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The magazine of Hertfordshire Tourism and Leisure Partnership

Issue 12 Spring to Summer 2011

Enjoy! Hertfordshire FREE

Win! PRIZE DRAW 4 white water rafting tickets for Lee Valley White Water Centre See Page 14

Discover University of Arts Vintage Fairs Museums

Family Fun! Shop & Stay Festivals & Fun Days Out

Explore Hemel Hempstead St Albans Cathedral Cromer Windmill

Experience Western Ways Go Karting

Fine art From around the world in a state-oF-the-art setting. The Lemongrove Gallery offers an exclusive portfolio of Original Paintings and Collectable Limited Editions for the contemporary connoisseur. Come and enjoy a glass of champagne, a cup of coffee and a friendly welcome in our stylish surroundings and experience fine art at its finest. we have a full schedule of events and exhibitions. Please log on to for our latest news and details about artist appearances. 32 High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2SX 01582 462 222 Home Approval • Interest Free Credit • Corporate Work Undertaken • Wedding List Services • Gift Vouchers

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Issue 12 Spring - Summer 2011

Enjoy! Hertfordshire The magazine of Hertfordshire Tourism and Leisure Partnership

CONTENTS Shop & Stay Eating Out

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Fun Days Out What’s On Special Events Western Ways Go Karting

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Hemel Hempstead Cromer Windmill St Albans Cathedral Markets

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Where to Stay Vintage Fairs University of Arts Museums

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Map Pages 34-35. See Page 63 for Tourist Information and Page 66 for Useful Contacts

EDITORIAL Editor-in-chief Annie Hawkins Email: Telephone: 01992 556231 ADVERTISING Advertisement Manager Stewart Hedges Telephone 01525 874607 or 07595 894557 DESIGN John Boston

Cover Image: Happy Bag © Madame Fifi presents...

Enjoy! Hertfordshire is published by Thompson Media Partners Ltd, Unit 4,Avenue Business Park, Elsworth, Cambridge, CB23 4HY (01954 268129)


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Enjoy! Hertfordshire

Henry Moore lived for many years at Perry Green and there are two major exhibitions of his work in Herts over the summer months. Moore at Hatfield, where you can see his works set in the magnificent grounds of Hatfield House and Henry Moore: Plasters,which are on display in the Sheep Field Barn at the Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green. In July we are only one year away from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to Britain. The Lee Valley White Water Centre in Broxbourne is the host venue

for the London 2012 Olympic Canoe Slalom events and is already open in advance of the Games. You can enjoy adrenalin pumping white water rafting and canoeing at the newest and best venue of its type in the world. Enter our competition to win a rafting experience and you could be tackling the same wild rapids and obstacles international athletes will face in the London 2012 Games when they battle for gold. You may of course prefer to do something a bit more relaxing, a spa day at Sopwell House or afternoon tea at Hanbury Manor perhaps? Whatever you decide to do, wherever you decide to go, you will receive a warm welcome. Enjoy your stay and come and see us again very soon,

Tim Hutchings Chair of Hertfordshire Tourism and Leisure Partnership

Welcome to the latest edition of Enjoy! Hertfordshire magazine. I hope it will help you plan your stay and give you ideas for days out. Hertfordshire is a county to visit all year round. There is a busy few months ahead with some exciting events and festivals happening across the county. The Hertfordshire Show at Redbourn; Harpenden Highland Gathering; Hatfield House Country Show, Rhythms of the World in Hitchin; Flamstead Scarecrow Festival & the Chilli Festival at Benington Lordship to name but a few.


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To help you with choosing a place to relax after your busy day, here are a selection of places to stay during your visit to Hertfordshire

Where to stay

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A special place for special occasions The beautiful countryside setting of the Best Western The Watermill Hotel, with it’s panoramic views of the meadows and the River Bulbourne, provide a unique and delightful setting for your special wedding day.

Book your BBQ parties here!

The Riverside Marquee accommodates up to 450 guests Fully air conditioned function suites accommodates up to 200 guests Liscensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies Tailor-made packages to suit all

Conveniently situated close to M25 & M1 motorways

71 delightful bedrooms and The Riverside Restaurant & Bar

The Watermill Hotel is built around an old flour mill, a riverside venue with stunning views. An elaborate and a well organised marquee along with lighting effects, dramatic settings and theme based entertainment goes a long way to make the event successful. Special Menus • Civil Partnerships • Weddings BBQ parties for corporate events • Birthdays Fashion Shows • Anniversary parties

Best Western The Watermill Hotel, London Road, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RJ (HP1 2RN for Sat Nav) T: 01442 349955 E:

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The Lord Lister Hotel

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This listed building has a character of it’s own - all the beautifully furnished rooms have their own personality with en-suite bathrooms, TV, hair dryers, tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial telephones. • Family run non smoking hotel • Warm friendly atmosphere • Excellent Service and affordable tariff • Special weekend rates for 2 nights

• Four poster bedroom available • Cosy hotel bar • Garden • Residents TV lounge • Free wireless internet • Conference facilities on request

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Herts JazzFest 2011 is the first ever Herts Jazz Festival and it is being held at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City from 19 to 21 August. It kicks off in style with Echoes of Ellington and ends with the exceptional Don Weller Big Band. Tickets are available online now from or telephone 01707 357117. For more information on Herts Jazz visit If you are looking for somewhere to stay for Herts Jazz Festival look no further than Homestead Court in Welwyn Garden City. This Best Western hotel is just 2 miles away from the town centre. Bar ‘66 has a full range of hot and cold cuisine at modest prices. For a more formal dining experience try the Garden Restaurant. There is free use for residents of the health and leisure facilities at nearby Gosling Sports Park. Ring 01707 324336 or look on to make a reservation. The Orangery Restaurant and Bar at Shendish Manor Hotel and Golf Course near Kings Langley have designed a “bistro style” menu that includes a new slant on the serving of some old favourites created with carefully selected fresh local produce. This fabulous bistro experience can be enjoyed in the Orangery Restaurant or al fresco on the Terrace. The Orangery is open to Residents and Non-Residents for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. For reservations ring 01442 232220 or look on

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ooking for somewhere to stay or to hold a family do? Looking for somewhere to wine and dine your loved ones? Fancy a round of golf? Fancy a spa day or afternoon tea, or both? Well look no further than Herts Hoteliers Association [HHA]. HHA is made up of a collection of branded and privately-owned properties offering an array of styles to suit all budgets and tastes.These range from modern and trendy business hotels in busy corporate locations,




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relax boutique city-centre properties, hotels convenient for airports and historic country-house style venues set in landscaped gardens. Facilities include high-quality accommodation and event rooms, fine-dining restaurants and leisure facilities.

