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IN HERTFORD

Hartham Park

Hartham Common Hartham Common is a large recreational area close to the town centre. It is largely enclosed by the Rivers Beane and Lee, with a confluence of the two rivers in the north-eastern corner. It is managed by East Herts District Council. The River Lee runs along the southern edge of Hartham, where you'll find the Hertford Basin and weir. The Basin is home to a number of residential boatowners and is close to the nearby Hertford East station and Tesco. Just across the weir is Herts Canoe Club and just a couple of minutes walk away is Hartham Pool and Leisure Centre, which is owned by the District Council and operated by Everyone Active. The centre has a small car park for visitors. There is also a public car park immediately to the south on the site of the old railway line that used to run along the southern boundary of the common. Next the the leisure centre is a popular fenced children's playground. There is also skate park which is similarly popular with teenagers. National cycle route 61 also runs along the southern edge of Hartham. In the south-western corner is the Hartham car park, which is a pay-and-display car park operated by the district council. This can be accessed either via Port Hill or Cowbridge. The River Beane runs along the western and northern borders of Hartham. To the north you will also find Sele Farm Bowls Club and Hertford Tennis Club as well as well as three public tennis courts. The northern boundary is also notable for The Warren, a densely wooded incline that separates Hartham from Bengeo. Along the bottom is a tarmac path that leads from Port Hill to St.Leonard's Church, Hertford's oldest building. There is also a footpath within The Warren although this starts and finishes short of both ends of the finished path. There is also a trim trail running around the edge of Hartham, with a selection of installed exercise equipment at regular stops along the trail. Football is also regularly played at Hartham with both matches and training taking place at weekends. more...

Hartham Lane, , Hertford , SG14 1QD [show map]

0300 123 4040

Panshanger Park

Panshanger Park is 400 hectares of stunning countryside. You can enjoy the surroundings of ancient woodland, veteran oak trees and views across the Mimram Valley. Some areas of earlier mineral extraction have been restored to agricultural land, which supports winter populations of endangered farmland birds and summer breeding populations of lapwing. On the lakes and the river you may see kingfishers, great crested grebes and, if you are lucky, an osprey passing though on migration.more...

Theives Lane, Hertford, SG14 2WN [show map & facilities]

Free parking

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The Meads

The Meads is a large area of grazed riverside flood meadow that stretches from Hertford to Ware. As well as being used to graze cattle, The Meads is also home to rare plants, such as meadow saxifrage, pyrimidal orchid, adder's tongue fern and marsh dock. The northern boundary of The Meads is marked by the course of the River Lee as it makes its way east to Ware, a cycle route running alongside. Gauge House, halfway between the two towns, marks the beginning of the New River, a man-made canal that provides drinking water for London. The New River first heads south before turning eastwards towards Chadwell Spring and thence on it's journey to the city. As a nature reserve, The Meads provides a habitat for birds, insects and rare wild flowers. Gulls, ducks and waders take advantage of the flooded areas in Winter - gadwell, shoveler, wigeon, teal and snipe. Many species of dragonfly can also be found. During the summer months, bats such as pipistrelles and Natterer's feed on insects during the evening hours. Otters have also been recently seen. The Meads is managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust of behalf of the various owners, including Thames Water, East Herts District Council and Glaxo Wellcome.more...

King's Meads, Ware, Hertford, SG12 9XD [show map]

OUTSIDE HERTFORD

Hatfield House Park and Gardens

HATFIELD HOUSE - OPEN FROM SATURDAY 20th JUNE We are excited to welcome back visitors to the Park & Gardens from June 20th and to the Old Palace from July 4th. All tickets must be purchased in advance of arrival and either printed or viewable on a smart device.more...

Hatfield House, Hatfield, AL9 5XH [show map & facilities]

Free parking
Toilets

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Aldenham Country Park

Aldenham Country Park is a not-for-profit farming, food, Rural Care and education enterprise. We aim to enhance the countryside, care for wildlife and farm ecologically. We are open everyday from 9.00am except 25th December. Visit 100 acres of beautiful countryside, only 12 miles from central London. Enjoy the scenery, lakeside walks, explore the farm and feed the animals, playgrounds, pony rides and 100 Aker Wood, home of Pooh Bear and friends. Enjoy great value all year round access by becoming a member. We offer camping, exclusive glamping and facilities for families with SEND children in our pavilion. We offer extensive education and group trips, parties and celebrations for all ages, team building and meetings and have an events field for hire. We have a small farm shop selling produce from our farms here and at Church Farm and a Farm Kitchen where you can sit down for coffee and snacks as well as a refreshment kiosk.more...

