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The Mum's guide to Hitchin Big Summer Holidays Guide!

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The Summer Holidays are nearly upon us, eek!

The good news is I'm going to have you covered with so many guides, you'll be sorted whatever you want to do!

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Please do check event/attraction details before travelling, as I can't keep this entire list updated I'm afraid!

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Hitchin, Letchworth, Stotfold and wider Hitchin villages - Events and Things To Do

 


North Herts Family Centres Summer Holidays Activities

  • Weekly on Tuesdays 10am - 11:30am at Coombes Hall Coombes Community Centre, Royston - Baby Group - Free Drop-In
  • Weekly on Tuesdays 10am - 11:15am at Letchworth Garden City Church - SEND Drop In - Free Drop In
  • Weekly on Wednesdays 10am - 11:30am at Oughton Family Centre, Hitchin Baby Group - Free Drop In
  • Weekly on Thursdays 10am - 11:30am at Chestnut  Tree Family Centre, Letchworth - Baby Group - Free Drop In
  • Weds July 31st 10am - 11:30am at Ashtree Primary School, Stevenage - Fam Fest - £1 per child Drop In 
  • Mon Aug 5th 1:30-3pm at Chestnut Tree Family Centre, Letchworth - Water Play - £1 per child (drop-in)
  • Weds Aug 7th 10am - 11:30am at Broadwater Family Centre, Stevenage - Messy Play - £1 per child Drop In 
  • Mon Aug 12th 10am - 11:30am at Oughton Family Centre, Hitchin - Back to Nature -  £1 per child (drop-in)
  • Fri Aug 16th 10am - 11:30am at Bridge Road Family Centre, Stevenage - Animal Fun - £1 per child Drop In 
  • Mon Aug 19th 10am - 11:30am at St Nicholas & Martin's Wood Family Centre, Stevenage - Fairy Tale Event -  £1 per child (drop-in)
  • Tues Aug 20th 1:30pm - 3pm at Priory Gardens, Royston - Mini Olympics - £1 per child Drop In  
  • Weds Aug 28th 1:30pm - 3pm at Holly Blue Family Centre, Baldock - Mini Festival - £1 per child Drop In
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FREE
Hitchin Beach
Tue 6th August 2024 - Mon 26th August 2024 10am - 4pm
Hitchin beach returns! Located in the Market Place from 6th - 26th August, children will be able to bring their buckets and spades to play in the sand. We will also have deck chairs, children's rides and activities happening throughout. Come down and enjoy the fun! - 10am - 4pm each day.
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FREE
Hitchin's Toy Story Exhibit at North Herts Museum
Sat 13th July 2024 - Sun 22nd September 2024 (Closed Mondays)
This family-friendly exhibition will feature a colourful display of original sketches, artworks, videos, production toy samples and prototype models from Hitchin's Raffo Pape and Woodward's back catalogue. You may recognise many of them. There are also concepts and prototypes for products that didn't quite make it. It highlights the entire design process, from original concept through to final manufacture and marketing.
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LOW COST - £5 per child
North Herts Museum Craft Sessions

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Summer Crafts for Kids at The British Schools Museum
13 / 14 / 15 August, 20 / 21 / 22 August, 27 / 28 / 29 August
Located in our historical Monitorial Schoolroom, join us for a wonderful children's craft session to celebrate all things Summer & Crafty! From puppet dogs and waddling to chickens, to chomping whales and curious sock puppets - there's something for everyone here at the British Schools Museum. Sessions are held 10am - 12pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
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LOW COST - £4 per person
Kids Film Club at Hitchin Town Hall
Tue 23rd July 2024 Doors open 2:30pm, show starts 3pm
Every Tuesday during the Summer Holidays Hitchin Town Hall will be showing a family favourite film on our big screen for just £4 per person! 
23rd July- The Super Mario Bros Movie (PG)
30th July- Coco (PG)
6th August- The Lego Movie (PG)
13th August- How to train your Dragon (PG)
20th August- Wish (PG)
27th August- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant Mayhem (PG)
Our bar will be open and serving ice-cream, snacks, drinks and food. Doors open at 2:30pm, film starts at 3pm. All films are rated PG for Parental Guidance, this event is unsuitable for under 2's and all children must be supervised by an adult.
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Kids Summer Disco at Hitchin Town Hall
Sat 3rd August 2024 12-2pm
Our Kids Summer Disco is returning for another year of fun.
The summer holidays may seem far away but our discos sell fast, so book your tickets to guarantee an afternoon jam-packed full of music and games £6.50 per child. Under 1s go free of charge, suitable for under 12s.
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Proper little painters Creative workshops at
Market Theatre
Tue 27th August 2024 - Fri 30th August 2024 12-2pm
Join us at Market Theatre Hitchin for exciting creative summer workshops, hosted by Proper Little Painters! Designed for children aged 7-14, these workshops offer a fun and engaging experience with mixed media and creative activities. Participants will explore various artistic techniques, encouraging creativity and self-expression in a supportive environment. Don't miss this opportunity for young artists to develop their skills and make new friends while enjoying a summer full of artistic adventure!
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Hitchin Street Food Monthly on the Riverside
Thu 1st August 2024 4-9pm
Back to the Riverside for this evening of fun, music and the best local street food.
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Hitchin Town Football Club Home Match - Edgware and Kingsbury/ Friendly

