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Muddy Herts Summer Hols Survival Guide #1

It’s the summer holidays!  Whether your little darlings have broken up already or you have a few more precious days of relative sanity to go, pressure’s on to figure out loads of fun stuff that will keep them happy, busy and active through the long hot (we hope) days of summer.

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I’ve put together a few suggestions for you in the Muddy Herts Summer Hols Survival Guide.  Today, it’s Part 1 – and parts 2, 3 and 4 will follow as the weeks roll by.  There’s lots going on around the county and beyond – enough, surely, to keep even the most discerning small person happy.  Well, at least for a bit.

Good luck, lovelies!

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From now until September….

If you’re a fan of Mog (oh, I love that cat…) or The Tiger Who Came to Tea – and fancy a trip into London – then there’s a gorgeous exhibition at the Jewish Museum called ‘Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit.’  You can have tea with a life-size tiger or curl up in Mog’s basket (awww…), as well as see more than 80 years worth of Judith Kerr’s artwork.  There’s storytelling, craft activities, and a family trail.  And at the weekends, they’re showing the film ‘Imagine: Hitler, the Tiger and Me’ in which Judith Kerr re-visits Berlin and has tea in the kitchen where the tiger was.


If you’ve got active older kids, then the Lea Valley White Water Centre activities has to be a great choice to tire them out.  White water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, the lot.  Or if they prefer being in the water, rather than on it, check out the Summer Splash in St Albans.  Loads and loads of watery fun – water zorbing, snorkelling, synchronised swimming, water polo, family fun sessions and more.


Got crafty kids?  There’s an hour of arts, crafts and messy play at Inn on the Park every Thursday at 10.30am, and then you can always head down the feed the ducks (the café sells bags of food) afterwards – or stay for lunch.  The Natural History Museum @ Tring also has workshops and nature-inspired crafty goings-on all summer – and admission to the museum is free, so it’s a great day out right there.  Tring Park is just over the footbridge, too, if they need a bit of a run-around.

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Foxholes Farm, near Hertford, is laying on some food-related fun this summer with their Little Foodie Farmer activities.  There’s something different every day, they’re running Monday to Friday all through through the hols, and the cost includes lunch for your child.  You get to check out the farm shop, and the tea room there is lovely too.  Result!  Or book ‘em in for the fantastic Cookery Eatery summer camps – full days in which your child gets to cook their own food (you don’t have to send them with a packed lunch!)  and learn more about where their food comes from.


And if the weather’s good (fingers crossed), you can head out and about.  Willows Activity Farm’s Summer Spectacular kicks off 18 July and they’re promising an ‘A-Maize-ing Summer’ (groan) with all sorts of activities, some old faves, some new.  There’s also a summer multi-visit ticket you can pick up if you’re not a member there.  Butterfly World is looking busy, with all sorts of activities – hands-on sessions, storytelling, crafts, and more.  Ashridge Estate, near Berkhamsted, also has ‘Wild Wednesdays’ running all summer – tying in with the National Trust’s ’50 Things to Do’ programme.


I’ll be honest: I didn’t even know there were Roman Baths in Welwyn, but now that I do, I’ll be checking them out with the kids.  This summer, they’ve got all sorts of activities going on, mostly on Wednesdays, and I’m very curious to have a look round.

Thursday 16 to Wednesday 22 July

18 July: Join Pongo the Pig down on Marty McDonald’s Farm at the Weston Auditorium in Hatfield for some jolly fun for the very young.  Lots of silly jokes and songs to keep them laughing.


18 July: for your little history buff, there’s the ‘Curious Coins‘ event at the Verulamium Museum in St Albans – metal detecting, coin rubbing, that sort of thing.  Great museum, too, and the Inn on the Park and the park itself are just round the corner for re-fuelling and a bit of a run.

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18-19 July: Aldenham Country Park is a great place to visit any time, so the Aldenham Country Show is just another excuse to go along.  Crafts, demonstrations, a display ring – sounds good.

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18 & 22 July: The British Schools Museum in Hitchin is getting out its replica toys and games for a chance to see, hands-on, how children amused themselves before we could simply plug them in.  The museum’s also opening on Wednesdays over the summer for some special activities.  On 22 July, they’ll be having ‘Ladybird Larks,’ celebrating 100 years of those oh-so-recognisable Ladybird books that we all grew up with, right?


More to come — look out for Part 2 on 23 July.  Hang in there….

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