Life’s a beach in Herts this summer!

Feel the sand between your toes, without the stress of a trip to the crowded coastline! In as little as 20 minutes from London, escape the rat race of the capital city this summer and indulge in sun-filled days at one of Hertfordshire’s brilliant urban beaches.

And for those looking for more ways to keep restless children from climbing the walls throughout the summer, Hertfordshire has you covered. From wonderful wildlife and movie magic, to sculpture splendour and even a dusting of snow, there’s enough happening throughout the county to keep kids occupied until the school bell chimes for the start of term.

With Hertfordshire just a short hop on the train from London with Govia Thameslink Railway, it’s the perfect place to head to this season. Grab your sun cream and put on your shades, there’s a spot reserved for your towel at one of the following beaches this summer…

Life's a beach!

Feel the sand between your toes, without the stress and crowds of a trip to the coast. Watford's wonderful Big Screen on the Beach returns 28th July, bringing a month-long fiesta of movie blockbusters and activities. Alternatively, find gallons of fun at the Lee Valley White Water Centre when their new adventure, the Beach & Play Park, launches 22nd July.  

Sculpt-tastic Sights

Do you have a curiosity for creativity? Embrace your inner artist and step into the world of renowned sculptor Henry Moore at one of the UK's most striking outdoor attractions this summer, the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. For a further dose of acclaimed art, spend a day at historic Knebworth House where their Garden Sculpture Exhibition runs from 1st July to 31st August. 

Lights, camera, action...

There's lashings of drama in Herts for theatre lovers and film fanatics this summer. Grab your blankets and popcorn and enjoy cinema screenings at Hertford Castle from 25th to 26th August, settle down for one of the magical Shakespeare adaptations at Hatfield House in August, and discover the magic of Harry Potter with a trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London.

History brought to life

Keep kids amused during the summer holidays with a terrific trip back to the Roman ages at the Verulamium Museum in St Albans. Alternatively, head over to the latest family exhibition at the Natural History Museum Tring, where you can see the world through the eyes of a variety of animals.

Big days out
Keep little monkey's boredom at bay with a trip to one of Herts' family friendly attractions. Switch climbing the walls for the high and low ropes at Vertigo Adventures, hop to Willows Activity Farm and enjoy their packed Summer Spectacular programme, or if you can't stand the summer heat, skate over to The Snow Centre, the biggest snow sports destination in the UK. 

With so much going on across the county, you might want to extend your trip to a short-break. From the quintessentially English feel of Pendley Manor, to the freedom of a night under the stars at the Camping & Caravanning Club’s Hertford site, you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep in Herts. Take a look at some of our top picks for places to stay