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Its the summer holidays and time for us to do what we do best and highlight...

What's on locally over the summer.


We have been working really hard to try provide a comprehensive guide to local events for all interests and budgets. We know time is often of the essence for busy parents so we have made this article very hyperlink heavy, so you can click on exactly what you are interested in and be taken straight there.


This article is just a small snippet of them however you can find all the events listed here

Make sure you are following all our social media channels as well for our daily "Whats on" posts.

And of course we still have our things to do section here: which you can narrow your search by using the indoor or outdoor or free option.


The School Holidays are a great opportunity to explore our local parks and open spaces, why not try a new one this holiday theres some great ideas here


Free or cheap things to do

School holidays are expensive and so we've done our best to dig out our top picks for local free or low cost events  below.


The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters have once again pulled out all the stops with not one but Two trails this summer The Mythical Creatures trail and The Pirates and Princesses Trail.



Cedars Nature Centre- our local community zoo is hosting another of their seasonal events. This time its 6 Weeks of Cedars for a charge of just £1 per child and £2 per adult you can get involved in activities such as Minibeast shows, watching the Meerkat feed, daily story times, skunk and mystery animal meet and greets .

Hertford Museum also have Activities on for just £2 per child the details can be found here

Hertford Castles Annual Teddy Bears Picnic is always lots of fun and totally FREE

On the 7th August Hertford is playing Host to Hertford Play day which has something on offer for all ages. Hertford Play Day is organised by Hertford Town Council and takes place on Wednesday 7th August from 11am - 4pm in the town centre. There will also be another of Hertford Town Council's popular trails for children launching on Wednesday 24th July that runs throughout the holidays. As part of the national Play Day initiative, the Town Council has organised an abundance of activities, most of which are free of charge or low cost to participate in. 

The 21st August Hertford Castle plays host to Tween Fest Hertford Tween Day will be aimed at children aged between 8 and 12 years of age. Appropriate entertainment will be arranged including technology and science related interactive activities.

Van Hage has its summer Circus back in town and at only £6.50 a ticket it is a real bargain, alongside this the Free Mini Farm is back open after a brief closure.

Over at the Natural History Museum Tring there are various events over the summer holidays details here.

 Over at Ayletts Nursery there is a lovely free butterfly garden to visit.

The Leaf Café also have a range of pre bookable craft activities. 


Special treats

Top of our more costly options but still excellent value for a full day out we have Willows Activity Farm, Paradise Wildlife Park, Lea valley Park Farms  Audley End Minature Railway , Knebworth House and Gardens, Mountfitchet Castle or The Royal Gunpowder Mills.

Also Worthy of Note The Amazing H2O Rampage Aqua park has just opened at Westmill and looks Amazing .




As well as the Pirate and Princess Trail above , there are lots of opportunities to meet Princesses this summer!

You can meet Princess Rapunzel , Princess Aurora and Queen Elsa at Van Hage over the summer completely for Free.

For a small Fee you can also do some Unicorn Crafts with the Unicorn Princess at the Leaf café on 7th August.

Or do some Pottery Painting with Alice from Wonderland at Westmill.

Hertford Theatre
As always our local theatre, who is at the very heart of the community, has put on a range of activities for the Summer Holidays you can find the details here.


Holiday Activity Classes and Camps and Clubs

We know that arranging reliable holiday childcare your little ones can often be daunting. We aim to help make this choice a little easier by listing up to date information from highly regarded Holidays camps and classes in the area you can find them here.

The Pony Ranch are hosting a fabulous pony camp, The Mill House have some wonderful activities on this summer as do the family centres who have a range of stay and plays and other activities on.

We hope you’ve found our little snippet of some of the highlights of Summer Holidays useful. But please don’t forget you can find a full range of events here:


Wishing you a Summer full of wonderful adventures with your family. We love to see what you are getting up too so do feel free to tag us on social media using the #mumsguidetohertford.

And don't forget we are running weekly competitions on our webpage with some amazing prizes.


Lots of love


Kayleigh & The Boys



Its the Summer Holidays!!