With its fragrant walled gardens, and stately Jacobean country house, the historic Hanbury Manor, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club makes a lasting impression.You’ll find the obliging service and amenities expected from a 5-star luxury hotel. It’s a standard that extends from the richly panelled library warmed by an open fireplace, to elegant guest rooms. Savour the award-winning dining at the Zodiac and contemporary Oakes Grill.Yield to the blissful pleasures of the luxury spa, work out in the fitness centre or take on the PGA championship golf course. For weddings, Hanbury Manor offers a distinctive setting that will provide you and your guests with a memorable occasion. Look on

Golf at Hanbury Manor; afternoon tea at Sopwell House or a spa day at Manor of Groves? What will you choose to do?? Well why not make a weekend of it and do it all! The latest campaign offers money-saving vouchers that can be downloaded from the HHA website at offering discounts of up to 25 per cent on room rates or three nights for the price of two. For more information on the HHA, see the website at

From 2 July to 18 September you can enjoy delicious Tapas on the Terrace at the Beales Hotel in Hatfield. All created by Head Chef Diego Granada and his team, perhaps washed down with a jug or two of Sangria. No need to book, just turn up from 12 noon to 10pm, each day. From 17 September to 2 October, Beales is hosting British Food Fortnight, a celebration of all things British on their menu. The best of local suppliers will feature, with produce from small farms and producers in the area. The menu features beef and pork from Bridget Borlase’s farm in Watton at Stone and local beers. Phone 01707 288500 to book or look on



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Stunning new orangery restaurant impressive new function rooms lakeside, garden or terrace dining weekly menu £21 for 3 courses full A La Carte menu fabulous afternoon teas 30 individually bedrooms from £125 relaxing new lounge and bar.

01727 864444 • Fishpool Street, St Albans Hertfordshire AL3 4RY

The Park Inn Watford Hotel is a short walk from Watford Junction Station which offers a 15 minute ride to London and direct routes to Olympia, Earls Court, Westfield and Wembley.


High Elms Manor

The perfect location for those who still enjoy the “The perfect location for whoelegance still enjoy the traditional” traditional. Nothing matches thethose sheer of a wedding at High Elms Manor.

Events Office: 01923 663875

This hotel’s central Watford location is the perfect base for exploring the sights and sounds of London and the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside.

Located in Watford’s central business district, recently refurbished, the Park Inn Watford Hotel provides high-quality amenities and services ideal for business and leisure travellers.

Park Inn Watford 30-40 St. Albans Road Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 1RN Tel: +44 1923 429 988 Fax: +44 1923 221 175 E-mail:

Enjoy top musical acts at Wembley Arena or spend the day watching world-class football at the New Wembley Stadium.


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Stay at…

Ramada Hatfield For every occasion, choose the Ramada Hatfield hotel. Situated opposite Hertfordshire University and just 12 miles from Luton Airport, choose to stay in the listed building designed to reflect the iconic de Havilland Comet aeroplane. Enjoy a little modern history as the elegant Art Deco architecture is echoed in period-style décor and furniture dotted throughout the hotel. Dine on bistro favourites in the Arts Brasserie before relaxing in comfy leather sofas with your favourite tipple. As spring draws near why not sit outside on the heated terrace. Pop across to the Galleria shopping centre, just opposite, or explore Hatfield House and its 42-acre gardens, 2.5 miles away.


• 128 contemporary bedrooms • 14 stylish Summit Conference rooms with free high speed internet access • Arts Brasserie Restaurant • 24 hour room service • Free parking for up to 150 cars


• Hatfield Railway Station - 1 mile • Luton Airport - 14 miles • Heathrow Airport - 32 miles • Stanstead Airport - 39 miles

Around and About • St Albans • Hatfield House • Woburn Abbey • Galleria Shopping Centre

Book now. Call 0844 815 9042

The right location… the right price…

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BOOK YOUR WEDDING WITH US AND GET IN SHAPE WITH 6 MONTHS FREE LEISURE CLUB MEMBERSHIP. Book and conďŹ rm your wedding at Cheshunt Marriott Hotel and we will give 6 months complimentary membership to our Hotel Leisure Club on the run up to your wedding. Get in shape for your big day by swimming in our newly refurbished indoor pool or working out in our gym. To enquire about holding your wedding with us call 01992 451 245 and speak to Sarah Groves.

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In 1803 the world’s first commercial papermaking machine was installed and operated at Frogmore Mill, Hemel Hempstead. The beginning of paper's industrial revolution, paving the way for the world we know today - mass communication, universal education and worldwide knowledge. Over 200 years later and still making paper, Frogmore Mill is now operated by the Apsley Paper Trail charity ensuring that its unique history and industry is preserved for the nation. Frogmore Mill offers a unique 'hands-on' visitor experience where you can make your own piece of paper, print a page, create paper arts, crafts and objects as well as seeing commercial paper being made by hand and on a 100 year old paper machine. Enjoy guided tours, exhibitions about the history of paper and papermaking, a café and, of course, the paper mill shop. Look on: for more information.

Happy in Hemel emel Hempstead will always be associated with the words ‘magic roundabout’ but the town offers a wizard experience in many ways. Bargain hunters should find all they crave in the town, with two dedicated shopping centres providing the benefits of chain stores while more individual goods are on offer in the Old Town. The historic High Street is so picturesque that it has been filmed on several occasions including for the quirky detective series Pie in the Sky. It features architecture stretching back centuries.Wallpaper in the Old Bell pub dates from 1821 and has been conserved by experts at the Victoria and Albert Museum.





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explore Individual shops sell art and antiques, clothing, giftware, furniture, dolls’ houses and unusual items you wouldn’t normally find in big stores. Admire the Medieval buildings while you track down something special that will set you apart from the crowd.

In Hemel Old Town you will find the gem of the Museum of Technology. The technological revolution of 1850-1980 is shown through an eclectic mix of objects, including a ‘trench’ gramophone, a telephony collection, with the much loved ‘A & B’ public telephone. Opening times are by appointment, telephone 01442 262541 or look on England’s only Pope, Nicholas Breakspear, was born in

Culture vultures will be happy too as they can visit the Old Town Hall Theatre which holds a wide range of events for all ages from comedy to music, drama, theatre and dance. There is also a gallery bar and a changing exhibition. Recent highlights included Punt and Dennis, Dr Phil Hammond and John Shuttleworth. For more details look on If you prefer doing to watching, check out the new Snow Centre at St Albans Hill. It boasts the UK’s largest indoor lesson slope, Alpine conditions and a 160 metre main slope all on one site. For more details look on

Bedmond near Hemel Hempstead in 1100. After a period at St Albans Abbey he rose through the ranks of the church and became Adrian IV in 1154. Leisure World at Jarman Park includes a multiplex Empire cinema, ten pin bowling, an ice rink, the Aqua Splash water park and night clubs. There are plenty of activities to satisfy the whole family for an outing.





