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A very warm welcome to Harpenden and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.
You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in Hertfordshire. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population.
Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since.
Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’.
Yours sincerely, Richard Goss - Associate Director
Susan Jameson - Head of Lettings
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Welcome to Harpdenden p.7
Interview: Hertfordshire Landscaping p.12 Pubs & Live Music p.14 Coffee Shops p.16
Independant Boutiques p.17 Harpenden Arts p.18
Interview: Eagle design+Build p.20
Interview: Complete Fitted Furniture p.22
Family Days Out p.24 Schools & Nurseries p.26 Map of Harpdenden p.30 Health Clubs p.32
Local Restaurants p.34 Social Media Links p.36 Council Information p.38
Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Harpdenden
Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Harpdenden, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links.
Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home. A big WELCOME and enjoy.
A little bit of history
Until the 13th century the area was largely woodland, much of which was cleared by Westminster Abbey to make way for farmland and settlement when Edward the Confessor granted it the land in 1060 as part of the Wheathampstead Manor estate. Like many other British towns, Harpenden saw dramatic growth following the arrival of the railway in 1860, with residential developments replacing much of the surrounding farmland and establishing the town as the commuter hotspot it is today.
The area of Poets’ Corner has streets named after some of England’s finest literary figures, including Shakespeare Road, Kipling Way and Shelley Court.
The properties of Harpenden exhibit a wide range of architectural styles from the Tudor era to the modern day, with everything from contemporary apartments and new build houses to large period properties and aspirational family homes. Notable local buildings include the Grade II listed St Nicholas Church which has stood in the heart of the town since the early 13th century and the exemplary 1960s Ahm House by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who is best known for designing the Sydney Opera House.
Why move to Harpdenden?
Although it has all the amenities you would expect from a substantial town, including a fantastic range of schools, shops and restaurants, its quaint streets and abundant green spaces allow Harpenden to retain a village feel.
The properties of Harpenden exhibit a wide range of architectural styles from the Tudor era to the modern day, with everything from contemporary apartments and new build houses to large period properties and aspirational family homes. Notable local buildings include the Grade II listed St Nicholas Church which has stood in the heart of the town since the early 13th century and the exemplary 1960s Ahm House by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who is best known for designing the Sydney Opera House.
Harpenden has an outstanding selection of restaurants, cafes and bars, with something to suit every taste. Diners can choose from a vast range of cuisine from contemporary Indian dishes at Infuse Bistro to delicious seafood at Lussmans and tapas at Azita. There are also numerous country pubs in the town and surrounding villages for those in need of a tipple.
is a respected town with a traditional English village atmosphere, situated between Luton and St Albans. As a place to settle it is difficult to beat, with tree-lined streets, period cottages and numerous commons and open spaces.
Property here does not come cheap and there has been a particular rise in the demand for large detached family homes, an indication of the growing number of affluent commuters choosing the area. The town has plenty of multimillion-pound properties but it is still possible to find modern two and threebedroom houses for between £200,000 and £300,000 to the east of the railway line.
Two of England’s best-performing state schools are based in Harpenden - Sir John Lawes and St George’s. Competition is fierce to attend the schools and outstanding examination results attract many new residents who wish to live in the catchment area. The town’s independent schools are wellestablished favourites with parents and also offer an excellent standard of education.
Nature is a main attraction in Harpenden and those who live in the town can enjoy the outdoor space whenever they choose. Quality of life and health is improved by the endless opportunities for activity. Families can engage with the great outdoors and keep children away from their TVs with exciting countryside outings.
The large expanse of land known as ‘Nomansland’ Common has an interesting history. Here, part of the Second Battle of St Albans was fought in the War of the Roses and it was reportedly the haunt of the highwaywoman known as ‘The Wicked Lady.’Harpenden has a vibrant set of fantastic shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There is limited representation of nationwide multiple High Street stores in order to retain Harpenden’s character, but there are an abundance of tempting independent shops brimming with antiques, boutique clothing and luxury goods.
Harpenden and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names you may or may not know..
Craig Charles, Comedian and Actor
Ralph Chubb, Poet, Artist
Matt Dickinson, Everest mountaineer, author, scriptwriter and director Lee Dixon, former Arsenal footballer Siobhan Fahey, Singer
Ben Foden, England International Rugby Union player
Miles Golding, Classical musician Richard Herring, Comedian and podcaster
Steve Hewlett, former presenter of The Media Show on BBC Radio 4 George Hogg, British journalist
Frank Ifield, Australian singer and yodeller lived in Harpenden
John Keane, Artist
Henry Lawson, Australian Joe Lenzie, Music producer and DJ Andy Linighan, Footballer James Mardall, Cricketer
Ashley Young, former Manchester United and England international footballer Christopher Strauli, Actor Eric Morecambe, Comedian Dame Ellen Terry, Actress
Stanley Kubrick, Filmmaker
Owen Farrell, England Regby Fly Half
Interview with James from the hertfordshire landscaping co.
