Top local listings for October events in Hertfordshire 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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Planet Play at Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate
Every Fri from 8 Sept to 20 Oct 2017, 10.00am
Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE
Join us every Friday morning for musical fun and games, learn lots of new songs, play with puppets, dance and enjoy time with your little one. With a baby and toddler friendly café and facilities on site, why not stay and meet with friends for an enjoyable stress-free morning. For children aged 0-3 years.
www.chickenshed.org.uk
Cost: Adults & Children £6, Free to babies under 6mths 

Tales from the Shed at Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate
From 8 Sept to 28 Oct 2017,
Fridays: 11.30am | Saturdays: 10am & 11.30am | Tue 24, Wed 25, Thu 26 & Fri 27 Oct at 10am & 11.30am  
Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE
Every week we present different stories featuring the same much loved characters – from Can-Can the beautiful bird to laid back Lion Down and The Thing That Goes Blurgh! For children aged 0-6 years.
www.chickenshed.org.uk
Cost: Adults & Children £6, Free to babies under 6mths 

Toddler Time at Tring NHM
From 7 Sept to 6 Oct 2017, 2.30pm-5.00pm
Enjoy 5 different activities which rotate from day to day: Daring Explorers, Ocean Adventure, Find your Friends, Butterfly Quest and Animal Safari. Pick up your resources at admissions and enjoy them in the galleries. Available every day in term time. Suitable for children aged three to five years old. Drop-in, no need to book.
www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring
Cost: FREE

Countryside Live at Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Sat 30 Sept – Sun 1 Oct 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Lea Bridge Road Leyton London E10 7QL
This family friendly event has something for all ages and all interests. Whether you are into wildlife, bushcraft, countryside, keeping fit and being safe outdoors or arts and crafts this event has something for you!
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: Adult £5, (two day pass £7), Child FREE

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Hertford Theatre
Sat 30 Sept & Sun 1 Oct 2017, 11.00am & 2.00pm
The Wash, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1PS
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem…,expect to be surprised! For ages 3-8yrs and their families.
www.hertfordtheatre.com
Cost: £13.50 per ticket, Family ticket £46

Storyteller, Storyteller at Hertford Theatre
Sun 1 Oct 2017, 11.00am & 1.00pm
The Wash, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1PS
What happens when two children’s storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time to tell their stories? And what happens if both of them think they are THE Storyteller? A head to head that leads to a feast of clowning, physical silliness and some magical non-verbal storytelling, that’s what! For ages 3-6yrs and their families.
www.hertfordtheatre.com
Cost: £9.00 per ticket

Glastonbabies at Hertford Theatre
Sun 1 Oct 2017, 12.15pm & 2.15pm
The Wash, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1PS
The Glastobabies unique interactive music jam begins and ends the show- turning into a full-on baby rave with the audience playing along! Combine top-class musicianship, brilliantly devised songs, puppets and props with their mission to involve the audience at all times and you have the Glastonbabies experience. For ages 1-6 yrs.
www.hertfordtheatre.com
Cost: £9.00 per ticket

Welly Wednesday at Tring NHM
Wed 4 Oct 2017, 10.30am-11.15am
Join us for this 45-minute led activity especially designed for 3-5 year olds. Together we explore an animal found across the UK through play, storytelling and creating an outdoorsy craft to take home. Drop-in, no need to book.
www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring
Cost: £2.00

Hertford Food and Drink Festival
Fri 6 to Sun 8 Oct 2017
Hertford Town Centre
Friday 6th October – Head to Hertford to take part in a variety of cookery classes held in selective restaurants in Hertford town centre. Restaurants and cafes will be offering discounts and promotions and much more.
Saturday 7th October 10:30 – 17:00 – If you’re a ‘foodie’, then Hertford town is the place to be. See the town come to life with farmers and charter markets, live cookery demonstrations, free tasters and even a few celebrity chefs!
Hertford Castle Beer & World Food Festival Sunday 8th October 12noon – 18:00 – Free Entry, Charity Donations Welcome Picture the Hertford Castle grounds filled with a multitude of world food stalls from Italian to Chinese, Thai to Mexican. The Castle beer festival will be contained in a large marquee on the lawn offering a variety of local and national beers, ales and cider. With live music, entry into the Castle, food and drink, this is an event not to be missed.
www.hertford.gov.uk

