Outdoor Attractions & Gardens Reopening in Hertfordshire
Get those diaries at the ready, it's finally time to get planning some post-lockdown reunions as our outdoor attractions and gardens start to re-open safely for spring. From 29th March outdoor gatherings of six people, or two households, are officially allowed under government guidelines, and we're ready and raring to rediscover just what's waiting on our doorstep here in Herts.
Forgotten what gems lay beyond the realms of your daily walking route? We've rounded up some of our favourite outdoor spots from across the county.
Please remember to always follow Government and local guidance. The reopening dates below are subject to change, check the attractions website before visiting. Find out more about the roadmap here.
The Grove Hotel
The glorious grounds at The Grove Hotel offer ample opportunity to escape from those tiresome walks around the block, and stride out into new surroundings. Set within 300 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside, you'll feel a whole world away from the confinements of your home office routine. What's more, The Grove are delighted to be re-opening their activities centre over the Easter break. So, between 2nd and 19th April, why not swap your daily stroll for an exciting Segway experience, test your aim with Archery, or even have a go at Laser Clay Pigeon shooting?
Looking for the perfect backdrop for that post-lockdown reunion with close friends and family? Say no more. Watford’s Cassiobury Park, one of the UK’s top parks holds the coveted Green Flag, covering 190 acres stretching from Watford town centre to woodland and countryside on the west of the town. Let the kids run wild on the playground and lose yourself in the stone maze before settling down, and tucking into that well deserved picnic basket. Ah, park life has never felt so good!
With acres of parkland to explore, home to ancient trees and sights that have remained the same since medieval times, it's safe to say there are plenty of views to discover in the grounds of Hatfield House, one of our favourite Hertfordshire spots. After taking one of three walks around the parkland, looking out for deer and wildlife as you go, we recommend strolling into the elegant gardens for the chance to see sculptures, the old palace and mini maze, and magnificent Hatfield House itself. Hatfield’s park and woodland walks will be reopening 29th March, with the park and gardens open from 3rd April. The perfect place to escape from a winter of hibernation.
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
For a great day in the great outdoors, grab your loved ones and make a beeline to the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Much Hadham, which opens for its 2021 season on 31st March. Embrace your inner artist as you explore over 70 acres of tranquil grounds, housing some of the artist's most striking sculptures against the lush landscape he called home.
Paradise Wildlife Park
If wild things make your heart sing, you’ll want to head straight to Paradise Wildlife Park, which re-opens on 12th April, where you’re guaranteed a wide array of animal antics. Whether it’s mischievous meerkats or creepy crawlies, Paradise Wildlife Park has something to keep the whole family entertained - yes, even dinosaurs! Home to over 800 exotic animals and rated Hertfordshire’s No.1 Outdoor Attraction by Trip Advisor, this exciting animal park isn't to be missed. Pre-book your tickets today.
Lee Valley White Water Centre
Fancy splashing away those lockdown blues? From 1st April enjoy a host of adrenaline-fueled activities - including canoeing, kayaking and even paddle boarding - at Lee Valley's wonderful White Water Centre. Aqua adventurers can also try their hand at White Water Rafting, Hot Dogs (two-person inflatable rafts) and Hydrospeeding on this exhilarating white water course. Bookings are now open at the popular centre, located just north of the M25 at Waltham Cross, around 40 minutes from central London. Dive in!
St Albans Guided Walk
It's time to reacquaint ourselves with what's sitting right on our doorstep, and what better way to start than by stepping out in St Albans as part of a guided city walk? The uber knowledgeable St Albans Tour Guides will be resuming a limited selection of their fun, fact-filled guided walks from 2nd April, with the intention of running a full programme when restrictions are lifted. What these guides don't know about St Albans just isn't worth knowing so come on, what are you waiting for? Walk this way...
Springtime often means a bit of manicuring for your gardens at home, and if you’re after some inspiration, Knebworth House is somewhere avid horticulturists will enjoy envying year-round! From the 29th March Knebworth's Adventure Playground, Dinosaur Trail, Park and Gardens will be open daily to visitors through the Easter break. With the rule of six in place, the grounds of this historic house offer a perfect location to catch up with friends, family and loved ones and re-connect in the fresh Spring air surrounded by nature. Before you head home, don't forget to swing by The Garden Terrace Tea Room who will be offering a takeaway service with fresh cakes, sandwiches, soups, coffees and ice creams. The perfect post-walk reward!
Hertfordshire's Golf Courses
From 29th March, golf courses across the country will be reopening their doors and welcoming you back to the greens. After months of our only exercise being a couple of YouTube workouts and a stroll around the park, we can’t wait to stretch our legs and dust off our clubs (and let’s face it, our skills) at some of Hertfordshire’s best golf courses. Ready to get back into the swing of things? Why not head straight to Stevenage for a round at Stevenage Golf & Conference Centre? Or perhaps golf at The Grove is enough to tickle your fancy?