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Holiday Inn Stevenage

Surrounded by natural beauty and historical landmarks the Hertfordshire town of Stevenage is the location of the 4 star Holiday Inn Stevenage hotel. Gordon Craig Theatre, Knebworth House, Fairlands Valley Park, Imperial War Museum, St Albans Cathedral, Natural History Museum at Tring, Cassiobury Park, Ashridge Estate, Hitchin Lavender, the Verulamium Museum, the Mosquito Aircraft Museum, Stotfolm Watermill and Nature Reserve, the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio, LegoLand and Paradise Wildlife Park are just some of the attractions nearby. Only 25 minutes away from Central London and ease of location to major roads such as the A1. We are experienced in dealing with groups and our friendly team will be happy to help tailor-make your stay to suit your requirements.

Groups Information

• 140 stylish bedrooms including 25 twin rooms, 16 zip and link rooms, as well as 8 family rooms • Wireless Internet access throughout the hotel • Lifts to all floors • Air-conditioning in every bedroom and meeting room • Onsite coach parking & coach set down area

Holiday Inn Stevenage St. George’s Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1HS

T: 01438 722727 E: info@histevenage.com W: histevenage.com

STAY YOU.

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Contents

Enjoy! Group Visits

to Hertfordshire

Welcome Adrenaline Rush Antiques Tour Art Tour Butterflies and Broomsticks Farmyard Favourites to Garden Delights Garden Tours Prehistoric to Celtic Charm Tour Industrial Heritage Pilgrim Tour Roman Tour Tudor Tour Watford Sporting Day Out Watford Treasures Waterways & Wildlife Tours Weird and Wonderful Tour Wildlife to Farmyard Tours Wings & Wheels Blue Badge Tours Guided Walks in Roman Verulamium Film & Television Heritage Trail Darcorum Markets Coach Parking Map Tourist Information Centres

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We strongly advise that you contact the individual attractions prior to your visit to confirm details, in particular admission prices, opening times and wheelchair access, as changes may occur after publication. 2014. Produced in association with Thompson Media Partners Ltd. For more information about Enjoy! Hertfordshire look on www.enjoyhertfordshire.com

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Hertfordshire offers a wealth of opportunities for group visitors, from vibrant shopping centres to bustling market towns. Explore our historic houses, beautiful gardens, farm and wildlife parks, heritage and antiques, entertainments, cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs, or just enjoy our picturesque countryside. You might want to visit one of our many festivals: chillis, kites, scarecrows, music & more. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour -The Making of Harry Potter is a must see. This magical experience is a behind-the-scenes walking tour which immerses you into the world of film-making, featuring authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series. For tickets look on www.wbstudiotour.co.uk To make your visit easier, we have a series of suggested itineraries which can be used by all coach, tour and travel operators, educational and youth trip organisers. On each itinerary you will find a starting point for your day, along with an estimated mileage, length of time per tour from start to finish and directions between attractions.

You may decide only to visit a selection of the recommended places in each itinerary, pick ‘n’ mix, the choice is yours.

How to use this guide We recommend that you pre-book your trip to avoid disappointment. You may also be eligible for a discount. Not all of our tours can accommodate coach parking, so before your trip please check availability for coach drop off & pick up points & parking on page 51, or check with your chosen attraction or destination.

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All the tours vary in length, why not link up tours for a longer visit and stop and stay a while, perhaps for a long weekend. You’ll find a full list of accommodation from budget to luxury, all ideal for a touring base on www.enjoyhertfordshire.com or check out Hertfordshire Hoteliers Association on www.herts-hotels.co.uk. Many of our hotels offer traditional afternoon tea, a perfect ending to a perfect day out.

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Adrenalin Rush choose from ● Rye-House Kart Raceway, Hoddesdon ● The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead ● Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross

Pick and mix from these adrenalin pumping activities, ideal for an energetic day out or even a long weekend:

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Rye-House Kart Raceway is one of the UK’s foremost karting centre and here you can enjoy the thrills and exhilaration of Go-Karting, the ultimate outdoors driving experience. There is a main track and a junior circuit. Once booked and signed in, it is full speed ahead and no stopping. Drivers are fully kitted out with race suits, helmets and gloves. Recreational sessions for either 30 or 60 minutes are available all year round and in all weather. Spectators are welcome and there is a bar and restaurant on site for après kart chilling. Postcode: EN11 0EH. Approx time 2.5hours The Snow Centre - has arrived with the greatest snow this side of the Alps. Take a deep breath….and discover the best indoor slope in the UK. Not only will you find ideal snow conditions day in and day out but we’ve also brought the best après snow and adventure retail to one place. The 160m slope is kept covered in fresh snow generated by the latest snow canons, whilst four-lift systems promise to maximise your time on the slopes. Full equipment is available as are a host of lessons, and even professional race training. When you’re all snowed out, enjoy a drink or a meal in The EDGE, our café bar with altitude. Need a little retail therapy? Visit the 8,000 sq ft Snow+Rock shop retailer offering the best winter sports clothing and equipment to get you kitted out for the slopes. Postcode: HP3 9NH. Approx time 2 - 3 hours Lee Valley White Water Centre is our London 2012 Games venue so you can ride the rapids where team GB won gold! This is a thrilling adrenalin pumping activity. Even if you have never paddled before white water rafting and canoeing here will give you a thrilling experience. Experienced qualified staff will ensure your safety and it is perfect for team building, corporate outings, youth and school groups and any other kind of party. Postcode: EN9 1AB. Approx time 3 hours. Lee Valley White Water Centre www.gowhitewater.co.uk 08456 770 600 Rye-House Kart Raceway www.rye-house.co.uk Snow Centre 01992 460 895 www.thesnowcentre.com info@rye-house.co.uk 0845 258 9000

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Antiques Tour choose from

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Herts & Essex Antiques, Sawbridgeworth Beckwith & Son Antiques, Hertford By George Antiques, St Albans Home & Colonial Antiques, Berkhamsted

Start point Sawbridgeworth, CM21 9JX Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 41 miles Herts & Essex Antiques - Established over twenty years ago, the Herts and Essex Antiques Centre is housed in a Grade 2 listed Maltings. The Centre is an Aladdin’s Cave of affordable antiques and collectables. There are several other antique centres nearby. Postcode: CM21 9JX. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Beckwith & Son: Take A1184 signposted Harlow, turn onto A414 signposted Hertford, take A10 North, then return to A414 signposted Hertford. Beckwith and Son Antiques - In the historical county town of Hertford, you will find Beckwith & Son, established over 100 years ago. The centre is housed in a Tudor jettied, half timbered building which is filled with fine antiques. It is also home to Hertford Antiques Centre. Postcode: SG14 1HZ. Approx tour time: 1 hour. Directions to By George Antiques: Take A414 signposted Hatfield then join A1(M) signposted London, continue through Hatfield Tunnel and leave at junction 3 signposted A414 St Albans. At London Colney roundabout take 4th exit onto A1081, then take A5183 signposted Redbourn. Turn left onto Lower Dagnall Street, then left onto Bowes Lyon Mews. By George Antiques - By George Antiques Centre in St Albans is a 15th/16th Century coaching inn & mill now housing 15 antique dealers. St Albans is a fabulous city with lots of history and heritage to explore and is well worth considering for a weekend break. Postcode: AL3 4ES. Approx tour time: 1 hour. Directions to Home & Colonial: Take the A5183 onto the A4147 and continue until A414 signposted Hemel Hempstead. Take A4146 signposted Bovingdon then A4251 and continue to Berkhamsted. Home & Colonial Antiques - Home & Colonial is one of the UK’s leading antique centres and a must for lovers of antiques, collectables and interior design. Specialist dealers offer a vast range of high quality antiques and collectables from the 19th and 20th centuries. Why not take a leisurely walk along the beautiful canal that, with careful planning, could encompass up to ten public houses. Berkhamsted is a beautiful market town and is home to the fabulous Art Deco Rex Cinema. Postcode: HP4 3AT. Approx tour time: 2 hours.

