Help for School Holidays

£5 Promise

On this page, you will find low-cost activities and community meals available to you and your family during the school holidays running from the week beginning Saturday 20 July - Monday 2 September. This page focuses specifically on provisions for school-aged children in St Albans City and District and Hertsmere.

We will do our best to ensure that everything listed here will cost no more than £5 per person. We also include events that teenagers can attend without an adult, if the cost for the adult is greater than £5.

 

Further afield

Scrolling to the bottom of the page, you'll find activities further afield in Hertfordshire, as well as nationwide offers, downloadable fun to have at home, discounts and savings, and more!

We endeavour to keep this page regularly updated (also removing offers that have finished). If you know about a deal or activity we're missing, let us know by emailing us@communities1st.org.uk

Children running in park

Borehamwood

Aycliffe ParkPlay

Dates: every Saturday from 10am - 12pm.
Location: Aycliffe Road Pitches, WD6 5DZ (look for the ParkPlay flag!)
Price: free, but you must register in advance (click here).

ParkPlay is a two-hour long play session of fun and games for everyone! There is some on-site parking but the organisers would recommend travelling by foot or bike.

Back2Bowls Summer Tournament

Date: Wednesday 24 July from 12 - 4pm.
Location: Aberford Community Centre, Aberford Road, WD6 1PN.
Price: free - sign up by emailing community.services@communities1st.org.uk or calling 0208 2077801.

Hertsmere Borough Council is hosting this summer bowls tournament. It's open to all - though sign up is required as places are limited. After the tournament, visit Communities 1st's Creative Community Café in Aberford Community Centre for complimentary refreshments.

Book Swap Shop

Dates: Thursday 25 July and Thursday 1, 8, 15, and 22 August from 10am - 2pm.
Location: Farriers Way Community Centre, 27 Farriers Way, WD6 2TB.
Price: free!

Bring your old books and swap them for ones you haven't read yet! There will be a stand set up in or outside the community centre. You can also pop in for free refreshments while you select your books.

Booster Cushion presents... Alan in Wonderland and the 3 Goats

Date: Wednesday 28 August from 11am - 12pm.
Location: Borehamwood Library, 96 Shenley Road, WD6 1EB
Price: £5 per person - click here to book your place.

Come and enjoy an entertaining and interactive show, rediscovering new versions of familiar fairytales.

Create and Connect Family Craft Workshops

Dates: Monday 5 - Thursday 29 August, various times.
Location: Allum House, 2 Allum Lane, WD6 3PJ.
Price: free - tickets must be booked in advance by telephoning 07510 917517 or visiting their website.

Learning Through the Arts is hosting their Create and Connect children and family workshops again this summer holiday! There are a variety of events with different themes. These events are suitable for ages 4 and over. Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

Summer Week

  • Monday 5 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Landscapes
    • 12pm - 1pm - Fruit Fans
  • Tuesday 6 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Greenhouses
    • 12pm - 1pm - Collographs
  • Wednesday 7 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Seasons Tree
    • 12pm - 1pm - Summer Mosaic
  • Thursday 8 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Summer Poster
    • 12pm - 1pm - Caterpillars
  • Friday 9 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Ant Kingdom
    • 12pm - 1pm - Bug Hotel

Magic Crafts

  • Monday 12 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Splatter Fish
    • 12pm - 1pm - Butterfly Puppet
  • Tuesday 13 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Fairy Wand and Hat
    • 12pm - 1pm - Imaginary Train
  • Wednesday 14 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Cardboard Zoo
    • 12pm - 1pm - Pizza
  • Thursday 15 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Curious Flower
    • 12pm - 1pm - Storytelling
  • Friday 16 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Fairy Village
    • 12pm - 1pm - Socks Butterfly

Windrush Week

  • Tuesday 27 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Zine Making
    • 12pm - 1pm - Garden Pots
  • Wednesday 28 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Empire Boat
    • 12pm - 1pm - Welcome Banners
  • Thursday 29 August
    • 10am - 11:30am - Home Booklet
    • 12pm - 1pm - Flags

Creative Community Cafes

Communities 1st hosts weekly Creative Cafes where there is crafting, chat and free refreshments. During the school holidays, there will be activities for children such as card and postcard making! Parents must accompany and remain with their children.

The following cafes are available in Borehamwood:

  • Aberford Community Centre
    • Aberford Road, WD6 1PL.
    • Wednesdays from 12 noon - 4pm.
  • Farriers Way Community Centre (WD6 2TB).
    • 27 Farriers Way, WD6 2TB
    • Thursdays from 10am - 2pm.
  • Organ Hall Community Centre
    • 37 Bairstow Close, WD6 4TB.
    • Fridays (excluding bank holidays) from 10am - 2pm.
  • Windsor Hall Community Centre
    • Blyth Close, Gateshead Road, WD6 4EE.
    • Mondays (excluding bank holidays), from 10am - 2pm.

Creative Fun with Numbers

Come and join Communities 1st for fun with your child! Help them to explore numeracy through a range of creative and physical activities. Make new friends and play with numbers! Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for primary-aged children.

There are several events taking place in Borehamwood, on:

  • Wednesday 31 July from 10am - 1pm
    • Windsor Halll, Blyth Close, WD6 4EE
    • Click here to book your place.
  • Thursday 22 August from 10am - 1pm.
    • Aberford Community Centre, Aberford Road, WD6 1PN.
    • Click here to book your place.

You need only to book places for each adult attending. There is no limit on the number of children you bring along.

Discounted Films

Dates: open daily.
Location: Reel Cinema, Metropolis Centre, 84 Shenley Road, WD6 1EH.
Tickets: selected films are priced at £3.99 at some viewings. Click here to book your tickets.

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum

Dates: Mondays - Wednesdays from 12pm - 6pm, Saturdays from 10am - 3pm.
Location: 2nd Floor, 96 Shenley Road, WD6 1EB.
Tickets: there's no need to book tickets and admission is free.

The current exhibition is 'Your Museum at 10' - celebrating the museum's 10th anniversary with a look-back at ten years of exhibitions.

There is also a working miniature model railway of Elstree station from 1900, plus a replica building of the village hall.

Family Craft and Children's Party

Date: Friday 30 August from 11am - 1:30pm
Location: Allum House, 2 Allum Lane, WD6 3PJ.
Price: free - tickets must be booked in advance by telephoning 07510 917517.

Learning Through the Arts is hosting a children's party with family crafting, face painting, games and refreshments in celebration of Hertsmere's 50th anniversary. Children under 10 must come with an adult. Tickets are free, but donations are welcome.

 

Farmers and Craft Market

Dates: Sunday 28 July and Sunday 25 August from 10am - 2pm
Location: Borehamwood Foodbank, Church Hall, 291 Shenley Road, WD6 1TG
Price: free to enter.

Come along for a mixture of stalls including fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, breads, cheeses, crafts, gifts and other exciting products from local small businesses.

 

Fun in the Park

Date: Tuesday 20 August from 12pm - 3pm
Location: Meadow Park Splash Park, Meadow Road, WD6 1TL
Price: free - but tickets must be booked in advance by clicking here.

Back by popular demand, this is a day of free inflatables and games that you do not want to miss. Suitable for children aged 2+

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks hosts weekly graded community walks. They are graded from First Steps walks, which are the shortest walks, taking 20-30 minutes on flat even ground, to Grade 4+ walks which are longer than 90 minutes and about 5-6 miles. Visit the website to find out more about the grades system. Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance or turn up 15 minutes beforehand on the day.

The following walks are available in Borehamwood:

  • Cowley Hill First Steps Walk
    • Mondays from 10:45am, excluding bank holidays.
    • From St Michael and All Angels Church, 142 Brook Road, WD6 5EQ. (Free refreshments available after in the church hall.)
    • The First Steps walk is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and buggy users. Grade 1-2 walks available.
  • Cowley Hill Grade 1-2 Walk
    • Mondays from 11am, excluding bank holidays.
    • From St Michael and All Angels Church, 142 Brook Road, WD6 5EQ. (Free refreshments available after in the church hall.)
  • Cowley Hill Grade 3-4 Walk
    • Wednesdays from 11am.
    • From Aberford Community Centre, Aberford Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1PL. (Refreshments available after in the community centre.)
    • Grade 3 walk.

Grow Your Own Sunshine

Dates: Every Thursday in August from 10am - 2pm.
Location: Farriers Way Community Centre, 27 Farriers Way, WD6 2TB.
Price: free!

Come join Communities 1st for some gardening fun. We will be seed planting, doing fun activity sheets, making bug hotels, plant pot and gardening decorating and much much more. Come in and enjoy free refreshments for all the family.