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Close by you will find the lovely market town of Tring where the Natural History Museum is based. It is home to the Walter Rothschild collection of over 5000 specimens of animals and bugs in a unique Victorian setting. Perfect for young children who will be fascinated by all the creepy crawlies on display! Look on for information on special exhibitions and events. Walkers can enjoy themselves too, strolling through the Bulbourne Valley meadows and beside the Grand Union Canal at Boxmoor. There is a profusion of wildlife including ponies, sheep and rare breeds of cattle. The meadows are lovingly maintained to conserve the habitat as it has been for centuries. After you have finished your retail therapy, head for the Ashridge Estate near Berkhamsted to fill your lungs with fresh air. With over 5000 acres of open countryside and woodland with stunning views, you are very likely to see deer and other wildlife. It has a lively Visitor Centre and shop and often has events for children during the school holidays. Look on for more information.

The Riverside Retail Park off New Seldon Hill offers everything the seasoned shopper and the browser could desire including car parking, refreshments and a wide array of top stores. Visit Next, Monsoon, Laura Ashley,TK Maxx, Debenhams H&M and the Bathstore among many others. The retail park is open seven days a week, until 8pm on Thursdays and from 11am until 5pm on Sundays. Look on for more details. The Riverside complex dates from 2005, unlike the Marlowes shopping centre which has been a feature of Hemel Hempstead for many years. It also offers a wide variety of household names. There is free parking on Sundays and regular special events. For more details look on Finish your visit to Hemel Hempstead in one of the town’s many cafes, bars or restaurants. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it here.

Ski and Snowboard on real snow

All year round!

* Huge main slope with two button lifts * Large lesson slope - perfect for beginners qualified BASI Snowsports School * Highly * Rubber Ringos (seasonal) For more information call 0845 258 9000 or visit

The Snow Centre, St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3 9NH

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The Forge Museum and Garden at Much Hadham features one of the last surviving working village forges in England and is home to rare Elizabethan wall paintings. Tel: 01279 843301 or look on: Mill Green Museum near Hatfield

operates from a 16th Century former mill house with a restored 18th Century flour mill next door, powered by the River Lea, producing its own organic flour. Tel: 01707 271362 or look on: Potters Bar Museum is a compact home to an eclectic collection which includes Norman cooking pots, Roman coins, the remains of L31 Zeppelin airship and a magnificent collection of telephones. Tel: 01707 645005 or look on

SailAway here is something very romantic about a windmill. Once they were a feature of every village but now they are a rarity.The very sight of their distinctive struts and high sails still sends a shiver of excitement down many a spine. The windmill at Cromer is an imposing example, cutting the skyline in the heart of the countryside, between Walkern and Cottered. It has stood on an artificial mound for more than 300 years and survived all the elements could throw at it, including a gale that blew it over in 1860. It was lovingly rebuilt and went on working for the next 60 years.


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explore But the days were numbered for grinding corn as it became unprofitable.The mill suffered a serious blow when it lost a sail in 1929 and the rest were removed for safety. Over the years its position became dire. By 1967 it was in such a desperate state that a group of enthusiasts banded together to save it from total dereliction.

Hitchin Museum is housed in a late Georgian House and highlights include the costume gallery showing 200 years of women's fashion and the Herts Yeomanry & Artillery gallery, with uniforms and medals, dating back to 1805. The gem of the collection is a reconstruction of a Victorian Chemist's Shop. Tel: 01462 434476 or look on Kingsbury Watermill above the River Ver in St Michael’s Street, St Albans, dates from the

They faced a long haul but once the first phase of work was complete they passed the mill over to the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust who hold regular open days. Before the century was out the mill was back in full working order following grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust. It can now take its place in the county's hierarchy as Hertfordshire's only remaining windmill and is open regularly from mid May to mid September. For more details contact The Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust on 01992 504302.

16th Century and has been restored to full working order including a milling machine. Tel: 01727 853502 Visit Redbournbury Mill in Redbourn Road, St Albans to see a fully-restored 18th Century working watermill on the River Ver. It produces its own flour and holds demonstrations. Look on: or tel: 01582 792874


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Eating out

Mediterranean - Bar - Restaurant - Al Fresco Dining Oscars Pizza Company encompasses the spirit of the Mediterranean & al fresco dining located in the heart of Kings Langley.

Oscars is an award-winning restaurant priding ourselves on our “family friendly” atmosphere. Our extensive menu includes a variety of fresh seafood, meat and poultry dishes. Without mentioning our pizza and pasta selection or weekly specials. All of Oscar’s dishes are freshly made while you wait; nothing is pre-cooked Kids eat free 3:30 - 5:30pm daily Lunch menu 12 - 3pm daily. 2 courses for £10, 3 courses for £15 Oscars Pizza Co. VIP Member Programme Each pound spent will earn you 1 loyalty point, we’ll also offer more points on some promotional purchases. Collect points to receive a Reward Certificate, which you can use as cash the next time you stop by. It’s our way of thanking you for your loyalty. 21 High Street, Kings Langley, Herts WD4 8AB. Tel: 01923 263800

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Join us for chocolate decorating and more in the school holidays. Great Missenden Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL

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Enjoy! Hertfordshire museums

Hertfordshire boasts dozens of museums, large and small, which unlock the rich and fascinating heritage of the county from prehistoric times to the present day. Unlock the past - Visit a Museum To discover what your museum has to offer visit the Herts Museums website

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Fun days out


Warriors Brave

One Year and Counting As a host county for the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, events are in place to celebrate that in July it is one year to go before the Games come to London. The White Water Canoe Slalom for the 2012 Games is taking place at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Broxbourne. On Saturday 23 July there will be 5 hours of live performance on stage in Waltham Cross, near the Eleanor Cross to celebrate that it is one year before the Games come to town. Show casing local talent, events start at 11am and it is free to attend, so head on down to Rock at the Cross! On Sunday 24 July, Ofest is once again being hosted by Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, come and have a go at 'beating the pro' and enjoy more entertainment throughout the afternoon, including the Animal Olympic Show. Look on for more information

Step back to the past at Celtic Harmony Camp near Brickendon. As a family you can enjoy the activities in the Celtic camp and relax in the woodland. On 29 August you can take part in the Primitive Skills Festival. Spend the day with the archers, woodmen, storytellers, warriors and performers. See amazing fire breathing performances, make your own Iron Age Pot or even make your own arrow. Refreshments available including a hog roast with free real ale. Admission is just £7 per head if booked in advance on line, look on Inspired by the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, The Muscle Warrior 10K Run is taking place at Haileybury, Hertford Heath on Sunday 24 July to raise funds for The Muscle Help Foundation. The event includes a 1K wheelchair circuit and a 1k fancy dress toddle through Haileybury’s spectacular quad... everyone can take part. Register now at www.