6 Weeks of Giveaways!!


For Week 1 we are giving away TWO PRIZES


The First is  a family ticket for two adults and up to four child to the Three Counties Youth Ballet performance at Hertford Theatre. They are performing on the  2nd, 3rd and 4th of August and the prize can be exchanged for tickets to one of those dates of your choice. Worth Approximately £70!! You can find Details of the performances here .


The Second Prize is a Family cinema Ticket for Hertford Theatre.

Our amazing local theatre is showing some amazing films this summer including The Lion King, Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and many more.


What an amazing Prize for a family to be treated to a show and a film during the Summer Holidays.

To enter the Competition you must send an email to [email protected] with your name and contact telephone number .

Please put the Subject as Week 1 Competition . 

The closing date of the competition is 25th July 2019 at 11:59pm. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email within 7 days of the close of competition.

All prizes are subject to availability. The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. Mum’s Guide To Limited reserves the right to replace any or all of the prizes with alternative prizes if circumstances beyond Mum’s Guide To Limited’s control make it necessary to do so. 

Please read our full Competition Terms and Conditions, which includes further details on individual prizes.

Three Counties Youth Ballet
What's On This Week

5th April 2019-04-05 2019-10-11 - 11th October
The Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring

23rd May 2019-05-23 2019-09-01 - 1st September
St Albans Museum + Gallery, St Albans

27th May 2019-05-27 2019-08-18 - 18th August
Cadwell Farm, Hitchin

29th June 2019-06-29 2019-08-11 - 11th August
Hawkswick Lodge Farm, St Albans

1st July 2019-07-01 2019-09-08 - 8th September
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

13th July 2019-07-13 2019-09-15 - 15th September
North Orbital Road, St Albans

13th July 2019-07-13 2019-09-15 - 15th September
Burston Garden Centre, St Albans

20th July 2019-07-20 2019-09-03 - 3rd September
The Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring

20th July 2019-07-20 2019-09-01 - 1st September
Willows Activity Farm, St Albans,

20th July 2019-07-20 2019-08-02 - 2nd August
Willows Activity Farm, St Albans,

22nd July 2019-07-22 2019-09-01 - 1st September
Cedars Nature Centre,Theobalds Lane, , Waltham Cross

22nd July 2019-07-22 2019-07-22
8 Old Cross,, Hertford

23rd July 2019-07-23 2019-07-25 - 25th July
The Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring

23rd July 2019-07-23 2019-07-23
Sele Farm Community Centre, 25 Perrett Gardens, Hertford,

23rd July 2019-07-23 2019-07-23
The Wash, Hertford

23rd July 2019-07-23 2019-07-24 - 24th July
The Wash, Hertford

24th July 2019-07-24 2019-08-16 - 16th August
10-14 The Wash, Hertford

24th July 2019-07-24 2019-07-24
The Wash, Hertford

25th July 2019-07-25 2019-07-28 - 28th July
Standon Lordship, Ware

25th July 2019-07-25 2019-07-25
Van Hage , Ware

26th July 2019-07-26 2019-07-27 - 27th July
Hertford Theatre, HERTFORD

26th July 2019-07-26 2019-09-01 - 1st September
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts

27th July 2019-07-27 2019-07-28 - 28th July
Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne

27th July 2019-07-27 2019-07-28 - 28th July
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane

27th July 2019-07-27 2019-07-27
Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain

27th July 2019-07-27 2019-07-27
Old Harlow Fire Station, Harlow

27th July 2019-07-27 2019-07-27
Hertford Museum, HERTFORD

27th July 2019-07-27 2019-07-27
Foxholes Garden Kitchen,, London Road,

27th July 2019-07-27 2019-07-28 - 28th July
Panshanger Park, nr Hertford

27th July 2019-07-27 2019-07-27
Hertford Selections centre, HERTFORD

28th July 2019-07-28 2019-07-28
Herring Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre, Wilstead

28th July 2019-07-28 2019-07-28
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, Harlow

28th July 2019-07-28 2019-07-28
The Wash, Hertford

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