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Antiques Tour choose from Herts & Essex Antiques, Sawbridgeworth Beckwith & Sons Antiques, Hertford By George Antiques, St Albans Home & Colonial Antiques, Berkhamsted

Herts & Essex Antiques www.herts-essex-antiques.co.uk 01279 722044 Beckwith & Son Antiques www.beckwithantiques.co.uk 01992 582079 By George Antiques Centre 01727 853032 Home & Colonial Antiques www.homeandcolonial.co.uk 01442 877007

ALL YEAR ROUND Every Friday morning Hitchin Antiques & Collectors Market www.hitchinmarkets.co.uk A Vintage Affair Vintage Fairs in Herts www.avintagefair.co.uk MONTHLY Collectors Fair www.hatfield-house.co.uk

AUGUST Vintage Flying Day www.northlondonflyingschool.com SEPTEMBER www.stalbans.gov.uk

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Art Tour choose from Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green Artshed, nr Ware

Start point Perry Green, Much Hadham SG10 6EE Duration Half day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 10 miles

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Henry Moore Foundation - The Henry Moore Foundation is an award-winning visitor attraction that includes the former house, studios and sculpture grounds of the artist Henry Moore, in 70 acres of Hertfordshire countryside. 29 March to 27 October. This year you can visit the fabulous Moore Rodin exhibition at Perry Green. A must for sculpture fans. Group visits specially tailored, and first rate lunch at the Hoops Inn, the Foundation pub, on the village green, all year round. Postcode: SG10 6EE. Approx tour time: 2 1/2 hours. Directions to Artshed: Turn right onto Bourne Lane then turn left onto B1004 and continue until you enter Ware. At mini roundabout take 1st exit onto Watton Road B1001 signposted Stevenage A1170. At the roundabout take 2nd exit continuing onto A602 sign posted Stevenage. Artshed - Artshed is one of Hertfordshire’s contemporary art venues situated on the Rib Valley Leisure Complex at Westmill Farm, Ware. This is a unique combination of a large gallery space shop, cafÊ, studios and workshops. Artshed stage many exhibitions throughout the year. Westmill Farm also offers fishing, golf, a restaurant, and is home to many outdoor pursuits. Nearby is the attractive market town of Ware famous for its malting heritage where you might like to include a walk along the riverside to see the fine collection of gazebos and take in the sculpture trail. Postcode: SG12 0ES. Approx tour time: 1 hour. Henry Moore Foundation www.henry-moore.org/pg 01279 843333 www.hoops-inn.co.uk Artshed www.artshedarts.co.uk 01920 466446

EVENTS MAY www.livingcrafts.co.uk

JULY Hatfield House www.hatfield-house.co.uk SEPTEMBER Various locations in Herts www.hvaf.org.uk

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Butterflies and Broomstick Tour choose from ● Butterfly World ● Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter Combine a visit to the natural environment of Butterfly World with the magic of a behind the scenes tour of the Harry Potter film series.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour-The Making of Harry Potter This is a behind-the- scenes walking tour which immerses you into the world of film-making, featuring authentic sets, costumes and props that showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that goes into producing world famous and successful movies. For the first time ever you will be able to step on to the actual sets, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut and the Ministry of Magic, as well as marvel at the groundbreaking special effects that made Harry Potter the most successful film series ever. Postcode: WD25 7LR. Approx tour time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours Butterfly World www.butterflyworldproject.com 01727 869203 Warner Bros. Studio Tour -The making of Harry Potter www.wbstudiotour.co.uk 08450 840900

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Butterfly World - This £27 million project is a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. Patrons include Sir David Attenborough and Professor Dr David Bellamy. The site is created in the shape of a butterfly’s head and comprises an array of different gardens from ‘The Theatre of Insects’ to ‘Through the Flowerpot Garden’ in which you are transformed into insect size and can walk through a giant flowerpot. The 20 acres of wildflower meadows are a kaleidoscope of colour and provide a wonderful nectar transfusion for the butterflies and insectstheir very own service station off the M25. Don’t miss the Nectar House Café and the shop and plant boutique. The education focus includes the Butterfly Breeding House, the Insect Study Centre and the exciting natural children’s play area. Postcode: AL2 3NY. Approx tour time: 3 to 3.5 hours.

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Farmyard Favourites to Garden Delights choose from Start point Willows Farm Village, London Colney AL2 1BB Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 10 miles

● Willows Farm Village, London Colney ● The Dutch Nursery

Willows Farm Village - Meet all your farmyard favourites in an incredible rural retreat at Willows Farm Village. Set in a 500 acre leisure attraction, Willows features a wide variety of animals, attractions and activities, boating lake and a daily programme of entertainment, special events and activities, including old favourites like daft duck trails, willows sheepstakes, bird-o-batics falconry displays and legend of the lake. Willows Farm Village is a fabulous family day out and perfect for the little ones to let off steam. Postcode: AL2 1BB. Approx tour time: 3 hours. The Dutch Nursery - Garden Centres are no longer just for plants. At the Dutch Nursery you can still buy all your garden sundries, but also a wide selection of innovative and unusual gifts, including jewellery, watches, pottery and candles. Café Dutch offers a great selection of tasty light lunches & snacks and fabulous afternoon teas. Throughout the year Café Dutch hosts various evening events, a perfect end to a perfect day out. Postcode: AL9 6ND. Approx tour time 1.5 -2hrs Willows Farm Village www.willowsfarmvillage.com 0870 129 9718

EVENTS APRIL • East of England Food Festival Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com MAY • Hertfordshire County Show Redbourn Showground www.hertsshow.com

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Garden Tour 1 choose from Hitchin Lavender, Ickleford Benington Lordship, Benington Knebworth House, Gardens & Park, Knebworth

Start point Hitchin Lavender Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin SG5 3UA Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 18 miles

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Hitchin Lavender - Hitchin Lavender has acres of lavender fields and many lavender products for sale. You are encouraged to cut yourself a bunch of lavender to take home-scissors are provided! Hitchin Lavender are now part of the National Garden Scheme see website for further details. Tours are best planned from mid June to mid August to see the lavender at its best. Postcode: SG5 3UA. Approx tour time: 11/2 hours. Directions to Benington Lordship: turn left onto A600, continue until A505 signposted Luton, continue until A602 signposted Stevenage, continue until signposted Ware, take 2nd exit onto Broadwater Lane and turn right onto Benington Road. Benington Lordship - Benington Lordship Gardens has a clever mixture of formality and wilderness, with extensive collections of plants and wildlife flowers. It is famous for its snowdrop walks in the Spring and Chilli Festival in August. Postcode: SG2 7BS. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Knebworth House, Gardens & Park: Turn left onto Broadwater Lane and return to A602. Follow signpost to town centre and A1(M), at A1(M) roundabout is the entrance to Knebworth. Knebworth House, Gardens & Park - Explore the formal gardens and the acres of parkland at Knebworth house. Postcode: SG1 2AX. Approx tour time: 1 hour (garden only). Hitchin Lavender www.hitchinlavender.com 01462 434320 Knebworth House, Gardens & Park www.knebworthhouse.com 01438 812661 Benington Lordship www.beningtonlordship.co.uk 01438 869668

EVENTS FEB Snowdrops at Benington Lordship www.beningtonlordship.co.uk JUNE www.beningtonlordship.co.uk