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CALL 01992 470 490 OR VISIT PWPARK.COM Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Herts, EN10 7QA


For those extra special days Ware Priory has established itself as one of the leading wedding & banqueting venues in Hertfordshire. The historic building and beautiful riverside setting makes it a unique and special place to celebrate those important days of your life. At Ware Priory, we provide an experienced professional service, flexible to your needs, to help make your celebration or wedding day extra special. To ensure a magical time, we offer: * Historic or contemporary surroundings * A choice of licensed rooms for civil ceremonies * Realistic, competitive pricing * Riverside setting * Beautiful and unique surroundings * A range of stylish rooms from 20 to 200 capacity.

for more information please visit or call 01920 460316 Ware Priory, High Street, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9AL

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Fun days out


Splashing Around Boxmoor Canal Festival is taken place on 28 -30 May at Canalside in Hemel Hempstead. The festival will show off the

Dinosaur Trail

beautifully decorated boats and

Meet the dinosaurs at Knebworth House as you stroll through

barges along the canal, other

the Wilderness garden. You will meet a woolly mammoth,

attractions include traction

a sabre toothed tiger and a T-Rex prowling through the

engines, a fairground, craft fair

redwood trees. Paths are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs

and other stalls. You can even

and you can finish the walk with a snack in the Garden Terrace Tea Room. Knebworth also has an adventure playground, Fort Knebworth, zip wires and a miniature railway. On 4

take a boat trip down the canal. Children's attractions are free. Various refreshments will be available over the

September you can watch the thrills and spills of the jousting

weekend including a real

tournament in the grounds. All in all, a great family day out

ale bar.

for all ages.

Admission is just £6 for adults,

Look on for more

£3 for children and a family

information on opening times and admission prices.

ticket is £15.



St Albans Museums MUSEUM OF ST ALBANS 9a HatямБeld Road, St Albans AL1 3RR 01727 819340

VERULAMIUM MUSEUM St Michaels, St Albans AL3 4SW 01727 751810

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What’s On 2011


Great Hertfordshire events throughout the Summer

ALL YEAR ROUND Herts Jazz Club Every Sunday at Campus West Welwyn Garden City From 7.45pm Until 30 September Moore at Hatfield Sculpture in Hatfield House Park Until 30 October Henry Moore: Plasters The Henry Moore Foundation Perry Green 28 - 29 May Herts County Show County Showground Redbourn

31 May - 4 June The Lady in the Van Watford Palace Theatre 01923 225671

JUNE 2 June Celtic Games at Welwyn Roman Baths 4 - 5 June Hands on History Weekend Knebworth House 01438 812661 5 June Fun Day & Classic Bus Rally Hertford Castle Grounds 01992 584322 11 to 19 June African Sculpture Hopleys Plants Much Hadham 01279 842509 18 June - 3 July St Albans Festival Various venues in St Albans

19 June Day in the Life of Roman Welwyn Welwyn Roman Baths 19 June Fathers’ Day Cars Knebworth House 01438 812661

7-16 July 26th International Organ Festival St Albans

25 - 26 June SALVO Fair Knebworth House 01438 812661

9 July Teddy Bears Picnic Ware Priory Play Park 01920 460316

30 June A Night at the Opera Carmen Highlights Broxbourne Civic Hall 01992 441946

9 - 10 July Rhythms of the World Hitchin Priory

30 June Evening Glow Worm Walk Brickendon Booking Essential 01462 459395


Folk by the Oak

3 July Open Air Theatre Great Expectations Hertford Castle Grounds 01992 584322

1 - 3 July Water Boat Festival Ware Priory

10 July Shakespeare in the Park Hamlet Hatfield House Park 10 July Harpenden Highland Gathering Rothamsted Park 17 July Ware Duck Race Ware Lock 01920 469211


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experience 22 -24 July Laughs in the Park Verulamium Park, St Albans 01727 844488 22 July Taming of the Shrew Outdoor Theatre Broxbourne Civic Hall Gardens 01992 441946 23 July Open Air Theatre Cranford Hopleys Plants Much Hadham 01279 842509 23 July One Year & Counting Celebrate the 2012 Games Live Music on Stage Waltham Cross Town Centre


24 July Rock in the Priory Priory Island 01920 460316 24 July Folk by the Oak Queen Elizabeth Oak Field Hatfield House 31 July Pre 50's American Autos Rally Knebworth House 01438 812661

AUGUST 1 - 31 August Knebworth Carving Exhibition Knebworth House 01438 812661

5 August Art in Clay Queen Elizabeth Oak Field Hatfield House

19 - 21 August Country Show Hatfield House Book on line before 14 August to get 25% discount

7 August Rock at the Castle Hertford Castle Grounds 01992 584322

28-29 August Chilli Festival Benington Lordship

7 August Royston Kite Festival Therfield Heath

29 August Primitive Skills Festival Celtic Harmony Camp Brickendon

13 - 14 August Knebworth Country Show Knebworth House 01438 812661 14 August Shakespeare in the Park A Midsummer Night's Dream Elephant Dell Hatfield House 17 August Fantastic Mr Fox Outdoor Theatre Knebworth House 01438 812661

Art in Clay

Godiva Resting by Paul Smith

23 July Battle Proms Queen Elizabeth Oak Field Hatfield House

24 July OFest Celebrate One Year to Go To the 2012 Games Paradise Wildlife Park Broxbourne 01992 470490

19 - 21 August Herts JazzFest 2011 Campus West Welwyn Garden City 19-21 August Flamstead Scarecrow Festival

SEPTEMBER 4 September Jousting Knebworth House 01438 812661 4 September Beating the Retreat Hertford Castle Grounds 01992 584322 8-11 September Heritage Open Weekend Various venues across Herts 10 September - 2 October Herts Open Studios Various venues across Herts 26 September Open Gardens at Little Berkhamsted

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Chenies Manor

Chenies Manor House & Enchanting Gardens Open Every Wednesday & Thursday April to October inclusive & Bank Holiday Mondays 2-5pm The C15 Manor House is steeped in history. It was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I and rumour has it that it is haunted by the Ghost of Henry VIII. Enjoy the profusion of flowers in the various gardens, the Yew Maze and Physic Garden. Winner of the Historic Houses Association & Christie’s Garden of the Year 2009 Award Delicious Home made Teas – Shop – Plants for sale – Exhibition.

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Capel Manor Gardens? One of the UK’s hidden treasures! Open 7 days a week*.

Over 60 show gardens and landscapes to explore with prize winning themed, model and historical gardens including the latest additions the Old Manor House Garden and the Family Friendly Garden (a 2010 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner!). Take advantage of our gift shop with own plant sales, restaurant or picnic by the lake and free parking. Shows and events take place throughout the year. ADMISSION FEES: Adults £5.50 | Concessions £4.50 Children £2.50 (5s and under free) | Family Ticket £13.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) *March – October. Open weekdays only November – February.

