Our top suggestions for days out with the kids in Hertfordshire…
Just 20 minutes on the train from central London, Hertfordshire (or Herts as we like to call it) is bursting with fun, family days out! From lions and tigers, to wizards and high wires, take a look below at our top picks:
1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London:
Wands at the ready! Step behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films to experience the magic first hand. See original sets from the films, discover spellbinding special effects, experience green screen technology and marvel at the breath-taking miniature scale model of Hogwarts castle.
2. Paradise Wildlife Park:
Go where the wild things are - Paradise Wildlife Park is one of the leading zoos in Europe, home to over 400 exotic wild animals. See if you can spot the small monkeys, and beware of the largest anaconda in the UK. With more than 30 different pre-booked exotic animal experiences on offer too you can even tickle a tapir!
3. The Snow Centre:
Skate over to the newest Snow sports destination in the UK with the closest ‘real snow’ to London. Home to a 160m main slope & the largest indoor lesson slope, the centre boasts perfect snow conditions all year round. Hosting a range of Skiing and Snowboarding lessons for adults and children from 3 years old, Lift Passes, freestyle sessions and the ultimate sledging experience.
4. Willows Activity Farm:
For a wholesome day out with the family take a trip to wonderful Willows Activity Farm. Meet the farm animals, take a tractor ride, enjoy live shows and run wild in the adventure play areas. You might even get a chance to say hello to Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail in Cotton-Tail Village.
5. Hatfield House:
A quintessential English manor fit for a Queen - Hatfield House was once the childhood home of Elizabeth I and is now a treasure trove of historic mementos, period detail, and sumptuous scenery, offering visitors a rich and varied day out.
6. Vertigo Adventures:
Fun, thrills and nerve-jangling challenges – find it at Vertigo Adventures. The high- and low-ropes course is one of the toughest in the UK, with zip-wire action, breath-taking plunges and daring challenges to test even the hardiest of adventure seekers!
7. Celtic Harmony:
Visitors to Celtic Harmony Camp can experience first-hand how the people of the Iron Age lived over 2000 years ago. One of the largest reconstructed Iron Age settlements in the UK, the camp teaches about the food, clothes and activities of our ancestors.
8. The Galleria:
With over 80 stores, The Galleria Outlet Centre in Hatfield has a great selection of brands at outlet store prices.With the centre’s on-site jungle themed adventure area Get Wild, children will be entertained for hours… giving you more time to shop until you drop!
9. The XC:
The XC is the only extreme sports facility of its kind in the UK. A truly world class centre, under the XC roof find the only indoor concrete and wooden Skatepark in the UK, a 60x14 metre climbing wall, and the longest indoor caving facility in Europe.
10. Lee Valley White Water Centre:
If you’re looking for heart-pounding excitement for the whole family, look no further. This Broxbourne-based attraction offers white water activities for all ages - from rafting on the 2012 Olympic course, to pummelling down the rapids on a hydrospeed.
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