Top local listings for August events in Herts that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families!

Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do.

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August Events in Herts

 

Events: Saturday 22nd August – Friday 4th August 2017

Self-led Pond Dipping at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Sat 22 July – Sun 3 Sept 2017, 9.00am-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Find out what lurks beneath the water at Rye Meads – grab a net, bowl and ID sheet from our visitor centre and take yourselves off for a pond exploration. Will you discover a damselfly nymph, phantom midge larvae or the elusive water scorpion?
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £2 per child (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Spring into Summer Trail at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Sat 22 July – Sun 3 Sept 2017, 9.00am-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Take part in our self guided trail and discover what amazing animals and plants are around on the reserve in the summer. Take part in hands on activities along the way and collect your certificate and sticker back at the visitor centre after you’ve completed the trail!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £1 per child (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Summer Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm
Sat 22 July – Sun 3 Sept 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF
Every day our packed programme includes Willows’ A-maize-ing Maze, where children can find the cut outs of Peter Rabbit and his friends. Come and enjoy a full day of farmyard fun including the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground, goat racing around Willows animal race track, summer sports day races and live shows with Peter Rabbit and his friends. All of our shows and activities are included in the ticket price.
www.willowsactivityfarm.com
Cost: Adult from £16.50, Child Ticket 2-16 yrs from £17.50, Senior Citizen from £15.50, Disabled Visitor (includes free carer) £11.00

Beach Play and Park at Lee Valley White Water Centre
Sat 22 July – late Sept 2017, various times
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB
Join us in our new adventure, our Beach & Play Park. Whether it’s slipping down our mammoth slide, partying in the disco dome or bouncing the day away in the colossal castle, we’re sure your day will be one the kids will talk about all summer long! With a range of different inflatables and a beach for the parents to relax on, this is well a truly fun for all the family.
gowhitewater.co.uk
Cost: From £5 per person

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 30 July – Weds 2 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows for all the family to enjoy
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Summer Holidays at Hertford Museum
Tues 1 August – Thurs 3 August 2017, 10.30am-3.30 pm (last entry 3pm)
18 Bull Plain Hertfordshire SG14 1DT
Curious to know about our Kitsch exhibition? Drop in and design a vibrant wallpaper collage, make a clay figurine and more!
www.hertfordmuseum.org
Cost: £1.50 per child

National Play Day at Hertford Castle
Wed 2 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hertford, SG14 1HR
Hertford will be joining in with the National Play Day by offering child friendly events in the town centre. Come on down for a spot of shopping, food and some entertainment to keep the kids busy this summer.
www.hertford.gov.uk
Cost: Free entry, prices charged for some activities

Pond Discovery Day at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Wed 2 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Join our experts for a led pond dipping session and find out all about the weird and wonderful creatures that live below the surface of the water (and maybe even some on top!) Play pond related games, learn about dragonfly lifecycles and make a clay pond creature to take home!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £4 members per child, £5 non members per child (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only). Booking essential.

Little Explorers – Teddy Bears Forest Picnic at Panshanger Park Forest School
Weds 2 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Come along for a picnic in the woods… Bring along your teddy and a picnic for some fun in the woods. Come for one of our picnics or all four this August! Every week we will explore a different bear story. With different fun activities for the little ones each week! Aimed for children aged 2-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Wild Wednesdays – The Power of Plants at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 2 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Park’s 50th Anniversary with ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. Have you got what it takes to become a Lee Valley plant hunter? Come along to an afternoon of activities, crafts and games and grow your knowledge about plant life in the park. Have a go to prove you have the skills to be awarded with the Lee Valley Regional Park plant hunter certificate! Activities will take place both outside and inside, so please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions on the day. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Family Fun at Lowewood Museum
Thurs 3 Aug 2017, 12.00pm-3.00pm
High Street, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8BE
Join us for fun family crafts. No need to book, just drop in during the times stated.
www.broxbourne.gov.uk
Cost: £1.50 per child (all ages)