Capel Manor Gardens Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield EN1 4RQ | Just off junction 25 of the M25 08456 122 122 |

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Special events Moore Than Meets the Eye

But admirers can also see Moore’s works in the grounds and woodlands of Hatfield House this summer, from April 23 until September 30. The special show will feature the largest collection of his sculptures ever shown in the grounds of an historic house. Moore himself loved to display his innovative work outside, where it seemed to change according to the seasons and setting. The exhibition will help Hatfield House celebrate its 400th anniversary this year. For more details look on

Chilli Hot! The annual Chilli Festival takes place at Benington Lordship on 28 and 29 August. It is a family event and offers a chance to buy chilli plants, chilli cooking products, gifts with a chilli theme and sample foods from around the world. Stalls are set up in the sheltered courtyard and overlooking the lake, where many different dishes are available to whet your appetite. You can buy Mexican beer and even chilli ice cream to help you cool down. The romantic garden will be open as normal, so after sampling the chilli delights you can relax in the grounds around the Norman Castle ruins. For more details look on

Henry Moore is one of the world’s most famous and esteemed sculptors. Fans who admire his monumental work will have a field day in Hertfordshire - literally if they visit his home at Perry Green or the grounds of Hatfield House this summer. At Perry Green many of his works are displayed in the sculpture grounds and visitors can also see Moore's house, studio and galleries.There is a new exhibition in the Sheep Field Barn Galleries. Fresh from the Musee Rodin in Paris, Henry Moore: Plasters runs at Perry Green until 30 October. This selection of plaster originals for some of Moore’s most iconic works spans three decades. Many sculptures are being displayed in Britain for the first time. For opening times and directions look on


Gardenonaroll offers the non-gardener the opportunity to plant their very own pre-design border using the new, patented, life sized paper plan system with circles and numbers on the paper which corresponds with the number on the plants! Before...

Simply go to our web site and follow these 5 simple steps to produce your own perfect border. • Choose the style of plants you like • Select required length and width • Place your order and receive delivery • Carry out simple ground preparation • Plant by following ground sheet plan

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See our trial borders at Capel Manor, Enfield & Butterfly world, St Albans! For more information or advice, please visit our web site or contact Antony Henn on 01707 276620 Gardenonaroll, The Dutch Nursery, Bell Bar, Hatfield, AL9 6ND

For Real Food and Real Farming

Visit Church Farm! 4 Free Entry, Parking & Woodland Play Area 4 Farm Café & Store. Open Everyday 9am-5pm 4 Free Range High Welfare Meat,Veg, Fruit & Herbs 4 Workshops, Events, Meetings and Parties



Please bring this voucher to the Farm Store at Church Farm Ardeley and collect your free bag of animal feed. Feed the Pigs, Geese & Ducks or Chickens.


This voucher can be redeemed for one box of food

Church Farm, Ardeley, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 7AH, T: 01438 861 447 E:


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experience Sculpture at the Grove The Grove at Chandler’s Cross is hosting Sculpture at the Grove. It has one of the most beautiful 'galleries' in Britain. The estate is made up of 300 acres of trees, lawns and canals that change with the seasons. In the 18th century, when it was home to the Earls of Clarendon, George Stubbs would cycle from his house in Edgware to paint there. The estate's horses and gardens often appear in his work.This collection of 79 sculptures brings a modern twist to the artistic traditions of the Grove, which will surprise and enchant visitors of every age, from collectors to novices. The exhibition is open for all to see and runs until 31 August. Once you have toured the exhibition you might like to treat yourself to afternoon tea or a Pimms on the terrace. Look on for more information

Hitchin's Got Rhythm


Rhythms of the World, the festival of world, music, dance and art will take place in Hitchin Priory on 9 & 10 July. The festival will host 7 stages featuring rock, pop, folk, reggae, jazz and classical music from the local area and around the world.This is Rhythms’ 20th anniversary so come along and celebrate. You can take part in the arts project and the family area which this year has a seaside theme. Come along and get involved, have your face painted, join in the music workshops and the giant games. There will be stalls offering food from every corner of the globe or you can bring a picnic and make the most of the beautiful grounds. Advance tickets are just: £3 for 6 - 17 yrs, £7 Adults, 5yrs and under are free. For more information look on

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Visit the home, grounds and studios of the great British artist Henry Moore at Perry Green, near Much Hadham Hertfordshire SG10 6EE

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First brand new 2012 venue to open for adrenalin pumping white water rafting – a year ahead of the Games! Win FOUR white water rafting tickets for Lee Valley White Water Centre The Lee Valley White Water Centre opened its doors to the public in April this year. This world class centre is the only brand new London 2012 venue you can use before the Games and thrill seekers will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to raft the rapids before the world’s best athletes arrive. “It’s a great opportunity to be training and competing on home soil here at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. The course is fantastic and one of the best in the world” said David Florence, Beijing Silver Medallist. Lee Valley White Water Centre has been built for the canoe slalom at the 2012 Games, but uniquely it has a pre-Olympic legacy, as the only brand new Olympic venue that you can enjoy before 2012. The Centre is bringing the Rockies to the UK and giving rafters an unforgettable day out rafting wild rapids, get your tickets now as bookings and enquiries have already been taken from across the country and Europe. To get your tickets go to:

For your chance to win 4 white water rafting tickets for the only London 2012 venue to open to the public ahead of the Games, just answer the sporting question below: Which canoe slalom Team GB member won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Enjoy! Hertfordshire Send your completed entry to: Lee Valley White Water Competition Myddelton House Bulls Cross Enfield EN2 9HG No later than 12 August 2011. Just answer the following question: Which canoe slalom Team GB member won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics?


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Terms and conditions apply. Occasionally Lee Valley will forward offers that may be of interest to you. Should you wish not to receive such information, please tick the box. Lee Valley will not forward your details to any third party.

Family fun in

River Lee Country Park There’s so much to see and do… Get active – burn off that excess energy and discover miles of picturesque walking and cycling routes, or take to the water and navigate the river by rowing boat or pedalo. If adrenalin sports are your thing, you can enjoy white water rafting at the brand new Lee Valley White Water Centre from April 2011. Family fun – meet the animals at Lee Valley Park Farms, discover the dairy farm, let off steam in the play areas and be sure to look out for our new loveable Meerkats and baby lambs! Relax – take time out and explore the heritage and beauty of Waltham Abbey Gardens, unwind with a picnic amongst peaceful and picturesque surroundings or simply watch the abundance of wildlife go by. Car parks available in Waltham Abbey and Broxbourne, visit website for more details.

