It’s here! A school holiday when we can finally take the kids out, banish those calls of “I’m bored” and start celebrating all the fantastic attractions that have recently reopened their doors! Whether your little adventurer wants to go wild, dive into local history, take an enchanted trail or take to two wheels, we’ve got it all covered come rain or shine this half term in Herts. So all you need to do is start looking forward to making those family memories once more.
After months of sitting indoors, it’s time to get out and get active! From BMX thrills, to rafting and kayaking through white water rapids, there are plenty of adrenalin-fuelled activities to be found at Lee Valley Regional Park. Plus, there’s even wild finds to be discovered with visiting birds and acres of parkland and lakes bursting with flora and fauna, perfect for the wild at heart.
It’s time to let out your wild side and meet over 800 exotic animals at Paradise Wildlife Park! From meerkats to big cats, this wildlife park will keep your little Attenboroughs smiling all day, whether they fancy meeting penguins, monkeys, or even the largest anaconda in the UK (gulp). Be sure to save some time to see the newly opened Land of Tigers, a mixed-species habitat of tigers, fish and underwater viewing…oh my!
Hertford Castle grounds are getting an enchanting makeover this half term. Follow the fairy trail through the pretty castle grounds and discover the resident pixies and fairies, and their hidden treasures in amongst the ancient trees and flowers. After a magical morning, hit the high street and find a farmyard themed trail through the streets, packed with farm characters to be found in the shop windows along the way! Fancy taking part? Drop by the Hertford Tourist Information Centre for trail maps.
Ah, we can always rely on The Grove to pull out all the stops. This half term, they’re welcoming the whole family to enjoy a packed activity programme, perfect for younger guests. Choose from forest camps and survival courses for true outdoor lovers, or sharpen up their skills on a golf camp. For the wild wanderers, the birds of prey and hawk displays will send little ones’ imaginations soaring.
In St Albans they’re looking back on a year of lockdown life with an exhibition and trail to tell the tale of life in the community in the last year. Get involved and be a part of the exhibition by drawing or painting your thoughts to display in your window, or take it into the museum to be part of the Lockdown Life exhibition. Go on, be a part of the local history!
St Albans Cathedral is telling the story of the how the church of Britain’s first saint survived revolt, collapse and decay as part of the Great Survivor Tour (phew). Walk the outline of the cathedral with an expert guide and hear all about the stories of those who have loved and saved it over the years, from monks and martyrs, to restorers and royals, taking you through centuries of intriguing tales.
Pitch up for a truly outdoorsy break with the Camping and Caravanning Club and finally S T R E T C H those legs! After months of being cooped up indoors, a night or two under canvas in amongst open countryside is just the thing for a fantastic family break. Put the screens away, get outside and start reconnecting as a family.