Knebworth Park www.knebworthhouse.com AUGUST www.beningtonlordship.co.uk

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Garden Tour 2 choose from Start point Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BX Duration Full day - Shaw’s Corner does not open until midday Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 20 miles

Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence Hatfield House, Park & Gardens Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell

Shaw’s Corner - Visit the delightful garden at Shaw’s Corner, the home of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Set in 3.5 acres, this garden is a place to relax. You can also visit his Writing Hut. Suitable for small groups as access by coach is tricky. Postcode: AL6 9BX. Approx tour time:1 hour (garden only). Directions to Hatfield House, Park & Gardens: Turn onto Codicote Road and left onto B653, continue until B197 signposted Hertford. At roundabout take 2nd exit onto A6129 then A414 signposted Hertford, branch left onto A1000 signposted Hatfield. Hatfield House Park & Gardens - Enjoy the beautifully designed gardens at Hatfield House. They include orchards, fountains, scented plants, terraces and herbs. Postcode: Al9 5NQ. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Van Hage Garden Centre: Take A1000 signposted Welwyn, then onto A414, then onto A119 signposted Ware. Continue entering Ware until mini roundabout then take A1170. Van Hage Garden Centre - end your day at Van Hage Garden Centre and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere. They have a huge selection of plants and gifts for you to buy. You can also visit their pets corner. Postcode: SG12 9RP. Approx tour time: 2 hours.

Hatfield House Park & Gardens www.hatfield-house.co.uk 01707 287010 Van Hage www.vanhage.co.uk 01920 870811

EVENTS MARCH Hatfield House www.hatfield-house.co.uk MAY/JUNE Hatfield House www.hatfield-house.co.uk

JULY Knebworth County Show Knebworth Park www.knebworthhouse.com AUGUST Flamstead Scarecrow Festival www.flamstead-herts.co.uk

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Shaw’s Corner www.shawscorner@nationaltrust.org.uk 01438 820307

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Garden Tour 3 choose from ● Myddelton House Gardens ● Capel Manor Gardens ● Butterfly World Combine two of these fabulous gardens, with lunch or afternoon tea for a full day out. Myddelton House Gardens - delve into the enchanting six acres of Myddelton House Gardens and discover the compelling story of one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardener, artist and botanist – Edward Augustus Bowles. He lived in Myddelton House for much of his life and the impressive range of flora and fauna are a tribute to him. The gardens are home to a carp lake, a Victorian Conservatory and other historical artefacts. There is a new Visitor Centre, Tea Room and the newly restored Kitchen Garden. Postcode: EN2 9HG. Approx tour time: 1 to 2 hours.

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Capel Manor Gardens - This beautiful 30 acre estate, first established in the late 13th century, provides a colourful and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. You can explore over 60 gardens and landscapes including the Japanese garden, the Italianate Maze, Chelsea Award Winner Le Jardin de Vincent, the recently completed Old Manor House Garden and many more. Capel Manor hosts many events throughout the year. Postcode: EN1 4RQ. Approx tour time: 2 to 3 hours. Butterfly World - This £27 million project is a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. Patrons include Sir David Attenborough and Professor Dr David Bellamy. The site is created in the shape of a butterfly’s head and comprises an array of different gardens from ‘The Theatre of Insects’ to ‘Through the Flowerpot Garden’ The 20 acres of wildflower meadows are a kaleidoscope of colour and provide a wonderful nectar transfusion for the butterflies and insects. Don’t miss the Nectar House Café and the shop and plant boutique. The education focus includes the Butterfly Breeding House, the Insect Study Centre and the exciting natural children’s play area. Postcode: AL2 3NY. Approx tour time: 3 to 3.5 hours. Myddelton House Gardens www.leevalleypark.org.uk 08546 770 600 Capel Manor Gardens www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk 08546 122 122 Butterfly World www.butterflyworldproject.com

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Prehistoric to Celtic Charm Tour choose from Start point Knebworth House, Knebworth SG1 2AX Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 11 miles

Knebworth House, Gardens & Park Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon

Knebworth Dinosaur Park - The Trail comprises of 72 life size models. You can discover and learn about how dinosaurs really lived. Postcode: SG1 2AX. Approx tour time: 3 hours. Directions to Celtic Harmony: Leave Knebworth and go South on A1. Leave at Hatfield onto A414 towards Hertford. Take B158 to Essendon. Turn left at T junction towards Hertford on Lower Hatfield Road. Continue to the outskirts of Hertford under railway bridge. Then turn right to Brickendon on Brickendon Lane. Celtic Harmony Camp is signposted on the left just as you enter Brickendon. Celtic Harmony - For the second part of your day, visit Celtic Harmony Camp for a hands on experience. You can spend the day with archers, storytellers and woodsmen as you explore the roundhouses in the beautiful woodland location of this Iron Age Settlement. Celtic Harmony has an extensive school programme and regular longbow archery courses, the camp is open to visitors for special events including the three main Celtic Fire Festivals. Post code: SG13 8NY. Approx tour time: 3 hours. Knebworth House, Gardens & Park www.knebworthhouse.com 01438 812661

EVENTS MAY Beltane Summer Festival Celtic Harmony Camp www.celticharmony.org

OCTOBER Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com

AUGUST Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com

Celtic Harmony Camp www.celticharmony.org

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Industrial Heritage & WaterPower choose from Frogmore Paper Mill & Visitor Centre, Hemel Hempstead Mill Green Museum & Mill, Hatfield Redbournbury Watermill, St Albans

Start point Fourdrinier Way, Apsley Hemel Hempstead HP3 9RY Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 16.5 miles

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Frogmore Paper Mill - – site of the world’s first mechanised paper machine – offers a unique ‘hands-on’ visitor experience where you can make and take home your own piece of paper, learn about the art of printing, as well as the unique opportunity of seeing paper being made commercially by hand and on a paper machine over 100 years old. Enjoy a guided tour, exhibitions about the history of paper, papermaking and printing, enjoy light refreshments in the café and, of course, visit the paper mill shop for your crafting needs. Special events, art and craft sessions and children’s activities are held throughout the year. Postcode: HP3 9RY. Approximate tour time: 2 – 3 hours. Directions to Redbournbury Watermill From Fourdrinier Way turn right up Durrant’s Hill Road. Turn left at traffic lights onto Lawn Lane and carry onto Magic Roundabout. Turn right onto A414 heading towards the M1. Go straight across next three roundabouts but turn left at the last roundabout (just before the M1) into Green Lane. Go straight across next roundabout then turn right at the following roundabout into Hogg End Lane. At the end of Hogg End Lane turn left onto A5183 and take the second right onto Redbournbury Lane. Redbournbury Mill - is a fully restored 18th century working watermill, producing stone ground organic flour. It has an Artisan Bakery attached to the mill. Refreshments can be arranged for groups, advance booking is essential. Postcode AL3 6RS. Approx our time 1.5 hours Direction to Mill Green Museum & Mill From Redbournbury Lane turn left onto the A5183 towards St Albans. Take the fifth left turning onto the A4147, Folly Lane, towards Hatfield. Go straight across the junction with the A1081 onto the A1057, Hatfield Road following this until it joins the A1001 at Hatfield. Turn left onto the A1001 following this to the next roundabout where you turn right then left keeping on the A1001. Turn right at the next major roundabout onto the A414 towards Hertford. Keep left at the next roundabout then take the first exit on the left, turning left at the end of the slip-road onto the A1000. Take the first turn on the right into Mill Green Lane and at the end turn right onto Bush Hall Lane.

