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Muddy Herts Summer Hols Survival Guide #4

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It’s nearly the end of the summer holidays – are you breathing a sigh of relief, or will you be missing the little blighters?  During these last few days of the hols – in between trying to find shoes that you both like, rootling through last year’s pencil case to see what can be salvaged, and marvelling over how long one child’s legs can grow in just six short weeks – let’s see what else there is to do out and about.  Don’t forget: there are plenty of all-summer-long activities in part 1 of the Muddy Herts Summer Hols Survival Guide that are still going on – but here are some other bits and pieces to enjoy, too.

Pottery Workshop For Kids, Hoddesdon, 22 Aug, 9.30am-12.30pm

Get your creative little ones good and mucky and covered in clay.  Sounds like a great way to keep them busy and learning something new, too.  It’s £20 for the morning, and you should call 07881 666 824 to book.

Broxbournebury Vineyard, Cock Lane, Hoddesdon, EN11 8LS

Groove is the Heart: Clubbing with the Kids, Hitchin, 22 Aug


Get your summer groove on – and encourage your kids to do the same – at a tropical beach party-themed afternoon of classic club anthems for the whole family.  There’ll be an outdoor chill-out beach, sand art, limbo (how low can you go?), ice pops, mocktails, the lot.  Sounds like a riot.  Pick up your tickets from Jolly Brown, Farley’s or Hermitage Rd in Hitchin – or email [email protected] for more info.

Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road, Hitchin, SG4 9SP

Make; Drink; Read, Leaf Café, Hertford, 24 Aug, 10.30am; 27 Aug, 1.30pm

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Get your tiny ones ready for that the first day at school with a ‘Make; Drink; Read’ session at the Leaf Café.  They’ll be reading ‘Chu’s First Day,’ by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex – and then making little paper satchels.  Good to know, too, that the coffee and cake there are delish.  Just saying.

Leaf, 8 Old Cross, Hertford, SG14 1RB,

Performing Arts Summer School, Rickmansworth, 24-28 Aug

 Got any little drama queens in your house?  (I’ve got two, heaven help me….)  Book ‘em in to the RISE summer school and let them get their teeth in the Wizard of Oz as they get to work on and stage a mini version of the musical.  Kids 4 to 6 get to go in the mornings, 6 to 18s are there all day, and then there’s a performance for you to enjoy on the Friday afternoon.  Sounds brilliant, actually, and I know my two would love it.  Last year’s booked up quickly, but it’s still worth checking for spaces, I reckon.

Rickmansworth School, Scots Hill, Hertfordshire WD3 3AQ,

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Boom!  Summer Theatre School, Rhodes, Bishop Stortford, 24-28 Aug

Other end of the county?  Check out Boom! theatre school in Bishop Stortford instead.  It’s for primary school aged children, and will keep them busy all day, all week, getting ready for the production on the Friday evening.  Sounds great.

Rhodes Theatre, 1- 3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG,

Magic and Mayhem, Radlett Centre, 25 Aug, 11am and 1.30pm


Not been to the Radlett Centre before?  It’s a neat little not-for-profit theatre that’s small enough that you feel right up close to the action.  Check out ‘Magic and Mayhem’ next week – who you might have seen on telly if you’re a fan of Britain’s Got Talent.  Lots of magic and mayhem (obvs), as well as juggling, illusions and audience participation.  Sounds like fun and suitable for everyone from 3 up.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, WD7 8HL,

Teddy Bear Fun Day, Mill Green Mill & Museum, 26 Aug, 11am-3.30pm


Grab your bear – and a child – and head down to Mill Green Mill & Museum for a day of teddy-related fun stuff.  There’ll be teddies galore, Punch and Judy, magic shows, and all sorts of activities to keep them happy.  And you can have a cream tea while you’re there.  Result.  It’s £4 per child, and adults are – get this – free, and that’ll get you into the Museum (small, but lovely) too.

Mill Green Mill & Museum, Bush Hall Lane, Mill Green, Hatfield, AL9 5PD,

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Radlett Centre, 28 Aug, 4pm; 29 Aug, 10am, 1pm & 4pm


Really small folk will love this.  ‘Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom’ is squarely aimed at ages 2-6, and is all about a fairy who is learning how to fly and do magic – and her elf friend who can’t fly but can run really fast.  Lots of songs and games, lots of magical stuff going on.  I can almost hear the squeals of delight already.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, WD7 8HL,

‘Paddington,’ Chilming Outdoor Cinema, Stanstead Abbots, 28 Aug, 7.30pm

From the forests of Darkest Peru to the woods of deepest Hertfordshire, here comes Paddington.  Bring a blanket, a picnic – marmalade sandwiches, of course – and a thermos full of hot chocolate, and curl up under the stars.  Sounds positively lovely.  Get your tickets here.  And what’s ‘chilming,’ you ask?  It’s chilling and watching a film.  Perfect.


‘The Goonies,’ Hatfield House, 28 Aug, gates open 6.30pm

More open-air cinema, this time it’s an 80s ‘classic’ in Elephant Dell (elephants not included) at Hatfield House.  Got to say, Hatfield House would be quite the backdrop for a movie.  Fingers crossed for the weather….

Big Bang Bank Holiday Weekend, Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, 29-31 Aug

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Looks like it’s all pyrotechnics, rockets, explosions, cannons, and general noisy fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills.  You’ll find out how the professionals create on-film explosions, you can have a go at making your own rocket, you can race track rockets, and try out not 1, not 2, but 5 types of air cannon.  There’s also a shooting range (Nerf, not real), and military vehicle tours. And there are shows all day, pretty much, every day in which things are either blowing up or rocketing into the air.

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY,

Robin Hood The Musical, Hatfield House, 30 Aug, 3pm


Get dressed up in your Sherwood Forest best and head to Hatfield House for an afternoon full of men in tights, merry or otherwise, and lots of hilarity and jolly songs.  Sounds like a fun family way to spend a sunny afternoon, I reckon.

Family Fun Day, Butterfly World, St Albans, 31 Aug

There’s always lots going on at Butterfly World, but their Family Fun Day looks like it’s even more jam-packed with fun stuff than usual.  A butterfly treasure hunt, insect handling sessions (although why you’d want to is beyond me), ant world talks, crafts, face painting, you name it.

Butterfly World, Miriam Lane, Off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, AL2 3NY,

Hedgehog Day, Shepreth Wildlife Park, 31 Aug


There’ll be all sorts of prickly goings-on at Shepreth Wildlife Park on Bank Holiday Monday with their Hedgehog Day in support of the Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital.  They’re so darn cute, though, aren’t they?  Good one for any critter-loving kids.  And you get to check out the rest of the park, too.

Shepreth Wildlife Park,Station Rd, Shepreth, SG8 6PZ,

Basil Brush, Watford Colosseum,

Ok, let’s get this clear: I am NOT a fan of That Fox.  Before I was Mrs C, I was Miss Brush – and, believe you me, that is NOT a name you want to drag through school with you.  Boom flippin’ boom.  Anyway, he’s at Watford Colosseum next week.  Enjoy.

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