best Kid's Show at Edinburgh Fringe' by The Derek Awards, this interactive show promises to entertain and educate in the most spectacular way!

About Mark Thompson: Mark Thompson is a renowned astronomer, presenter, and science communicator. With a background in astrophysics, he has captivated audiences through various television appearances, including shows such as "Stargazing Live" and "The One Show." Thompson's Spectacular Science Show combines... Read more

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3AE

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2024

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2024

Stockwood Park
Fri 24th May 2024 - Sun 26th May 2024

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For Everyone

Stockwood Park in Luton will play host to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2024 with over 100,000 music fans expected to attend the live music spectacular from 24 May - 26 May 2024.

This year, Radio 1's Big Weekend will be supersized with four stages running across three days: Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1's Future Sounds, Radio 1 Dance and BBC Introducing. Radio 1's flagship festival will showcase around 100 acts, from the biggest stars in the world to new and emerging artists, with the full line-up and ticketing details to be announced on Radio 1 in the coming months.

Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LX

Festival on the Field 2024

Festival on the Field 2024

Sir John Lawes School
Sat 6th July 2024
12noon - 10.45pm

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For Everyone

Festival on the Field has gained a reputation as a high-quality family festival where children and families can be entertained in a relaxing, fun and safe environment, attracting up to 3,000 mostly local, people. The Festival is held on the playing fields of Sir John Lawes School - from where it derives its name. The festival is a volunteer-run fund-raising event, organised by the parents' organisations of Sir John Lawes School and Manland Primary School in Harpenden.

Back by (very) popular demand! In 2018 we introduced the Karaoke phenomenon Massaoke who, now much in demand, have agreed to come back and headline the show for us again this year. Massaoke is the live band singalong clubbing sensation that's sweeping the UK, from the Glastonbury Festival to the Edinburgh fringe.... Read more

Sir John Lawes School, Manland Way, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4QP

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

The Eric Morecambe Centre
Sat 7th December 2024 - Mon 30th December 2024

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For Everyone

This Christmas, you're invited to the pantomime of your dreams - SLEEPING BEAUTY, at the Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden.

Once upon a time in a Pantoland far, far away, a beautiful princess is cursed by the evil Carbosse to perish on her 18th birthday by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. Thanks to Fairy Nuff, Sleeping Beauty falls into a deep sleep that can only be broken by her one true love. Will the handsome prince come to her rescue, fight the dragon, destroy Carabosse, and save the day? Will the hilarious Nurse Nelly finally find the man of her dreams and will Chester the Jester find his own super powers to protect the princess? There's only one way to find out...

Don't miss this year's spectacular pantomime from the same team that brought you last... Read more

The Eric Morecambe Centre, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2FR

Listings

Children's activity clubs & classes

Aviv Dance Studios

Age: 7 - 18

Booking in advance

Aviv Dance Studios provides Street dance classes & Contemporary classes (term time only) . Aviv Dance Studios is renowned for its spectacular annual performances at the Radlett Centre. We focus on performance, enjoyment & high quality dance training. All our non-syllabus classes provide a place for kids & teens to keep fit, get inspired & challenge the body & mind.

Location:

Katherine Warrington School, Lower Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 5FH

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AW Dance Academy

Age: 4 - 16

Free trial
Booking in advance

Jazz, Contemporary, Bollywood, Lyrical & Street Dance.

Please see website for full timetable.

Location:

All Saints Church, 129 Station Road, Harpenden, AL5 4UU
Roundwood Park Secondary School Dance Studio, Roundwood Park, Harpenden, AL5 3AE
St George's School Old Gym, Sun Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4TD

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Ballet with Zoë

Age: 2 - 6

Booking in advance
Term-time only

Lively (40 minute) ballet classes for all children aged 2-6 years who love to move and express themselves.

Preschoolers aged 2-4 years
Fridays 2-2.40pm
Accompanied class. Parents/carers are welcome to join in or to watch their little one dance.

Reception/Year One aged 4-6 years
Wednesdays 4-4.40pm
Unaccompanied... Read more

Location:

Gibbons Hall, Harpenden Trust Southdown, Harpenden, AL5 1PU

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Virtual/remote options available
Booking in advance

Contemporary Dance Lessons taught by industry professionals in a fun and supportive environment.

Location:

Roundwood Park School Dance Studio, Roundwood Park, Harpenden, AL5 3AE

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Free
Drop in without booking

The Services for Young People Friday Night Project at Harpenden Young People's Centre is open to all young people aged 13-17. Harpenden Young People's Centre is a safe space for you to meet new people, develop positive relationships and try out new activities. You can also take part in workshops which develop your skills and confidence, have new experiences and find out about opportunities for young... Read more

Location:

Harpenden Young People's Centre, 27 High Street (above The Library), Harpenden, AL5 2RU

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Gwen Hallam Dance

Age: 4 - 18

Free trial
Booking in advance

Gwen Hallam Dance offers classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Tap and Jazz. Classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society (ISTD) syllabus with a strong emphasis on fun whilst learning, interaction with friends and developing new skills, artistry and imagination.

Location:

St Georges, Sun Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4TD
High Street Methodist Church, High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2RU
St Bartholomew Church, 47 Vesta Ave, St Albans, AL1 2PE

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Gymnastics for ages 2-15. From using their imagination and creativity to build confidence while learning key gymnastics movements to using a gymnast-centred approach to develop holistically at their own pace while developing gymnastics fundamental movement patterns.

Gymnastics is a great way for children to increase agility, flexibility, balance and coordination, while having fun and... Read more

Location:

Harpenden Leisure Centre, Leyton Road, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, AL5 2HU

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Free trial
Term-time only

Come and join our friendly Saturday morning wind bands!

We run two wind bands every Saturday morning during term-time at Crabtree Fields Scout Hut (AL5 5SF) for young woodwind and brass players of any standard (no grades required - for guidance only).

10.00-11.00 - Grade 3+

11.15-12.15 - Beginner - Grade 2

Conducted... Read more

Location:

Crabtree Fields Scout Hut, Waldegrave Park, Harpenden, AL5 5SF

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Free trial
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Tiptoe Toddlers - a class for 2-3 year olds to discover the enjoyment of creative movement, music and expression. Park Hall, Friday 10.30-11am. Mums/carers stay to join in the fun and we have a pianist, which provides the children with a unique opportunity to experience live music while moving.

Location:

Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2LX

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MGT Award Runner-up Runner-up 2013

Harpenden Dance School is a multi genre dance school. Established since 1982 with over 400 students ranging from 2 to adult, and 6 teachers. We hold tap, modern, ballet, Ballet Fitness & street dance classes, plus a theatre dance class & a pre-school class. Pupils take RAD or ISTD exams & we hold a large scale bi annual show in the Public Hall. Harpenden Dance School are proud to be friendly & inclusive.

Location:

St George's Drama Studio / Sports Hall, Sun Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4TD
High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2RU
Musicale, Sun Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4GJ
Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2LX
St Nicholas' Church Hall, Church Green, Harpenden, AL5 2PT

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