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Industrial Heritage & WaterPower choose from Frogmore Paper Mill & Visitor Centre, Hemel Hempstead Mill Green Museum & Mill, Hatfield Redbournbury Watermill, St Albans Mill Green Museum & Mill - The museum is housed in an old Mill House dating back to the sixteenth century. It has three small exhibition galleries and is set in a beautiful garden. Next to the Museum is a restored 18th century flour mill. This working mill is powered by the River Lea and produces organic flour. They mill on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4.30pm. Craft demonstrations, events and children’s activities are held throughout the year. You can also try home made Mill Green scones with summer Sunday’s cream teas. Postcode: AL9 5PD. Approx tour time: 1.5 hours Frogmore Paper Mill & Visitor Centre www.thepapertrail.org.uk 01442 234600 Redbournbury Watermill www.redbournmill.co.uk 01582 792874 Mill Green Museum & Mill www.welhat.gov.uk 01707 271362

MAY St Albans Festival www.stalbans.gov.uk JULY www.harpenden-lions.co.uk SEPTEMBER www.heritageopendays.org

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Pilgrim Tour choose from Rickmansworth St Albans Cathedral Hertford

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Start point Rickmansworth Postcode: WD3 1HP Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 25 miles Rickmansworth - Rickmansworth was once the home of William Penn, the famous Quaker statesman who lived in Basing House from 1672. He founded the state of Pennsylvania USA. Why not visit the Batchworth Lock and the Grand Union Canal, which dates back to the 1790’s. It was vital to the town’s prosperity, importing and exporting goods to be sold. Approx tour time: 1 1/2 hours. Directions to St Albans Cathedral: Leave Rickmansworth and merge onto M25 via the slip road north signposted Watford M1/A1. Take the A405 exit, signposted St Albans. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto north orbital. Go through the next 2 roundabouts. Take 2nd exit onto A5183. Enter next roundabout and take 1st exit onto Holywell Hill. St Albans Cathedral - Visit the magnificent St Albans Cathedral, built on the execution site of St Alban, Britain’s first Christian Martyr. Postcode: AL1 1BY. Approx tour time: 1 1/2 hours. Directions to Hertford: At traffic signal turn left signposted London onto A1081. At London Colney roundabout take 1st exit onto A414. At roundabout follow A1(M) signposted the north. Leave A1(M) at junction 4 onto A414 continue until A119 signposted Hertford. Hertford - the county town of Hertford has the oldest purpose built Quaker meeting house in the world, once visited by William Penn who established Pennsylvania. Another Hertford man with American connections was the Reverend Samuel Stone, who later sailed to America and co-founded Hartford, Connecticut. Hertford is home to many independent shops, cafes and tea rooms. Postcode: SG14 1YY. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Rickmansworth Information Point 01923 776611 Hertford Tourist Information Centre St Albans Cathedral www.hertford.gov.uk www.stalbanscathedral.org 01992 584322 01727 860780

EVENTS MAY www.rwt.org.uk

NOVEMBER www.stalbans.gov.uk

JUNE Various dates; a celebration of arts & culture. www.stalbanscathedral.org

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Roman Tour choose from Start point St Albans AL3 4SW Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 11 miles

Verulamium, St Albans Devil’s Dyke, Wheathampstead Welwyn Roman Baths

Verulamium - Visit the Verulamium Museum, a museum of every day life in Roman Britain, which features mosaics and recreated rooms. Within a short walk is the Roman Theatre, the best preserved example in Britain. Follow this with a visit to St Albans Abbey, home to the shrine of St Alban. Directions to Devil Dyke: Take the B651 north to Wheathampstead. Situated in Dyke Lane, on the south-east side of Wheathampstead. Devil’s Dyke - an earthworks ditch dug in pre roman times and claims to be the site where Caesar defeated Cassivellaunus. Postcode: AL4 8XX. Approx tour time: 1 hour. Directions to Welwyn Roman Baths: From B653 signposted Stanborough, turn left under the A1(M). Take next left and follow onto B197 Welwyn. Postcode: AL6 9FG. Approx tour time: 1 hour Welwyn Roman Baths - Welwyn Roman Baths is a 3rd century Roman bathing suite, the one surviving feature of a Roman villa, which is under the A1[M].

Welwyn Roman Baths www.welhat.gov.uk/museum 01707 271362

EVENTS Verulamium Museum has many interesting exhibitions and throughout the year. Check website for details: www.stalbans museums.org.uk activities for children most school holidays. Check web site for details: www.welhat. gov.uk 01707 271362

SEPTEMBER www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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St Albans Tourist Information Centre www.stalbans.gov.uk 01727 864511

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Tudor Tour choose from Hatfield House, Park & Gardens Knebworth House Gardens & Park

Start point Hatfield House AL9 5NQ Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 12 miles Hatfield House, Park & Gardens - Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I. Hatfield House is most associated with Elizabeth I who spent much of her childhood there in the company of her brother, Edward. The Stable Yard offers a selection of gifts including nostalgic toys, bric a brac and retro sweets. Postcode: AL9 5NQ. Approx tour time: 3 hours. Directions to Knebworth House, Park & Gardens: Take the 3rd exit north onto A1000 Great North road signposted Welwyn Garden City, then A414 signposted St Albans. Continue on A414 until A1(M) signposted the north, Stevenage. Leave the A1 (M) at junction 7 and follow the signs for Knebworth House. Knebworth House, Gardens & Park - Close by is Knebworth House, its Victorian exterior hides from view a red brick house dating back to Tudor times. Queen Elizabeth 1 stayed at the house for four days during her Royal Progress in 1571. Postcode: SG1 2AX. Approx tour time: 3 hours.

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Hatfield House, Park & Gardens www.hatfield-house.co.uk 01707 287010 Knebworth House, Gardens & Park www.knebworthhouse.com 01438 812661

EVENTS MARCH/APRIL Knebworth Park www.knebworthhouse.com MAY Hatfield House www.livingcrafts.co.uk

JULY www.knebworthhouse.com AUGUST/SEPTEMBER www.knebworthhouse.com

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Jacobean House Tudor Old Palace Knot Garden Formal Garden Sculpture Exhibition Woodland Garden Political History Fine Paintings and Furniture Historic Parkland Coach House Restaurant Gift Shop Stable Yard Shops Hatfield Park Farm Bloody Hollow Play Area House, Park and Gardens open 5th April to 30th September. 25 mins train journey from London Kings Cross. Free Parking - Sat Nav AL9 5NX Please see the website for more details or call 01707 287010

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Come and learn how to steer a canal boat and try your hand at working the locks! Fully equipped and skippered boats available for day trips for up to 35 passengers and residential trips Experience the beauty of the Grand Union Canal near Kings Langley in a fun and safe environment All ages and abilities welcome. Our boats are fully adapted to take wheelchairs Launching Summer 2014. Please visit our website

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Pick and mix from this selection to explore Watford’s Treasures: Watford Museum – Our Visit England accredited Watford Museum is housed in the former Benskins Brewery. It tells the story of Watford past and present and includes displays on Watford at war, print, brewing and of course Watford Football Club! Admission is free, check website for opening hours and special events www.watfordmuseum.org.uk (WD17 2DT) Cassiobury Park – This 190 acre green oasis is a haven for wildlife and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Home to the Grand Union Canal and the River Gade. It is a glorious place to come for a towpath stroll, a spot of fishing, or a picnic. It has two play areas, an under 14s paddling pool, and the popular miniature railway. Postcode: WD18 7LH. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Watford Palace Theatre – Opened in 1908, the Palace Theatre has a long tradition of launching new productions before they hit the West End. Contact the Box Office to discover which comedies, plays and musicals are featuring in the forthcoming season. It also boasted a 3D cinema screen showing the best new releases and classic favourites. Postcode: WD17 1JZ. Approx tour time: 2-3 hours. Watford Colosseum – A 1392 seat venue in the heart of Watford, which is home to the best live music and entertainment outside London. The Colosseum has had a £5.5 million refurbishment to bring it up to the standard of a world class venue it once was, complete with a café, restaurant and a number of bars as well as the main auditorium. Postcode: WD17 3JN. Approx tour time: 2-3 hours.