Give us a brief overview of your company.
The Hertfordshire Landscaping Co. is a well respected local company. Our team undertakes projects of all sizes and predominantly works in Harpenden, St Albans and surrounding areas. We provide a full range of landscaping services, including patios, driveways, decking, woodwork, lawns and much more. If customers are looking for inspiration, we can offer a design service to help clients maximise the potential of their outdoor space.
How can you help to add value to a property?
Outdoor landscaping and driveway improvements clearly add considerable value to a property. Our aim is to maximise this investment through innovative design, choice of materials and quality workmanship. Not only will this add financial gain , but clients will also benefit from the enjoyment of enhanced outdoor living. External space is more sought after than ever these days, so why not make it a place to be proud of?
What’s the most satisfying part of your job?
Seeing out a job from start to finish is extremely rewarding. It’s not just ‘another day at the office’ it still excites us to see the end result of every job we complete With the right guidance and team, the transformation of an outside space can be remarkable and bring enormous pleasure to the homeowner. We take great job satisfaction when clients show their genuine appreciation of our work . Our aim is always to please, and it’s a gre at feeling to know that you’ve produced work that will bring enjoyment for years to come.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting some landscaping doing?
Go in with an open mind. People are often unsure of what they want because they are unaware of all the options that are available. Whether it’s a traditional or contemporary look you’re going for, there‘s a wide range of materials, design ideas and techniques out there. By talking through options with an experienced landscaper , you can come up wit h something really quite special.
Finally, why should someone choose you to carry out their work?
We always carry out the highest quality of work, following each step professionally and applying great care and attention to the finishing touches. However, I feel that there is more to a job than just the end product. We understand that our service starts the moment that we turn up on the first day. Always being courteous, polite to neighbours and keeping a tidy site throughout the job is just as important. Customer satisfaction is our no.1 priority.
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Pubs & Live Music
The Plough & Harrow
The Plough & Harrow is a traditional pub concentrating on both good pub food and real ales, with a great atmosphere. Whether you are looking to spend a day with the family, or a day with friends, we accommodate all. The pub caters for all sorts, from the age of 8 to 80. We have a huge garden at the back, and seating at the front to enjoy a drink in the sun. And a massive kids play area and bouncy castle.
88 Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PR. 01582 715844 www.ploughandharrow.co.uk/
The Queens Head Harpenden Pub
The Queen’s Head is a quintessential British village pub with a modern sensibility; freshly prepared food, a great range of independently sourced beer, wine and spirits, comfortable surroundings and a very warm welcome. Our beer range features brews from some of the most progressive, independent breweries from the UK & beyond, including our very own Big Smoke Brew Co. Our menu showcases the best of seasonal, British produce and features pub classics, bar bites and delicious Sunday Roasts.
The Queens Head, 59 Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PQ. 01582 760447 www.queenshead-pub.co.uk/
The Old Bell
The Old Bell is a delightful Grade II Listed former farmhouse opened as a public house in 1735. Nestling in Harpenden and is surrounded by the beautiful Chilterns. A Grade II listed, 18th century former farmhouse. ith plenty of period charm inside, including lovely open fires and exposed wooden beams, The Old Bell is the perfect place in which to enjoy a traditional pub lunch. Yet with its wide range of fine cask ales and quality ales, and its spacious tree-bordered beer garden, this pub is also a wonderful place to stop-off for a refreshing drink if you’re walking the Hertfordshire countryside. 177 Luton Rd, Harpenden AL5 3BN. 01582 712484
At Great UK Pubs, we take pride in providing a warm and welcoming environment, where you can simply sit back and relax. Join us for a few drinks, head down to your nearest sports pub for the big game, or enjoy our delicious pub food.
9 High St, Harpenden AL5 2RT. 01582 764624 www.greatukpubs.co.uk/
The George of Harpenden
We’ve created more than just a pub in Harpenden, we have re-thought every little detail to deliver the most exciting eating and drinking experience in The George of Harpenden. Try our unique allday experience with morning coffee in our cosy lounge, your family Sunday roast in our beautiful Garden Room or an evening sipping crafted cocktails alfresco-style; pub dining at its very best. If you’re only after a drink or two with us, that’s absolutely fine, but we encourage you to check out our food and drinks menus before you do. We now offer a takeaway service, order online and collect to a time to suit you – the ultimate at home experience. We like to gift our guests with a few offers every now and again and we wouldn’t want you to miss out.
4 High St, Harpenden AL5 2TB. 01582 763750 www.thegeorgeofharpenden.co.uk/
The Fox is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own courtyard, centrally located in the heart of the picturesque town of Harpenden. Providing the perfect place to escape the bright lights and crowded streets of London, when you step into The Fox, you’ll be able to drink, dine, and socialise in the optimum style and comfort. Situated on the edge of Kinsbourne Green and Harpenden, The Fox is a stylish pub, bar, and restaurant that prides itself on being a pub for people with great taste.