Fri 26th July 2024 7:30pm
Match starts 7.30pm.
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Family Forest School at the Triangle Garden
Sun 28th July 2024 11am-12.30pm
Join us for some fun in the wild! Triangle Garden Family Forest School is for families with children aged 3-12 to get outdoors, have fun, learn new skills, and make new friends. Playing outdoors the Forest School way builds confidence, allows risk taking and encourages team building skills.
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Sundown Open Air Cinema at Hitchin Lavender and Stockwood Park, Luton
July and August
Make memories at the @sundowncinema open air cinema screenings in Hitchin and Luton. All Hitchin screenings are in the grounds of the beautiful Hitchin Lavender. Choose from Adult classics or daytime family favourites. All the listings are on the website.
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Buzzworks Days at Buzzworks Discovery Centre, Hitchin

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FREE
Storytime and Crafts at Next Page Books, Hitchin
Saturdays 10:30am
FREE Storytime and Craft/Activity Sessions. We run these at the shop on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 10.30am. No need to book, just come along. We will read one or more stories and either make a simple craft or run an activity like singing or parachute or a game. All very relaxed and informal, all ages welcome but ideally suited to the very young - pre school - children.
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Monkey Music Summer School
Throughout August
Summer Music School is Open! Book your holiday workshops with Lizzie now. Running throughout August in Hitchin, Knebworth & Letchworth, join us for a different theme every week! 10am sessions for 1-6yrs and 11am for babies up to 12mo. If your family is spanning the age groups please book everyone in for the 1-6yrs session, and we'll accommodate you together. Workshops are open to everyone, including those who aren't members so please feel to share with your friends. Booking essential! See you there!
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Hartbeeps Summer Sessions
Ahoy Hartbeepers, check out where we are over the summer holidays!
W/C 29th July
Hitchin Hub Monday and Thursday
The Cloisters, Letchworth Thursday
W/C 5th August
Hitchin Hub Tuesday - Friday
Stotfold Con Club Monday
The Cloisters, Letchworth Thursday
W/C 12th August
Hitchin Hub all week Monday - Friday
W/C 19th August
Hitchin Hub Tuesday - Friday
Stotfold Con Club Monday
That’s your summer sorted! Other dates at venues further afield, so do check the website for full dates. 
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The Signing Company - Hitchin & Letchworth
July and August
Looking for a fun class to do in the holidays with your little ones? Come join us, and learn to sign in one of our themed sessions...
Summer Holiday Theme - Wednesday 31st July at the Signing Rooms, Hitchin.
Under The Sea Theme - Thursday 8th August at Mrs Howard Memorial Halls, Letchworth.
Home & Garden Theme - Wednesday 14th August at the Signing Rooms, Hitchin.
Teddy Bears' Picnic Theme - Thursday 22nd August at Mrs Howard Memorial Halls, Letchworth.
Sessions are open to all age groups; they are fun, relaxed, and we have Bubbles!
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Pop-Up Music Class at Holy Saviour Church hall, Hitchin
Tue 23rd July 2024 10:00
10:00-10:45: 12 months to 6 years old
11:15-12:00: 3 months to 24 months old
This class is led by Joana, an accomplished performer and teacher of piano and singing with more than 7 years of experience in early childhood music education. In these sessions, you will learn simple rhymes and songs to sing to and with your child. These will deepen the connection between you and your child while developing their speech, understanding of language, ability to memorise (through repetition), and motor and listening skills.
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Baby Sensory North Herts
July and August
Does Baby Sensory stop for the summer? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Our summer sizzlers are available to book now and the good news is you have the option to PAY AS YOU GO or book for the whole 5 week term! We will be running mostly from our WOW Centre and in Hitchin on Friday mornings. 
SPACE ADVENTURE - running from 29th July to 2nd August
BEACH PARTY - running from 5th to 9th August
RAINFOREST - running from 12th to 16th August
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC - running from 19th to 23rd August
SUMMER SALSA- running from 26th to 30th August
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Lilley and Offley Babies and Tots Playgroup
Alternate Mondays from July 22nd 10-11:30am
Lilley and Offley Babies and Tots offers a wide variety of toys and activities, including a baby area and refreshments (tea/coffee/squash/biscuits). Restarted after covid by four mums who want to encourage relaxed, friendly conversation and support! Seasonal themes and events to be held throughout the year! All welcome: mums, dads, grandparents, childminders, nannies, carers! £3 donation (+50p per additional siblings). Cash only. No need to prebook. Held fortnightly on Mondays 1000-1130 (including the school holidays). Parking on site with an outdoor patio area AND a playground on the village hall site.
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The Angels' end of school party, Hitchin
Thu 25th July 2024 - From 12pm
The Angels' end of school party is on the 25th July from 12pm! We will have Ice Baby here, bouncy castle and giant games. We also have pic n mix and face painting to raise money for our nominated charity. This is not a ticketed event but if you're staying for lunch or dinner we recommend booking a table.
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Schools Out Beach Party at
The George And Dragon, Graveley 
Sat 20th July 2024 from 2pm
Jump into Summer at our Schools Out Beach Party! The party starts at 2 pm! At 2 pm we eat! Your little ones get chicken nuggets, chips, and a drink (Vegan & Gluten Free options available). Auntie Kitty will be entertaining you all from 3 til 5 pm, with beach games and a seafoam disco!
@auntiekittygram. Plus, enjoy the bounce house till late in the evening, prizes & sweets are to be won! 
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Tiny T's Theatre: Adventures of The Tooth Fairies at Market Theatre, Hitchin