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Waterways & Wildlife Tour 1 choose from

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Paradise Wildlife Park, Near Broxbourne Lee Valley Boat Centre Lee Valley Park, Broxbourne

Start point White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7QA Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 3 miles Paradise Wildlife Park - Paradise Wildlife Park, Britain’s friendliest zoo, has much to offer from monkeys to big cats galore. The park has tigers and lions, adventure playgrounds, crazy golf and shows. It is also host to the small but fascinating National Speedway Museum. Postcode: EN10 7QA. Approx tour time: 4 hours. Directions to Lee Valley Boat Centre: Turn left onto White Stubbs Lane, entering Hoddesdon. Turn right onto Bell Lane. At roundabout take 1st exit sign posted A1170. At traffic lights turn right onto Station Road signposted B194 Nazeing. Turn right onto Old Nazeing Road. Lee Valley Boat Centre - Based at Broxbourne, the Boat Centre is on the River Lee and is within easy reach of the M25. The base is ideally located for exploring the scenic delights of the Lee Valley Park including the farm and countryside. Book a cruise down the river and enjoy a cream tea while looking out for that elusive kingfisher. Postcode: EN10 6LX. Approx tour time: 3 hours including visiting the park. Lee Valley White Water Centre -is our London 2012 Games venue so you can ride the rapids where team GB won gold! This is a thrilling adrenalin pumping activity. Even if you have never paddled before white water rafting and canoeing here will give you a thrilling experience. Experienced qualified staff will ensure your safety and it is perfect for team building, corporate outings, youth and school groups and any other kind of party. Postcode: EN9 1AB. Approx time 3 hours.

Paradise Wildlife Park www.pwpark.com 01992 470490 Lee Valley Boat Centre www.leevalleyboats.co.uk 01992 462085 Lee Valley White Centre www.gowhitewater.co.uk

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Waterways & Wildlife Tour 2 choose from Start point Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts SG12 8JS Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 4 miles

RSPB Rye Meads, Stanstead Abbotts Lee Valley Boat Centre, Broxbourne

RSPB Rye Meads - Start your day with a visit to RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve. This reserve has a wide range of wetland habitats, reed beds, open water and meadows to attract many birds. Postcode: SG12 8JS. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Lee Valley Boat Centre: Follow Rye Road into Hoddeson, turn left onto Stanstead Road. At the roundabout take 2nd exit onto A1170 then at next roundabout take 2nd exit onto Charlton way and then 1st exit at the next roundabout. At traffic lights turn right onto Station Road signposted B194 Nazeing. Turn right onto Old Nazeing Road. Lee Valley Boat Centre - The Centre is in the heart of miles of attractive river cruising and a perfect place to combine your boating with bird watching, walking, cycling and angling. Boats available for hire include: rowing boats; electric boats; canoe; pedlos and other passenger vessels. Postcode: EN10 6LZ. Approx tour time: 2 hours Lee & Stort Boat Company - fancy a trip down the river? Then contact these guys. They offer tailor made package cruises like the Lock Experience Cruise for 30 to 50 people. Lunch and afternoon tea can also be included. The boats are fully accessible for mobility impaired passengers and trips can embark from Hertford, Ware & Bishop’s Stortford. Lee & Stort Boat Company www.leeandstortboats.co.uk 0845 116 2012

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EVENTS APRIL St George’s Day Festival Cheshunt www.broxbourne.gov.uk MAY Rickmansworth Canal Festival www.rwt.org.uk

SEPTEMBER Paradise Wildlife Park www.pwpark.com

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Weird & Wonderful Tour 1 choose from Natural History Museum at Tring Redbournbury Watermill, nr St Albans

Start point Natural History Museum at Tring HP23 6AP Duration Half day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 17 miles

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Natural History Museum at Tring - Start your day at the Natural History Museum where you will find thousands of weird, wild and wonderful animal and bird specimens on display. The collection was created by Walter Rothschild over a century ago and from 1889 - 1937 he amassed one of the greatest natural history collections assembled by an individual. Postcode: HP23 6AP. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Redbournbury Watermill: Go west on Surrey Place towards Akeman street. Turn right onto Akeman Street, then turn right onto High Street B4635. Continue to follow B4635. Enter next roundabout and take 2nd exit. Turn left onto A41. Take the A414 slip road toward Hemel Hempstead. Enter next roundabout and take 4th exit onto St Albans road A414. Remain on A414, turn left onto Redbourn Road A5183. This is a narrow lane and is accessible by coaches but there is limited turning space. Redbournbury Watermill - Redbournbury Watermill is a fully restored 18th Century working watermill, producing stone ground organic flour. It has an Artisan Bakery attached to the Mill. Refreshments can be arranged for groups, advance booking essential. Postcode: AL3 6RS. Approx tour time: 1 hour. Natural History Museum at Tring www.nhm.ac.uk/museum/tring 020 7942 6171 Redbournbury Watermill www.redbournmill.co.uk 01582 792874

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MAY National Mills Weekend Redbournbury Mill www.redbournmill.co.uk MAY www.stalbans.gov.uk

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Weird & Wonderful Tour 2 choose from Start point St Albans AL1 5PE Duration Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 36 miles

Organ Theatre, St Albans Scott’s Grotto, Ware Royston Cave, Royston

St Albans Organ Theatre - Begin your day with a visit to St Albans Organ Theatre, you will discover and hear a permanent playing collection of mechanical dance organs and theatre pipe organs. Postcode: AL1 5PE. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Scott’s Grotto: Colney roundabout. At roundabout take 1st exit onto A414 which is signposted Hertford. In Hertford take A119 [Ware Rd] towards Ware. Scotts Road is the road on the right just before you reach Hertford Regional College. Not suitable for coaches so small groups preferred. No parking outside Grotto-drop off only. Scott’s Grotto - Scott’s Grotto is a fascinating 18th Century grotto, lined with flints, fossils and shells from all over the world. The grotto also has a summer house and garden. Group visits by appointment only. Maximum number in parties 25. Visit the website to check access. Postcode: SG12 9JQ. Approx tour time: 1 -1.5 hours. Directions to Royston Cave:

St Albans Organ Theatre www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk - 01727 869693/768652 Scott’s Grotto www.eastherts.gov.uk/grotto Royston Cave www.roystoncave.co.uk - 01763 245484

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but it is difficult to drop off there. Please contact the Cave in advance for best places to park and also to check access information and party size. Royston Cave - End your day at Royston Cave, possibly a secret meeting place for Knights Templar, the chalk cave has many medieval carvings and has a magical feel to it. Royston is a typical small market town with a range of independent retailers. Postcode: SG8 7BZ. Approx tour time: 1 hour.

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Wildlife to Farmyard Tour choose from Paradise Wildlife Park, near Broxbourne Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City Hatfield House Park Farm

Start point Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne EN10 7QA Duration Half day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 32 miles Paradise Wildlife Park - Paradise Wildlife Park, Britain’s friendliest zoo, has much to offer from monkeys to tigers and lions to rides, adventure playgrounds, crazy golf and shows. Postcode: EN10 7QA. Approx tour time: 4 hours. Directions to Standalone Farm: From White Stubbs Lane turn right onto Ashendene Road, left onto Bucks Alley and right onto Robins Nest Hill. Take B158 then B1455, then A414, continue until A1 then A507 towards Stotfold. At the 2nd roundabout take 1st exit onto Stotfold Road and continue towards Letchworth. Standalone Farm - Spend your afternoon at Standalone farm, Letchworth Garden City. See the cattle, pigs, poultry, and shire horses. Watch the milking demonstration. Postcode: SG6 4JN. Approx tour time: 1 1/2 hours.