Herts Summer Parks

Dates: Monday 5, 12, 19 August from 3pm - 6pm.
Location: Borehamwood Youth FC, 82 Aycliffe Road, WD6 4JW
Price: free, and attendees will receive food vouchers.

Free activities including climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, bungee run, football/basketball shoot, pump track activity and more! For ages 12 - 16.

Movies in the Park

Date: Friday 26 July at 3pm and 6pm.
Location: Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, WD6 5AL.
Price: free (tickets must be booked in advance by clicking here.)

It's that time of year again, the ever popular Movies In The Park by ParkEvents is back! Bring a blanket, bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy some family favourites on the big screen. Licensed bar, Mini Fun fair and Food stalls.

  • Trolls: Band Together will be shown at 3pm.
  • Wonka will be shown at 6pm.

Pancake Decorating

Dates: every Wednesday from 3pm - 4:30pm.
Location: CrepeAffaire in Tesco Extra, Shenley Road, WD6 1JG.
Price: free with any purchase.

When you make a purchase, let staff know how many children will be decorating and they will bring a free pancake to decorate at the table.

Also, on Tuesdays from 2pm crepes will be just £2.

School Holiday Lunch and Activities

Dates: Wednesdays 24 and 31 July, Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 August, from 11am - 1pm
Location: Borehamwood Foodbank, Church Hall, 291 Shenley Road, WD6 1TG
Price: free.

Join in with fun, activities, crafts, cooking and food!

All school children and families are welcome to come and stay for drinks, snacks, activities, food to take away and applications for school uniform grants.

Watford Brass Band Concert

Date: Sunday 28 July from 3pm.
Location: Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, WD6 5AL
Price: free.

Bring your own chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy! This event is being hosted by The Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood.

Welwyn Garden City Brass Band Concert

Date: Sunday 4th August from 3pm.
Location: Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, WD6 5AL
Price: free.

Bring your own chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy! This event is being hosted by The Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood.

Bushey

Creative Fun with Numbers

Date: Thursday 29 August from 10am - 1pm
Location: Bushey Library, Sparrows Herne, WD23 1FA
Price: free - click here to book online.

Come and join us for fun with your child! Help them to explore numeracy through a range of creative and physical activities. Make new friends and play with numbers! Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for primary-aged children.

Fun in the Park

Date: Wednesday 21 August from 12pm - 3pm
Location: King George Recreation Ground, Chiltern Avenue, WD23 4RF
Price: free - but tickets must be booked in advance by clicking here.

Back by popular demand, this is a day of free inflatables and games that you do not want to miss. Suitable for children aged 2+

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks hosts weekly graded community walks. They are graded from First Steps walks, which are the shortest walks, taking 20-30 minutes on flat even ground, to Grade 4+ walks which are longer than 90 minutes and about 5-6 miles. Visit the website to find out more about the grades system. Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance or turn up 15 minutes beforehand on the day.

The following walks are available in Bushey:

  • King George First Steps Walk
    • Tuesdays from 10:30am.
    • From King George Cafe, King George Recreation Ground, King George Avenue, WD23 4NT.
    • The First Steps walk is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and buggy users.
  • King George Grade 2-3 Walk
    • Thursdays from 10:30am.
    • From King George Cafe, King George Recreation Ground, King George Avenue, WD23 4NT.

Hubert von Herkomer Exhibition - Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Dates: open Thursdays - Sundays from 11am-4pm.
Location: Rudolph Road, WD23 3HW.

The life, work and castle of German-born British artist, pioneering film-director and composor Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA is displayed as a permanent exhibition at the museum. Bushey Museum and Art Gallery has a nationally significant collection of art, artefacts and ephemera relating to Sir Hubert.

Visit the website to learn all about current and future exhibitions.

King George Junior Parkrun

Dates: Sundays at 9am - check the Facebook page for updates.
Location: King George Recreation Ground, King George Avenue, WD23 4NT.
Tickets: free to join, but please register online before your first run. If you have already registered with parkrun, bring a scanable copy of your barcode.

King George Junior Parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds). The aim is to have fun; come along and join in whatever your pace! You can even grab a post-parkrun coffee at the leisure centre's cafe after.

Monday Moments

Date: Mondays from 12pm - 3pm
Location: Phoenix Centre, 4 Farrington Avenue, WD23 3DG.
Price: free.

My Yard has teamed up with the Red Trust Bushey to bring you Monday Moments: for zumba, creative tips, chair aerobics and pamper sessions at Bushey Warm Hub.

If it's your first time attending and you want to say hello before coming, email hey@myyard.org.uk or call 07939 917800.

Movies in the Park

Date: Sunday 28 July at 3pm and 6pm.
Location: King George Recreation Ground, King George Avenue, WD23 4NT.
Price: free (tickets must be booked in advance by clicking here).

It's that time of year again, the ever popular Movies In The Park by ParkEvents is back! Bring a blanket, bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy some family favourites on the big screen. Licensed bar, Mini Fun fair and Food stalls.

  • Migration will be shown at 3pm.
  • The Greatest Showman will be shown at 6pm.

Open Day at The Forties Experience

Date: Sunday 28 July and Sunday 25 August, from 10:30am - 4pm.
Location: The Forties Experience, The Lincolnsfield Children's Centre, Bushey Hall Drive, WD23 2ES.
Price: £4 for children (aged 4-17) and concessions. Those wearing period dress/uniform also get in for £4. Bundle options are available.

Come and see 1940s rooms and play with a collection of 1940s toys and games. Visit the military museum and Dig for Victory garden. Pop into the Airman's Club to see live band "The Mustangs" and pop into the Model Railway club to see what they're working on. Experience a WW2 jeep ride and a guided tour of a bombed out street scene with an air raid warden. Period attire is welcomed, so come along and experience a trip back to the Forties.

There is no need to pre-book, just turn up! For more information, call 01923 233841.

The Red Cafe

Dates: open every Saturday from 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: The Phoenix Community Centre, 4 Farrington Avenue, WD23 3DG.

Open every Saturday from 11:30am-1.30pm, the cafe is a welcoming, friendly space where you can catch up with friends, spend time with family, play with toys, or enjoy free Wi-Fi. A variety of sandwiches and toasties, homemade cakes, waffles, ice cream and hot and cold drinks are on offer, on a pay-as-you-feel basis. 

Harpenden

Classics on the Common

Date: Wednesday 24 July from 11am.
Location: Harpenden Common, AL5.
Price: free to attend.

Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive with more than 1000 classic cars, motorcycles and scooters. You'll find a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Matra Bagheera with a 1959 Berlinetta.

Family Swim

Dates: daily, various times.
Location: Harpenden Leisure Centre, Leyton Road, AL5 2HU.
Tickets: £5 for adults, £2.50 for under 18s and concessions, free for under 5s.

Family Swim sessions are open to everyone! No lanes are available during these sessions. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or adult over 18 years (max two children per one adult). Visit the website for more information and to book a session.

Farmer's Market

Date: Sunday 28 July and Sunday 25 August from 10am - 2pm.
Location: Lower High Street, AL5 2RU.
Tickets: free admission.

Harpenden Farmer's Market boasts 70 stalls offering a wide range of produce including: meats, pies, fish, preserves, pickles, jams, honey, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants, fresh bread, cakes and pastries, eggs, beer, wine and liqueurs. 

Harpenden Skate Park

Harpenden Skatepark in Rothamsted Park is made up of metal ramps on a tarmac base. It features a mini ramp with a quarter pipe coming off the side. Another quarter pipe completes the back-and-forth layout, with funbox in between. There’s also a grind rail and ledge.

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks hosts weekly graded community walks. They are graded from First Steps walks, which are the shortest walks, taking 20-30 minutes on flat even ground, to Grade 4+ walks which are longer than 90 minutes and about 5-6 miles. Visit the website to find out more about the grades system. Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance or turn up 15 minutes beforehand on the day.

The following walks are available in Harpenden:

Rothamsted Grade 3 Walk

  • Thursdays from 10:30am.
  • Three mile route lasting approximately 60 minutes.
  • From the Conference Centre Car Park, Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, West Common, AL5 2JQ.

Katherine Warrington Junior Parkrun

Date: every Sunday from 9am.
Location: Katherine Warington School, Lower Luton Road, AL5 5FH.
Price: free! Register online before attending this event.

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds). The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace.

Every week, the group grabs a post-Parkrun coffee at the Marquis of Granby - everyone is welcome!

Music in Lydekker

Date: Saturday 24 August from 12pm - 4pm.
Location: Lydekker Park, Sun Lane, AL5 2UQ.
Price: To Be Confirmed.

Sustainability Market

Date: Sunday 21 July from 10am - 3pm.
Location: Harpenden Common, AL5.
Price: free to attend.