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Butterfly World Project is aiming to be the biggest butterfly experience in the world. The focus for this season is to teach visitors about the lifecycle of the butterfly and its extraordinary fragility and how to grow butterfly attracting plants to encourage the return of native butterflies into our gardens. This year the butterfly house is home to over 600 tropical butterflies, including the Blue Morpho, the Monarch and Swallowtail. You can climb up the Flower Pot Tower and look at the wild flower meadows and the specialist designed gardens. It has a great tea room and is suitable for visitors of all ages. Look on for more information. Laughs in the Parks is taking place in Verulamium Park, St Albans for the 2nd year running from 22 to 24 July and features the comic wit of Ross Nobel, Eddie Izzard and Tommy Tiernan. They are all performing each night on the main stage in the glorious and historic surroundings of this fabulous park. Festival style stalls offering a selection of food and drinks and a spectacular firework display at the end of each evening- what more could you wish for? For more information on availability of tickets: 01727 844488 or look on laughs-in-the-park

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here is a romance to being a cowboy that is hard to beat. When you couple that with a deep love of horses, then you have a hobby with real style. Western Ways, based a few miles from Hertford, focuses on the welfare of the horses it uses first and foremost. It trains people who want to learn the centuries-old skill of Western riding, teaching them a philosophy that means they really empathise with the animals they ride.

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experience The principles of Western Riding can be traced back to nearly 400 years BC where Xenophon, the ancient Greek soldier and historian who is widely accepted as being the founder of modern horsemanship, wrote that balance, weight control and transfer, gentleness and patience are the keys to a well trained and supple horse. His philosophies remain in place today.

When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the Americas in the early 1500's they brought with them cattle-working and warfare practices that form the basis of Western Riding today. John Wayne made it look easy to lasso a steer as you ride at full pelt, but it takes dedication to train a horse to respond to a light pressure on the reins and a shift in your weight.When you master the skill, it is immensely satisfying. Western Ways offer tailor made courses to suit all levels, so if you fancy learning to be a cowboy or want to brush up on your skills before that ranching holiday in America call 07939 890938 or look on for more information.

Hull Truck Theatre is presenting Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van, appearing at Watford Palace Theatre from 31 May - 4 June. Starring Nichola McAuliffe, above, (Surgical Spirit) The Lady in the Van is the autobiographical story of Mary Shepherd who lived in a battered old Bedford van in Alan Bennett's garden from 1974 until her death in 1989. The Lady in the Van is a beautifully observed, sharply witty play in true Alan Bennett style. The eight strong cast includes; Nichola McAuliffe, Paul Kemp, James Holmes and Tina Gambe. For tickets call the box office on 01923 225671 or look on The White Swan Inn in Hoddesdon High Street is a Grade II listed building. It is mainly a 16th Century timber frame building with a slate front roof and an old tiled roof on the rear. It was owned by the Hoddesdon brewers Christie & Cathrow in the early 19th Century. It is still a popular watering hole today, serving real ales and is a vibrant live music venue for up and coming bands on Friday & Saturday nights. Visit whiteswanhoddesdon for the full gig guide.


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Henry Moore: Warrior with Shield 1953-54. Henry Moore: Plasters runs at Perry Green until 30 October. See page 40


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Come and see a truly unique event as giant carnival puppets retrace the last steps of St Alban and celebrate his remarkable story. Roman chariots, centurions, lions, roses and executioners all take their place in this spectacular procession of pageantry, as St Alban is led to his execution outside the Cathedral. The Alban Pilgrimage takes place on 18 June at 10.30am and starts in Roman Verulamium and finishes outside the Cathedral. The Roman Quest takes place after the Pilgrimage procession on 18 June and is an exciting array of hands on fun and games for all the family. Step back hundreds of years to the time of Alban and the centurions. See if you can build a Roman arch, find Roman treasure and make the Alban rose. You can dress up as a Roman and even try your hand at chariot racing! It all takes place in Abbey Orchard just outside St Albans Cathedral. St Albans Organ Theatre is a fine collection of various organs, musical boxes and pianos. The collection includes a WurliTzer, a 95 key Bursens Café Organ and various musical boxes. Run by volunteers and enthusiasts it is open to the public every Sunday, 2.15pm to 4.30pm, you will experience live musical performances of the various instruments on show. Doors open at 2pm and admission is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. Look on for more information.

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he Cathedral at St Albans lies on the edge of the town centre, looking across stunning parkland. Here a visitor can make a choice - should they go down towards Roman Verulamium with its fascinating ruins, museum and lake or should they move back to the city and its myriad of attractions? First they should look in the cathedral itself, built to mark the site of the execution of the first English Christian martyr, St Alban. He died because he defied the Roman rulers by following the teachings of Jesus. Legend has it that as the executioner brought down his axe on Alban’s neck his eyes fell from his head. You will be pleased to hear that no such fate awaits the modern visitor. His remarkable story is celebrated on 18 June in the Alban Pilgrimage.


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explore The Cathedral is stunning wherever you look, among its many highlights is the shrine to St Alban himself, an imposing gothic tomb with a scarlet canopy. Before you leave you can call in at the delightful café in the Chapter House where you can not only sample delicious food but also look at the art displays. Look on for more information.

St Albans is home to CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale and has many real ale pubs and inns that will welcome you through their doors with a warm smile. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks dates back to the 8th Century. With its long history the Fighting Cocks could tell a few stories. There are tunnels stretching from the beer cellar to the Cathedral, which apparently were used by the Monks.

If you carry on down the hill, past the historic Fighting Cocks pub (rumoured to be the oldest hostelry in the country) you will reach the lake and Verulamium Museum, where you can pass a good few hours travelling back in time to the early days of Christ. The Romans loved St Albans and made it their third largest city in England. It was destroyed during Boudicca’s revolt but this only spurred the citizens to a greater renewal. You can still see clear signs of the Romans’ skill including the famous mosaic that once graced a suite of rooms in a large town house. At Verulamium’s award-winning museum there is a real sense of life all those long centuries ago.

Whilst in St Albans pick up the Samuel Ryder Trail leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre in the Old Town Hall which is located in St Peter’s Street. It gives you a short ‘9 hole’ introduction to this famous St Albans citizen who has achieved world-wide fame by giving his name to that most prestigious golfing event and trophy-the Ryder Cup. The Hertfordshire Show takes place on 28-29 May at the Showground in Redbourn. You can see the various horse & livestock shows, the Devil's Horsemen, the Sheep Shearing Show and much more. There is something for the whole family. The Enjoy! Hertfordshire marquee offers you lots of free activities, meet the Romans, enjoy our animal olympics and our art activities. Look on


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St Albans Signal Box is another jewel in St Albans crown. It is a rare grade 2 listed signal box built in 1892. Used for many years as a nesting box by the local pigeons it has been completely renovated by a group of volunteers. It is constructed entirely of wood and has a rare 1906 Midland Railway 'tumbler' interlocking lever frame. It has regular open days and is reliant on donations to maintain the building. Look on for more details on opening times.