Sat 27th July 2024
A brand new children's show full of colour, music and plenty of fairy dust! It's Twinkle's first day on the job in the Tooth Fairy Factory, but will she live up to the Peppermint Family Name? When things get messy and magic is running low in Tooth Town, it's time to call a friend and maybe make some new ones along the way...Tickets £14 adults/£12 children (3-17)
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ARTventurers Holiday classes at Fairfield Community Hall

  • Thu 25th July 2024 10.30am - Bluey
    A fun and creative Bluey inspired class for ages 6m - 8yrs. Lots of art, craft and creative play all centred around our favourite Heelers! Limited spaces available so early booking advised. 10.30-11.30 am. 
  • Thu 15th August 2024 10.30am - Moana
    A fun and creative Moana inspired class for ages 6m - 8yrs. Lots of art, craft and creative play all centred around Disney's Moana! Limited spaces available so early booking advised. 10.30-11.30 am.
  • Thu 29th August 2024 10.30am - ARTfest
    A fun and creative session with a festival theme! End the summer holidays on a high with lots of art, craft and sensory play for ages 6m-8yrs. Spaces are limited so booking early is advised. the class runs 10.30 -11.30am.

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FREE, but donations welcome
The Living Theatre - Open Air Art Trail, Whitwell
Sat 29th June 2024 - September: All day, every day
Join us between June and September and discover some incredible art from amazing local artists adorning the route around The Living Theatre. Interact, explore and challenge yourself to rediscover the world around you and look a little deeper into nature...
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Much Ado about Nothing at St Paul's Walden Bury
Sun 21st July 2024
SUMMER THEATRE IS COMING TO ST. PAUL'S WALDEN BURY - bring a picnic and join us in the spectacular gardens on Sunday 21 July. Shakespeare in the Swinging Sixties - with toe-tapping tunes galore! Don't miss the chance to book your tickets for "MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING" by Moving Parts Theatre Company.
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LOW COST - £1.75 per person
Summer Kids Club at Broadway Cinema