Each market welcomes local eco and food stalls to help you live a more sustainable life.

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Date: Wednesday 7 August from 11am - 2pm.
Location: Rothamsted Park, AL5.
Price: To Be Confirmed.

This Harpenden tradition sees the park welcome hundreds of teddy bears and their small owners. This day is fun-filled with free activities for children such as face painting, a bouncy castle, crafts, and just-for-kids live entertainment.

Well Bean Community Cafe

Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am-12.30pm.
Location: Harpenden Trust Halls, 130 Southdown Road (above Co-op), AL5 1PU.

The Well Bean Community Café is a vibrant community hub dedicated to fostering connection, conversation, and a shared love of a mid-morning cup of tea or coffee. This cafe operates on a Pay-What-You-Can policy - rather than fixed prices, they ask for donations based on what you can afford.

Wesley's Community Cafe

Dates: Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-12pm and Thursday afternoons from 12-2pm.
Location: High Street Methodist Church, High Street, AL5 2RU.

Wesley's is a community cafe offering good company for everyone. Usually, there are no fixed prices for anything on the menu, instead you are offered the chance to give a donation as you leave. There is also free wifi available.

London Colney

Community Lunches

Dates: [As yet, unconfirmed].
Location: Caledon Community Centre, London Colney

The Children's Holiday Lunch Club offers a two-course lunch for £3 per child over the school holidays. The menu will offer pizza or sausages with chips and salad, and ice-cream or jelly or an ice-lolly for dessert.

Adults can also eat at the Lunch Club, with £6 for two courses or £7 for three. The organisers ask that you are seated by 12 noon for your meal.

Watersplash

Date: open daily until early September.
Location: Morris Way Playing Fields, White Horse Lane, AL2 1JW.
Price: free.

‘The Watersplash’ is named after the hotel and swimming pool on the Barnet Road that operated in the 1940’s and 50’s and is now known as The Colney Fox. There is a small café at the splash park selling cold drinks, coffees, ice creams and a selection of essentials such as aqua nappies, towels and children’s toys. No booking is required.

There is limited free parking available in the car park at White Horse Lane, If this is full the nearest free public carpark is on Haseldine Road by the Co-Op. Please check London Colney Parish Council's Facebook page for updates.

Potters Bar

Art Nouveau Exhibition - Potters Bar Museum

Dates: open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2.30-4.30pm, and Saturdays from 11am-1pm (subject to Wyllyotts Centre being open).
Location: Wyllyotts Centre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, EN6 2HN.
Price: admission is free.

Potters Bar Museum tells the story of the growth of Potters Bar from a tiny village on the Great North Road to the thriving present day town. The museum opened in 1990 and offers a delightful nostalgic jumble of items relating to Potters Bar and the local area. It is in one of the earliest known sites of interest in the area, facing the timber-framed Wyllyotts Manor, part of which dates back to the 14th century (now used as a restaurant and a public house).

There are some natural history items, including fossils, geological specimens such as Hertfordshire puddingstone and Mesolithic stone implements used by the earliest known inhabitants. A collection of Roman silver coins found as a treasure hoard in the district is on display together with examples of Roman clay ware made in a kiln excavated in the Parkfield open space in the 1950s.

The current exhibition is Art Nouveau.

Creative Fun with Numbers

Come and join Communities 1st for fun with your child! Help them to explore numeracy through a range of creative and physical activities. Make new friends and play with numbers! Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for primary-aged children.

There are several events taking place in Potters Bar, on:

  • Monday 29 July from 10am - 1pm
    • Wyllyotts Centre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, EN6 2HN
    • Click here to book your place.
  • Tuesday 27 August from 10am - 1pm.
    • Elm Court Youth and Community Centre, 363 Mutton Lane, EN6 3BP
    • Click here to book your place.

You need only to book places for each adult attending. There is no limit on the number of children you bring along.

Fun in the Park

Date: Monday 19 August from 12pm - 3pm
Location: Oakmere, 82 Highview Gardens, EN6 5PJ
Price: free - but tickets must be booked in advance by clicking here.

Back by popular demand, this is a day of free inflatables and games that you do not want to miss. Suitable for children aged 2+

Furzefield Junior Parkrun

Dates: every Sunday from 9am.
Location: Furzefield Leisure Centre, Mutton Lane, EN6 3BW.
Tickets: free to join, but please register online before your first run. If you have already registered with parkrun, bring a scanable copy of your barcode.

Furzefield Junior Parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds). The aim is to have fun; come along and join in whatever your pace! You can even grab a post-parkrun coffee at the leisure centre's cafe after.

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks hosts weekly graded community walks. They are graded from First Steps walks, which are the shortest walks, taking 20-30 minutes on flat even ground, to Grade 4+ walks which are longer than 90 minutes and about 5-6 miles. Visit the website to find out more about the grades system. Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance or turn up 15 minutes beforehand on the day.

The following walks are available in Potters Bar:

Railway Station Grade 2 and 3 Walks

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30am, excluding bank holidays.
  • From Potters Bar Railway Station Memorial Garden (adjacent to Holland and Barrett), EN6 1AJ.
  • Choice of a Grade 2 or 3 walk.

Oakmere First Steps Walk

  • Fridays from 11am.
  • From Oakmere Library, High Street, Potters Bar, EN6 5BZ. Free refreshments are available after in the library.
  • This First Steps walk is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and buggy users.

Movies in the Park

Date: Saturday 27 July at 3pm and 6pm.
Location: ParkEvents, Oakmere Park, 82 Highview Gardens, EN6 5PJ.
Price: free (tickets must be booked in advance by clicking here).

It's that time of year again, the ever popular Movies In The Park by ParkEvents is back! Bring a blanket, bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy some family favourites on the big screen. Licensed bar, mini fun fair and food stalls.

Paws on the Green Charity Dog Show

Date: Sunday 8 September from 12pm - 5pm.
Location: Elm Court Youth and Community Centre, 363 Mutton Lane, EN6 3BP.
Price: £2 per pet per class entry.

Get ready for a day filled with fun activities for you and your furry friend! Enjoy agility challenges, recall contests, professional photos, delicious food, grooming demos, and the exciting ‘Best in Show’ announcement!

Radlett and Shenley

Creative Community Cafés

Dates: Tuesdays from 12 noon - 4pm.
Location: Phillimore Community Centre, Phillimore Place, WD7 8NN.
Price: no need to book, this is a free community café.

Communities 1st hosts weekly sessions for crafting, chat and free refreshments. During the school holidays, there will be activities for children such as card and postcard making! Parents must accompany and remain with their children.

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks hosts weekly graded community walks. They are graded from First Steps walks, which are the shortest walks, taking 20-30 minutes on flat even ground, to Grade 4+ walks which are longer than 90 minutes and about 5-6 miles. Visit the website to find out more about the grades system. Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance or turn up 15 minutes beforehand on the day.

The following walks are available in the Radlett - Aldenham areas.

  • Church Lane Grade 3 Walk
    • Fridays from 10:30am.
    • From The Green (opposite St John the Baptist Church), Church Lane, Aldenham, WD25 8BF.

Knit and Natter

Dates: every Thursday from 3pm - 5pm.
Location: Radlett Library, 1 Aldenham Avenue, WD7 8HL.
Price: free.

Free knitting session in a friendly, relaxed environment. All abilities and ages are welcome!

Summer Event

Date: Monday 12 August from 10:30am - 2:30pm.
Location: Christ Church Field, Watling Street, WD7 7JJ.
Price: free entry.

Bouncy castles, games, inflatable slide, crafts, face painting, bungees, mobile farm, bubbles, and more!

Warm Space / Coffee Morning

Date: every Wednesday from 10am - 2pm.
Location: Parish Room, St Anthony of Padua RC Church, 22 The Crosspath, WD7 8HN.

All are welcome to join for a cuppa and a chat!

Redbourn

Community Food Club

Date: every Thursday from 3.30pm - 6pm
Location: St Luke's School, Crouch Hall Lane, AL3 7ET.
Price: for a £10 annual membership fee and a £5-10 weekly contribution, £25-50 worth of food can be obtained from the club. Redbourn schools have committed to pay the membership for all families on free school meals.

Redbourn Hampers and The Redbourn Charities have joined together to provide more support for the people of Redbourn. At present, whilst everyone is affected by the increased cost of living, some are really suffering. The FareShare charity redistributes over-ordered food from all major supermarkets preventing it going to landfill.

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks hosts weekly graded community walks. They are graded from First Steps walks, which are the shortest walks, taking 20-30 minutes on flat even ground, to Grade 4+ walks which are longer than 90 minutes and about 5-6 miles. Visit the website to find out more about the grades system. Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance or turn up 15 minutes beforehand on the day.