‘Larks in the Parks’ is returning to the green spaces in St Albans on Sunday 26 June. Larks are taking place in Fleetville, Sopwell, London Colney, Colney Heath, Highfield and Victoria Playing Fields. Join in for an afternoon of fun in the sun with a seaside theme. Music, art workshops, games and much, much more will be on offer. Bring a picnic and come along and join in. Look on for more information. Flamstead Scarecrow Festival takes place from midday Friday 19 to 5pm on 21 August. Walk the scarecrow trail through the village and see over 90 scarecrows in all sorts of situations, in the garden on the roof, hiding in sheds or just peeking at you out of the window. For a small donation you can vote for your favourite. There will be teas and cakes in the Village Hall, crafts and bric-a-brac for sale and a barbecue. Look on

Everywhere you go in St Albans you are bombarded with history. Boudicca swept through leaving ruins in her wake.The Wars of the Roses began here. The very tower of the cathedral is built with Roman bricks. The clock tower marks the rebellion of the townspeople against the power of the church, asserting their independence. No wonder that St Albans runs an extensive programme of guided walks covering every aspect of the town’s amazing past including the Samuel Ryder Trail Many visitors to this lovely town, with its timberframed buildings and quirky streets, will love the shops. Here St Albans scores highly again, with a large number of high street chains and scores of one-off boutiques and outlets selling everything from antiques to modern jewellery, formal suits and the latest fashions. Twice a week the town throngs with bargain hunters visiting the market held in St Peter Street at the heart of the town.There is also a monthly farmers’ market. If you have never been to St Albans, book yourself a treat.There will be few people who can call into this enchanting city and fail to be pleased or surprised. St Albans is well worth an overnight stay, look on to find that special place to relax and enjoy. For more information pop into the Tourist Office in the Town Hall or look on

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St Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St Albans, Herts AL3 4HB Tel : 01727 855521

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Jolly Brown Fine Vintage Clothing Boutique is nestled between pubs and music shops in Bucklersbury in Hitchin, just off the main market square. All the items in the shop are handpicked and cared for by Hannah to ensure you stand out from the crowd. Telephone 01462 434292 or look on line at V for Vintage is located at 115 St Peters Street, St Albans and stocks a wide range of vintage dresses, skirts, trousers and shirts that span the fashion decades. You can also buy online at or call them on 01727 837779 The Vintage Shed can be found at Kneesworth, Royston. It offers lots of gorgeous vintage home stuff and clothes for the vintage loving lady and gent. A veritable, array of vintage clothes, accessories, memorabilia and kitchenalia are up for grabs. All very lovely and at very affordable prices. For more information call 07958 426913

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ertfordshire Vintage Fairs provide the men and women of Hertfordshire and beyond with the very best of vintage goodies from a few pounds to a few hundred pounds right on their doorstep. Come along and find that individual item for that special occasion. If you have never thought of buying and trying vintage you must! Clothing, shoes, jewellery, hats, handbags, lingerie and even home ware are all on offer. Just come along and browse or come along and be tempted to buy something beautiful. Take time out to have a bite to eat in





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discover the on site café whilst admiring your purchases. The next fair is on Sunday 26 June at Watford Leisure Centre Central, 10am to 4pm, admission is £2.50. Look on for more information and future fair dates.

Hertford Corn Exchange is home to the Hertford Vintage Fayre. A mixture of vintage and retro accessories and other items is up for grabs, ranging from fabulous 1930s silk lingerie, fifties kitsch, to 70s sports wear and collectable comics. The next fayres are on 11 June & 16 July. Telephone: 07912 978 597 for more information. Fleetville Vintage Emporium in Hatfield Road, St Albans is another Aladdin’s Cave of gorgeous vintage and retro finds from the smallest brooch for your lapel or hat to large pieces of furniture which would mix and match perfectly in the modern home. Open seven days a week, you could easily spend a couple of hours here rummaging through the eclectic stalls. It has a great tea room that offers yummy homemade cakes and snacks. Tel 01727 760095. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm, Sundays 10am to 4pm.

Another Vintage Shed is open every Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm at Church Farm Ardeley. It is full to the brim with affordable vintage clothes for ladies and gentlemen; retro furniture and goodies for the home. You will also find arts and crafts from new and local talent. You can explore the farm, take afternoon tea in the Farm Café or take some freshly picked vegetables home from the Farm Shop. Look on for all it has to offer. There are regular Antique and Collectors Fairs at the Wyllotts Centre in Potters Bar. 70 quality stalls selling a selection of wares from clothes to ceramics. The next fairs are on 11 September; 9 October and 4 December, open from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £1.50. For more information call: 01438 813060.



Fleetville Vintage Emporium of St Albans

The Emporium, with it’s amazing array of all things vintage - from clothes to shabby chic furniture, from antiques and collectables to books and records, from curtains to bed spreads, from Kitchenalia to French pots, has everything the discerning vintage buyer could want. Since it’s opening in August 2009 the Emporium has gone from strength to strength and now houses over 80 dealers with another warehouse filling quickly. You won’t believe your senses. Open 7 days a week: Mon - Sat 9am - 5:30pm Sunday 10am - 4pm

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Hertford’s leading visual arts venue

Men & Women's Vintage Boutique Clothing Jewellery Bags & Shoes

19 Sun Street Hitchin Herts SG5 1AH Tel 01462 437024

Gallery / Art Classes / Outreach Programme Children’s Parties / Unique Gifts / Café / Car Parking A full programme of Summer Workshops for Adults and Children including: • Life Drawing • Acrylics • Oils • Creative Writing • Ceramics • Drumming • Film and Animation • Puppet Theatre • Printmaking • Glass Fusion • Textiles For full information contact the Centre. Please book early as places are limited!

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Paradise Wildlife Park has the UK's best collection of big cats and is Britain's friendliest wildlife park. Fancy getting up close and personal? Fancy shadowing a keeper for the day? Paradise offers fantastic experiences with the animals. Breakfast with the big cats or perhaps you would like to meet the meerkats? These are just a sample of what is on offer. Look on for more information or call 01992 470 490.


Rye Meads Nature Reserve is very close to the karting centre and is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Explore the reserve and see how many different types of birds you can spot. Borrow the children's explorer backpacks or play bird bingo, you might even spot a kingfisher or two! Look ryemeads for information on special events over the summer. The Riverside Festival in Stanstead Abbots is taking place on 18 June near to the Jolly Fish pub. There is a lot to see and do for the whole family, including duck and raft races and live performances of dance and music. Bring a picnic and enjoy this great day out. for more information

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ue to the recent achievements of Lewis and Jensen, Rye-House Kart Raceway is now a famous venue that has become the UK’s foremost Karting centre and offers the perfect introduction into the world of Motor Sport. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the thrills and exhilaration of Go-Karting, the ultimate outdoors driving experience. Adults or children can enjoy the ideal setting and outstanding facilities that include a Main Track or Junior Circuit. Both offer the competitive edge to secure you a winning place! Once booked and signed in it is full speed ahead and no stopping. Drivers are fully kitted out with race suits, helmets and gloves and then briefed on all aspects of safety and the race ahead.After that, it's into the kart and onto the track. For the more experienced drivers we offer the flexibility to upgrade to our more challenging races. If you know your kart racing and are speedy round the track, you could end up on one of our Open Grand Prix’s or Open Endurance races and be winner with a place on the podium and celebrate with a bottle of bubbly and a trophy! For more information or to book your place on the starting grid look on or telephone 01992 460895 Ext 2