Aldenham Country Park, Aldenham Road, Elstree, WD6 3BA [show map & facilities]

Paid parking
Toilets
Baby change

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Ashridge Estate (National Trust)

Ashridge Estate is a 5,000 acre area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. These very different landscapes each support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer and the fallow deer that rut in autumn. The best way to explore the Estate is on foot or by bike. Free entry to the site. Dogs welcome - please keep them under control. Covid 19 update: Monument Drive remains closed, as does Little Gaddesden and Northchurch Flats car parks. All other small car parks are now open with Ivinghoe and Dicks Camp opening on 16 May. If the car park is full please come back later and avoid parking on vergesmore...

Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, HP4 1LT [show map & facilities]

Free parking
Buggy/wheelchair access
Toilets
Baby change

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Audley End House and Gardens - reopens 4th July

We'll be reopening on 4th July and can't wait to welcome you back! 🙌 🎟️ You'll need to book tickets in advance: https://eht. social/2YP7ZVh 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 You'll only be able to visit if you've pre-booked and you'll need to arrive during your time slot. Some things may also be a little different when you arrive, to make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable: https://bit.ly/3e8BuHSmore...

Audley End House, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF [show map]

Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk

With the recent events, we have made some changes to make you feel comfortable, but with fun and joy at the heart of our planning. On arrival you will be given a fun, timed agenda for your activities, with a tick sheet for the children to tick them off. We have adjusted our usual process slightly to help our wonderful visitors to feel happy and able to social distance during the magical experience. Your train time selection is the start of your adventure and leads you through a wonderful journey of all our activities, which ends with unlimited time in our spacious picnic field, with our brand-new adventure play equipment. This ticket is valid for our Summer Festival running from the 4th July to 6th September 2020. - 1 x Enchanted Train Ride through the beautiful Estate Woodland - A magical wander through our enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk - A fun craft making and wand ticket kit for every child - Admission to our spectacular open-air interactive show - Entrance to our games area - Adventure play equipment - brand new! Our Summer Festival will be running from the 4th July to 6th September. Online booking only at this time. You can print your tickets off or bring them on your iPhone/Smart Phone and present them to our hospitality officer at the station. We will at this time be cashless and only taking card payments on site.more...

Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JB [show map & facilities]

Free parking
Buggy/wheelchair access
Toilets
Baby change

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Ayletts Garden Centre

Child Friendly Garden Centre Children are very welcome at Aylett Nurseries! Pushchair friendly The whole site is pushchair friendly, with no awkward stairs to navigate. Many of the areas you may want to visit are covered up or are indoors, so your young ones won't get cold. Children's activities Whether you're a parent or grandparent, if you're looking for something to entertain your children, there's usually plenty for them to do at Aylett Nurseries. We frequently run children's activities during school holidays and at weekends. Discover the details of our upcoming events and plan your next visit accordingly. We also have an outdoor children's climbing frame next to the Dahlia Coffee House where they can burn off some excess energy, or build up a thirst or an appetite (or both)! The Dahlia Coffee House In The Dahlia Coffee House we offer a wide range of children's specials and we have plenty of high chairs if you need one. If you want to drop in with your youngsters after school, we offer a variety of light snacks for tea and a children's menu is available. To find out more about any upcoming children's activities and our children's food options, contact our friendly team on 01727 822255 or email us on [email protected]more...

Ayletts Nursery, North Orbital Rd, St Albans, AL2 1DH [show map]

Barclay Park

This Green Flag accredited park is situated on a gentle hillside overlooking an ornamental lake, which has recently been restored as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project initiated by the Friends of Barclay Park group. The total area of the park is 18.3 acres. Facilities include car parking, picnic tables, a duck pond, toilets, an easy access pathway and play equipment.more...

Barclay Park, Hoddesdon, EN11 8PX [show map]

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