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Muddy Herts Summer Hols Survival Guide #2

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Two weeks in — and you’re doing brilliantly if you’ve not heard something along the lines of ‘but there’s nothing to do…’ yet.  You have?  Never fear.  Here’s the Muddy Herts Summer Hols Survival Guide #2.  We’ve got the middle stretch covered.  Ok, let’s go…

Sat 6 Aug

Head outdoors with the Spring into Summer Trail at Rye Meads Nature Reserve.  It’s a self-guided trail to discover amazing animals and plants throughout the reserve and, best of all, you get a sticker and a certificate at the end.  Result.

Rainy day?  Shelter in a museum instead.  There’s the free annual Family Fun Day at Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne, 11am-4pm, with music, refreshments, crafts and more. Or work out what the mystery objects were used for at the Roman Inventions session at the Verulamium Museum in St Albans, 1-3pm.

© Licensed to 21/08/2015 Watford, UK. Visitors to the Big Screen event in The Parade, Watford watch The Goonies as part of Watford's Big Events programme.Photo credit: Simon Jacobs

© Licensed to 21/08/2015 Watford, UK. Visitors to the Big Screen event in The Parade, Watford watch The Goonies as part of Watford’s Big Events programme.Photo credit: Simon Jacobs

Loads and loads going on the beach in Watford.  Yes, that’s right.  Check out the Big Beach right in Watford town centre, with activities from building workouts to golf to crafts to fancy dress and more — and the Big Screen at the Beach, showing movies every single day throughout the next fortnight as well as Olympic coverage and highlights.  Grab a deckchair and watch out for the seagulls…

Sun 7 Aug

The annual Rock at the Castle free music festival at Hertford Castle, Hertford, 12.30-7.30pm, has three stages with a range of music, as well as food stalls and a  pop-up bar.  Hoorah!

rock at the castle

Mon 8 Aug

Big excitement about the new BFG movie coming out — and how about enjoying a BFG picnic either before you go in or after your come out at the Spotlight Theatre, Broxbourne?  Seriously — a movie for £3.10?  Or £7 (kids) or £9 (grown-ups) including a picnic?   Snozzcumber is optional — and Frobscottle Juice can, of course, cause whizzpopping.

BFG movie

Head to Welwyn Roman Baths and have a look round — then make a Fabulous Clay Figurine.  You get to sculpt yourself as a roman soldier in clay!

Pop into Hertford Museum to ‘Stop the Rot!’  Be inspired by the creepy crawlies in their exhibition and create your very own museum pest bug.  Ewww…

dotty the dragon

Or for a bigger beastie, check out Dotty The Dragon at the Radlett Centre.  Dotty is brought to life by Blunderbus Theatre, and is full of magical songs and awesome puppetry — including a life-sized fire breathing dragon! Good for ages 3-7.

Wed 10 Aug

Get out and about with Natural Art & Green Plant Games on one of the Ashridge Estate’s Wild Wednesdays.  It’s always great up there for just messing about in the woods, too.  And the cafe is brilliant and has scones as big as your head.  Should that be a consideration…

paper mosaics at rhodes

Get your Roman vibe on today.  There are Tots Tales at the Verulamium Museum in St Albans — and by tots, they mean ages 2-4.  A story, a museum hunt, and some craft activities.  Or you can head over to the Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, for some summer holiday fun making Paper Mosaics.

Thu 11 Aug

Track down some of the unusual plaster creatures hiding in Forty Hall, and then make your own plaster moulding C17th and C18th-inspired to take home at one of their Summer Workshops.  Sounds brilliant.

summer workshop forty hall estate

Lowewood Museum has Family Fun craft sessions every Thursday during the school holidays — no need to book.  Today, 11 Aug, you can make a washboard zither.  Or you can get crafty with the Crafty Capers at Verulamium Museum in St Albans, designing a Roman badge to take away with you.

Fri 12 Aug

Curiouser and curiouser…  Book now for the Mad Hatters Tea Party at  Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley.  If you’ve not been to the Mill anyway, it’s definitely worth a look round — but enjoy themed paper-crafting, games and cake with a Mad Hatter theme as well.

mad hatters tea party papermill

Sat 13 Aug

Missed Dotty the Dragon earlier in the hols?  Don’t worry — she’ll be at the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead as well.  Breathing fire, trying to make friends without singeing them, that sort of thing.

The Spring into Summer Trail is on again at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, too.  Check the weather and head on out!

Mon 15 Aug

Spread your blanket for a fishy-filled picnic and a screening of Finding Dory at the Spotlight Theatre, Broxbourne.  Yes, she’s cute, that Dory.  And just wait until you see her as a baby…

finding dory

Tue 16 Aug

Did you know that the Romans liked eating dormice?  Can’t imagine they’d be very filling, though…  Make your own paper dormouse at the Welwyn Roman Baths.  Not edible, though…

Hear all about Margaret of Anjou and her role in the Wars of the Roses at the Verulamium Museum’s Battling for St Albans session — then make your own heraldic banner to take away.

battling for st albans

Wed 17 Aug

Explore some ‘Imaginary Worlds’ at Hertford Museum and create crafts based on the unusual objects on display at Hertford Museum. Make a Samurai mask, try your hand at sponge printing or just let your imagination have a good old play!

Get Digging for History at the Verulamium Museum, finding out about how pioneering archaeologist Tessa Wheeler discovered the buried treasures there before you design your own mosaic to take home.

aliens love underpants

Everyone knows that Aliens Love Underpants — so pull your knickers up and enjoy the world premiere of the show based on the book right here at The Radlett Centre.  Get ready to laugh your pants off!

Thu 18 Aug

It’s another Wild Wednesday up at the Ashridge Estate — with Orienteering & Sticky Bug (what is that?) up in the woods.  Get your boots on!

conquering the air verulamium

Or get about Conquering the Air at the Verulamium Museum, discovering the true story of Dolly Shepherd and her adventures as a high-flying acrobat and balloonist and creating your own (not-to-scale…) hot-air balloon to take away.  More Family Fun at Lowewood Museum, Broxbourne.  This time, create your very own Music Poster Prints.  Or make a picture into a magnet with Crafty Capers at the Verulamium Museum.

Get stuck into the sorts of Sports & Games that were around long before PS3s and PokemonGO! at Forty Hall Estate, Enfield. You know, the sort where they actually run around.

old fashioned games at forty hall estate

Fri 19 Aug

Build a Blimp at the Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley at a themed and tutored craft session.  Some team activities, too, so lots of chance to make new friends.  Do look round the mill while you’re there — it’s a really unique piece of still-working heritage.

secret life of pets

Ever wondered what your pets do when you’re out?  Check out The Secret Life of Pets (U) and enjoy a pet-themed picnic at the Spotlight Theatre, Broxbourne.

Ok, that’s it for now.  Will be back soon with more ideas for the home stretch.  Grab the picnic blanket, pack some sandwiches, and I’ll see you out there…



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