In the heart of the county and just 20 minutes from London, the district of Stevenage offers visitors a timeless mix of heritage, retail therapy and exciting events for everyone to enjoy.
FAIRLANDS VALLEY PARK
The Jewel in the crown of Stevenage is Fairlands Valley Park. Once voted as one of the UK’s leading free visitor attractions, Fairlands Valley Park consists of 120 acres of beautiful parkland situated within the heart of Stevenage. Located within the heart of Stevenage. The Sailing Centre adjacent to the 11 acre sailing lake is used for the center’s dinghy, canoeing, kayak, windsurfing, powerboat courses, and angling. The Centre also runs many land-based courses and activities such as Boards & Buggies, Grass Sledging, Orienteering, Mountain Biking and Power Kiting. The newest addition to the Centre is ‘So Challenging’ offers a thrill experience with a ropes course and climbing wall. For the jogging enthusiast, keeping fit is a pleasure on the Trim Track.
Built in the early 1970’s the Park has over 20 acres of open water across four linked lakes. The park also has 2 equipped children’s play areas, Aqua Park, showground, woodland, grassland, section of town-wide horse & pony route, sailing center and café, orienteering trail and trim track.
It is believed that Fairlands takes its name from the ‘Fairlane’ which used to run almost due south linking Shephall (to the South) with Pin Green (to the North).
Back in the very heart of Stevenage town (the first new town developed in the UK), a wide range of leisure and activities await to keep children and adults alike entertained. Westgate Shopping Centre is home to over 30 popular high street names all under one roof. Try your hand at a strike in Stevenage’s Hollywood Bowl, or head to the town’s multi-screen cinema.
STEVENAGE OLD TOWN
Stevenage old town keeps the authentic feel of Stevenage. For quaint and unique shops, step into the old town, not too far a walk from the main train station. It is filled with a variety of restaurants and hosts a great nightlight; you are sure not to be disappointed.
On a wooded hill in North Hertfordshire, a small community gathered in Saxon times and began to settle the land on which Stevenage now stands. Stevenage Museum has a collection of over 18,000 photographs and 10,000 objects detailing its history. The museum is underneath St. Andrew and St. George’s church on St George’s Way and is well signposted from the town centre for pedestrians. We hold a wide range of events throughout the year for families, children and adults.
Step back in time but also embrace your inner rock star with a trip to stunning Knebworth House with its turrets, domes and gargoyles silhouetted against the sky does little to prepare you for what to expect inside.
A beautiful house dating far further back than its Victorian decoration would have you believe, Knebworth has also been a popular location for a number of internationally known music festivals to date. The 28 acre formal gardens include a maze, colourful borders, fine trees and a wilderness area with an exciting dinosaur trail – it’s easy to see why Knebworth is the home of the annual Hertfordshire Garden Show!
Head four miles east of Stevenage and you’ll stumble across the Benington Lordship Gardens, nestled in the picture perfect village of Benington. Seven acres of unspoilt views surround a gorgeous Georgian manor house with remains of a Normal castle and moat. As you wander around enjoy the sights and smells of seasonal flower displays, a Victorian Folly, a Kitchen Garden, contemporary sculptures, a carp pond, and a spectacular rose garden. A number of events are held throughout the year including the unmissable Chilli Festival in August, which is sure to add a little extra heat to your summer.
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