Apple Day at Tewin Orchard in Welwyn
Sun 8 Oct 2017 12.00pm-4.30pm
Tewin Orchard, 1 Upper Green, Tewin, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0LX
Apple Day at Tewin Orchard is a celebration of all things apple! Join us between 12pm-4.30pm on Sunday 8th October for an afternoon event for all the family and packed with children’s activities. There will be apples for sale along with apple juice, preserves, tea, coffee and cake. Experts will be on hand to identify varieties of apple and provide advice on fruit tree care. We will be providing guided walks around the orchard and there will be a scavenger hunt for the kids.
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/appleday
Cost: FREE entry

Highfield Park Apple Day, St Albans
Sun 8 Oct 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
YMCA Health Club, Russet Drive, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0DB
An afternoon for all the family. There will also be plenty for everyone: children’s games, tug-of-war,stalls, refreshments and you will have the chance to purchase some Highfield Park apples, juice and cider.
www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk
Cost: FREE entry

Welly Wednesday at Tring NHM
Wed 18 Oct 2017, 10.30am-11.15am
Join us for this 45-minute led activity especially designed for 3-5 year olds. Together we explore an animal found across the UK through play, storytelling and creating an outdoorsy craft to take home. Drop-in, no need to book.
www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring
Cost: £2.00

Pumpkin Festival at Willows Activity Farm
Sat 21 to Sun 29 Oct 2017
Herts, AL4 0PF
Pick your FREE pumpkin from Willows Pumpkin Patch. Our Pumpkin-tastic programme includes pumpkin carving and arts and crafts, Pumpkin Olympics and Pumpkin Show with Sam-Tastic.
www.willowsactivityfarm.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

Spooky Secret Island at Royal Gunpowder Mills
Sat 21 to Sun 29 Oct 2017
Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Things are starting to get spooky at the Royal Gunpowder Mills as Dr Gore moves in to creep up the Mad Lab with great Half Term Horrors.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

Mum2Mum Market – Harpenden
Sat 21 October 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Kinsbourne Common Hall, 453 Luton Road, Harpenden AL5 3QE
Buy top quality baby and children’s goods at our award winning pop up indoor market.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adult £2 Child FREE

Lily and the Bear at Abbey Theatre, St Albans
Sat 21 & Sun 22 Oct 2017, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 2DL
When Lily’s drawing of Bear comes to life, a magical, musical adventure begins! With puppets and animation, this is ideal for children from eighteen months to six years.
www.abbeytheatre.org.uk
Cost: £11, conc £10, £7 under 12s

Mischief & Mayhem at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 21 to Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF
This Halloween head to Lee Valley Park Farms for a half term packed full of family friendly fun and frightening activities. Get carving in the pumpkin patch, scream in the spooky mansion and join in the trick or treat trail!
www.visitleevalley.org.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies

Hairy Maclary & Friends at Hertford Theatre
Sun 22 Oct 2017, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
The Wash, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1PS
Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse – Bottomley Potts, covered in spots – Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town. With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family. For ages 3-6 yrs. Younger children may enjoy the show.
www.hertfordtheatre.com
Cost: £12 per ticket, family ticket £44.

Little Monsters Activities at Enfield Garden Centre
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9DX
Join the Little Monsters Halloween events for children at Enfield Garden Centre! Take part in spooky-themed craft activities on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Monday, plant your own mystical heather and decorate a pot!
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: Craft activities cost £2.50, with meal add-ons available from £2.50.