The following walk is available in Redbourn:

Redbourn Grade 4 Walk

  • Saturday 1 June from 2pm.
  • Four - five mile walk lasting up to 90 minutes.
  • From the Cricket Club car park, Marquis Lane, AL5 5AA.

Then and Now Exhibition

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5pm.
Location: Silk Mill House, The Common, AL3 7NB.
Tickets: admission is free, but donations are welcome.

New exhibition featuring household objects. Redbourn Village Museum hosts a selection of exhibits, such as Coronations Past and Present, Redbourn's Early History, and Local Trade and Industry. There is also an outdoor gallery garden.

There is a small car park at the museum and extra parking spaces on The Common. Disabled access is limited for wheelchairs and access to the first floor gallery is via stairs with handrail.

Redbourn Classics Motor Show

Date: Saturday 31 August from 12pm - 5pm.
Location: Redbourn Common, AL3 7BU.
Price: free entry.

Enjoy the Classics Motor Show as well as a village fete, miniature train rides, street food stall, bar, live music, fun fair. If you dress in vintage style there will be prizes for the best outfit!

Redbourn Village Market

Date: Saturday 10 August from 10am - 2pm.
Location: Redbourn Village Hall and Car Park, 63 High Street, AL3 7LW.
Price: free.

The Redbourn Village Market aims to create a vibrant and sustainable community marketplace that showcases local produce, crafts, and services. Located in the heart of Redbourn, the market serves as a gathering place for residents and visitors, fostering a sense of community and supporting local businesses.

Redbournbury Watermill and Bakery

Dates: Saturdays from 9am-1pm and Sundays from 1pm-4.30pm.
Location: Redbourn Road, Redbournbury Lane, AL3 6RS.
Parking: the mill has limited space for parking cars, but recommends pleasant walks along the river from Verulamium car park (AL3 4SW) in St Albans or Redbourn Common (AL3 7DB).

Redbournbury Watermill is a working mill producing a range of stoneground organic flours principally from locally grown grains. The mill bakery was built in 2005 within one of the barns in front of the mill. Bread baked at Redbournbury boasts the lowest possible “food-miles” with the grain grown, milled and baked all within two miles of the mill.

St Albans

Antiques Market

Date: Sunday 21 July and Sunday 18 August from 9am - 3pm.
Location: St Peters Street and Market Place, AL1 3DH.
Price: free entry.

A much loved and celebrated monthly exciting, inspirational and vibrant street market full of some of the very best traders in Antique and Vintage this country has to offer. Join visitors and traders from far and wide and spend the day immersed in all things aged in the amazing ancient city of St Albans.

Community Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Community Dinner
Date: every Tuesday, 6pm - 7:30pm.
Location: St Luke's Church, 46 Cell Barnes Lane, AL1 5QL.

A brand new FREE community meal (starting on Tuesday 28 May) delivered by St Luke's Church and St Albans Community Pantry. You will receive a two-course meal including dessert made from rescued food. Vegetarian and halal options will be available.

 

Community Lunch
Date: every Monday, 12pm - 2pm.
Location: Cottonmill Community & Cycling Centre, AL1 2EF

A Community Lunch, hosted by St Albans Community Pantry. There will be rescued bread and flowers as well as a gluten-free mushroom soup made from rescued foods for everyone to enjoy!

This lunch is 'pay as you feel' and don't forget your containers to take food home with you.

 

Community Breakfast
Dates: every Wednesday, 9am - 11am.
Location: Fleetville Community Centre, AL1 4LQ.

A Community Breakfast, hosted by St Albans Community Pantry, takes place every Wednesday. It is 'pay as you feel'. All dishes are prepared using locally rescued ingredients and are lovingly cooked by volunteers. A recent menu included:

  • Bottomless cereal buffet and fruits
  • Unlimited toast (including gluten free)
  • Cooked breakfast: eggs, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages (including halal and vegetarian)
  • Drinks: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk for children

If you need any other help, complete the Community Pantry's Enquiry Form or telephone 0808 1753917.

Community Cafe

Dates: every Tuesday from 10am - 12pm.
Location: Cottonmill Community and Cycling Centre, off Old Oak, Cottonmill Lane, AL1 2EF.
Prices: £2 for cake and a hot drink, £3 for a bacon roll and hot drink.

A Community Cafe with a community book swap and budget-friendly menu options.

Community Eco Hub

The Green House is a community hub run by St Albans residents for those living and working in the St Albans district. The hub will be a focal point for promoting a more sustainable lifestyle, reducing our carbon footprint and increasing biodiversity. There are regular events taking place at the hub, which continue during school holidays:

  • What Next Wednesdays
    • Wednesdays from 12 - 3pm.
    • Worried about the climate emergency? Want to know more about what you can do? Why not come along and talk to one of our volunteers about what your next steps could be towards a greener lifestyle.
  • Wilderhood Watch
    • Fridays from 2 - 4pm.
    • Come along and swap some seeds or pick up a free plant, see their display and have a chat with the lovely Wilderhood Watch volunteers about how to make your garden and your street more wildlife friendly.

The Green House's address is 46 London Road, AL1 1NG. It is open Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5:30pm and on Sundays from 11am - 5pm.

Cosy Cafe

Dates: every Thursday from 12:30pm - 3pm.
Location: St Albans United Reformed Church, Homewood Road, AL1 4BH.

Drop in to the Cosy Cafe between 12:30pm - 1:30pm for a soup lunch, or between 1:30pm - 3pm for tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. WiFi is available for use.

Craft in the Courtroom

Date: Sunday 21 July and Sunday 18 August from 2:30pm - 4pm
Location: St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter's Street, AL1 3DH
Price: free.

Meet members of the Eastern Region Textile Forum and bring your own textile projects along for conversations and crafting in the Courtroom. Members will be available from 2:30 – 4:00 on each date and a table will be reserved in the well of the Courtroom but you are welcome to spread out.

Family Discovery Mornings

Dates: Thursday 8 and 29 August from 10am - 12:30pm.
Location: From the Crossing in St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, AL1 1BY
Price: free.

Fun-filled mornings exploring the Cathedral learning about its amazing history and some of the magical stories it has to tell, creating a wonderful piece of art to take home. Suitable for ages 5 - 11 years. All children must be accompanied.

This is a drop-in session. To complete the whole trail will take about 60 minutes. Due to other Cathedral activities the event finishes at 12.30pm sharp.

 

Family Swimming with Inflatables

Dates: weekends from 2:30pm - 3:00pm.
Location: Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, AL1 2DL.
Tickets: for under 18s and concessions the price is £4.00 (under 5s go free). For adults, the price is £7.00.

Visit the website for more information and to book tickets.

You can also register for a free day pass to enjoy this activity with your children. Click here to find out more.

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks hosts weekly graded community walks. They are graded from First Steps walks, which are the shortest walks, taking 20-30 minutes on flat even ground, to Grade 4+ walks which are longer than 90 minutes and about 5-6 miles. Visit the website to find out more about the grades system. Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance or turn up 15 minutes beforehand on the day.

The following walks are available in St Albans:

Cottonmill Community and Cycling Centre First Steps Walk

  • 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12pm.
  • 20-30 minutes on a flat, even surface at a gentle pace.
  • From in front of the basketball court, 12 Old Oak, AL1 2EF.

Greenwood Park Grade 3 Walk

  • Fridays from 2pm.
  • Three mile route lasting approximately 60 minutes.
  • From Greenwood Park Community Centre, Tippendell Lane, Chiswell Green, AL2 3HW.

Highfield Park Grade 3 Walk

  • Mondays from 9:30am (including bank holidays) and Tuesdays from 1:30pm.
  • Three mile route lasting approximately 60 minutes.
  • From YMCA Highfield Park Centre, 59 Russett Drive, AL4 0DB.

Verulamium Park Grade 3 Walk

  • Wednesday 29th May from 7pm.
  • Three mile route lasting approximately 60 minutes.
  • From outside the New Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, AL1 2DJ.

History Alive - Meet the Medievals

Date: Saturday 10 August from 2 - 4pm
Location: St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, AL1 1BY
Price: Free

Come and hear 10 minute History Alive talks from costumed guides as they re-enact characters from the medieval Abbey. Meet, amongst others, Thomas Radcliffe talking about his Alban Bun and Brother Infirmarian introducing you to his Herb Gardens. Ask them anything you’ve ever wondered about life during the medieval times!

Highfield Helpers - micro-volunteering opportunity

Date: Tuesdays from 9am - 3pm.
Location: Highfield Park Trust Visitor Centre, Hill End Lane, AL4 0RA.
Price: free - you'll be volunteering for Highfield Park Trust!

