The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Category: Kid-friendly

Mothering Sunday ideas for the best mum!

15 Mar 2017

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and is it just me or is time suddenly going at a gallop? If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do with your mum this weekend, or if you feel the need to give others a steer with the planning and booking process, here are some ideas. Choose from talks about the history of Mother’s Day at the Museum of Brands in London, or go for the complete clotted cream and bubbly guilt-free overload afternoon tea in an old post office, or a newly restored vineyard.

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Early bird Muddy summer festival guide. Book now!

16 Jan 2017

The music festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – we haven’t managed to score Glastonbury tickets for years – but the good news is lots of the local events still have availability and most of them are family friendly.

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Cafe culture that’s actually *good* for you

14 Nov 2016

I’ve been a fan of the Bhaker House in Chiswell Green for a while now. And there’s lots to be a fan of — which is all the more surprising given how tiny it is. Tucked away in a little row of shops, the Bhaker House is easy to miss if you’re whizzing past on your way into St Albans, but once you know it’s there you’ll never be able to drive by without stopping…

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Remember, Remember…

2 Nov 2016

Ooo… Aaaa….  Yes, it’s that time of year again.  You either love ’em — or you don’t and spend the evening comforting your cowering pets.   If you’re planning on bundling up and heading out to watch the skies this weekend, here’s a selection of the bigger displays around the county.  Take your pick — and wave your sparklers!


The Royal Masonic School Fireworks, Rickmansworth, 4 Nov, from 6.15pm

Yes, there’s fireworks — but there’s also food, a BBQ dinner, mulled wine (yes please), glow sticks and more. 

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Eat Here: The Milk Shed

21 Oct 2016

While Sarah from Muddy Berkshire and I would come from opposite directions, we’d both happily end up at this gorgeous little cafe near the shopping mecca that is Bicester Village. Shop ’til you drop — then head round the corner and treat yourself to lunch… then maybe a cake… or an ice cream… Anyway, I’ll leave it to Sarah to show you around properly…

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Perfect rainy day place: The British Schools Museum

3 Aug 2016

I’m a big fan of a little museum.  The British Schools Museum in Hitchin is one of the ones I’ve driven past loads of times, but never managed to stop and have a look round.  So when it was raining the other day — hello, August! — me and my youngest met some friends there for a good old nosey.

It was great watching all three kids — 10, 7 and 6 — getting stuck in with old-school wooden games. 

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