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Or Hatfield House Park Farm - a traditional breeds farm featuring pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys and cattle. Enjoy a tractor ride around the perimeter of the 25 acre farm and watch the demonstrations. Get lost in the Maize Maze. Bags of food are available for visitors to feed the animals through the hoppers on the paddock fences. Hatfield House is located just off the A1. Postcode: AL9 5NQ. Approx tour time 1.5 to 2 hours. Paradise Wildlife Park www.pwpark.com 01992 470490 Standalone Farm www.standalonefarm.com 01462 686775 Hatfield House Park Farm www.hatfield-house.co.uk 01707 287010

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July www.knebworthhouse.com

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Wings & Wheels choose from ● The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre

Start point London Colney AL2 1BU Duration Full Day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 18 miles

De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk 01727 826400 St Albans South Signal Box www.sigbox.co.uk Contact: info@sigbox.co.uk National Speedway Museum www.speedwaymuseum.co.uk Contact: info@pwpark.com

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De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre - One of the key names in pioneering aviation is Geoffrey de Havilland. For decades, he ran his world famous aeroplane complex at Hatfield, designing a range of machines with magical names and reputations to match. De Havilland’s legacy is recalled at the Heritage Centre at Salisbury Hall, where the Mosquito prototype was designed during the last war. The museum run by volunteers, includes several versions of the Vampire, as well as the Sea Venom, Sea Vixen, Tiger Moth and the last surviving square window from the Comet. Many of the exhibits have required extensive restoration work which has been carried out by expert enthusiasts. Postcode: AL2 1BU. Approx tour time: 2hrs St Albans South Signal Box - Saved by a band of dedicated volunteers the St Albans South Signal Box is a real gem. Built in 1892, constructed entirely of wood, the signal box is a model 2a and contains a 1906 Midland Railway tumbler interlocking lever frame. Suitable for smaller groups, you can see signalling demonstrations and you can have a cup of tea in the signal box garden in the summer. Groups must be pre booked. Postcode: AL13 AJ. Approx tour time: 1- 1.5hrs Speedway Museum at Paradise Wildlife Park - this small museum shows the guts and the glory of speedway. It charts the history of speedway’s early pioneers to modern day heroes. Watch films and experience the thrill of speedway, see World Championship bikes and colourful displays of race jackets. Admission to the National Speedway Museum is included in the entry to Paradise Wildlife Park. Postcode: EN10 7QA. Approx tour time including Paradise Wildlife Park: 4hrs [Museum approx 45mins]

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Blue Badge Tours in St Albans St Albans City Walks City Walks start outside the Old Town Hall in Market Place, St Albans and take from an hour to an hour and a half. Tickets should preferably be obtained in advance from the Tourist Information Centre inside the Old Town Hall, but may also be purchased from the Guide on duty. If you are planning to bring a group to St Albans and would like to include a walk as part of your trip it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01727 864511, they will be very pleased to help you.

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A City Revealed ... Martyr, Monastery and Market St Albans, the unheralded jewel of Hertfordshire, a 1000 year old city at the heart of English History. Tour well known and lesser known sites of the City – hear about revolting peasants, martyrs, heretics, monasteries and monks. Find out what is unique to St Albans and see its medieval clock tower and parish memorials. A Round with Sam Ryder Walk the course of Samuel Ryder’s life. In a journey tracing the remarkable events of one of St Albans most prominent citizens, we walk the length of a golf course. His passion; we sow the seeds of respect for his entrepreneurial flair. His business; we look into his commitment to civic duty…his politics. Then after 18 holes, we finally understand and know the man. A family man, a caring employer, a churchman, a Mayor and yes - the man behind the Ryder Cup. Tickets must be pre-booked and can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre. Aristocrats, Paupers and Philanthropists Based in the St Peter’s area you will hear of London orphans and their wet nurses, the philanthrophy of Winston Churchill’s ancestors and find out about the “heir and spare”. Why is there an arrow above the Pemberton Almshouse on St Peter’s Street and why is there an unusual milestone in Hatfield Road? An interesting stroll around the lesser known historic features of St Albans. Crime and Punishment Murder, theft, bribery and adultery, just some of the crimes over the ages. Hear about rogues, vagabonds and incorrigible rogues. Criminal conversation? It is not what you think it might be! A fascinating walk which shows our ancestors were not dissimilar to us. The only difference is the punishments received for the crime.

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Blue Badge Tours in St Albans From Fishpool Street to St Michaels A one thousand year old route that follows George Street, Romeland and Fishpool Street to picturesque St Michael’s Village, with its elegant houses, Saxon Church and the superb Verulamium Museum. It is quite a challenge to guess the ages of the houses in fascinating Fishpool Street - join the guide and see for yourselves! Ghostly Goings-on This is an extremely popular and atmospheric walk that introduces some of the ghosts of St Albans and relates their sad stories. We can’t guarantee whom you might see - only where you might find them, for they do exist! This walk is not suitable for very young children. Ghost Walks take place in the winter months only. Monks, Mysteries and Mischief Monks were an incredibly diversified and talented band of brothers theirs was a powerful, self-sufficient community on whom many others depended, but occasionally human failings and weakness would creep in. To find out more, join us on a visit to their world.

The War of the Roses Although two battles were fought in St Albans in this dynastic struggle between the houses of Lancaster and York, this walk concentrates on the first one, which took place in and around the marketplace. Hear about the reasons why, the personalities involved and the outcome. There’s even a Shakespearean connection! Come and join the battle – no armour needed! Power, Pomp and Justice The classically designed 19th Century Town hall includes the perfectly preserved court room and the cells beneath. It was the hub of St Albans civic life intil well into the 20th Century. Come inside for a guided tour and see where it all happened. Access to the cells is via a very narrow stairway.

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The Street War Memorials The ten street war memorials within the Abbey Parish are unique in the U.K. and are the focus of a profoundly moving walk. Hear the stories behind a few of the 110 names of those who died, from the poor to the privileged, but all from one small area. This walk is always on the nearest Sunday to November 11th as well as on the 11th itself. Ticket sales will be donated to The Royal British Legion.

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Blue Badge Tours in St Albans Town, Crown and Cloister St Albans Abbey was founded by one king and destroyed by another nearly 750 years later, and many monarchs have meddled in the middle! The sometimes uneasy relationship between the crown, the town and the abbey features on this free walk for Heritage Open Weekend and it is a combined venture between the City and Cathedral Guides to link the inside and outside of the Abbey Church with the town. Tudor St Albans The Tudor kings and queens played an important part in the history of St Albans. One king closed the monastery which had been the reason for the town’s existence, a queen ordered the burning of a Protestant martyr in Romeland and another queen visited the town frequently to stay with a favourite minister. Victorian St Albans A walk that takes us from the medieval to the age of steam, the railway, factories and even the pioneering days of cinema (hear about the first ever film advertisement!). This was the age of massive expansion for the town, including a new prison whose front entrance will be recognisable to all fans of ‘Porridge’.