Highfield Helpers have enhanced the work of the Trust over many years already and provide much needed support to the grounds staff in keeping the park in tip-top condition. They undertake all kinds of activity in the 82-acres that the park now extends to. There is always something else that needs doing! These volunteers are young and old alike, and come from all walks of life, e.g. graduates, job seekers, retired residents, bored residents and people with learning difficulties. The Trust appreciates support from wherever it comes; there really is a job for everyone:

  • Improving woodland paths
  • Clearing brambles
  • Border maintenance
  • Hedge cutting
  • Litter picking
  • Tidying

Day Plan:
Meet at the Visitor Centre at 9am and stay for as long as you like. If you plan to stay all day, please bring a packed lunch. The Trust will provide tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. Appropriate, comfortable clothing should be worn with sturdy footwear. This is good fun and keeps you fit. No expensive gym fees here! For more information, click here to visit the website.

Incredible Edible Garden Open Days

FoodSmiles St Albans Incredible Edible Gardens are open to all, with free food to pick and take home! Anyone who lives, works or plays in St Albans is welcome to come along and help plant and maintain the gardens at monthly sessions. No previous experience is required, the team can teach you all you need to know! If you have your own gardening gloves, please bring them, if not, you can borrow the team's spare pair.

Children are welcome, but please supervise them at all times. Dogs are discouraged from entering the gardens.

  • Sunday 21 July
    • From 1pm - 4pm
    • Russell Avenue, AL3 5EB
  • Sunday 11 August
    • From 1pm - 4pm
    • Civic Centre, St Peter's Street, AL1 3JE
  • Sunday 25 August
    • From 1pm - 4pm
    • Russell Avenue, AL3 5EB

LEGO Club

Dates: every Tuesday from 4 - 5pm.
Location: Marshalswick Library, The Baton, The Ridgeway, AL4 9TU.
Price: £3 - no need to book, just turn up (first come first serve).

Over 5 years only. Under 8s must have an adult stay. No need to book, just turn up!

Organ Concerts at the Cathedral

Dates: Sundays 21 July, 11 and 26 August from 3pm - 4pm
Location: St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, AL1 1BY
Price: free - no booking required.

  • Sunday 21 July - Oliver Morrell (organ scholar) playing pieces from Mendelssohn, Demessieux, Parry, Hindemith and Howells.
  • Sunday 11 August - Andrew Lucas' final recital as Master of the Music before his retirement this summer; programme TBC.
  • Monday 26 August - Richard Pinel (Direct of Music at St Mary's, Bourne Street London) playing Vierne. 

 

 

Rescued Lunch Club

Dates: every Monday from 12 noon - 2pm.
Location: Cottonmill Community and Cycling Centre, AL1 2EF

St Albans Community Kitchen hosts a Rescued Lunch Club to which all are welcome! Volunteers prepare and serve delicious and balanced meals created using locally-rescued ingredients. Vegetarian and halal options are available.

This club is 'pay as you feel' and attendees are encouraged to bring containers to take food home with you.

Second Sunday Food and Drink Market

Date: Sunday 11 August from 9am - 2pm.
Location: St Peters Street and Market Place, AL1 3DH.
Price: free entry.

A market focusing on local food and drink, sustainable arts and crafts, and much more.

South Asian Heritage Month events

St Albans Museum + Gallery (AL1 3DH) is hosting two events celebrating South Asian Heritage Month (18 July - 17 August). The countries in South Asia are usually considered to be Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, all of which have a long shared history with the UK.

Mini Mela Festival
Date
: Sunday 28 July from 11am - 4pm
Price: free.

A Mini Mela festival will be held in the Assembly Room. Drop in any time during the day and help us to celebrate our rich and diverse communities. Learn more, take part in craft activities, add to the mandala installation, experiment with mehndi patterns, watch cultural clothing demonstrations and have lots of fun! Entry and all crafts are free, South Asian snacks will be available to purchase on the day.

 

Poetry Workshop for Ages 8+
Date: Sunday 28 July from 11am - 1pm.
Price: free - booking is essential, click here.

The Museum + Gallery is proud to be supporting one of its wonderful community partners - Suman Gujral - with her 'Third Space' project. Suman is a local artist, poet and printmaker. Part of her work is about bringing arts and creative opportunities to all, and through the project, which is funded by Arts Council England, she has been able to organise a series of free poetry workshops. This one is suitable for young people aged 8+ and their parent/carers who would like to give it a try.

 

Splash Park

Date: open daily from Monday 15 July - Sunday 8 September from 10am - 6pm.
Location: Verulamium Park, St Michaels Street, AL3 4SN
Price: free.

What better way for the kids to cool off in the summer than in our outdoor splash park? The fountains and other water features make it perfect for kids to enjoy themselves in the outdoors.

St Albans South Signal Box

Date: [as yet unconfirmed]
Location: St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust, Ridgemont Road, AL1 3AF.
Price: free; donations welcome.

Visit St Albans South Signal Box, the largest preserved Midland Railway signal box in the UK and one of the few preserved boxes that's open to the public and next to a busy main line railway. Signalling demonstrations are run on the operating floor upstairs whenever asked for. Railway videos and a slideshow of the restoration are shown downstairs, with many signalling items on display, including single line 'tablet token' machines, and other railway-related exhibits. In the garden visitors can operate working signals and a point; on display are old signs, lit oil lamps, a telegraph 'pole route' and a garden railway.

Allow at least 1 hour to view the garden and the signal box - no need to book - just come along. Light refreshments are available on open days.

Tour the Grounds of the Medieval Abbey

Date: Sunday 18 August from 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location:  St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, AL1 1BY
Price: free - booking is essential, click here.

Explore the grounds of the medieval abbey with the More to Explore Tour!

The Clock Tower

Dates: Every weekend and bank holiday until Sunday 29 September, from 10:30am - 5pm.
Location: The Clock Tower, High Street, AL3 4EL.
Price: £2 for adults, children go free!

St Albans' Clock Tower is the only surviving medieval town belfry in England and is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The people of St Albans built the tower, which was completed by 1405 as a symbol of their resistance against the power of the abbot of St Albans. The Tower allowed the town to sound its own hours and, until 1863, the curfew. Today, the tower - and its 600 year old bell - still stands face to face with the abbey's tower and provides fantastic views across over St Albans and far into the Hertfordshire countryside.

The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Artists

Date: daily until 8 September, from 11am - 5pm.
Location: St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter's Street, AL1 3DH.
Price: free.

Uncover the story of the talented artists who illustrated Ladybird books for more than 30 years. This colourful, family-friendly exhibition includes rare books, original artwork and artefacts, and reveals how illustrators played such an enormous role in Ladybird’s extraordinary success.

Tracing the interconnected work of these artists, the company’s story is recounted over Ladybird’s ‘golden years’ – 1940 to 1975. Visually rich and varied, the exhibition will evoke many memories of childhood. Collection loaned by Helen Day.

Visitors of any age can settle into a comfy seat to enjoy a book and design their own Ladybird Book cover celebrating historic St Albans. 

Vegan Market

Date: Sunday 1 September from 10:30am - 4pm.
Location: St Peter's Street and Marketplace, AL1 3DH.
Price: free entry.

The St Albans Vegan Market is back and we’re taking over the St Peter's Street again! As usual, the event will bring together a variety of vegan street food vendors, artisan bakers, craft brewers, ethical jewellers, small-batch soapers, local artists, zero-waste champions + loads more.

Verulamium Junior Parkrun

Dates: every Sunday at 9am.
Location: Verulamium Park (by the museum park), AL3 4SW.
Tickets: free to join, but please register online before your first run. If you have already registered with parkrun, bring a scanable copy of your barcode.

Verulamium Junior Parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds). The aim is to have fun so join in whatever your pace! You can even grab a post-parkrun coffee in the Inn on the Park (AL3 4SN).

Verso Care Cafe and Refuel Club

Activity: Verso Care Cafe
Dates: every Monday from 10am - 12pm.
Location: The Vineyard Christian Fellowship of St Albans, 7 Brick Knoll Park, AL1 5UG.

Everyone is welcome to join us for some breakfast or early lunch at The Verso Café, completely free of charge - whether or not you are using Verso Care services. The friendly team look forward to getting to know you over a cup of tea and a chat. Guests can access several services at Verso Care that are available to offer support, whatever their circumstances. Click here to learn more. There is also a Stay and Play session for younger children taking place at the same time.

 

Activity: Refuel Club
Dates: Wednesdays during the school holidays.
Location: The Vineyard Christian Fellowship of St Albans, 7 Brick Knoll Park, AL1 5UG.