Wild Families – Den Building Challenge at Panshanger Park Forest School
Thurs 3 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Can your family build a den big enough for you all to fit inside? And more importantly, willl it survive the rain test?! Weather permitting, we will finish off the celebrations with a campfire and tasty snacks! Aimed at children aged 4-11 (must be accompanied by an adult)
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Wild Kids Adventure Day – Bow and Arrow Making at Panshanger Park Forest School
Fri 4 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Discover how to use tools to make your very own bow for some target practice in the woods! As well as the activities listed the day will also include games, crafts, free play-time in the woods and, weather permitting, a campfire too. Aimed at children aged 8-13 (younger children aged 6-7 welcome however under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult).
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £15 per child

Summer Holidays at Hertford Museum
Fri 4 Aug 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm (last entry 3pm)
18 Bull Plain Hertfordshire SG14 1DT
Book on and discover all about the crazy world of kitsch. Learn the art of decoupage by decorating a box to take home. Bookable in advance. Only 20 places. For children aged 7-11 years.
www.hertfordmuseum.org
Cost: £4.50 per child

 


Events: Saturday 5th August – Friday 11th August 2017

Horse Play at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 5 Aug – Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Learn all about our four legged friends at the farm this summer! Including brushing, grooming and even donkey rides^! Plus, don’t miss The Donkey Show and The Pony Show and the opportunity to WIN a horse riding session.
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE. A special £15 per person summer pass is available between 22 July and 3 September offering unlimited visits to the farm throughout that period.

Dino Adventure at Knebworth House Gardens and Park
Sun 6 Aug 2017, from 10.00am – 5.00pm
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Experience the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs at Knebworth House Dino Adventure with amazing hands-on Dino Animal Encounters throughout the day. Aspiring palaeontologists and brave explorers can conquer our special dinosaur trail, travelling back in time to face the 72 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures! Visitors will have hands-on experiences with the reptilian relatives on the dinosaurs, our snakes, lizards and tortoises. Meet the relatives of the amphibians who shared this prehistoric world and much more.
www.knebworthhouse.com/event
Cost: Normal admission prices apply, under 3s go FREE

Victorian Lesson at the British Schools Museum
Sun 6 Aug 2017, 2.30pm & 3.30pm
41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9TS
On the first Sunday of each month (March – November) you can enjoy a Victorian lesson at no extra charge! Lessons start at 2:30pm & 3:30pm – don’t be late! Booking recommended.
www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission charge applies

Rock at the Castle at Hertford Castle
Sun 6 Aug 2017, 12.30pm-7.30pm
Hertford, SG14 1HR
This well-established free music festival takes place in the grounds of Hertford Castle. Four music stages surround the Castle where live bands, musicians and acoustic acts play to the public. From Rock to Folk, Indie to Pop, this music festival has something for everyone. Food stalls and pop up bar available for refreshments.
www.hertford.gov.uk
Cost: FREE, donations welcomed

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 6 Aug – Weds 9 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows for all the family to enjoy
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Minibeast Monday at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Mon 7 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Come with us and explore the tiny world of animals that live in Bug City! Find and learn about colourful ladybirds, speedy centipedes, beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees! Families and all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in sessions, no need to book, grab your explorer bag and take to the team to await your turn!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £3 members, £5 non members(£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Bedazzle Pop School at Rhodes Art Complex
Mon 7 Aug – Fri 11 Aug 2017, all day
1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3JG
Pop School is in its 10th year offering pupils a five day workshop in which they professionally record and perform all their favourite hits on stage. Every student goes home with their own recorded CD, listening to their own vocals for yet another year! Spaces are limited.
www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk
Cost: Adults £120

Pond Dipping at Lydekker Park
Tues 8 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4EG
Join the People and Wildlife Officer in this tranquil three acre urban park to have a go at pond dipping and see what underwater creatures you can find! Why not bring a picnic to enjoy afterwards? No booking required – meet at the pond in Lydekker Park. Suitable for all ages.
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on
Cost: FREE