Throughout the holidays
Kids Club screenings at Broadway Cinema are a great way to keep families entertained. Tickets are just £1.75 per person!
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Love is in Nature Workshops at Standalone Farm, Letchworth
Mon 29th July 2024 - Wed 31st July 2024 11am - 2pm
Immerse yourself in nature and join our delightful creative workshop. Standalone has teamed up once again with Letchworth-based nature lover, and incredible floral designer Alice van der List from All in One Season to bring a unique floral workshop to the farm this Summer. We will supply an abundance of bulbs, a selection of plants, twigs, moss, foliage and other beautiful materials so you can get creative and produce a potted creation or table centrepiece. With Alice's expert help and guidance, each child and adult will create a unique, nature-themed masterpiece that can be taken home and proudly displayed!
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Creepy Critters at
Standalone Farm, Letchworth
Mon 5th August 2024 - Fri 9th August 2024 11am - 3pm
World renowned animal wrangler Mark Amey is back with a fact-filled demonstration showcasing amazing wildlife from across the globe. Mark Amey has had a love for reptiles and amphibians for as long as he can remember. What he doesn't know about the natural world isn't worth knowing- he has even featured on BBC quiz show QI! With everything from creepy crawlies to reptiles and cute but not-so-cuddly fluffy animals, this fascinating show will let you get up close to lots of creepy critters.
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Space Dome at Standalone Farm, Letchworth
Mon 26th August 2024 - Fri 30th August 2024 11am - 4:40pm
Transport your little ones into outer space with our immersive Space Dome. We have teamed up with Immersive Theatres who are a mobile digital planetarium service specialising in astronomy, interactive learning, entertainment and a digital 360-degree exploration of space! Enter the dome and we will take you on an up close educational voyage into space, where little ones will learn about the universe in an accessible way. Immersive Theatre's teaching of astronomy is very much tailored to all the various developmental stages of children's thinking and is the perfect introduction to space for little ones.
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Summer of Fun – Creative Chefs at Garden Square Shopping Centre
Thu 1st August 2024 10am - 12pm
Fun family cooking sessions. Come and join me for some family cooking fun THURSDAY 1st AUGUST. We will be creating our very own fancy HIGH TEA.
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LOW COST - £5 per child
Summer of Fun – Weaving Workshop at
Garden Square Shopping Centre
Tue 13th August 2024 10am - 11am and 11:30am - 12:30pm
Join me for a fabulous explosion of colour in this fun beginners weaving workshop, taking place as part of Love Letchworth's 'Summer of fun' activities line up. Learn about the craft, and experiment with a range of patterns to make a bookmark or cosy mug mat to take home. Each participant will receive a materials pack and cardboard loom to keep. All children must be accompanied by an adult. £5 per child.
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FREE
Summer of Fun - Free Facepainting at Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth

  • Wed 24th July 2024
  • Fri 16th August 2024
  • Wed 21st August 2024
  • Tue 27th August 2024

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Summer of Fun - Free Art Workshops at Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth

  • Thu 25th July 2024
  • Tue 6th August 2024
  • Mon 12th August 2024
  • Fri 23rd August 2024
  • Wed 28th August 2024

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Summer of Fun – Free ultimate Circus Workshop at Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth
Thu 8th August 2024 10am - 4pm
Free Ultimate Circus Workshop with Showtime Circus.
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FREE
Summer of Fun – Collage Workshop at Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth
Tue 20th August 2024 10am & 11:30am sessions.
Collage workshop with local artist Callum Abbott. For children 7+ in Garden Square Shopping Centre. Book in advance.
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Letchworth Model Railway Society Exhibition at The Priory School, Letchworth
Sat 27th July 2024 10AM to 4:30PM
Please join us for our summer model railway exhibition at the Priory School in Hitchin, 18 layouts on display and a number of traders and societies attending. O
ur popular Thomas layout will be in attendance for children to have a go at driving Thomas and Percy. Adult admission £5. Accompanied children under 16 free.
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Summerfields Miniature Railway - Running Day, Haynes
Weds 24th July, Weds 31st July, Weds 7th Aug, Weds 14th Aug, Sun 25th - Mon 26th Aug and Sun 1st Sept
Lovely miniature railway run by The Bedford Model Engineering Society. The Society’s base is at the Summerfields’ Miniature Railways system, which is located approximately half-way between Hitchin and Bedford. The railways (there are three track systems at the Summerfields’ site) are a popular visitor destination for children and parents alike. 
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Goatfest Live Music Festival, Codicote