REFUEL Club provides fresh and healthy cooked lunches for children in receipt of Pupil Premium or families on a tight budget. Fun-filled sessions start with with theme-based games, crafts and activities and then the club sits down together for a tasty hot lunch. These popular sessions make a great lunchtime for the whole family, so booking is essential!

To book your place, email office@verso.church

Welwyn and Hatfield

Beehive Junior Parkrun

Dates: every Sunday at 9am (seasonal dates may vary).
Location: King George V Playing Fields, Beehive Lane, Welwyn Garden City, A7 4BP.
Tickets: free to join, but please register online before your first run. If you have already registered with parkrun, bring a scanable copy of your barcode.

Beehive Junior Parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds). The aim is to have fun; come along and join in whatever your pace! You can even grab a post-parkrun coffee at the Cafe2U van after.

Films for a Fiver

Campus West Cinema in Welwyn Garden City is offering 'Films for a Fiver' (or £3.99 if you have a Zebra Discount card).

Click here to visit their website and choose your screening.

Food Rescue Hub

Dates: Tuesdays from 9:30 - 11am.
Location: The Attimore Hall Pub, Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2AD.
Price: this Hub is pay-as-you-feel though the minimum suggested donation is £5 for two shopping bags - donation covers the transport cost of recovering the food. 

The Food Rescue Hub's mission is to recovery perfectly good food which is otherwise going to waste and redistribute it to the community. Please bring your own reusable “bag for life’ as many items we have are loose and unpackaged.  At this time we are limiting the offering to two bags per rescuer (18 years +): one bag produce, and one bag bread and other.

Freddie's Den

Dates: open daily from 9:30am - 6pm on weekdays, and 9am - 6pm on weekends.
Location: The Jim McDonald Centre, McDonald Court, High View, Hatfield, AL10 8HR.
Tickets: £4.20 per child, adults and under 1s go free.

Freddie's Den is an indoor soft play venue that's fun, safe, and low cost. For ages 0 to 8 years to play, run, climb and explore. There is a Junior Area for children aged 2-8 years, and a Baby Area for the 0-2s. Child minders who are registered with Ofsted can use Freddie's Den for only £2.50 per child Monday to Friday (proof of registration will be required). A range of food and drinks are available to children and adults. Visit the website for more information.

Please note: Socks must be worn at all times on the play frame. 

Free Gym Day Pass

Date: daily from 9am - 8pm until 31 August.
Location: Anytime Fitness Gym, Unit 54 - The Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6HA.
Price: apply online for your free pass by clicking here.

For ages 16+, enjoy a free pass for group or instructor-led exercise or to use facilities unsupervised.

H'arts in Mind Art Gallery

Visit the H'arts in Mind Art Hub and Gallery this holiday to peruse local community art works and take part in a range of free activities.

  • Are You Sitting Comfortably?
    • Join artist Sue Pilsborough and sew your bear onto a recycled chair. The chair will be displayed in H'arts in Mind Community Gallery once completed.
  • Sketchbook Club
    • 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 11:30am - 1pm. This is a free drop-in activity for children.
  • Paper Pen Pattern Peace
    • 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 2pm - 3:30pm. This is a free drop-in activity for children.

The H'arts in Mind Art Hub is located in The Galleria on Comet Way in Hatfield (AL10 OXR).

Hatfield Community Fair

Date: Tuesday 13 August from 11am - 3pm.
Location: White Lion Square, Hatfield, AL10 0JL.
Price: free.

You can expect interactive sessions and activities, a climbing wall, face painter, circus skills workshops, arts and crafts, community organisations, and more!

Hatfield Litter Pick

Date: Saturday 6 July from 11am
Location: meet outside the Hatfield Swim Centre, Lemsford Rd,  AL10 0DH
Price: this is a micro-volunteering event - you are donating your time and energy to the community.

Kit is provided in advance. Please contact Welwyn Hatfield CVS on: 01707 274861 or email lovewelwynhatfield@whcvs.org.uk

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks hosts weekly graded community walks. They are graded from First Steps walks, which are the shortest walks, taking 20-30 minutes on flat even ground, to Grade 4+ walks which are longer than 90 minutes and about 5-6 miles. Visit the website to find out more about the grades system. Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance or turn up 15 minutes beforehand on the day.

The following walks are available in Welwyn and Hatfield:

Beehive Lane Grade 3 Walk

  • Fridays at 10am.
  • Three mile route lasting approximately 60 minutes.
  • From behind The Pavilion, King George V Playing Fields, Beehive Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4BP.

Brookmans Park Grade 1-2 and 3 Walks

  • Thursdays at 10.30am.
  • Grade 1-2 walks last up to 45 minutes and cover a 1.5 - 2 mile route.
  • Grade 3 walks cover a three mile route lasting approximately 60 minutes.
  • From The Brookmans Pub, Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park, AL9 7QW.

Digswell Park Grade 3 Walk

  • Mondays at 10am (including bank holidays).
  • Three mile route lasting approximately 60 minutes.
  • From Welwyn Garden City Bowls Club, 288 Knightsfield, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7NQ.

Hatfield Town Centre First Steps Walk

  • Wednesdays at 2pm.
  • First Steps walks are wheelchair and buggy-friendly, lasting 20-30 minutes on a flat, even surface at a gentle pace.
  • From the centre of Market Place (near the Town Inn), Hatfield, AL10 0LJ.

Sherrardspark Wood Grade 2 and 3 Walks

  • Thursdays at 10am.
  • Grade 2 walks cover two miles and last approximately 45 minutes.
  • Grade 3 walks cover three miles and last approximately 60 minutes.
  • From Campus West, Cinema Entrance, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6BX.

LEGO Clubs

Date: every Tuesday from 4:15 - 5:15pm.
Location: Hatfield Library, White Lion Square, 26-32 Town Centre, AL10 0LD.
Tickets: £3 - please book in advance at the library as places are limited.

Date: every other Saturday from 11am - 12pm.
Location: Welwyn Garden City Central Library, Campus West, AL8 6AJ.
Tickets: £3 - please book in advance at the library as places are limited.

These clubs are suitable for children aged 5-12 (under 8s must be accompanied by an adult).

Meet Bluey

Date: Saturday 27 July from 11am - 3pm (hourly).
Location: Toy Department, John Lewis & Partners, Bridge Road, Welwyn Garden City, Al8 6TP.
Price: free, no booking required.

Meet Chase from Paw Patrol

Date: Saturday 27 July from 10am - 4pm.
Location: The Howard Centre, Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6HA.
Price: free, no booking required.

Sat-ART-day

Date: Saturday 20 July from 11am - 3pm.
Location: Art + Design Gallery, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.
Price: free (booking is encouraged but not essential - click here).

Drop in at any time to kick off the summer holidays with this fun day, jam-packed with inspiring activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Make your own arts and crafts, contribute to the community weave, see the spectacular Sculpture Walk and hear about amazing artworks in the exhibition.

There is free parking. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are available in the Gallery Café (which takes card only).

  • Drop-in Art Activities in the Gallery Café
    • Come and use our materials and create something to take away in response to the themes of the exhibition. You are invited to play with colour and texture by weaving your very own artwork, get stuck in with some collage and design your own patterns.
  • Community Weave in the Gallery
    • Learn more about weaving techniques with artist Nicola Moody and contribute to a large woven hanging piece using recycled materials. Everyone is invited to add to this growing artwork and explore the language of textiles by experimenting with different knots, unravelling and fraying.
  • Weaving Relations Exhibition by Nicola Moody
    • The postgraduate artist has examined the relationship between a line of thread and the weaving process. Using anthropologist Tim Ingold’s ideas, Nicola Moody explores how lines interact together within weaving. Join the Exhibition Tour to hear more about the themes and ideas behind the work.
  • Self-Guided Sculpture Walk
    • Grab a Sculpture Map from the gallery desk and take a refreshing walk around campus to explore the outdoor sculptures for yourself! The Sculpture Walk forms part of the University Art Collection and presents an eclectic group of works which map the changing characteristics of British Sculpture since the 1950s.

Sparks Community Cafe

Dates: open on weekdays from 9.30am-4pm (with the kitchen closing at 3.20pm for hot food). (Seasonal openings may vary).
Location: Sparks Community Cafe, Queensway House, Hatfield, AL10 OLW.

Sparks Community Cafe is, for the most part, a  Pay-What-You-Can cafe. There are a small number of items charged for such as drinks.

Splashlands

Date: daily until the last Sunday in September from 10am - 6pm.
Location: Stanborough Park North, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6DF.
Price: free.