Family Bird Safari at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Tues 8 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Bring the whole family along and learn all about our feathery friends with our expert leader. Use our binoculars to spot hedgerow and wetland birds on the reserve, learn to identify them and discover how to recognise their song and calls! Finish off by making your very own bird feeder to take home!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: Adults £5, children £2.50. Non members: Adults £6, children £3 (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Summer Holidays at Hertford Museum
Tues 8 August – Thurs 10 August, 10.30am-3.30 pm (last entry 3pm)
18 Bull Plain Hertfordshire SG14 1DT
Drop in and take part in crafts inspired by the magic in our collection. Make a ventriloquist dummy puppet, a pop up magic trick and more!
www.hertfordmuseum.org
Cost: £1.50 per child

Once Upon A Time: An interactive panto exhibition at Hertford Theatre
Tues 8 Aug – Sat 12 Aug 2017, 10.00am-8.00pm
Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1PS
Come and join us for an interactive exhibition of Hertford Theatre’s pantomimes! Featuring costumes and props from previous pantos. Try on wigs and costumes, have a go at lighting and see how we get an idea from page to stage.
www.hertfordtheatre.com
Cost: Free entry, just drop-in.

Nature Story Explorers at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Weds 9 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Come and enjoy a nature themed story under our willow tunnel with a walk to our Secret Garden for a second story. After each book, get involved in a nature activity or make a craft related to the story we’ve just read. From ‘The Stick Man’ to ‘Oola the Owl who lost her hoot’, there’s a story for everyone! Why not bring a picnic and eat lunch on our reserve with your story explorers after your activities? Aimed at children 7 and under.
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: Members £3.50, non-members £4.50 (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only). Booking essential.

Little Explorers – Teddy Bears Forest Picnic at Panshanger Park Forest School
Weds 9 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Come along for a picnic in the woods… Bring along your teddy and a picnic for some fun in the woods. Come for one of our picnics or all four this August! Every week we will explore a different bear story. With different fun activities for the little ones each week! Aimed for children aged 2-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Wild Wednesdays – ‘Whodunnit?’ Family Orienteering Competition at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 9 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Another ‘Wild Wednesday’ of family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays, as Lee Valley Park marks its 50th Anniversary. All the family can take part in an orienteering competition with a difference. There’s a chance to become a wildlife detective team, navigating the orienteering course and uncovering a mystery. Teams can gain points for every correct clue, naming ‘whodunnit’ and have the opportunity for bonus points to become the reigning Champion and chief detectives. All participants receive a certificate and the winning team will receive certificates and prizes. Activities will take place both outside and inside, so please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions on the day. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Wild Families – Den Building Challenge at Panshanger Park Forest School
Thurs 10 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Design, build and finally try out your own woodland assault course! Weather permitting, we will finish off the celebrations with a campfire and tasty snacks! Aimed at children aged 4-11 (must be accompanied by an adult)
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Family Fun at Lowewood Museum
Thurs 10 Aug 2017, 12.00pm-3.00pm
High Street, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8BE
Join us for fun family crafts. No need to book, just drop in during the times stated.
www.broxbourne.gov.uk
Cost: £1.50 per child (all ages)

Wild Kids Adventure Day – Woodcraft Skills at Panshanger Park Forest School
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
An opportunity to try out using a variety of tools in a safe environment. Plus learn how to make charcoal from trees and string from stinging nettles. As well as the activities listed the day will also include games, crafts, free play-time in the woods and, weather permitting, a campfire too. Aimed at children aged 8-13 (younger children aged 6-7 welcome however under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult).
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £15 per child

