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This is your go-to site for everything you need to know about living in St Albans with kids. Activities, things to do, parties, local facilities, services and child-friendly businesses in St Albans & surrounding villages can now all be found at the click of a button!

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Making the streets of St Albans Festive

Playing Out St Albans and Sustainable St Albans are working together to promote the Festive Streets initiative encouraging everyone to decorate their windows to bring some light and sparkle during what is likely to be a rather different, festive period. You can sign up to receive an information pack and support via their website.

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St Albans Postboxes 2020

The hunt is on!  How many of the fantastic St Albans Postbox toppers can you find? Look out for them appearing in December!

This year there are a massive 50 postboxes to find!  Including in Chiswell Green, How Wood, Park Street, London Colney, Sandridge, Wheathampstead, Redbourn and Harpenden. Congratulations to all the yarnbombers involved in this superb effort.

Visit their website for a downloadable map as well as details of the Scan & Win Trail Competition. And don't forget to share your photos on social media and tag #stalbanspostboxes.

Of course it's all in aid of good causes and this year they are supporting Open Door and and St Albans and District Foodbank.  If you enjoy taking part in the trail or appreciate seeing their efforts around town then you can donate here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/stalbanspostboxes

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News & Notices

St Albans and District Foodbank Reverse Advent Calendar

Click here for a printable version of the calendar

St Albans and District Foodbank have launched their Reverse Advent calendar for 2020.  For 25 days they are asking people to donate a daily item form the list.  Put it in a box and then drop the box at their warehouse on Coldharbour Lane by 18th December.


Early Years Parent Network for parents of SEND children

Families in Focus have a new Parents Network starting next month for parents of children aged 0-7 with, or awaiting, a SEND diagnosis to discuss nursery and school concerns.  The network will take place via zoom.  Email [email protected] to join.


Letters to Santa

The Royal Mail are once again helping Santa out by delivering the children's letters to him.  To ensure Santa can reply in time letters need to reach him by 11 December at:

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa's Grotto,
Reindeerland,
XM4 5HQ

Be sure to put a stamp on the envelope and include the child's name and address clearly. Note that the reply from this service is a standard letter and is not personalised.


New Play Area in Verulamium Park Opens!

Exciting news! The newly refurbished playground in Verulamium Park has been completed and opens today!  There is no grand opening due to the current restrictions.

Among the features are a multi see-saw, five-way swing, a battering ram group swing, stepping posts, two carousels, Roman-numeral hopscotch and a picnic area.

Read more on St Albans District Council website.


Christmas

Where to See Santa 2020

Christmas may feel a bit different this year, but that won't stop Santa doing his best to bring some cheer to as many children as possible. Whilst some venues have confirmed their grottos will not be running this year quite a few are going ahead, but with limited choice and limited numbers due to social distancing you will need to book, and probably best to book early!  Whether it's in a winter wonderland, a Christmas grotto or on a train, here's what we know so far.  Keep an eye on this page and our social media for new additions. 

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Design chosen for new play area in Clarence Park

The design for the new play area at Clarence Park has been revealed and it looks fantastic!

The playground s designed to be accessible by all and inclusive of everyone.  You can see more images and find out more about the project on the Clarence Park Play website

Work is planned to start in January with play area aiming to open in March 2021.

What's On This Week


20th June 2020-06-20 2020-12-31 - 31st December
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans


1st December 2020-12-01 2020-12-24 - 24th December
Around the Village, Wheathampstead


3rd December 2020-12-03 2020-12-20 - 20th December
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


3rd December 2020-12-03 2020-12-24 - 24th December
Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell


3rd December 2020-12-03 2021-01-17 - 17th January
Warner Bros Studio Tour, Leavesden


3rd December 2020-12-03 2021-04-11 - 11th April
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


3rd December 2020-12-03 2021-01-03 - 3rd January
Woburn Sands Garden Centre, Milton Keynes


3rd December 2020-12-03 2020-12-24 - 24th December
The Centre:MK, Milton Keynes


3rd December 2020-12-03 2020-12-24 - 24th December
Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe

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Activities, clubs & classes

The Feelgood Factor
XLR8 Dance Troupe

Education & childcare

Best Friends Childcare Centre
The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys School
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls

More businesses

Katy’s Gift Boxes
Davies and Daughter Silversmiths
BooBearUK
Trade & Retail
Wine Social
NEatFresh
Hertfordshire Fresh
Farr Brew
Crayfish Capers and Really Good
British Sausage Deliveries
Craft & Cleaver
Ridgeway Fish Bar
Plantopia
DavVero
Ayos Grill Restaurant & Meze Bar
YiasYias Kitchen
Per Tutti
Sushimania
Alloro
Locanda Bagutta
Lussmanns To Go
Chilli Bar & Kitchen
Zizzi
Veer Dhara
Nonnos Pizza
Côte at Home
Alban Tandoori
Bar Meze
Devdas
Fishy Plaice
Thai Rack
City Spice
Med Grill
Tabure
St Albans Tandoori
Kimaya Noodle & Sushi Bar
Tavah
Aspava Restaurant
Lebanese Kitchen
Valentina's Italian
Grazing Affinity
DLM Designs
Taste of Nawab
Shine Bright Candles
Claire Connold Photography
Olivia Rose Fairtrade
Naturally Blessed
Floral City
The Sewing Room
Sarah Stuart Flowers
Bee-utiful Creations by Bee
Jen Roffe - Typography Prints
St Albans Scents
Fickle Studio
Ditz and Bobs
BloomSpa
Saint & Green
Potters Crouch Candles
Montet Designs
The Graze Box
50nine
cape & haven
Viento Coffee Company
The Smokehouse Deli
Crepe Affaire
bean CENTRAL
Waddington Road Coffee Kitchen
Fade to Black
Room for Dessert
Kiosk
Starbucks
Petra Gems
Edie & Rona - Stationery and Accessories
Nic + Liv Handcraft
Hannah Sessions Design
Chloe James Lifestyle
Rosie Sorrell
Flower Box St Albans
Hertfordshire Garden Centre
Handmade in Harpenden
Cositas
Threads
Books on the Hill
Wrights the Jewellers
Park Beauty - Handmade Natural Skincare
Milo + James
Seed and Grain
Maidenhead Aquatics
Pets at Home
Creature Comforts

Health & Wellbeing

Walking Bumps
ZEST Fitness, Health + Wellbeing

Parties & Celebrations

Mary Bakes
Cakes by Moon
My Little Baker
The White Lotus Cake Company
Everyones's Favourite Cakes & Bakes by Andrea
Baked by Nicky
Crave Cakes
I am the Disco Cake Queen
Ella Rose Cakes

Things to do

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USER RECOMMENDATIONS

Here's the latest recommendations from our visitors and followers. If you'd like to add a recommendation for a business or organisation search for their listing here on the site and click on the Recommend This button.

Sew Enjoyable
"I was a complete beginner in June this year and since then, with online classes-with Sew-Enjoyable, I have understood how to use a sewing machine and all it’s functions and have made the following items, which have all turned out well. Baby dungarees, a piped pillow for the Nursery, a cot sized quilt, 2 toddler dresses, baby joggers /jacket set pyjamas a pair of trousers and even a skirt for myself! I have been learning how to read and understand patterns, cut out fabric and how to sew garments. I am a person who gets bored easily but to have kept going with classes as they are fun and I am learning so much each week. Nicky works with you so that you learn how to sew items that interest you. If you want to sew , I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Nicky’s classes!! "