Splashlands is a wet and dry play facility which features a paddling river meandering through a splash pad water play area. It is surrounded by a nautical-themed adventure playground with a large pirate ship and a variety of play equipment for children of all ages. The splash pad has 67 jets that shoot up to 1.5m in the air with pads that activate water sprays when they are jumped on.

A refreshment kiosk will be open every day between 10am - 6pm serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, and ice creams. Public toilets and changing facilities, located next to the Splashlands, are be open from 9am - 6pm.

St John's Community Cafe

Date: Wednesdays, 10am-2.30pm.
Location: St John's Church, Bishops Rise, Hatfield, AL10 9BZ. 

The Community Cafe serves a range of coffees, teas, cold drinks, paninis, hot food and cakes. Come and relax with existing friends, or make new ones!

UH: The Sculpture Walk

Dates: Monday - Sunday, 8am - 8pm.
Location: Art + Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.
Tickets: free admission, no need to book.

The Sculpture Walk features a diverse collection of pieces that chart the evolution of British sculpture since the 1950s. There two walks:

  • 1km Walk: centred on the College Lane campus with an optional addition of the de Havilland campus, this walk will take you approximately 20-40 minutes. 
  • 5km Walk: this is an extended walk into The Forum and to Jacobs Ladder, lasting approximately one hour.

Click here to view the college's interactive map.

Elsewhere in Hertfordshire

HAPpy Camps

Dates: Monday 29 July - Friday 30 August, various times.
Location: around Hertfordshire.
Price: free for children receiving benefits-related free school meals - click here to see what camps are available.

Get set for a summer of smiles! HAPpy Camps are back for the summer school holiday. Children and teens living in Hertfordshire who get benefits-related free school meals can attend this FREE holiday activity provision.

HAPpy Camps will offer a wide variety of activities for children with a hot lunch included too! They’re a great way to keep kids active and curious during the holidays, so they’re ready to learn again in the new school year.

Every camp is inclusive and able to meet the needs of most children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), provided the right information is supplied with their booking. There are also SEND-specific camps which are better for children with higher support needs.

To book your child's activity camp, please have your unique summer 2024 booking code ready (this is provided by your school or referrer). Click here to check out the bookings run-through video.

 

Summer Reading Challenge - Marvellous Makers

Get ready for a reading adventure! This year’s Summer Reading Challenge starts online on 22 June online and on 6 July in England and Wales.

There are two ways you can take part:

  • Join at your local library
    • A librarian will give you a special collector’s pack and help you find books to read for your Challenge. You’ll collect stickers and other rewards along the way!
  • Join online
    • Click here to sign up online. Get a reading goal and log your books on your profile. Reach your goal and unlock a limited-edtion online badge and a certificate.

Please note, the in-person and online Challenges are separate. Physical incentives like medals and certificates are only available via the library, for those taking part in person.

Cheshunt

Lark in the Park
Lark in the Park is hosted by Broxbourne Borough Council on weekdays during the period of Monday 22 July to Friday 30 August from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. There are free summer activities for children aged 5-16 years (under 11s must be accompanied by an adult). Activities include: Nerf wars, laser tag, archery, tennis, water fights, basketball, football, rounders, dodgeball, and much more! For more information, contact community@broxbourne.gov.uk or call 01992 785555 (ext. 2507).

Find these events at the following locations:

  • Mondays - Grundy Park, Cheshunt
  • Wednesday - Cheshunt Park

Goffs Oak

Saturday LEGO Club
Date: Alternate Saturdays
Location: Goffs Oak Community Library, Goffs Lane, Waltham Cross, EN7 5ET.
Price: donations welcome.

Booking is essential at the library. Suitable for accompanied children aged 5-10 years.

Hertford

Wildlife Events
Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is hosting events this summer at Panshanger Park in Hertford. These are low-cost and free, but places must be booked in advance by clicking here.

  • Bat Walk
    • Friday 30 August from 7:30pm - 9:30pm.
    • Join Herts and Middlesex Bat Group at Panshanger Park for a guided introduction to the world of bats. Following a short introductory talk you will be shown how to use a simple bat detector. We will then explore the different habitats of Panshanger Park and see how various bat species use them. Through the use of the detectors we will be able to "hear" the bat as they hunt for their insect prey! The walk will take approximately 1.5-2 hours. Suitable for adults, families and children ages 8 plus. This event is weather dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice.
  • Dragonfly Walk
    • Saturday 20 July from 11am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 3pm, and Saturday 17 August from 1:30pm - 3:30pm.
    • Join dragonfly expert Steve Brooks for a walk along the Panshanger Park dragonfly trail. Learn about the lifecycles of dragonflies, their different approaches to hunting and resting as well as identifying some of the species that will be out and about. Walk will be approximately 2 miles over uneven ground/man-made tracks. May be cancelled if strong winds or rain. Suitable for adults, families and children ages 8 plus.
  • Wildlife Watch
    • Sunday 21 July from 10am - 12pm.
    • Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is pleased to offer a Wildlife Watch group for young budding wildlife explorers and those curious to find out more about the natural world at Panshanger Park. Meetings are led by trained volunteers and will include a range of activities, games and exploration.

Hoddesdon

Lark in the Park
Lark in the Park is hosted by Broxbourne Borough Council on weekdays during the period of Monday 22 July to Friday 30 August from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. There are free summer activities for children aged 5-16 years (under 11s must be accompanied by an adult). Activities include: Nerf wars, laser tag, archery, tennis, water fights, basketball, football, rounders, dodgeball, and much more! For more information, contact community@broxbourne.gov.uk or call 01992 785555 (ext. 2507).

Find these events at the following locations:

  • Thursday - Barclay Park, Hoddesdon, EN11 8PY.

Tring

Natural History Museum at Tring Events
The museum can be found on Akeman Street, HP23 6AP. Click here to visit the website and view all events.

  • Roald Dahl's Table Treasures
    • Wednesday 14 August from 10:30am - 12pm and 1:30pm - 3pm. Drop-in sessions, no need to book.
    • Staff from the Roald Dahl Museum will be visiting and bringing some of Roald Dahl's treasured objects for your to look atl.
  • Sketch and Scribble
    • Saturday 20 July from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Booking is essential; email tring-bookings@nhm.ac.uk.
    • Have you ever looked closely at the colours on a butterfly’s wing or the patterns on a seashell? Marvel at specimens from our handling collection and practise your artistic skills at our fun family drawing session. There will be pencils, crayons and paper for you to use, but feel free to bring your own art materials along too.
  • Walter's Cabinet of Curiosities
    • Various dates in July and August. Visit the website to find out more.
    • Drop into this handling and craft workshop to learn all about the museum's cabinet of curiosity and make your own marvellous crafty creation to take home.
  • Walter's Museum Handling Session
    • Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September from 10:30am - 12pm.
    • Running as part of Heritage Open Days, this special handling session will feature founder Walter Rothschild’s favourite specimens. Learn all about his extraordinary life at Tring!

Waltham Cross

Lark in the Park
Lark in the Park is hosted by Broxbourne Borough Council on weekdays during the period of Monday 22 July to Friday 30 August from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. There are free summer activities for children aged 5-16 years (under 11s must be accompanied by an adult). Activities include: Nerf wars, laser tag, archery, tennis, water fights, basketball, football, rounders, dodgeball, and much more! For more information, contact community@broxbourne.gov.uk or call 01992 785555 (ext. 2507).

Find these events at the following locations:

  • Tuesday - Cedars Park, Waltham Cross, EN8 8RX.
  • Friday - Waltham Cross Playing Fields, EN8 7LX

 

Playing Fields Launch Event
Date: Saturday 20 July from 11am - 5pm
Location: Waltham Cross Playing Fields, EN8 7LX.
Price: free entry.

Facilities include: brand new skatepark, interactive rebound wall, DJ set, outdoor gym equipment. Join in the fun for launch activities and games, free fun and taster sports, children's activities, healthy food options. Skatepark Jam with music, rider demos, competitions and prizes.

 

Summer of Fun
Dates
: every Saturday from 11am - 3pm.
Location: Queen Eleanor Square, High Street, EN8 7BC
Price: free

Each week, there will be a different free activity including: circus workshops, lego build-off, Mr Marvel's Magic Show, crazy balloon giveaway, face painting, ink art workshops, and more!

Watford

Art Exhibitions at Cheslyn House and Gardens
Dates: open daily until October from 9am - 8pm.
Location: Cheslyn House and Gardens, Nascot Wood Road, WD17 4SL.
Price: entry to the house is free.

Cheslyn House and Gardens were left to Watford by Henry & Daisy Colbeck. The house and gardens are a real gem to Watford. During the summer, a variety of art exhibitions will be hosted inside the house. Click here for more information.