Harpenden Common Apple Day
Mon 23 Oct 2017 11.00am-2.00pm
Harpenden Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 1DT
Celebrate Apple Day on the Common… Join us for a fruity celebration of all things apple! This event is open to all and a great opportunity to discover the fruit trees on the Common. Learn about the management, future planting, take part in a scavenger hunt, make a bird feeder, lots of apple games and more! Suitable for all ages, no booking necessary.
www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Halloween Week at Shepreth Wildlife Park
Mon 23 to Fri 27 Oct 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Nr. Royston,Herts SG8 6PZ
Spooky Halloween fun all week long, with creepy creatures crawling through the undergrowth in the Discovery Centre or if you’re feeling creative why not carve out your very own creepy pumpkin with our scary witches. Brave souls can even head to our Bat Cave and watch as the bats swoop just centimeters from your head!
sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies

Hallowe’en Trail and Crafts at Ashridge Estate
Mon 23 to Fri 27 Oct 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Nr. Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 1LT
Join us this half-term to create your own spooky spider. Then follow our creepy Hallowe’en trail through the woodland. Our Hallowe’en spider will be your guide to which creatures either ‘trick or treat’ Ashridge. You can dress up if you want to.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child, plus normal admission price.

Little Monsters Activities at Enfield Garden Centre
Tues 24 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9DX
Join the Little Monsters Halloween events for children at Enfield Garden Centre! Take part in spooky-themed craft activities on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Tuesday, design and create your own spider finger puppet and two frightening (paper plate friends).
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: Craft activities cost £2.50, with meal add-ons available from £2.50.

Halloween Crafts at Forty Hall
Tues 24 Oct 2017, from 11.00am
Enfield, EN2 9HA
Forty Hall, Forty Hill,  Art Start and Funky Festival invite you to get creative with us at Forty Hall for Halloween. Come and make a Wonderful Witches broom or Wizard staff to make your fright night fantastic. You can also make a Batty mask or Day of the Dead headdress to add to your costume, plus the odd creepy crawly to accessorise your outfit. Suitable for all ages.
www.fortyhallestate.co.uk
Cost: £7 per child.

Halloween Fun Fest at Holywell Community Centre
Wed 25 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Watford, Herts, WD18 9QD
Herts Inclusive Theatre invite you to an unmissable, unforgettable morning of spooky fun for all ages at their Halloween Fun Fest. FREE event for the whole family – arts & crafts, storytelling, tombola & face painting. Homemade cakes & refreshments will be available to purchase.
www.hit-theatre.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Highfield Park Bug Hunt, St Albans
Wed 25 Oct 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm (last entry 12.00pm)
West Lodge, Russet Drive, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0DB
Find bugs hidden in th epark and get a creepy crawly treat. 
www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Halloween Event at Burston Garden Centre
Wed 25 Oct 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
St Albans, Herts, AL2 2DS
Come along for Halloween face painting, scary mask decorating, spooky colouring competition & pumpkin hunt. All money from the face painting goes to our charity CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young – Preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families.
www.burston.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE entry

Pumpkin Trail and Treats at Knebworth House
Wed 25 to Fri 27 Oct 2017, 12.00pm-4.00pm (last admission 2.00pm)
Knebworth, Herts SG3 6PY
Get in the spirit for the pumpkin activities and trail around the gardens with lots of spooky fun and games for children by coming in Halloween fancy dress (yes, adults too!). Each day there will be a competition which is judged at 3pm by the Garden Terrace Tea Room.
www.knebworthhouse.com
Cost: Adults £3.50, children (age guideline 3-10) £6.95. 

Little Monsters Activities at Enfield Garden Centre
Thurs 26 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9DX
Join the Little Monsters Halloween events for children at Enfield Garden Centre! Take part in spooky-themed craft activities on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, make your own phantom lantern to light up your trick or treating path!
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: Craft activities cost £2.50, with meal add-ons available from £2.50.