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Other Guided Walks The Blue Badge team also offer guided walks in nearby Harpenden, Redbourn and Wheathampstead.   For more details about these walks contact St Albans Tourist Information Centre on 01727 864511. These are just some of the tours on offer in St Albans The service operates throughout the year. Tou can choose any of the walks, a combination and separate illustrated talks. A group can be any size and we allocate guides on a ratio of one guide per twenty visitors. Fees vary with the number of guides and we are happy to provide guides for school and coach parties. For more information: bookings@stalbanstourguides.gov.uk or look on www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk

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Joseph Beuys Keith Coventry Tony Cragg Richard Deacon Antony Gormley Roger Hiorns Damien Hirst Des Hughes Anish Kapoor Richard Long Sarah Lucas Paul McDevitt Bruce McLean Bruce Nauman Paul Nobel Thomas Schütte Simon Starling Rachel Whiteread

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Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art 1 May — 26 Oct 2014

Group bookings visits@henry-moore.org T: 01279 844104

The Henry Moore Foundation Perry Green, Herts, SG10 6EE Registered charity No. 271370

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Guided Walks in Roman Verulamium The Roman Theatre This is one of the finest examples of a Roman Theatre in Britain. Also within the site are the remains of a 3rd century townhouse, with an underground shrine as well as a parade of shops facing onto Watling Street. Guides are present on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from April 3 to October 31 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. Talks on Roman Britain We give short illustrated talks on topics concerned with Verulamium and the Roman world in the Lecture Room at Verulamium Museum at 3:00pm on either Saturdays or Sundays. An entrance fee is payable at the Museum for visitors from outside the St Albans District Council area. Our talks are free.

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Verulamium in a Nutshell This walk combines the Roman Theatre with Verulamium Park and its hidden Roman Town. The walk is free for Heritage Open Weekend. However, there is a charge (party rate) for the Roman Theatre for walks on other dates. Meet outside the Verulamium Museum.

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ST ALBANS CATHEDRAL Number One St Albans Visitor Attraction Explore over 1700 years of history at St Albans Cathedral, the home to Britain’s first saint, Alban.

‘Magnificent’ Lonely Planet

• Café • Gift Shop • Book Shop • Specialist and General Group Tours Open daily 8.30 to 17.45 Call 01727 890200 or email mail@stalbanscathedral.org to find out more.

www.stalbanscathedral.org

Visit

St Albans Museums

MuseuM of st AlbAns

VerulAMiuM MuseuM everyday life in roman britain

the town that Moved

9a Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR 01727 819340

St Michaels, St Albans AL3 4SW 01727 751810

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SHENLEY PARK

GARDEN SHOW SPRING CRAFT &

GARDEN SHOW FINE FOODS, CRAFTS, GIFTS, GARDEN PLANTS & EQUIPMENT, CHILDRENS’ AREA 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday & Sunday 17th & 18th May 2014 £4 adult, accompanied children (-16) free

GARDEN PLANTS, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT FINE FOODS & LIFESTYLE SPECIALIST NURSERIES, GARDENING QUESTION TIME Visit: West Garden, Veteran Tree Trail Woodland Garden Sundial Garden 10.00 - 5.00 Saturday & Sunday 31st May & 1st June 2014 £10 Adult, £9 Senior, accompanied Child FOC Includes access to Hatfield Park

www.greenduckevents.co.uk 01487 814800/0800 028 3989

www.greenduckevents.co.uk 01487 814800/0800 028 3989

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Film & Television Heritage Trail

heritage trail.

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For more info: www.elstreescreenheritage.org

making & TV production at Elstree & Borehamwood. Why not stop off there and follow in the footsteps of

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Discover Dacorum Adrenaline and Adventure Tranquil Surroundings Culture Old & New Suggested Itinerary

From world-class extreme sports facilities to areas of outstanding natural beauty, Dacorum has much for visitors to enjoy. Dacorum embraces the new town of Hemel Hempstead, the historic market towns of Berkhamsted and Tring as well as picturesque villages and rural locations. Whether you want to explore and escape or relax and unwind you will find all you need for a perfect stay. Adrenaline and Adventure The Snow Centre. The UK’s newest snow sports destination has perfect snow conditions all year round and the country’s largest indoor lesson slope. www.thesnowcentre.com XC. XC boasts an impressive skate park, a 14m climbing wall, one of the world’s largest organic indoor caving systems, bouldering and a challenging high ropes course. www.thexc.co.uk Quasar. Enjoy an exhilarating game of chase with friends and family at the world’s only multi theme Quasar laser tag arena. www.quasarhemel.co.uk Tranquil Surroundings

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Ashridge Estate. With over 5000 acres of countryside, miles of footpaths in ancient woodland, open parkland and chalk downland this is a rambler’s paradise. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate Tring Park. This is the perfect place to explore one of Hertfordshire’s most important wildlife habitats spanning 104 stunning hectares of mixed woodland and chalk grassland. www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/tringpark Grand Union Canal. Cruise along the Grand Union Canal and take in the beautiful rolling countryside, industrial towns and peaceful villages. www.grebecanalcruises.co.uk Tring Reservoirs. Tring Reservoirs are a haven for wildlife and among the best bird watching spots in Southern England. www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/tring-reservoirs Culture Old & New Berkhamsted Castle. Visit the remains of this important motte and bailey castle dating from the 11th - 13th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks. www.berkhamsted-history.org.uk Natural History Museum (Tring). Glimpse into the fascinating world of a Victorian collector and discover wild, weird and wonderful specimens from across the animal kingdom - from armadillos to zebras. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring Frogmore Paper Mill (Apsley). Frogmore Mill is the world’s oldest mechanised paper mill. See paper being made and learn about printing, paper arts and crafts. www.thepapertrail.org.uk Tring Brewery. Discover award winning ales such as Side Pocket for a Toad, Ridgeway, Moongazer and others in local pubs and bars. www.tringbrewery.co.uk Chilfest. Chilfest music festival returns to Tring for its second year on Friday 4th – Sunday 6th July 2014. The popular event will feature an amazing line-up of artists from the 1980s to contemporary pop. www.chilfest.co.uk Unwind in one of the many places to stay in Dacorum whether that is a Manor House, a cosy Bed and Breakfast, country Pub, Spa hotel or convenient town hotel. Enjoy diverse cuisine and styles in modern restaurants, cafes, waterside dining and countryside pubs and inns.

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Suggested Itinerary 11.00 am

Arrive at Frogmore Paper Mill to explore the world’s oldest mechanised paper mill and see how paper is made.

12.30 pm

Enjoy a barge trip along the River Gade and Grand Union Canal.

1.30 pm

Disembark the boat at Frogmore Paper Mill for coach transfer.

2.05 pm

Arrive at Berkhamsted town centre.

3.00 pm

Leave Berkhamsted and travel by coach to the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate.

3.20 pm

Arrive at Ashridge Estate.

4.00 pm

Depart Ashridge by coach for transfer back to Frogmore Paper Mill.

4.30 pm

Arrive back at Frogmore Paper Mill, completing the visit.

For further information please visit dacorumlooknofurther.co.uk or contact Sue Lea, Tourism Officer, on 01442 228719.

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Markets

Here is a list of some of our regular markets. Other specialist markets, such as French or Craft Markets, take place throughout the year. Check with your local Tourist Information Centre for

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You are advised to book coach parking in advance of your visit. Many of our attractions do have coach parking facilities, so do discuss this with them when booking your visit.