 

Big Bandstand Events
Location: Cassiobury Park, near the Cafe in the Park, end of Gade Avenue, WD18 7LG.
Price: free.

The Big Bandstand is host to a jam-packed programme of free live shows on every weekend during the summer months. Click here to find your next event.

 

Big Beach
Dates: Friday 16 August - Friday 30 August from 10am - 4pm.
Location: Town Centre event space, WD17 1NA.
Price: free.

With Watford Borough Council’s Big Beach, you don’t need to travel to the coast to feel the sand between your toes – just head to The Parade in the Town Centre! The  beach is the perfect chance for people of all ages to lap up the summer sun, with deck chairs and tables provided to help you relax. There  are a variety of beach toys and buckets and spades you’ll be able to get from the beach hut – as well as any information you might need. The hut is open 10am to 4pm each day. You may bring your own food and drink. Children must be supervised.

 

Big Screen
Dates: daily from Monday 5 August - Sunday 11 August. Films showing at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.
Location: Town Centre event space, WD17 1NA, and Knutsford Playing Fields, Radlett Road, WD24 4LL.
Price: free - no booking required.

A wide variety of films will be shown, including Migration, The Good Dinosaur, The Little Mermaid, Wonka, and more! Click here for full listings.

Deckchairs will be available, but you are also welcome to bring your own chairs, pack a picnic and head to the town centre  then just sit back and relax whilst watching some old favourites alongside new blockbusters.

You are permitted to bring mini beach shelters or umbrellas to seek shade from the sun (or rain!) However these will not be permitted for use if it is very windy.  You may be asked to move towards the back of the site if your shelter is obstructing the view of others.  Screenings will only be cancelled if weather conditions make the event dangerous e.g extremely high winds.

 

Cassiobury Park Splash Pools
Dates: open daily until end of September.
Location: Cassiobury Park, end of Gade Avenue, WD18 7LG.
Price: free - donations are welcome.

Half of the spots are reserved through daily bookings while the rest are available for walk-ins. Booking ahead is advisable to avoid disappointment. Click here to find out how.

 

Community Family Funday
Date: Saturday 17 August from 11:30am - 5:30pm.
Location: King George V Playing Fileds, WD18 6PZ.
Price: free entry and car parking.

Come join in with a day filled with fun activities, games, and entertainment for the whole family. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet your neighbours, make new friends, and enjoy a day out in the park. From music to delicious food stalls, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Bring your children along for a day of face painting, multiple inflatables, races, games and more. It’s a great way to keep them entertained while you relax and soak up the community atmosphere.

 

Watford Carnival
Date: Saturday 3 August from 10am - 8pm.
Location: Radlett Road, WD24 4LH.
Price: free.

 

Vegan Market
Date: Sunday 11 August from 10am - 3pm.
Location: Watford House Lane, WD17 1BJ.
Price: free to enter.

Nationwide and Online

Kids Eat Free and Meal Deals Under £5

These meal deals are available nationwide. For more information, visit the Money Saving Central website.

Kids Eat Free (under £5 total spend):

  • ASDA Cafe
    • Kids eat for £1 all day, every day with no adult spend required.
    • Free Ella's baby food pouch for children under 18 months with any cafe purchase.
       
  • Hungry Horse
    • Kids eat for £1 on Mondays.
       
  • IKEA Cafe
    • Kids can also enjoy Kids Pasta with Tomato Sauce and a soft drink for 95p or any other Kids Meal for £1.50 every day from 11am.
       
  • Morrisons Cafe
    • 'Ask for Henry' to receive a free jacket potato with Heinz Cheezy Beanz from 1 - 14 July.
    • Spend £4.49 and get one free kids meal. Available all day, every day.
       
  • Pausa Cafe at Dunelm
    • Kids get one mini main, two snacks and a drink free with every £4 spend after 3pm.

Cheap Cinema Tickets

This information comes from the Money Saving Central website - click here for full information.

Cineworld
Movies for Juniors offers screenings daily at 10am and 10.15am for £2.50 per ticket for adults and children.

Odeon
Adults pay children's prices (£5) every day in holidays. This can be used in conjunction with Meerkat Tuesdays BOGOF. Odeon Kids also offers early morning screenings for £3.25.

Vue
Super Saver Seats are £4.99 all day every day, and can be used in conjunction with the Meerkat Tuesdays BOGOF offer. Vue Mini Mornings are 10am daily during the holidays - adults and children pay £2.49 per ticket (online).

Cheap Tickets to Big Attractions

You can book cheap tickets to big attractions online if you're in receipt of certain benefits, including Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, London Zoo, Tower of London, and more!

Click here for more information.

English Heritage Hardship Vouchers

The Trussell Trust has teamed up with English Heritage to offer people facing hardship a voucher for a free visit to their local English Heritage site. Over 100 food banks in the Trust's network are taking part.

Hobbycraft £5 Workshops

Hobbycraft stores host £5 craft workshops for children during the school holidays. These usually last for 30 minutes - 1 hour, and must be booked in advance via the website.

To see whether a store near you is hosting a workshop, click the links above and search for your location using the 'find a workshop' option.

There are also online craft classes - for which a craft kit is delivered to your address in advance. If you'd like to find out more about these, click here.

Kitche Mini Food Waste Warriors

The Kitche app is designed to help people to buy what they eat and eat what they buy through recipes, reminders to use food, and tracking savings.

Kitche's Mini Food Waste Warriors have an exciting activity pack, jam-packed full of fun facts, recipes, games and resources to engage young children (4-8 years old) in discussions around food waste. You can teach your children what food waste is, cook some tasty snacks with them, and try some activities like potato stamping, composting and banana art. When you've reached the end of your fun, you can print a Mini Food Waste Warrior certificate for your child.

Marvellous Makers - Online Summer Reading Challenge

Get ready for a reading adventure! This year’s Summer Reading Challenge starts online on 22 June online and on 6 July in England and Wales.

There are two ways you can take part:

  • Join at your local library
    • A librarian will give you a special collector’s pack and help you find books to read for your Challenge. You’ll collect stickers and other rewards along the way!
  • Join online
    • Click here to sign up online. Get a reading goal and log your books on your profile. Reach your goal and unlock a limited-edtion online badge and a certificate.

Please note, the in-person and online Challenges are separate. Physical incentives like medals and certificates are only available via the library, for those taking part in person.

Mum's Guide to...

Mum's Guide to is a must-visit site for parents and carers, catering to children and families in St Albans, Harpenden and Welwyn, among other locations.

NB. options listed on these sites are often priced higher than £5 per person.

NHS Healthy Start

NHS Healthy Start is scheme helping you to buy food and milk. Anyone who is under 18 and pregnant can apply; over 18s must be at least 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child under 4 and in receipt of certain benefits.

Check out this easy read guide about how to apply for NHS Healthy Start and what you can buy: click here to open the document in a new tab.

Schools-Out Activity Ideas

There are lots of options for making fun for free - you're probably aware of all the usual ones like building a blanket fort, or getting creative with cereal boxes and old toilet roll holders, but here are a few lists of epic fun you can have for free:

Young Historian Award 2024

Deadline: Saturday 20 July.
More information: click here to visit the website.

The Young Historian Award is a history competition for young people aged 11 - 19 years, hosted by the Historical Association. Entrants are asked to investigate, analyse and write about history. The subject categories cover local history, the modern world and especially aspects of 20th-century history.

Discounts and Savings

Blue Light Discount

Blue Light Card provides those in the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces with discounts online and in-store. There is a registration fee of £4.99, but that gives two years access to a range of exclusive offers on products, experiences and services such as car insurance and holiday bookings.

Blue Peter Badge Attractions

Did you know that you can enter many UK attractions for free with a Blue Peter badge? Nor did we!

Children aged 5-15 years can apply for a Blue Peter badge. If you or they already have a badge, you will need a Badge Card to accompany it: click here to apply.

Check out all the attractions via Blue Peter's Interactive Map.

Charity Worker Discounts

Charity Worker Discounts provide discounts for charity workers, fundraising staff, office-based staff and volunteers. This discount scheme is free and offers exclusive deals for charity workers.

Olio app

Olio is an app that lets you pass on what you no longer need to people who live nearby. You can find produce from local businesses nearing its sell-by date, spare home-grown vegetables, breads from your local baker or even groceries from your neighbours.

Too Good To Go app

Too Good To Go is a free app which lets you rescue unsold food from restaurants, cafes and supermarkets at reduced prices.

Other offers

This webpage only lists options available in Hertfordshire. If you are travelling outside the county and want to learn about other deals, visit the Money Saving Central website.

Do you know of a deal or offer that's missing from our website? Let us know about it by emailing us@communities1st.org.uk

We hope you have an excellent summer holiday!