OPEN! Seventeen super summer holiday activities
We're a few weeks into the Summer Holidays, the sun is shining and it's time to get out and about with the family. But, it's hard to know where to start with recent closures and restrictions. That's where we come in. Here are seventeen safe and fun filled days out for the family.
The wonderful Willow Farm, St Albans, re-opened its doors to a whole bunch of super excited children on the 25th. And this great interactive farm is a must-visit for all those with a penchant for Peter Rabbit (whether that be the Cbeebies series, or this original Beatrix Potter masterpiece). There are a range of shows and activities on offer each day, including the Peter Rabbit Show, Goat Racing, and plenty of opportunities to meet and feed the animals.
Standalone Farm, Letchworth
As of tomorrow (1st August) Standalone Farm will be opening its door again. Kids can visit their favourite animals, and the play area, model railway and gardens will all be open. whoopee! Bring a picnic, or grab a very decent coffee and ice cream from the on site cafe and let the kids run wild, safely.
Herrings Green Activity Farm
This lovely set up not only offers interactive opportunies with a range of cute and fluffy creatures, and it also has the largest collection of birds of Prey in the UK. Fly a Barn Owl, watch nail-biting flying displays and learn more about our feathered friends. Oh, and there are archery lessons available too!
White Water Rafting
Get on down to Lee Valley White Water Centre for an adrenaline fueled day you’ll never forget – White Water Rafting, en famille! The experience (which includes all equipment) lasts two hours, with a raft holding up to five people. And once you’ve had your fill of thrills, head to the Terrace Bar and redeem the 25 soft drinks voucher included with your booking. Go on, I dare you!
Rye House Kart Raceway
Car-mad kids will love getting behind the wheel at Rye House Raceway, with loads of age-specific racing opportunities available for kids from 3 (yes, seriously!) to 16. And here’s a good fact for you – five-time Formula 1 champ, Lewis Hamilton, started his illustrious career here. If it’s good enough for Lewis…
Tring Natural History Museum
Forget schlepping it all the way to South Ken with the brood. Why not check out Tring’s brilliant Natural History Museum instead. Newly re-opened, this fab local gem is the perfect safe space to let the kids explore and learn about our the natural world, wonderful wildlife and even evolution.
The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead
It might seem a little out of season, but The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, has just re-opened its frosty doors. Kids will love learning the ways of this super-realistic ( It’s REAL SNOW) 160m slope. Solo, group and family lessons are available, and when they get good enough, they can feel the freedom with their own lift pass. And, for the ski-shy, there’s always the slippery Ringo Slide. Weeeeeeee!
Outdoor cinema – The Screen Space, Hatfield House
The Screen Space at Hatfield House offers both picnic movies or drive-in, depending on the weather. With kid-friendly titles ranging from Toy Story and The Lion King to Slumdog Millionaire and even Dumb and Dumber for the older members of the gang. This innovative set up doesn’t stop at films either, with an amazing host of fitness instructors running classes on site – including HIIT and sunrise yoga. Ommmmm. And, if you’re looking for summer holiday fun, look no further. Kids classes are also on offer, such as street dance and theatre. Nice.
Chilfest Open Air Cinema
After having to cancel the main festival *sob*, the Chilfest team has pulled together nine weekends of Tring-based cinema. All ages will love settling in for a big screen dose of Toy Story, The Lion King or Paddington whilst soaking up the summer vibes. And, there’s a great selection of retro hot food, pizza and, of course, popcorn, on offer. Oh, and the Chilfest Bar will be onsite to keep you topped up with rosé. Parfait.
Garden Theatre: Wind in the Willows, Knebworth
DIARIES AT THE READY! for one night only, on the 9th August, you and your family can join Ratty, Mole, Badger and the gang for a glorious evening of theatre al fresco. Pack a picnic(don’t forget the vino), lay out your blanket and let the multi-award nominated theatre troupe, Immersion Theatre, entertain you with their engaging interactive style, awEsome music and larger-than-life characters.
Woburn Safari Park
It’s seems rather unlikely that one would stumble upon an all singing all dancing safari park just outside historic, elegant Woburn, but here it is! This Bedfordshire wonder has now re-opened – welcoming familes and friends back on both the Road and Foot Safaris (I know which one I’d prefer!). And, as a gorgeous ‘welcome back’ bonus, one of the park’s lionesses has given birth to five adorable cubs – make sure you book in and check out this super-cute mini-pride. Awwwww.
Lions and Tiger and bears (oh my!), and sea lions, Zebras and penguins etc. are on show at the wonderful Whipsnade Zoo. This animal paradise is, in fact, the UK’s biggest zoo. Who knew! Book your brood in and bring back a little post-lockdown magic. God knows, we all need it!
Hawkswick Lodge Farm, St Albans
Punnets at the ready! With a whopping SIX varieties of strawberries available to choose from, the pick of the crop (sorry) has got to Hawkswick Lodge Farm. If you’re not a fan of the strawb, then what just sidle on over to the raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry or gooseberry beds. Sweet enough for you?
Pearce’s Farm Shop, Buntingford
The Pearce family has been growing sweet British strawberries since the 1970s. If it’s quality fruit you’re after, head on down to the PYO and let the kids get stuck in.There’s also an award winning farm shop, which is well worth a look, once you’re removed the incriminating pink splodges from your children’s faces! LOL.
Picnic on the Ashridge Estate
With 5,000 acres of prime Hertfordshire countryside on offer, Ashridge estate is THE perfect place to take a picnic, or even a BBQ! You’ have to check which areas allow what when you arrive (we recommend purchasing a map), but there’s bound to be space for even the most rambunctious brood to have a good run around.
Foraging – Woodland Trust
The woods and hedgerows of our two counties are great places to find wild food and connect with the landscape – something that a lot of us have been enjoying in lockdown. And, right now, the hedges are laden with Blackberries and Elderberries – ripe for the picking! Luckily for you, the Woodland Trust has put together this handy month-by-month guide to sustainable foraging, what’s in season and how to eat it.