Coach Parking

Baldock The Twitchell Car Park, off High Street, via Simpson Drive. Set down / pick up point: High Street www.north-herts.gov.uk Berkhamsted Set down/pick up point: High Street (beside the Tesco supermarket) www.dacorum.gov.uk Bishop’s Stortford BSFC Parking. Football Club, Dunmow Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 5GZ Tel: 01279 306080 Rye Street (Garage Paddocks) By prior arrangement, telephone the Property Section at East Hertfordshire District Council. Tel: 01279 655261 www.eastherts.gov.uk Hatfield Both by prior arrangement: Meteor Parking Ltd, The Galleria, Comet Way, Hatfield, AL10 0XR Tel: 01707 263703. Parkhouse Bus Station. Tel: 0300 123 4050 Hemel Hempstead Set down/pick up point: Bus station, Waterhouse Street, by prior arrangement with Arriva. Tel: 01442 389084 www.arrivabus.co.uk Hertford Set down/pick up point: The Wash, opposite Castle Hall. www.eastherts.gov.uk Hitchin Set down/pick up point: St Marys Square, Queen Street. Parking: Woodside Car Park, off Walsworth Road. www.north-herts.gov.uk Letchworth Set down/pick up point: Broadway (outside Post Office); Parking: Gernon Road layby. www.north-herts.gov.uk Royston Set down/pick up point: King James Way (off Melbourn Road). www.north-herts.gov.uk St Albans Set down/pick up point: Outside the Old Town Hall on St Peter’s Street, AL3 5DJ, 20 mins stay only. Parking: Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans. AL1 2DL For further Information: Contact The Parking Shop, Drovers Way multi-storey Car Park, Drovers Way, St Albans, AL3 5EB Tel: 0845 6017803 www.stalbans.gov.uk Stevenage Set down/pick up point: Danestrete Layby, Stop K (outside Matalan). Coach weekend and overnight parking can be found on Argyle Way, SG1 2AD, off Gunnels Wood Road - within close walking distance of the Leisure Park, Station and Town Centre. www.stevenage.gov.uk Tring Set down/pick up point: High Street (beside the Rose and Crown Hotel) www.dacorum.gov.uk Ware Wodson Park Leisure Centre, Wadesmill Road, Ware SG12 0UQ Set down/pick up point: High Street (outside the Library). Tel: 01920 487091 Watford Set down / pick up point and parking: Lay by in Rosslyn Road (opposite Town Hall). Also you can park at Watford Colosseum by prior arrangement. www.watford.gov.uk Welwyn Garden City Set down / pick up point is the bus stop in the Campus outside John Lewis. Parking by prior arrangement at: Meteor Parking Ltd, The Galleria, Comet Way, Hatfield, AL10 0XR Tel: 01707 263703. Parkhouse Bus Station. Tel: 0300 123 4050

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路 Styles & locations from urban to countryside, boutique to modern 路 High quality dining options 路 Prices to suit every budget 路 A gold standard welcome wherever you go

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For more information about places to visit, accommodation, events, restaurants, pubs and much, much more, a visit or a telephone call to one of our Tourist Information Centres will provide you with the answers. Trained, professional staff will help you get the most from your visit.

Tourist Information

i D7 Bishop’s Stortford Tourist Information Centre 2 Market Square, CM23 3UU Tel: 01279 655831 Email: tic@bishopsstortford.org www.bishopsstortford.org i C5 Hertford Tourist Information Centre 10 Market Place, SG14 1DG Tel: 01992 584322 Email: tic@hertford.gov.uk www.hertford.gov.uk i E4/5 Letchworth Garden City Tourist Information Centre 33/35 Station Road, SG6 3BB Tel: 01462 487868 Email: tic@letchworth.com www.letchworthgc.com

You will also find tourist information at the following places: i E4/5 Baldock Library Simpson Drive. Tel: 0300 123 4049 i C2 Berkhamsted Library King’s Road. Tel: 0300 123 4049 i E6 Buntingford Tourist Information Point The Manor House, High Street Tel: 01763 272222

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i C3/4 St Albans Tourist Information Centre Town Hall, Market Place, AL3 5DJ Tel: 01727 864511 Email: tic@stalbans.gov.uk www.stalbans.gov.uk

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Tourist Information

i C2/3 Hemel Hempstead Tourist Information Point Civic Centre, Marlowes. Tel: 01442 234222 www.dacorum.gov.uk i B4 Hertsmere Tourist Information Point Borough Council Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood. Tel: 0208 207 2277 Email: customer.services@hertsmere.gov.uk www.hertsmere.gov.uk i E4 Hitchin Town Centre Initiative 27 Churchyard. Tel: 01462 453335 Email: htci@hitchin.net i E4 Hitchin Library Paynes Park. Tel: 0300 123 4049 i C6 Hoddesdon One Stop Shop 42 Tower Centre. Tel: 01992 785592 i A/B2 Rickmansworth Information Point 3 Rivers House, Northway. Tel: 01923 776611 Email: enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk i F6 Royston Library Market Hill. Tel: 0300 123 4049 i D/E4/5 Stevenage Central Library Southgate. Tel: 0300 123 4049 i C1 Tring Tourist Information Point 99 Akeman Street. Tel: 01442 823347 Email: info@tring.gov.uk

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i B6 Waltham Cross One Stop Shop 123 High Street. Tel: 01992 785592 i D6 Ware Tourist Information Point The Priory Lodge, High Street. Tel: 01920 487848 i B3 Watford One Stop Shop Town Hall. Tel: 01923 226400

Other Useful Contacts For Tourist Information: www.enjoyhertfordshire.com www.visitbritain.com

www.hertsdirect.org www.visitengland.com

To source locally grown produce: www.bigbarn.co.uk

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ST ALBANS CATHEDRAL Number One St Albans Visitor Attraction Explore over 1700 years of history at St Albans Cathedral, the home to Britain’s first saint, Alban.

‘Magnificent’ Lonely Planet

• Café • Gift Shop • Book Shop • Specialist and General Group Tours Open daily 8.30 to 17.45 Call 01727 890200 or email mail@stalbanscathedral.org to find out more.

www.stalbanscathedral.org

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ST ALBANS CATHEDRAL Number One St Albans Visitor Attraction Explore over 1700 years of history at St Albans Cathedral, the home to Britain’s first saint, Alban.

‘Magnificent’

Planet The ultimate free rangeLonely experience A beautiful place for wildlife, people, rare breed animals, woodland experiences, mixed farming, pony rides, • Cafénature • Gift Shop • Book Shop • Specialist and General Group walks and more. Come and enjoy 100 acres of parkland adjacent to a 60Tours acre lake – providing free range experiences all just 12 miles from central London. Open daily 8.30 to 17.45 Call 01727 890200 email mail@stalbanscathedral.org to find out more.outdoor recreation, Theor park is an oasis for quiet countryside enjoyment,

www.stalbanscathedral.org farming education and a great value day out for all the family!

A run around 100 Aker wood with children, a walk around the lake, climb a tree, have relaxing family picnic, visit the farm, feed the animals watch the Farmer milk the cows, stroke a Rabbit, or have a wonderful Birthday Party at Aldenham Country Park…

Woodland Adventures

Pony Zone At our Pony Zone, children of all ages can enjoy riding and grooming the ponies. Watch our website or posters in the park our planned Pony club, you can take part in games, crafts and competitions as well as learning from our instructors all about how to care and handle a pony. Pony rides are led, and ideal for little people.

Get ready to release your wild side at our Woodland Adventures area. You can scramble your way through the maze of monkey nets or climb to the top of our trees! You can even put your survival skills to the test in extra fun activities such as den building and fire lighting whilst learning to embrace the great outdoors. With our trained instructors with you every step of the way, there is no need for previous experience, just a sense of adventure!

Birthday Parties and Events The striking grounds of Aldenham Country Park can provide a perfect setting for a variety of events such as weddings, parties and other celebrations. We regularly host children’s Birthday parties with a choice from a variety of themes including a farm tour, Woodland Adventures, Pony Zone or Winnie The Pooh.

ALDENHAM COUNTRY PARK, ALDENHAM ROAD, ELSTREE, HERTFORDSHIRE WD6 3BA 0208 9539602 For prices and park information

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