‘The largest collection of Henry Moore’s monumental works ever exhibited in the grounds of an historic house.’ For more information and to book tickets:

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Rhythms of the World, North Herts major music festival, will be taking place at the Priory, Hitchin, on July 9 and 10. It includes a vast range of music and performance arts and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For more details on acts and admission prices look on Sonisphere at Knebworth House sees the amazing line-up of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax on July 8 to 10. The Knebworth concert is part on an international tour. Letchworth Arts Centre has a large exhibition space and two smaller display areas as well as a cafĂŠ, theatre and regular events and courses. There is a monthly comedy night, music and classes for all ages including under twos. There are few cinemas as enchanting as the Rex in Berkhamsted which has been restored in true Art Deco style. You can sit in comfy chairs with drinks and nibbles while watching the film. For a full programme look on

University of Arts he University of Hertfordshire may focus on higher education for thousands of students, but it also opens its doors to the general public. The Art and Galleries programme includes a cornucopia of delights that includes film, music, drama, dance, comedy and visual art displays. The Arts and Design Gallery in Hatfield both show exciting international contemporary art from established and new artists.


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discover The University reaches a wide range of people with 14 shows a year and touring exhibitions, often introducing young artists starting out on their careers. They run an exciting Mayfest programme of events. For more details look on

Folk by the Oak will be providing fun for all the family at Hatfield House on Sunday July 24 with an exciting line-up of artists including Seth Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts, Show of Hands and Adrian Edmondson and Bad Shepherds. Look on for more information on the artistes and ticket details

There is entertainment of a different kind available at the University's Forum where stars as famous as Blondie, Florence and the Machine & Shikari have performed recently. The 2,000-capacity Hatfield venue has three entertainment spaces, a restaurant, café, four bars and parking for 400 cars. The Auditorium has a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, a stage large enough for major acts and a knockout balcony view. In contrast the bijou Attic on the second floor provides a mini-club atmosphere for smaller acts. For full details look on Nearby at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City you can see a regular programme of live theatre, comedy and music. It is home to Herts Jazz on Sundays at 7.45pm and for the very first time is hosting Herts Jazz Fest from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August. Tickets are on sale now, for information on acts and performers look on or for the programme at Campus West.

This year’s Battle Proms at Hatfield House will feature cavalry and infantry displays in Napoleonic style, an evening gun salute, music from the New England Concert Orchestra and a Spitfire flypast. Arrive early for a picnic and enjoy the warm-up attractions on July 23. St Albans Festival which runs from 18 June to 3 July has something to offer everyone. Folk at the Festival will take place this year at St Albans from June 24 to 26 with a Day of Dance around the Old Town Hall on June 25. Go along to the St Michael’s area of St Albans on the evening of Wednesday, July 6, for a free event with live folk music and entertainment including dancing. The street will be shut to traffic from 8pm and the fun continues until late. For more information on Festival activities look on .





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These are our regular markets in the county. Watch out for other seasonal markets and events throughout the year, like French markets





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Contact your local Tourist Information Centre (TIC) for further details. See pages 63-64


The Broadhall Suite is a versatile venue that can be used for private or corporate events for up to 250 guests including: Engagements • Wedding Receptions • Christmas Parties • Special Birthday’s • Funeral Receptions • Anniversaries • Business Functions & Meetings

We can organise everything for your event including caterers, flowers, balloons and much more... Food, Big Screen, Live Bands, DJ and late licence are all available. For more information call Jennie 01438 223223 or email The Broadhall Suite Bar, The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage FC Broadhall Way, Stevenage, Herts SG2 8RH. How to get there: Stevenage Football Club is located just off the A1 (M) at junction 7, 30 miles from London, two minutes from centre of Stevenage. The club is easily accessible from all parts of the country and there is ample FREE car parking.

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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. i D7 Bishop’s Stortford Tourist Information Centre 2 Market Square, CM23 3UU Tel: 01279 655831 Email: i C5 Hertford Tourist Information Centre 10 Market Place, SG14 1DG Tel: 01992 584322 Email: i E4/5 Letchworth Garden City Tourist Information Centre 33/35 Station Road, SG6 3BB Tel: 01462 487868 Email: i C3/4 St Albans Tourist Information Centre Town Hall, Market Place, AL3 5DJ Tel: 01727 864511 Email: You will also find tourist information at the following places: i E4/5 Baldock Library Simpson Drive. Tel: 01438 737333 i C2 Berkhamsted Library King's Road.Tel: 01438 737333 i E6 Buntingford Tourist Information Point The Manor House, High Street. Tel: 01763 272222 Email: i B6 Cheshunt Library Windmill Lane.Tel: 01992 785592 i B5/6 Goffs Oak Library Goffs Lane.Tel: 01992 785592


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i C/D3 Harpenden Tourist Information Point Town Hall, Leyton Road. Tel: 01582 768278 i C2/3 Hemel Hempstead Tourist Information Point Civic Centre, Marlowes.Tel: 01442 234222 i B4 Hertsmere Tourist Information Point Borough Council Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood. Tel: 0208 207 2277 Email: i E4 Hitchin Town Centre Initiative 27 Churchyard.Tel: 01462 453335 Email: i E4 Hitchin Library Paynes Park.Tel: 01438 737333 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: i F6 Royston Library Market Hill.Tel: 01438 737333 i D/E4/5 Stevenage Central Library Southgate.Tel: 01438 737333 i C1 Tring Tourist Information Point 99 Akeman Street.Tel: 01442 823347 Email: 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


Set in delightful grounds alongside the River Lea; Hertford Castle is an exclusive, historic venue Civil Weddings or corporate meetings. The Downshire Suite in the South Wing comprises three syndicated rooms, to offer complete flexibility to suit your needs, and can accommodate up to 50 seated delegates/guests or up to 100 for informal gatherings.

A programme of family events organised from April through to December include Band Concerts, Open Days, Wedding Exhibitions, Fun Day, Scottish Country Dancing, Charity Rock Festival. Private tours of Hertford Castle by request please contact Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre on 01992 584322


St Albans markets

Charter Market Wednesdays and Saturdays In St Peters Street every week the best street market in the whole of Hertfordshire, full of atmosphere and variety.

St Albans Farmers Market 2nd Sunday Morning every month Also in St Peters Street, home grown produce a gourmets delight.

Wheathampstead Market 3rd Sunday Morning Every month

Behind the Bull Public house, bring your kids or walk the dog, friendly atmosphere and pleasant surroundings, free parking.

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ain line stations serve Hertfordshire from London including Kings Cross, St Pancras and Liverpool Street. The M1 and the A1(M) run through the county and Stansted Airport is situated to the east with Luton Airport on the northern border. Buses and trains link the towns and there is an extensive network of roads with many idyllic country lanes. Hertfordshire really is something special.

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