Fri 23rd August 2024 - Sun 25th August 2024
Goatfest returns to Hertfordshire for 2024 over the August Bank Holiday, featuring huge artists like Special Kinda Madness, Showaddywaddy, The South and many many more! Kids under 5 go FREE, and with plenty of activities, there's no shortage of fun for your little ones: Along with a vast array of food & drink from award-winning vendors, Goatfest certainly has something to satisfy all taste buds.
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Taste of the Caribbean: Food & Drink Festival at
Fairlands Valley Park
Sat 10th August 2024 10am - 8pm
The UK's biggest food festival dedicated to Caribbean food returns bigger and better for another amazing family day of food, drink, shopping and music. This will be an unforgettable outdoor experience where you can purchase delicious cuisines from different islands of the Caribbean. Bring your blankets and foldable chairs, spend the day with us, dance to reggae, the music of Motown, R&B classics, 80s, 90s and drink lots of rum punch.
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Great British Food Festival at Knebworth House
Sat 20th July 2024 10am - 6pm - Sun 21st July 2024 10am - 5pm
Whilst enjoying a visit to Knebworth House, Gardens and Park on Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st July you can attend the Great British Food Festival at no additional charge. The Great British Food Festival will have a wonderful array of produce on offer, from local and national producers. From Chocolate to Chutney and Cheese to Chilli Sauces there will be something to delight your taste buds. A fabulous mix of national and regional producers bringing homemade products to you, which you won't find in the supermarkets.
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Knebworth House, Garden and Dinosaur Trail
Sat 29th June 2024 - Sun 1st September 2024
Enjoy Knebworth House, Gardens, dinosaur trail, maze, and of course the fort and large playground area.
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Summer Garden Trail: Mr Shaw's Feathered Friends at Shaw's Corner
Thu 18th July 2024 - Sun 1st September 2024 10.00am-5.00pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
While adults unwind, children are invited to explore our charming garden and take part in our interactive trail. Alongside Mr. Shaw, they'll discover the vibrant birdlife that visits our garden through the year, whilst enjoying the beauty of nature. With its intimate setting and enclosed setting, our garden provides the perfect summer sanctuary for families seeking a tranquil experience. Free with garden entry. Pick up a trail sheet from the kiosk and find Mr. Shaw's five stations dotted around his garden.
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WoolyFest at Woolmer Green Village Field and Grounds, near Knebworth
Sat 20th July 2024 12-10:30pm
2 outdoor MUSIC stages, DJ STAGE, 11 Hertfordshire Bands. Gates open 11.30am Music from 12.15hrs - 22.30hrs. This is a non profit event. Money raised from ticket sales are being split between 3 local charities: Isabel Hospice, The Willow Foundation and Motor neurone disease (MND) Hertfordshire.
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LOW COST - from £5 per child
Craft Sessions at Hobbycraft A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade, Luton or Stevenage

There are lots of Summer craft sessions going on during the summer holidays. Choose from:

  • Kids' Friendship Bracelets
  • Kids' Rip Collage Workshops
  • Kids' Clay Pencil Toppers Workshops
  • Kids' Summer Clay Creatures

See all the sessions here.



Teddy Bears' Picnic and Fairies at Woodland Ranch, Tewin
Mon 5th August 2024 - Sun 18th August 2024 10am- 3pm
Woodland Ranch Teddy Bear Picnic is back... and so are the fairies! Everyday there will be some fun story telling in our woodland setting, with the help of some puppets of course! (There will be no booking system or extra fee for interacting with our fairies). Woodland Ranch's normal activities will all be running as normal so book now! We have our shaded woodland playground, lovely food & drinks, unlimited amount of tractor rides and of course all of our other fun activities & our wide variety of very friendly animals...
-Woodland playground
-Chick handling
-Tractor rides
-Sculpture trail
-Animal feeding (£1 per bag)
-Pedal tractor track
-Snack Shack
-6 lane hot wheels track
-Fairy Story Telling
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FREE
Sat-ART-day (FREE Art Activities) at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
Sat 20th July 2024 11am - 3pm
Join us this Sat-ART-day to explore Weaving Relations - an exciting showcase of textile works by artist Nicola Moody. Come and get creative - make, see, and hear about the exhibition! Kick off the summer holidays with this fun and FREE day, jam-packed with inspiring activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Make your own arts + crafts, contribute to the community weave, see our spectacular Sculpture Walk and hear about the amazing artworks in the exhibition. Don't forget to treat yourself in our café!
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Redbourn Classics Motor Show and Village Fete on Redbourn Common
Sat 31st Aug 2024 Noon- 5pm
Back for its 7th year , Redbourn Classics Motor Show and Village Fete will be held on Redbourn Common on Saturday 31 August 2024 from Noon until 5pm . The show will feature more than 300 classic vehicles, including vintage cars, vans, motorbikes and tractors. With live music all afternoon on the stage , great street food , a licensed bar, children's funfair rides and a miniature railway, there will be fun for all the family. The show is open to the public from Noon , and we welcome cash and cardless donations at the gate ( suggested donation £3 per adult, children free) all donations go to support charities.
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Summer Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm, London Colney
Sat 2oth July - Sun Sept 1st
Join us this Summer for a packed programme of summertime fun! Come and get lost in our a-maze-ing Maize Maze but make sure you find your way out to enjoy our splash-tastic Puddle Play Park where you're guaranteed a splashing good time so don't forget a change of clothes and your towel. Our daily programme includes adventure play, funfair rides, tractor ride, farmyard animals, indoor soft play - for one all-inclusive price.
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Summer Evening 2024 at Shuttleworth
Sat 20th July 2024
Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies, explore the history behind some of our most iconic vehicles and machines, and get up close and personal with some aviation icons as we see the return of our much loved 'Paddock Uncovered' experience.
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Summer Fete 2024 at Shuttleworth
Sat 27th July 2024
Join us for an unforgettable day with our brand new Summer Fete at Shuttleworth House on Saturday 27th July, where we'll transform the picturesque grounds into a lively hub of entertainment and excitement for the whole family. FREE ENTRY - OPEN FROM 11AM. Get ready for a sizzling summer day filled with vibrant festivities at the historic Shuttleworth House!
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ModelAir – Wings, Wheels, Water at Shuttleworth
Sat 27th July 2024 - Sun 28th July 2024
ModelAir is FREE to attend and interact with from our grass paddocks and the lake. A ticket will only be required to enter the Collection Hangars and Swiss Gardens
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ModelAir – Wings, Wheels, Water at Shuttleworth
Sun 4th Aug 2024
Originally formed in 1972, the NSRA is the club of choice for UK rodding enthusiasts. As well as being the National organisation for hotrodders, each year the NSRA organises two of the UK's largest hot rod show weekends, plus two major auto parts swapmeets, and two nostalgia drag racing event weekends.
Old Warden (Shuttleworth)
Shuttleworth's Old Warden Park plays host to our second major Hot Rod show of the year NSRA HOT ROD SUPERNATIONALS 2024. The event is packed with activities, entertainment, trade stalls and live music! Saturday cruise; Sunday huge show 'n' shine car show for pre-1972 Hot Rods, Street Rods, and Customs. The event runs as a private members event from Thursday to Saturday opening to the public on Sunday.
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Family Weekend 2024 at Shuttleworth
Sat 10th August 2024 - Sun 11th August 2024
Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th
Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children's activities, and more! Children can enjoy a range of engaging activities at our Discovery Zones and your entry also includes access to the world-famous Shuttleworth Collection, children's playground, café, and gift shop. Our stunning Swiss Garden will also be open on both days for you to enjoy a walk through the delightful Regency and Victorian layered scenery.
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Proms Weekend 2024 at Shuttleworth
Sat 31st August 2024 - Sun 1st Sept 2024
Enjoy a weekend of proms activities for the whole family as we include a second day of entertainment this year. Join us on the 31st August and 1st September for two spectacular proms performances, including our new family format on Sunday 1st featuring the Carnival of the Animals along side a host of ground entertainment for children. There will also be plenty to do on both days ahead of the performances; from the Shuttleworth Collection with its historic aircraft and vehicles, to the elegantly landscaped Shuttleworth Gardens and nature trails. The prestigious Shuttleworth House with its unique Victorian decorations can also be reached by vintage bus, and there will be family friendly activities to keep all ages entertained.
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Hedgehog Day at Shepreth Wildlife Park, Royston
Sat 3rd August 2024 
Join us at Shepreth Wildlife Park on Saturday, August 3rd to celebrate our charismatic, spiky neighbours by learning what is being done to help them and how you can lend a hand too!
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LOW COST - £4 per child
Summer Games Trail at Jordan's Mill, Broom

