Things to do during the Summer Holidays with children in Hertfordshire

The countdown to the 2021 Summer Holidays has begun and many of us are starting to think about how we are going to keep our children entertained each week.
With less options available for holidays this year, we thought it might be useful to have a list of local activities to help you keep your children occupied and engaged. We have put together a list of free and paid for events and activities in Hertfordshire, local to Watford and Hemel Hempstead. 
Not all events have been tried and tested by us, so please do read more detail about them on their own websites and keep an eye on any updates, as things may change due to Covid-19 restrictions.

> Sat 10th Jul | Superheroes & Villains | Hemel Hempstead | FREE
Meet some of your favourite TV and Movie characters and cars at the Riverside Shopping Centre between 11am - 4pm on Saturday 10th July.

> Fri 23rd Jul - Sun 8th Aug | The Stage in The Park | Watford | From £10pp
A brand new open air theatre coming to Cassiobury Park this summer. Shows include The Lion Inside, based on the award-winning book by Rachel Bright and Jim Field and David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink.

> Mon 26th Jul - Sun 8th Aug | Big Screen | Watford | FREE
Grab your blankets, pack a picnic then just sit back and relax whilst watching some old favourites alongside new blockbusters. The Movie schedule will be confirmed on their website. Available at Woodside Playing Fields from 26 July to 1 August and Knutsford Playing Fields from 2nd to 8 August.

> Sun 1st Aug | Shendish Manor BBQ | Hemel Hempstead | £24.95 adult & £12.50 child
Shendish Manor are hosting their Summer Sunday BBQ again this year. Perfect for all the family, with a bouncy castle and gardens to explore.

> Tue 3rd Aug | Life at the Lake | Panshanger Park Hertford | FREE
Head to Panshanger Park to see what life at the lake is like for the watery wildlife. Each session is focussed on a different topic, from Adaptations and Lifecycles to Pollution and Seasonal changes, and every week there will be creatures from the lake to have a closer look at as well as hands-on activities and information.

> Wed 4th Aug | Teddy Bears Picnic | Harpenden | FREE
From 11am - 2pm, Lydekker Park comes alive with teddy bears and their small owners! This fun-filled day offers a variety of free activities and entertainment for children. There is no need to book, just turn up with your bear and a picnic.

> Mon 9th - Sun 22nd Aug | Big Beach | Watford | FREE
You don't need to travel far this summer to feel the sand between your toes, Watford's Big Beach is returning to the town centre in August.

> Tue 10th Aug | Discover Hedgehogs | Harpenden | £8 adult & £6 child
Learn basic hedgehog facts – where they live, what they eat, the problems facing hedgehogs and why they’re in decline.  Receive practical advice about how to help hedgehogs in your garden.  Find out about basic hedgehog care and handling.

> Wed 25th Aug | The Jungle Book | Stevenage |  £14 adult & £12 child
A brand-new musical theatre adaptation of The Jungle Book in the gardens of Knebworth House. Bring your own blankets, cushions and chairs and enjoy a picnic on the Sunken Lawn while watching the performance.

> Jul & Aug | Miniature Railway | Watford | £2 per person, under 2s are free
The Watford Miniature Railway is located in Cassiobury Park and offers short train rides all year round. 

> July & Aug | Cassiobury Park Splash Pools | Watford | FREE
Situated in Cassiobury Park, there are two splash pools, 30 splash pads, water jets and fountains for children to play in and enjoy during the summer months.

> Jul & Aug | Pick your own Sunflowers | Redbourn | Price TBC
Immerse yourself in their sunflower festival and enjoy fresh air, wide-open spaces and the chance to meet their amazing sunflower sommeliers who will help you choose and learn about our flowers. 

> Jul & Aug | Natural History Museum | Tring | FREE
The Natural History Museum at Tring is open Tuesday-Sunday throughout the summer holidays between 10.30-16.30. Tickets are free but should be booked online in advance (max 6).