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What have we been up to recently? Have we a new family recipe we've loved we want to share? Do we want to highlight a particular area of Hertford? From National Make a friend day to pizza dough recipes you can find it here. We are specialist days out bloggers and when it comes to days out with the kids locally we aim to give you the lowdown. So do head over to our tried and tested pages too. 

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Days out and Activities on a budget in and around Hertford this summer


Days out and Activities on a budget in and around Hertford 

Every where we go we hear people saying the same thing... they are broke and some how they've got to entertain their children on a shoe string budget.

Not to worry we are here to help...

We've highlighted some of our favourite Free or Budget friendly activities locally this half term(some slightly further afield) to help you out .

Most things are Free with everything under £10 (helpfully sorted into things that are FREE under £5 and under £10)

Tips for success

 First things first you don't actually need to go out! There's much to be said for staying home with a DVD or Netflix or digging out that craft box or playing a family board game.

We know that going on a FREE ACTIVITY does not guarantee you will get away without spending any money , food, travel, parking they can all add up but here are our 5 top tips to spend less on family activities.

  •  Get the kids on board! Challenge them to get involved in the planning.
  • Set expectations- explain to your children (if they are able to understand) that you are on a budget and that you wont be buying extras on the trip. Get them to agree to this BEFORE you leave.
  • Food!! Food!! Food!! often the cost of eating out can cost us an arm and a leg so don't! Pack a packed lunch and get the children involved. They are more likely to eat what's been prepared if they have helped to make it. Be creative, cold pizza, pasta, soups can all be taken on picnics, we've even heard of hot dog sausages being transported in a flask of boiling water as well . Take drinks too, there's much to be said for a flask of hot chocolate in the park.
  • Check parking costs before you leave- sometimes free activity's such as "The Gruffalo Trail" have car parking costs, be aware of these before you leave.
     If you are going to an activity where activity packs are for sale, again these can add to the cost of your trip, prepare before you go. Pack your own notepads and pens perhaps make your own worksheet if you have time and explain to the children you wont be buying those as you have your own. Check out the amazing wonder den for free downloadable art packs


Free activities this Summer in and around Hertford

We all know that the cost of school Holidays can be a huge concern to most parents. 

dly ideas here too. 

Budget friendly Ideas this Half Term

£5 and Under

Hertford Castle Teddy Bears Picnic (FREE) - Hertford Castle

Childrens Summer Trail (FREE) - Hertford Town tourist and information centre

Rock at the Castle (FREE) - Hertford Castle

Hertford Play Day (FREE) - Hertford Castle

My Pet Pals - Free workshops in Hertford

Drop in arts at Crafts at Hertford Museum

Family Archaeology Day (FREE) - Ware Museum

Summer Gala - East Herts Miniature Railway

Sat-ART-day (FREE Art Activities) (FREE) - Art + Design Gallery

Hertford Heath Summer Fayre (FREE) - Village Green

Films for a fiver + zebra discount - Campus west cinema

Children's Craft Café (Age 3-7) – Summer Holiday Workshops - Southern Maltings

School Holiday Activity – Archery (FREE) - Ware Priory

School Holiday Activity – climbing wall (FREE) - Ware Priory

School Holiday Activity – water wars (FREE) - Ware Priory

School Holiday Activity – Bungee trampolines (FREE) - Ware Priory

Pokemon day at Cedars Nature Centre - Cedars Nature Centre

School Holiday Activity – Crazy Golf (FREE) - Ware Priory

Meet Bluey at Cedars Nature Centre - Cedars Nature Centre

Julia Donaldson Fun Day at Ware Library (FREE) - Ware Library

School Holiday Activity –Multi Sports (FREE) - Ware Priory

Clay Crafts with Donna Reeves (FREE) - Fletchers Lea

Summer Events at Lowewood Museum (FREE) - Lowewood Museum

North Weald & District Miniature Railway

Game On! The Evolution Of Video Games - Stockwood Discovery Centre

Under £10 pp

Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema - Hertford Castle

Model Railway Event - Mill Green Museum

Van Hage Summer Circus - Van Hage Garden Centre

Royal Gunpowder Mills Open Day - Royal Gunpowder Mills

Tewinbury Family Farm Festival

Out and about: 

Theres much to be said for a trip to a good old park  so grab those bikes or scooters, suncream, hats and a picnic and head off on an adventure.

Details for all of these and more can be found here.

Panshanger (keep an eye out for the fairy doors!) 

Hartham Park

Lea valley Sculpture Trail

Cedars Park

Hatfield Forest

Ashridge estate

Stanborough Park

Church Farm, Ardeley

Slightly further afield 

The Stickman Trail

The Gruffalo Trail

100 Akre Woods at Aldenham County Park

Ashridge estate

An activity we would also love to recommend for all ages is 𝓖𝓮𝓸𝓬𝓪𝓬𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰. Its free to download and use the app and there are geocaches all around the local area, its a real life treasure hunt and lots of fun. 

Museums and places of interest

The main one being Hertford Museum of course! Who run fantastic drop in arts and crafts over half term. 

But there is also Bishop Stortford museum 

Ware Museum

Lowewood Museum

Stevenage Museum 

Tring Natural history Museum  - prebooking required

Stockwood Discovery Centre

Budget friendly zoos, farms and nature reserves.

Cedars Nature Centre is just £2.40 pp. Take a picnic and you can easily spend the day there enjoying all the zoo has to offer with its many meet and greets and also enjoying the park and roaming in the open spaces and play trail.

Pets corner Harlow

RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve - Free entry but there is a parking charge. 

Parndon woods - one of our favourites - we love the den building area!

You can filter our things to do category to find Free things to do locally here:

We hope you enjoy this article and that you find it useful. If we've missed anything off the list do feel free to let us know.

Thanks for reading

Kayleigh & The Boys


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