Sat 20th July 2024 - Sun 1st September 2024 9:30am - 3:30pm
Get ready to unleash your inner athlete and join in the fun with our Summer Games Trail! Sprint, Balance, Limbo, Jump and Sail your way through the 10 mini challenges at each trail point, noting your score on the trail sheet as you go along. Add up your scores at the end and head to the Mill Shop for your prize! 
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Summer Events at Herrings Green Activity Farm
Summer at Herrings Green Activity Farm – The Family Farm July 20th – September 3rd
Herrings Green Activity Farm is a great place for Families to visit this Summer, bringing families of all ages close to birds of prey and animals. We are home to one of the largest collections of Birds of Prey in the UK, view many different species of owls, hawks, eagles, falcons, kites and even pelicans! Take a walk over to the farm where you can visit many breeds of farm animals; donkeys, sheep, goats, alpacas, pigs, llamas & ponies, visit our bird garden where you can view different species of parrots and parakeets, visit the critter area to see our reptiles and creepy crawlies plus lots more!
This Summer we have a packed daily program which will entertain all of the family, bringing you close to our beautiful birds and animals.
10.30 – Meet and handle an owl
11.00 – Pat a pet with our rabbits and guinea pigs
11.30 – Flying display: Watch our spectacular flying display and see many different species in flight
12.15 – Tractor rides
12.30 – Have a go at flying an owl
1.30 – Animal & critter encounter
2.30 – Flying display: Watch our spectacular flying display and see many different species in flight
3.15 – Tractor rides
3.30 – Farm animal meet & greet
4.00 – Pat a pet with our rabbits and guinea pigs
Take the kids to the outdoor playgrounds, have a go on the tyre run and for the little ones enjoy the ride on the toy tractors. Our tea room is open daily 10.00 – 4.00, serving sandwiches, wraps, cakes and snacks or alternatively you are welcome to bring a picnic. All activities are included in the admission.
Adults £14.25 Child (2-15 years) £8.95 Children under 2 years are free.
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Pinocchio and Pip Ahoy at Luton Library Theatre
Sat 20th July 2024 11am & 1pm
Come have fun and games with two of your favorite TV stars. Live on stage from CBeebies meet Pinocchio, Freeda the Pirate and Brave Heart McFee for 30 minutes of dancing, games and plenty of fun for all ages. Then direct from CITV meet Pip Ahoy and Alan the bouncing penguin as they take you on an adventure direct from Salty Cove, can you help Presenter Kelly make Pip's dream of becoming an entertainer come true?
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Giant Maze in
Central Square, The Mall, Luton
Mon 22nd July 2024 - Wed 28th August 2024
This summer lose yourself in the Giant Maze! Join us in Central Square from Monday 22nd July to Wednesday 28th August every day from 11am to 4pm for some FREE family fun in our 7ft tall Giant Maze. Can you find the six missing letters hidden inside the maze? Navigate through the twisting paths to find them all and rearrange them to make a word for a chance to win one of three £50 gift cards for The Entertainer.
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Meet Chase from Paw Patrol at The Entertainer, Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City
Sat 27th July 2024 10am-4pm
Come and meet the bravest police pup, Chase, at your local The Entertainer store! Even the mightiest of pups need a little rest so Chase will be appearing at intervals between 10am-4pm. Its free to meet Chase but we would recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment. Chase is going to be a super busy pup this year and will also be visiting all of the stores below throughout the year. So if you can't make this visit, maybe catch him at the next!
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Artisan Fair (Monthly) at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