Max’s Messy Kitchen at Hatfield House and Park
Sat 12 Aug 2017, 1.00pm & 3.00pm
Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ
Max has always been messy, and that’s not good news when a very special visitor is on his way! The King is coming to town and Max is going to make him a special cake for his birthday….. but he needs your help! You are invited to bring along a picnic to enjoy this fun filled show as well as explore Hatfield Park Farm after the performance which is included in the ticket price!
www.hatfield-house.co.uk
Cost: Adult £9, Children (3-15) £6, Under 3s FREE

 


Events: Saturday 12th August – Friday 18th August 2017

Family Fun Day at Lowewood Museum
Sat 12 Aug 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
High Street, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8BE
Join us at the museum for our popular Family Fun Day, a day full of activities free for all the family to enjoy! No need to book, just drop in.
www.broxbourne.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Steam, Crafts & Country Life Fair at Knebworth House Gardens and Park
Sat 12 Aug & Sun 13 Aug2017, from 10.00am – 5.00pm
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Now in its 7th year, this family Country Fair has something for everyone. All day entertainment will include steam engines – both full size and scale, Jez Avery’s Stunt Bikes and Buggies, the ‘FANY’s’ Historical Re-enactment on Horseback Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Mario Magic, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy.
www.knebworthhouse.com/event
Cost: £9.50, Family ticket (for 4 persons) £34, under 3s go FREE

Wildlife Watch at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Sun 13 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Our friendly and knowledgeable reserve guides will be stationed in a hide with their telescope watching out for birds and other wildlife. Drop in and find out what’s about as well as getting help in spotting and identifying what you see.
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: FREE (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 13 Aug – Weds 16 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows for all the family to enjoy
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Minibeast Monday at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Mon 14 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Come with us and explore the tiny world of animals that live in Bug City! Find and learn about colourful ladybirds, speedy centipedes, beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees! Families and all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in sessions, no need to book, grab your explorer bag and take to the team to await your turn!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £3 members, £5 non members(£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Dinosaur World at Broadway, Letchworth
Tues 15 Aug (2.00pm) & Wed 16 Aug 2017 (11.00am & 2.00pm)
Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, Herts SG6 3DD
Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few! For ages 3+.
www.broadway-letchworth.com
Cost: £12.00, ‘Danger Seats’ £15.00

Summer Holidays at Hertford Museum
Tues 15 August – Thurs 17 August, 10.30am-3.30 pm (last entry 3pm)
18 Bull Plain Hertfordshire SG14 1DT
Help us to celebrate the summer holidays- inspired by the Andrews Family’s visits to the seaside. Drop in and decorate a postcard, make a cork sailboat and more!
www.hertfordmuseum.org
Cost: £1.50 per child

Messy Welly Club for Under 5s at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Weds 16 Aug 2017, 10.30am-11.45am
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Time for messy outdoor play! This session is all about getting outside into nature and exploring the things we find. It runs the third Wednesday of each month, and is aimed at under 5’s with a parent or guardian. We will be outdoors whatever the weather and may include some wild art and crafts as well as other activities. It is very important children come prepared in warm clothes/waterproofs/sun protection as appropriate, and clothes you don’t mind getting messy! Splash in puddles and run wild!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £3.50 members, £4.50 non members (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only). Booking essential.

Little Explorers – Teddy Bears Forest Picnic at Panshanger Park Forest School
Weds 16 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Come along for a picnic in the woods… Bring along your teddy and a picnic for some fun in the woods. Come for one of our picnics or all four this August! Every week we will explore a different bear story. With different fun activities for the little ones each week! Aimed for children aged 2-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Wild Wednesdays – Minibeast Mania at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 16 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Park’s 50th Anniversary with ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. Discover the world of minibeasts with their microhabitats and small stature. See what’s living in the hidden world of minibeasts, and come and explore the natural habitat of land minibeasts. The afternoon will include the chance to go on a minibeast safari and collecting them using the equipment provided for a close up view.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Wild Families – Minibeast Madness at Panshanger Park Forest School
Thurs 17 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Explore the woods and look for minibeast under logs and rocks. Also have a go at ‘tree shaking’ and discover what bugs are hiding in the trees! Plus lots of creepy crawly crafts too. Weather permitting, we will finish off the celebrations with a campfire and tasty snacks! Aimed at children aged 4-11 (must be accompanied by an adult)
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Crickets and Grasshoppers at Frogmore Meadow Nature Reserve
Thurs 17 Aug 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chenies, Hertfordshire , WD3 6EU
Join Ian Carle, county recorder for crickets and grasshoppers, and Jenny Sherwen, Senior Reserves Officer, on a walk to Frogmore Meadow along the Chess Valley looking for crickets, grasshoppers and other insects along the way!
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on
Cost: Free event, but there is a suggest donation of £3 for members and £5 for non-members to cover administration costs.