469 Luton Rd, Kinsbourne Green, Harpenden AL5 3QE. 01582 713817 www.thefoxharpenden.co.uk/
Old Cock Inn, Harpenden
The Old Cock Inn is a delightful pub & restaurant whether you are in the mood for a light bite, late lunch or are looking for a dinner destination, our menus will have something for everyone. We are dog-friendly, dogs are welcome in the bar area and we even have some tasty treats to give your four-legged friends. We have a stylish restaurant and a relaxed bar area with a roaring log fire in the colder months and our lovely garden is the perfect place to sit and soak up the sun in the summer months. We have a selection of menus to choose from whether you’re looking for a sit down 3-course dinner or enjoying some tasty snacks and nibbles over drinks with your friends in the bar. Let’s not forget about the best Sunday roasts in Harpenden 58 High St, Harpenden AL5 2SP. 01582 712649 www.oldcockinnharpenden.co.uk/
Shouldyou wish to wet your whistle in Harpenden you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Harpenden. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.
The White Horse
A lovely historic pub on the edge of Hatching Green, Harpenden, The White Horse delivers character with every well-kept pint. Our strong local following particularly enjoy it in good weather when the spacious terrace and fire pit make a great spot to spend an afternoon or evening. We serve fresh, quality, seasonal food every day (with a top-notch roast every Sunday), alongside fine ales, carefully-chosen wines, gins & classic cocktails. Our ethically-sourced coffee is pretty good stuff too.
Redbourn Ln, Hatching Green, Harpenden AL5 2JP. 01582 469290 www.thewhitehorseharpenden.co.uk/
Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Harpenden!
Wild Bean Café
At Wild Bean we’re known for our quality organic coffee and delicious breakfast deals, whatever time of day it is. Whether it’s mini hash browns at lunch time or a secret sausage roll for breakfast, Wild bean is here to bring a smile to your journey. The Wild Bean Cafe story started over 20 years ago and over the years we have continually strived to develop and innovate our coffee and food offer. Our mission is to deliver great tasting, quality food and beverages to ‘on the move’ customers. We have over 350 cafes across the UK and at some locations we’re even open 24/7.
Brew and Cru
It all started with our desire to create a relaxed and welcoming local place that makes inspiring coffee. The kind of place that could come to interact with one another, to study, work, meet friends, relax, and read. We aim to bring out the loveliness in everything we do, from our specialty coffee to the incredible food, only using the highest quality ingredients in what we hope will be a friendly atmosphere. 69-71 High St, Harpenden AL5 2SL. 01582 460113 www.brewandcru.co.uk/
The Oval Café
A Place For Community. The Oval Cafe was one of the first specialty and third-wave cafes in Hertfordshire. It began as a meeting space for the hundreds of staff and numerous guests that visit the global Christian volunteer organization whose property the cafe sits on. Like YWAM, the team at the cafe is completely comprised of volunteer staff. It’s our secret sauce. The staff at the cafe enjoy what they do. They love people and they are passionate about coffee. It’s why we’ve been consistently named most “family-friendly cafe” and the best-tasting coffee in Harpenden.
6 Highfield Oval, Harpenden AL5 4BX. 01582 463327 www.theovalcafe.com/
Brad & Dills
Serving delicious artisan coffee and speciality teas. We also serve healthy snacks and light lunches using only the freshest and finest ingredients for dining in or takeaway. We also offer an order and collection service for those wanting to grab and go.
67 High St, Harpenden AL5 2SL www.bradanddills.com/
17 Luton Rd, Harpenden AL5 2UA. 01582 715067 www./wild-bean-cafe
The Kitchen Harpenden
The Harpenden kitchen is located within the newly developed , prestigious 23a Leyton Road Complex, situated between Harpenden town and popular Rothamsted Park. Open for brunch and lunch right through the day, as well as serving exquisite afternoon tea. You can enjoy something light from our locally sourced menu whilst enjoying a freshly brewed coffee with friends and family. Leyton Rd, Harpenden AL5 2HZ. 01582 282091 www.kitchenharpenden.co.uk/
The Forge Boutique
Affordable Italian style ladies clothing shops located in Berkhamsted, Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield, Wendover and Harpenden. We also have an online store and will post to your door or request ‘click and collect’ to your nearest shop.
6 Bower’s Parade, High St, Harpenden AL5 2SH. 01582 769800 www.theforgeboutique.com/
Mint Velvet Harpenden
Relaxed Glamour is our fail-safe style formula: it underpins everything we do and has been with us since the very beginning. We’re known for our easy shapes, beautiful prints and flattering fits, all with thoughtful finishing touches – after all, it’s the little things that make life lovely, so you should never underestimate the power of a great outfit on a bad day.