Sun 14th July and Sun 11th Aug 2024 11am - 5pm
Featuring artisan goods, traditional cakes, baked goodies, candles, soaps, jewellery, handmade gifts, crafts and more! Free entry and parking.
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LOW COST - £3.50 (plus £1 booking fee) per person
SEN-friendly session 11:30am Tuesdays
Game On! The Evolution Of Video Games at Stockwood Discovery Centre

Sat 20th July 2024 - Sun 1st September 2024 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Embark on a nostalgic odyssey through the pixelated past and into the high-definition future at our interactive exhibition, "Game On: The Evolution of Video Games". This immersive journey unfolds across the decades, showcasing the rich tapestry of gaming history. From the rudimentary blips of the Magnavox Odyssey and Pac-Man to the sleek sophistication of the PlayStation and Mobile Gaming, visitors will experience firsthand the technological leaps that have defined each era. As you take in the exhibit, engage with the actual consoles that sparked revolutions in living rooms worldwide. Feel the tactile joy of a joystick, the click of a cartridge, and the camaraderie of couch co-op. Interactive displays invite you to play iconic titles, while ambient soundscapes of 8-bit tunes and triumphant fanfares transport you through gaming's golden ages. A chronological journey from the birth of video gaming.
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The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck at Stockwood Discovery Centre

Sat 3rd August 2024 11:30am and 2.30pm
Quantum presents a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter's much-loved tale - The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck . Prevented from hatching her eggs at the farm, foolish Jemima goes in search of a nesting place in the forest and soon she meets a charming 'gentleman' who offers her the perfect nesting place in his wood-shed. But why is his wood-shed full of feathers and why is he asking her to collect the herbs for roast duck? Back at the farm, the Collie-dog, Kep, puts two and two together, but will he be in time to rescue Jemima from her fate?
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Stockwood Garden Party at Stockwood Discovery Centre