Wild Families: Halloween Special at Panshanger Park
Thurs 26 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm or 1.00pm-3.00pm
Nr Welwyn, Herts, SG14 2NA
Get in the mood for Halloween by getting magical in the woods! Whittle your own wand, make a magic potion and carve your own pumpkin to take home. 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/events
Cost: £7 per child including a pumpkin to take home.

Explore the Haunted Hall at Forty Hall
Thurs 26 to Sat 28 Oct 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Enfield, EN2 9HA
Forty Hall, Forty Hill,  Art Start and Funky Festival invite you to get creative with us at Forty Hall for Halloween. Bring the whole family along to tiptoe around this eerie exhibition. Watch out for creepy cobwebs, spiders, slimy slugs, bats and ghosts. Cover your ears – there’ll be some chilling sounds! 
www.fortyhallestate.co.uk
Cost: Adults £3, children £2, under 2s go FREE.

Little Monsters Activities at Enfield Garden Centre
Fri 27 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9DX
Join the Little Monsters Halloween events for children at Enfield Garden Centre! Take part in spooky-themed craft activities on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Friday, learn how to carve mischievous faces into your own pumpkin!
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: Craft activities cost £2.50, with meal add-ons available from £2.50.

Hansel, Gretal & You… Who? at The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans
Frid 27 Oct 2017, 11.00am
Sandringham School, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX
Hansel and Gretal have been turned into oven gloves and don’t know what to do! They decide to go on a journey around the world looking for food and some friends. They bump into some woodland animals who just want to play sports all the time, luckily they know the best way out of the forest is with an audience wide relay race. But while taking part, the siblings get trapped by the Witch. Luckily, the Gingerbread Man has a great idea to save them, he’ll just need some help…
www.sandpittheatre.co.uk
Cost: £6 adults, £4 per child & conc

Halloween Spectacular at Chiltern Open Air Museum
Fri 27 Oct 2017, from 5.00pm
Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB
Bring the family for an unforgettable, unmissable evening of spooky fun for all ages in the unique and atmospheric setting of the Museum’s historic buildings and woods.
www.coam.org.uk/events
Cost: £12 child, £8 adult, Annual Pass child £2.50, Annual Pass Adult Free and under 4s FREE (Discount available when booking before Oct 1st).

Halloween FunFest at Rye-Assic Adventure Park
Fri 27 & Tues 31 Oct 2017
Hoddesdon, EN11 0EH
Enjoy the indoor Dinodrome, join wandering Halloween spooky treasure trails, and create communal, child-friendly art projects. The indoor-outdoor sessions (2.5hrs!) are packed with ghoulish activities from start to finish. Limited spaces, booking required.
www.rye-house.co.uk
Cost: Online prices are £12.50 per child (aged 1-11 years), adults and under 1s FREE (ENTRY ONLY).

Halloween Fest 2017 at Hatfield Town Centre
Sat 28 Oct 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
White Lion Square, Hatfield
Free Halloween entertainment, face painting, community stalls, local food traders, fancy dress competition, trick or treat challenge and more.
www.hatfieldtown.co.uk/Events

Halloween Party in Old Town, Hemel Hempstead
Sun 29 Oct 2017, from 3.30pm
Soak up the atmosphere as the Old Town hosts its annual spooky street party. The high street will be transformed with ghost train and scary fairground rides (open from 3.30pm), fiendishly good food, street entertainment and frighteningly fun activities for all the family. The event finishes with a spectacular free firework display at 7.30pm in Gadebridge Park.
www.dacorum.gov.uk

Halloween Event at Green Mill Museum
Tues 31 Oct 2017, 4.30pm-7.00pm
Hatfield, AL9 5PD
Dress up your little spooks and bring them along to enjoy a spooky family fun packed ‘softly scary’ Halloween event.
www.welhat.gov.uk
Cost: Adults £1, Children £5 (2 years +) includes a torch.