Garden Theatre – The Emperor’s New Clothes at Knebworth House Gardens and Park
Thurs 17 Aug 2017, gates open at 6pm, starts at 7pm
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Waiting for someone to invent something original? On the 17th August you’ll need to bring your best clamouring for the cautionary tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, performed by the multi-award winning theatre group, Illyria. Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families.
www.knebworthhouse.com/event
Cost: £14 adult, £10 child, £42 family (2 adults + 2 children)

Wild Kids Adventure Day – Tipi and Den Building at Panshanger Park Forest School
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
As well as the ever popular den building in the woods this year you can learn how to build a tipi using our HUGE tarpaulins and 3 metre long poles! As well as the activities listed the day will also include games, crafts, free play-time in the woods and, weather permitting, a campfire too. Aimed at children aged 8-13 (younger children aged 6-7 welcome however under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult).
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £15 per child

Pond Discovery Day at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Join our experts for a led pond dipping session and find out all about the weird and wonderful creatures that live below the surface of the water (and maybe even some on top!) Play pond related games, learn about dragonfly lifecycles and make a clay pond creature to take home!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £4 members per child, £5 non members per child (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Go Batty! at Lee Valley Park Farms
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF
Join Essex Bat Group and learn everything there is to know about bats in the Lee Valley!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE. A special £15 per person summer pass is available between 22 July and 3 September offering unlimited visits to the farm throughout that period.

 

 


Events: Saturday 19th August – Friday 25th August 2017

Critter Crazy at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 19 Aug – Fri 3 Sept 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF
From millipedes and stick insects to snakes and chinchillas, meet our favourite friendly critters before the school holidays are over! Learn even more at The Reptile Show or The Rabbit & Guinea Pig Show and you’ll even have the opportunity to WIN an animal handling session with one of our Meerkats!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE. A special £15 per person summer pass is available between 22 July and 3 September offering unlimited visits to the farm throughout that period.

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 20 Aug – Weds 23 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows for all the family to enjoy
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Minibeast Monday at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Mon 21 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Come with us and explore the tiny world of animals that live in Bug City! Find and learn about colourful ladybirds, speedy centipedes, beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees! Families and all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in sessions, no need to book, grab your explorer bag and take to the team to await your turn!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £3 members, £5 non members(£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Family Bird Safari at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Tues 22 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Bring the whole family along and learn all about our feathery friends with our expert leader. Use our binoculars to spot hedgerow and wetland birds on the reserve, learn to identify them and discover how to recognise their song and calls! Finish off by making your very own bird feeder to take home!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: Adults £5, children £2.50. Non members: Adults £6, children £3 (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Wild Woods Day at Harpenden Common
Tues 22 Aug 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 1DT
We’ll be doing a variety of children’s activities including den building, treasure hunts, bug hunts and games and more. Suitable for all ages – please book the whole family below (children must be accompanied by an adult).
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: Suggested donation of £3 for members and £5 for non-members to cover administration costs.