Tue 6th August 2024 - Thu 8th August 2024 11am - 3pm
Embark on an enchanting journey through the hidden corners of Stockwood Discovery Centre. Stroll through lush lawns and meander among the trees to find a whimsical garden party that promises joy for the whole family! Step into the wonder of the "Wonders of the Woodland." Gather 'round for Neville the Squirrel's delightful stories about Stockwood. There's so much to create, dig, discover & do! Whether you choose to relax under the trees or embark on thrilling games and trails to hunt buzzing bees, there's a "Tree-rific" day waiting for you!
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Short Tail Trail, Luton
In summer 2024, 90 hares and tortoises will form the biggest and most unique outdoor public art event Luton's ever seen!
- These stunning sculptures will shine bright along the fun and family-friendly art trail around Luton's town centre and local parks
- The Short Tail Trail will bring together communities and visitors to make amazing memories through creativity
- Trail explorers, young and old will have fun rediscovering Luton, learning about the artwork and spending time together
The Short Tail Trail is a family-friendly sculpture trail around Luton town centre, Stockwood Park and Wardown Park, lasting 10 weeks, from 6 July to 12 September 2024.
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Model Railway Event at Mill Green Museum, Hatfield
Sat 20th July 2024 10am - 4pm
The Watermill and Museum, Mill Green are hosting a model railway event for all the family. Featuring de Havilland Model Railway Society layouts, including Shabbey Road, their infamous Underground Ernie layout for children and adults. Woolsey's Miniature Railway will be running outdoor sit-on train rides and other railway organisations will be with us to show what they have to offer.
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Folk By The Oak at
Hatfield Park
Sun 21st July 2024 12noon - 10.30pm
An uplifting, family-friendly summer festival of the finest folk, roots and acoustic music in beautiful leafy parkland With a reputation for programming a 'line-up of headliners', including both award winning-musicians and inspiring new talent, FbtO manages to maintain a friendly, relaxed atmosphere whilst still delivering the full-on festival experience!
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Peter Pan - Immersion Theatre at
Hatfield Park
Mon 29th July 2024 5.30pm
Following the success of "The Wizard of Oz," multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN. Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing the Darling children to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook!
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Big camp at Dunstable downs 2024
Sat 3rd August 2024 - Sun 4th August 2024 12 noon
Looking for the ultimate family adventure this summer? Big Camp is a unique opportunity to pitch your tent at Bedfordshire's highest point and spend the night beneath the famous skies of Dunstable Downs
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SEN Morning at Babylon Park, Camden, London
Sat 20th July 2024 10-11am
 Step into Babylon Park London's sensory morning event, where the magic of space meets the comfort of understanding. Soft lights, gentle sounds, and touch-friendly exhibits create a serene galaxy for children with sensory sensitivities. The Park will be closed to the public so our neurodivergent earthlings and family members can enjoy the Park. Here, young explorers can dive into intergalactic wonders, free to enjoy the excitement without any worries. It's a cosmic adventure tailored just for them, ensuring every moment is filled with joy and discovery. £15 per person (1 hour) - along with a complimentary ticket for Carers.
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Tiger Charity Weekend at Woburn Safari Park
Sat 27th July 2024 - Sun 28th July 2024 11:30am - 4:30pm
The tiger keepers at Woburn Safari NEED YOUR HELP! Join us and help raise crucial funds on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, while enjoying a fun weekend at Woburn Safari Park! We're raising money for the WildCats Conservation Alliance , which work to support Endangered Amur tigers.
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Audley End Enchanted Summer Adventure at Audley End Miniature Railway
Sat 2oth July 2024 - Sun 1st September 2024
We have lots of excitement in store for you...Your ticket includes:
Train journey to find our mythical creatures
Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk
Craft Activity
Bubble and Boogie!
Adventure Play Equipment
Traditional Field Games
Go Karts!
Interactive Stage Show
Nibbles meet and greet!
Every Friday we will have our Enchanted Encounters with either a roaming Dragon and a delightfully sweet Unicorn puppet! 
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Big Wild Sleepout at RSPB Rye Meads

Fri 26th July 2024 - Sat 27th July 2024 6pm - 9am
Join us for a night camping under the stars and connect with nature as the nocturnal wildlife awakens on the reserve. The Big Wild Sleep Out is a unique opportunity for families to spend a night out in the wild!
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The Labyrinth of Illusions at The Patch MK
Sat 27th July 2024 - Sun 1st September 2024
The UK's largest optical illusion and quite possibly the largest optical illusion in the world! A living, growing labyrinth, planted to grow into a giant optical illusion for visitors to lose themselves in! However we haven't stopped there......The Labyrinth of Illusions is filled to bursting with optical illusions for our visitors to discover as they navigate the twists and turns of its paths. 37 different illusions make up the Labyrinth of Illusions, many of which have been designed and created by ourselves with the help of skilled engineers, blacksmiths, carpenters, illustrators and printers. It really has been a team effort to bring this idea to life.
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Summer Circus at Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell
Fri 23rd August 2024 - Sun 1st September 2024 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Roll up, Roll up! John Lawson's award-winning circus returns to Great Amwell Garden Centre, Van Hages this August holiday. With an entirely human cast, featuring amazing new acts and exciting routines, this enthralling fun-filled show is a great family experience not to be missed.
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Classic Vehicle Show at Chiltern Open Air Museum
Sat 20th July 2024 - Sun 21st July 2024 10:00 - 17:00
The Classic Vehicle Show is back at Chiltern Open Air Museum this July and it promises to be a weekend filled with nostalgia. Whether you're a car enthusiast, a motorcycle lover, or simply appreciate the beaut y of classic vehicles, this event is not to be missed.
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Blippi - The Wonderful World Tour at Harold Pinter Theatre
Wed 3rd July 2024 - Sat 7th September 2024
Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour will see the return of the vivacious, energetic, and educational antics of global sensation Blippi, coming to the West End this summer!
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