17 High St, Harpenden AL5 2RU. 01582 460200 www.mintvelvet.co.uk/
Oui Of Harpenden
We are a family-owned, independent retailer that has been established in Harpenden for 27 years. We stock a range of fabulous contemporary fashion, as well as a growing collection of accessories. On the clothing side, we stock brands Oui and Set, and we source our accessories from Emu Australia, Ilse Jacobsen, Steelfish and Storm Eyewear.
14 Bower’s Parade, Harpenden AL5 2SH. 01582 766142 www.ouiofharpenden.co.uk/
Purple is a menswear store in Harpenden And Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire stocking premium designer clothing and Lifestyle products. Our Harpenden store also features and coffee shop and Barbers.
33 High St, Harpenden AL5 2RU. 01582 763487 www.purplemenswear.com/
Simply French Fashion Boutique offers a personal and friendly service so women of all ages can create their own sense of style and enjoy a relaxed shopping experience. This ladies’ fashion boutique offers stylish individual garments and carefully coordinated separates. We are renowned for an exciting collection of elegant Paris brands and our offers of stylish individual garments all at affordable prices. We develop a special relationship with our discerning customers and keep them abreast of the latest trends and exciting brands that arrive regularly from Paris. Everything is chosen with all our customers in mind. You can always call us to discuss your purchase.
9 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1EU. 01727 811622 www.simplyfrench.me/
Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Harpenden!
The Eric Morecambe Centre
Newly built performing arts venue in Harpenden. The venue was opened by Eric’s family, Michael Parkinson and others.
Leyton Rd, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden AL5 2FR 01582 767525 www.the-emc.co.uk
Trestle Theatre Co Ltd
Trestle is one of the leading providers of school workshops, teacher training and participation programmes in the country. We run mask, half mask, physical theatre and bespoke workshops, projects and residencies nationally and internationally. Trestle Arts Base in St Albans is home to Trestle Theatre Company, from here we support the development and performance of new, high quality, professional productions. There are weekly classes, community events and meetings, as well as spaces for performance research and development.
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Dr, St Albans AL4 0JQ. 01727 850950 www.trestle.org.uk/
OVO at The Maltings Theatre
OVO produces two major seasons of new theatre productions at The Maltings Theatre each year, in the Spring and Autumn. Alongside OVO’s in house productions, the theatre programme features associate companies including Charles Court Opera, one of the UK’s leading and most versatile chamber opera ensembles, and Dyad Productions, with its innovative yet classic interpretations of existing text. The Maltings Theatre also presents a regular lineup of live music events and a programme of weekly drama and music classes for children. The venue is available for hire for community performances, meetings and events of all types.
The Maltings Theatre, Level 2, Maltings Shopping Centre, 28 Victoria St, St Albans AL1 3HL www.ovo.org.uk/
The Abbey Theatre is the home of The Company of Ten, one of the best drama groups in the country. With our comfortable 230-seat main Auditorium and imtimate 78-seat studio, the Abbey Theatre is a great place to enjoy high quality, affordable entertainment. It is close to St Albans city centre with adjacent parking, a licensed bar and a warm, welcoming environment. The Abbey Theatre is run to professional standards by members of the Company of Ten, who have a passion for theatre. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in a variety of theatrical and non-theatrical activities. Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL. 01727 857861 www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/
We exist for all those people, young and old, interested in the Theatre, both on and off stage. Many of our members simply enjoy the social aspects for the Theatre. In addition to offering acting roles in plays, or opportunities to get involved back stage with creative teams, the Club has other activities including special Club nights and social events, plus use of the Club Room Bar most evenings. A monthly newsletter keeps members informed of forthcoming events. Barn Theatre, Barn Cl, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6ST. 01707 324300 www.barntheatre.co.uk/
The Gordon Craig Theatre
Located opposite Stevenage Train Station and just over the bridge from Stevenage Leisure Park. The Gordon Craig Theatre is 501 seat venue with a programme packed full of: Musicals, Live Music, Comedy, Plays, Family Shows and one of the LONGEST running Pantomimes in the country!
Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200 www.gordon-craig.co.uk/
The Alban Arena
After opening in 1968 we have become a significant local land mark and Hertfordshire’s premier entertainment venue. With Comedy, Music, Theatre, Dance, Film, West End shows, Children’s shows, Pantomime & much more. Continuing to entertain Hertfordshire for over 50 years. Visit our website for performance information and booking. Civic Centre, St Albans AL1 3LD. 01727 844488 www.alban-arena.co.uk/
Wyllyotts Theatre & Cinema
Our theatre accommodates up to 421 patrons. Wyllyotts is a versatile venue offering theatre and cinema in our main auditorium and a variety of meeting rooms that are just perfect for conferences, meetings or catered functions.
The Venue Elstree Way Borehamwood Herts WD6 1JY. 01727 744250 www.inspireall.com/locations/wyllyotts-theatre/
The Odyssey Cinema
The Odyssey, St Albans is a historic cinema on London Road with its origins dating back to 1908. Showing a wide selection of titles each month. Including new releases, foreign language films, cult rep screenings and classics. Our large single screen has 426 seats in total. 216 in the balcony and 210 in the downstairs seating area. The cinema boasts two fully stocked bars. One is situated in the foyer and one in the downstairs seating area, with both bars remaining open throughout the films. 166 London Rd, St Albans AL1 1PQ. 01727 453088
Meet the bedroom specialists at Complete Fitted Furniture
Tell us a little bit about the background of how your company was established?
Complete Fitted Bedrooms – a family run business - was established in 1987 by Richard Phillips. Richard wanted to move away from mass-produced standard fitted furniture which often resulted in design constraints. He was passionate about quality and service too and wanted to offer clients a truly bespoke design service and, more importantly, a bespoke product. The family business operates from three locations in Herefordshire & Buckinghamshire and is now run by his Son’s & Daughters, who have been involved since leaving school.
There’s something extra special about well-made fitted wardrobes and cabinets, which types of projects give you the most satisfaction?
We love the variety of the work we do. From helping busy families make the most of the space in their home to fulfilling a customer dressing room dream. Our most satisfying jobs are the ones where we can showcase our skills and expertise to enhance our customers home and lifestyle. The most satisfaction is seeing our customers reaction to the finished, totally bespoke product.
What can Hamptons clients expect when they appoint you to work on their home?
Our team of designers have a combined experience of over 140 years and are always striving to develop something new and innovative. They will happily meet you in your home or at one of our showrooms to demonstrate the product and discuss your proposed design. You will then be given the shortest possible lead time and all of our fit dates are guaranteed. Our qualified team of fitters will then take care of every detail to your complete satisfaction.
What type of materials do you work with?
Complete Fitted Bedrooms are proud that all our furniture is sourced from UK suppliers. As our product is bespoke, we can supply a wide range of colour carcasses and individually specified furniture interiors. Our doors can be ordered in many styles, colours and finishes to suit the customers design requirements. The materials we use can vary from a large array of materials from MFC Pressed finish, MDF Vinyl wrapped doors to sprayed or hand painted finishes. Out furniture is supplied with solid backs and draw bases and comes with soft close hinges and mechanisms as standard.
What’s the thing you enjoy most about running your company?
A large amount of our work is repeat customers or recommendations, which is testimony to the quality of work we produce. Every job we do is done with passion and pride. None of our customers are treated like a number or a postcode but more like family friends. The most enjoyable part is being able to continue helping previous customers with their home improvement plans and requirements over the years. www.completefittedfurniture.com
Family days out
Harpenden is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.
Batford Springs Nature Reserve
Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve comprises a mosaic of habitats including a rare chalk lined stream, reed fen, wet woodland, meadows, hedgerows and the River Lea. This incredible green space is celebrated not just because it is an outstanding community asset, but also because of its importance for biodiversity within Harpenden. The nature reserve also boasts a play park, accessible walking route, picnic benches and information boards.
32 Lower Luton Rd, Harpenden AL5 5AQ. 01582 768278 www.harpenden.gov.uk/batford-springs
At Wildchild, we believe that children can uncover hidden skills and talents by connecting with the Great Outdoors. This can spill over into every area of their life, boosting self-esteem and motivating them to explore their potential for living life to the full.
Harpenden Hall, Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1TE. 0845 371 7099 www.wildchildadventure.com/
Over the decades Harpenden Common has had varied uses including grazing for sheep, horseracing, hunting, ice skating, athletics, football, cricket, golf, circuses and fairs. Presently, the Common is home to a football club, two cricket clubs and a golf club. Throughout the year events such as fairs, circuses, classic car meetings and art exhibitions are still held on the Common. Although the horseracing has stopped, a permissive horse ride loops the Common. Harpenden AL5 1QY www.harpenden.gov.uk/harpenden-common
St Michael’s Street, St Albans AL1 3JE. 01727 819366 The award-winning Verulamium Park holds both the Green Flag and Green Heritage Site award. It is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland close to the city centre and is a popular attraction throughout the year with a wide range of facilities. The park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands. The city walls and outline of the London Gate can still be seen. Verulamium Museum displays hundreds of remarkable objects that have been excavated from the local area. www.stalbans.gov.uk/verulamium-park
Pots of Art
Create your own original colourful pottery masterpiece, a fantastic ceramic impression of your babies hands and feet, build a ‘Be My Bear’, create Spin Art or be creative with Decopatch. There is so much to do. In our fully equipped studios and with the help of our arty staff, anyone can be creative. At Pots of Art - it’s fun and easy. 23-25 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1EZ. 01727 739933 www.potsofart.co.uk/
Built on the site of one of the largest Roman cities in Britain, Verulamium Museum is filled with ancient treasures and some of the finest mosaics outside of the Mediterranean. Bring the entire family and explore the wonders of Roman life, immerse yourself in recreated Roman rooms and admire the craftsmanship of the intricate large-scale mosaics on display. You can also see recent discoveries such as the Sandridge Hoard, a collection of 159 Roman gold coins. In addition to hands-on discovery areas for younger visitors, the museum also provides a selection of free activity sheets for children and dressing up clothes are available on weekends and school holidays. St Michael’s St, St Albans AL3 4SW. 01727 751810 www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/visit/verulamiummuseum
Willows Activity Farm
A day out the whole family will enjoy. Our all-inclusive price ensures a carefree day out with all shows, fun fair rides, inflatables, Tractor Ride, acres of outdoor and under cover activities plus entry to the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground included in the entry price. Enjoy the farmyard animals, the countryside setting with delicious homemade food available in our catering outlets, gift shop, free parking and an easy to find location Coursers Rd, St Albans AL4 0PF. 0333 331 2060 www.willowsactivityfarm.com/
Apollo Activities Centre
Apollo Activities Centre is situated within a mature plot of land, with a large beautifully kept field surrounded by trees. Apollo Activities Centre is situated within a mature plot of land, with a large beautifully kept field surrounded by trees. You can book our amazing experiences which include. Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Axe Throwing. Kids Crossbow with suction darts and the 3D archery course. If you have never tried these - they are amazing and really good fun!!! Open 7 days a week.
Old Parkbury Lane, St Albans AL2 2DY. 01923 850317 www.springfielduk.co.uk/
A vast new forest of more than half a million trees, pockets of ancient woodland, wildflower meadows and fantastic wildlife spotting. It’s no surprise that the Woodland Trust’s Heartwood Forest is one of our most popular destinations. What’s more, Heartwood Forest promises to be even bigger and better in the future. Visit us today and you can go wild in the great outdoors, enjoy some fantastic walks, and really get back to nature. Come back again and you’ll be rewarded with the unique chance to watch this new natural world grow all around you. Sandridge, St Albans AL4 9DQ. www.heartwood.woodlandtrust.org.uk/
Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.
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St Hildas School
“Independent day school in Harpenden town centre. Boys and girls in the nursery then girls only from reception to year 6. St Hilda’s is a vibrant, happy community where every girl is valued for her individuality and where all strive to achieve the very best that they can.
28 Douglas Rd, Harpenden AL5 2ES 01582 712307 www.sthildasharpenden.co.uk
Harpenden Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust which is a Multi Academies Trust of 5 local schools. This is a large learning community that functions in what is best described as a large family. Each school in the Trust retain their identities but the central DNA of the Trust is shared across all the schools in a “brother/sister” relationship. We work closely together and we are a large happy family. Vaughan Rd, Harpenden AL5 4EQ. 01582 716910 www.harpendenacademy.co.uk/
John Lawes School
Welcome to the Sir John Lawes School. For over 80 years Sir John Lawes School has been delivering an outstanding education for all students in our care and I hope within these pages you will discover something of how we combine the best of traditional values with the very latest in teaching methods and technologies Manland Way, Harpenden AL5 4QP. 01582 760043 www.sjl.herts.sch.uk/
St Nicholas C of E V A Primary School
St. Nicholas is a vibrant, successful and inclusive school with a friendly and supportive learning community. The school prides itself on the high standards we seek to achieve in all areas of the curriculum. We work hard to help all children achieve their potential within a happy, caring environment. Please do explore our website to gain an insight into the work and life of our school. Church Green, Church Grn, Harpenden AL5 2TP. 01582 623620 www.stnicholasce.org/
Aldwickbury School is an independent Pre-Prep and Prep School for boys aged 4-13 located on the outskirts of Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The breadth of opportunities on offer at Aldwickbury is something we are incredibly proud of. The boys are challenged and engaged academically but also benefit from a wide-ranging co-curricular programme making full use of our extensive grounds and facilities. The school offers boys of all abilities a myriad of exciting opportunities to develop their confidence and unearth their talents in the arts, STEM, on stage, in music and on the sports field. The journey through the school prepares the boys to leave at 13 when we believe they are truly ready for senior school education. Wheathampstead Rd, Harpenden AL5 1AD. 01582 713022 www.aldwickbury.org.uk/
Roundwood Park School
Roundwood Park is a school with a strong reputation as an innovative and exciting place in which to learn and to teach. It is a place where traditional values of smart appearance, excellent behaviour and acting with integrity mingle with modern learning and high academic standards, all delivered in superb facilities.
Roundwood Park, Harpenden AL5 3AE. 01582 765344 www.roundwoodpark.co.uk/
Fountain Montessori Pre Montessori classrooms and materials encourage curiosity and discovery. Your child will progress at the pace that is unique and perfect for them. In a patient, kind and nurturing environment, children learn to take responsibility for their growth, both academic and emotional. Through everyday activities, children learn coordination and dexterity, how to take care of themselves and their environment, and how to interact with others. As they dress, clean, ask for help, and participate in the classroom, they develop selfesteem and independence.
77 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1HF. 020 3904 7493 www.fountainmontessori.com/ Oaklands College
We have over 300 courses across all levels to ensure you leave college career ready. From full time courses and apprenticeships for school leavers to HND’s and foundation degrees for adult learners and everything in-between; you are bound to find the course for you. Together with our industry standard, state-of-the-art facilities and highly experienced staff, we will help you find your future.
Oaklands College Hatfield Road Oaklands, St Albans AL4 0JA. 01727 737000 www.oaklands.ac.uk/
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health Fitness & health
Leadinga hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.
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A brand new state of the art training facility located in the heart of Harpenden. Delivering results based training to all our members. We pride ourselves in training and educating to inspire and empower all bodies.
Highfield Oval, Harpenden AL5 4BX. 01582 250991 www.marchon.co.uk/
Harpenden Leisure Centre
Harpenden Leisure Centre has now been rebuilt and is open. Our exciting new facility offers the local community a 25 metre main pool, training pool with moveable floor, swimming lessons, 3 studios including spin studio, 40 group exercise classes per week, sports hall, outdoors courts + Muga and an impressive 100 station gym + bespoke rig.
Leyton Rd, Harpenden AL5 2HU. 01582 767722 www.1life.co.uk/Harpenden-Leisure-centre/
The Little Gym Harpenden
The Little Gym of Harpenden offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Our trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.
Rothamsted, West Common, Harpenden AL5 2JQ. 01582 712423 www.harpenden.thelittlegym.co.uk/
The Pilates Workshop Harpenden
We founded The Pilates Workshop in 2009 – our aim to make Pilates and its associated benefits accessible to everyone of all ages and abilities. We offer dozens of classes each week, these range from matwork to private one-2-ones and Pilates machine sessions, including the Reformer, Cadillac and Chair. Our outstanding team of experienced highly trained Pilates teachers are here to teach you to understand your body, how it is designed and how it moves. Our Pilates for everyone ethos will ensure that you get the very best from your body movement, no matter what size, age or shape you are.
22-24 Grove Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PX. O7834 373021 www.thepilatesworkshop.co.uk/
Antonella Loves Pilates
I enjoy teaching both classical and contemporary Pilates combining the two approaches to make flowing and dynamic classes. During my career
I have become interested in key muscle groups where people commonly develop problems –spine, hip, shoulder, knee and core. I keep my programme of classes fresh with a wide variety of exercises designed to strengthen these muscles in a safe way.
1 Churchfield, Harpenden AL5 1LJ. 07958 157688 www.antonellalovespilates.co.uk/
Batchwood Golf Course & Sports
Batchwood Golf Course & Sports Centre is located in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Our leisure centre has a range of facilities for everyone to enjoy from our 50+ station gym with more than 30 weekly classes, indoor and outdoor tennis and squash courts and an 18 hole golf course.
Batchwood Drive, St Albans AL3 5XA. 01727 844250 www.1life.co.uk/Batchwood-Golf-Course-andSports-Centre/
The Yoga Hall
Creating a close relationship between the body and mind is as valuable now as it has ever been. As the body opens, the mind releases the tensions of a way of life that is increasingly demanding. One begins to perceive a fresh sense of connection and wellbeing. Enjoy a new experience, try a class.
1 Hatfield Rd, St Albans AL1 3RR. 01727 857224 www.theyogahall.co.uk/#/
HPO Fitness Pilates Yoga
Our Harpenden clinic integrates the strengths of numerous professions and treatments, this multidisciplinary approach to patient health provides the individual with an extremely high level of diagnosis and therapy. Our rehabilitation centre is furnished with the latest advances in exercise, analysis and electrotherapy equipment to assist us in providing the best possible care. Where appropriate management programs are introduced and supported with flexibility, posture and strength classes at our pilates and conditioning centre located a few minutes away in Southdown.
Alexandra House, Marlborough Park, Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1NL. 01582 769993 www.hpoclinic.com/
Welcome to Zaza Our concept is simple; Great Italian food full of flavour served by warm and friendly staff in charming grade ll listed buildings. Great food is born from using the best quality fresh ingredients. We are authentically Italian, meaning that we source many of our ingredients directly from producers in Italy. From extra virgin olive oil, Italian cheese and plum tomatoes that we use in our pasta sauce, every ingredient is selected with quality in mind 61 High St, Harpenden AL5 2SL. 01582 462555 www.zaza.co.uk/
The lively yet relaxed ambience at Bar Azita is a temptingly genuine reflection of laid back Mediterranean culture and cuisine. Serving a large selection of Mediterranean tapas and other traditional dishes, we have plenty to offer with an elegent wine lists and we always have special lunch time deals too. Please visit our website for more information.
1A, Harding Parade, Station Rd, Harpenden AL5 4SW. 01582 460448 www.barazita.co.uk/
Lussmanns Sustainable Kitchen & Garden
Lussmanns is founded on the fundamental belief that it’s possible to be ethical and profitable. We believe that eating out can have a restorative impact on the planet. Since 2002, we have pioneered sustainable dining – championing local sourcing, promoting organic, high-welfare farming and serving MSC – certified fish. Our restaurants run on green energy, we recycle 100% of all waste and support a wide range of charities.
20a Leyton Rd, Harpenden AL5 2HU. 01582 297444 www.lussmanns.com/
A modern Turkish kitchen in St Albans, Berkhamsted & Harpenden offering great quality fresh & nutritious recipes handed down & perfected over many generations in a buzzy and vibrant atmosphere.
04 High St, Harpenden AL5 2SP. 01582 712280 www.tabure.co.uk/
Vinsanto is the project of chef, food enthusiast and wine lover, Daniel Fletcher. Daniel, a former kitchen lieutenant for the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton and some of London’s best loved Michelin star chefs brings simple, approachable, European style tapas using fresh seasonal ingredients.
26 Station Rd, Harpenden AL5 4SE. 01582 620053 www.vinsantobar.com/
Giggling Squid – Harpenden
Our Harpenden Giggling Squid delivers a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds with its bold colours and fairytale florals. A chic but relaxed, friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy fresh, authentic Thai food.
Amenbury Ln, Harpenden AL5 2BT. 01582 461210 www.gigglingsquid.com/restaurant/ harpenden
If you’re a fan of Greek food and culture, then Souvlaki City is the place to be. With over 20 years of experience in traditional Greek street food we have now made home a modern establishment in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Here you can find all the best bites: from authentic Greek street food, to delicious Meze and traditional Plates. We are passionate about sourcing our meats from local British farmers and all our products are sourced responsibly. Therefore, you are only served only highquality, fresh and tasteful Greek food. Whether you’re a first time or a regular customer, we treat you as if you’re a visitor in our own home with a welcoming smile and the promise of a great meal.
203 Hatfield Rd, St Albans AL1 4SY. 01727 400083 www.suvlakicity.co.uk/
So what makes us different? We make our traditional recipe dough on site, we don’t order in frozen balls from a distant factory. We use lower calorie fresh milk mozzarella, not a dried milk mozzarella, cheddar mix. We use San Marzano heritage tomato sauce, it’s a lot more expensive than the basic type but we don’t need to add lots of salt and sugar. We don’t add preservatives. We roast fresh vegetables, hand cut imported Italian salamis for our toppings and we only use extra virgin olive oil. Finally our thin base pizzas are cooked with skill in our wood fired oven, not a conveyor belt or electric grill.
105 Luton Rd, Harpenden AL5 3BB. 01582 967895 www.theyardpizzeria.co.uk/
Our love of good food started when we were growing up in Turkey, surrounded by people who loved to cook with glorious smells emanating from family kitchens. At Okka it is our aim and passion is to reproduce authentic Turkish home cooking. Okka has come to mean ‘just right’ in Turkish and this has become a defining sentiment of all we aspire to be and do. You can come with your kids (for pancakes and an oreo milkshake), you can come with your friends (for a good natter and a share of our meze sharing board), you can come with your other half (for our 21 day aged rib eye steak and a bottle of Rioja) or you can just come on your own to enjoy a cup of our excellent coffee and linger over the papers (slippers not included).
62 High St, Harpenden AL5 2SP. 01582 763975
all you need Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.
Harpenden Residents Network
Harpenden Local https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarpendenLocal
Harpenden Rocks UK https://www.facebook.com/groups/1702996420002426
The Harpenden Network https://www.facebook.com/groups/harpendentoddlernetwork
Harpenden Cares https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarpendenCares
Enjoy Harpenden More https://www.facebook.com/groups/enjoyharpendenmore
Mum’s guide to Harpenden https://twitter.com/mumsguideto
Harpenden People https://twitter.com/harpendenpeople?lang=en
Help and support from your local Council
You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here.. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm
You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.
Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about St Albans City and District Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link.
Planning and Building Control
Unsure which services you need?
If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.
Please note that many developments will require both.
What is planning?
Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools).
You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:
• create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building
• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties
• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes
• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas
• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access
• change the density of development in an area
• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties
• have an effect on existing trees
What is building control?
Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.
High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SX www.hamptons.co.uk