Summer Holidays at Hertford Museum
Tues 22 August – Thurs 24 August, 10.30am-3.30 pm (last entry 3pm)
18 Bull Plain Hertfordshire SG14 1DT
Put on those explorer hats and join us as we travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Get creative using pasta and paint; make a furry dinosaur mask and more!
www.hertfordmuseum.org
Cost: £1.50 per child

Nature Story Explorers at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Weds 23 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Come and enjoy a nature themed story under our willow tunnel with a walk to our Secret Garden for a second story. After each book, get involved in a nature activity or make a craft related to the story we’ve just read. From ‘The Stick Man’ to ‘Oola the Owl who lost her hoot’, there’s a story for everyone! Why not bring a picnic and eat lunch on our reserve with your story explorers after your activities? Aimed at children 7 and under.
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: Members £3.50, non-members £4.50 (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only). Booking essential.

Little Explorers – Teddy Bears Forest Picnic at Panshanger Park Forest School
Weds 23 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Come along for a picnic in the woods… Bring along your teddy and a picnic for some fun in the woods. Come for one of our picnics or all four this August! Every week we will explore a different bear story. With different fun activities for the little ones each week! Aimed for children aged 2-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Wild Wednesdays – What Lurks Beneath? at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Weds 23 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s 50th Anniversary with our ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays! Try your hand at pond dipping to explore the habitat of the creatures that live in the watery world of the Cornmill Stream. Play the food chain game to discover who eats what; then take part in quizzes and craft activities to discover what lurks beneath.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

The Wind in the Willows at Hatfield Park Farm
Thurs 24 Aug 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ
Pack your picnics and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall! The perfect summer treat for all the family from the company that bought you last year’s smash hit, The Wizard of Oz!
www.hatfield-house.co.uk
Cost: Adults £12, Children (3-15) £10, Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £40, Under 3s FREE

Wild Kids Adventure Day – Rope Swings and Bridges at Panshanger Park Forest School
Fri 25 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
Learn how to safely make rope swings in the trees! Also have a go at building a bridge between two trees! As well as the activities listed the day will also include games, crafts, free play-time in the woods and, weather permitting, a campfire too. Aimed at children aged 8-13 (younger children aged 6-7 welcome however under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult).
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Cost: £15 per child

Summer Holidays at Hertford Museum
Fri 25 August 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm (last entry 3pm)
18 Bull Plain Hertfordshire SG14 1DT
Take part in a sandy archaeological dig, and then make your own dinosaur poo! What will you discover? Bookable in advance. Only 20 places. For children aged 7-11 years.
www.hertfordmuseum.org
Cost: £4.50 per child

 


Events: Saturday 26th August – Thurs 31st August 2017

Wildlife Watch at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Sat 26 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Our friendly and knowledgeable reserve guides will be stationed in a hide with their telescope watching out for birds and other wildlife. Drop in and find out what’s about as well as getting help in spotting and identifying what you see.
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: FREE (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Big Bang Weekend at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 27 Aug – Mon 28 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Big Bank Weekend is back and more explosive then ever! More details on this fantastic weekend are coming soon
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Minibeast Monday at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Mon 28 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Come with us and explore the tiny world of animals that live in Bug City! Find and learn about colourful ladybirds, speedy centipedes, beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees! Families and all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in sessions, no need to book, grab your explorer bag and take to the team to await your turn!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: £3 members, £5 non members(£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Family Bird Safari at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Tues 29 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Bring the whole family along and learn all about our feathery friends with our expert leader. Use our binoculars to spot hedgerow and wetland birds on the reserve, learn to identify them and discover how to recognise their song and calls! Finish off by making your very own bird feeder to take home!
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: Adults £5, children £2.50. Non members: Adults £6, children £3 (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Wild Wednesdays – Art of Nature at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 30 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s 50th Anniversary with our ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays! Come and create some art in Lee Valley Park this summer holiday. Uncover the story of the art pieces found in the Abbey Gardens by taking on our ‘Abbey Artwork Challenge’ and then unleash your inner artist as you create your own wonderful work using materials and inspiration from the natural world.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended.