As we move into August, here’s our monthly round up of what’s on nearby. With The Comet as your base you’ll find there’s plenty events going on in Hatfield, Herts, and the surrounding area this summer.
The Watermill, Mill Green
This 18th Century restored working watermill is a remarkable piece of machinery. It harnesses the power of the river Lea to grind grain into flour and is part of a 1,000 year history of milling on this Hatfield site.
See the mill in action and the Miller will explain more about this ancient craft, exploring how wheels and cogs, big and small, work together to move grain through the mill stones to turn it into flour. With an accompanying museum, garden and fabulous cafe, this makes a great day out for all the family.
Situated in Hatfield, and just over 2 miles from The Comet, it’s well worth a visit. Here’s some of their events for August:
August 4th – Decorate a Coronation Crown – Be Queen (or King) for the day!
August 11th – Victorian Day – Dress up and explore a range of Victorian activities and pastimes.
August 14th – Crafts at the Watermill presents: Corn Dollies Demonstration.
August 18th – Make a Brooch – Make a colourful brooch from felt and buttons to smarten up your outfit 50s style.
August 19th – The Watermill Presents: Teddy Bear Fun Day – Join us for a teddy bear themed day with craft activities, teddy bear trail, storytelling and a chance to have your own teddy bear’s picnic!
August 21st – Crafts at the Watermill presents: Lea Valley Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.
August 25th – Clay Flowers – Make your own clay flowers or creatures inspired by the nature around us at the mill
August 28th – Live at the Watermill presents: Rylands Heath Band – Join us for an afternoon of live music with band Rylands Heath. Bring your own blanket or take a seat in the Miller’s Kitchen and enjoy some light refreshments.
For more details and to plan your visit see their site HERE.
Paradise Wildlife Park
Paradise Wildlife Park is something of a hidden gem in the Herts landscape. Renowned for its animal welfare and conservation work, the Park has a wide and surprising variety of animals. And they’re all tucked away in the unassuming Hertfordshire countryside. Brilliant for kids and adults alike, the Park is just 10 miles away from us here at The Comet, and worth a visit this August.
August 13-14th – Bird Weekend – Join the zookeepers for a fun filled weekend and learn more about the birds of Paradise. Watch the amazing daily Bird show and be in the chance of having your photo taken with one of the Birds.
August 20th – Dine4Wildlife Charity Ball – Enjoy reception drinks by the brand new Land of the Tigers habitat followed by an evening of sumptuous food, and entertainment, helping to raise funds for conservation and celebrate Year of the Tiger.
August 20-21st – Red Panda Weekend – Enjoy a Red Panda fun filled family day out learning about the species, with Red Panda themed merchandise, treats and much more.
August 27-28th – Snow Leopard Weekend – This weekend will be dedicated to celebrating our much loved snow leopards Jessie and Panja here at the Park whilst raising vital funds and awareness for the Snow Leopard Trust.
Discover more about this great wildlife park and their events HERE.
A short drive away, Knebworth House is the historic Hertfordshire home of the Lytton family since way back in 1490. It’s become well known in more modern times for concerts, its gardens, Dinosaur Trail, Adventure Playground and various events throughout the year. Here’s what’s happening at Knebworth this August.
August 7th – As You Like It – Garden Theatre – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are back on the Sunken Lawn of Knebworth House this Summer for an evening of Shakespeare al fresco.
August 14-27th – The Nickelodeon Experience – Enter the world of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. at The Nickelodeon Experience. A place, where all your favourite TV shows come to life! With activities for kids of all ages, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
August 16th – The Importance Of Being Earnest – Immersion Theatre invites you to enjoy an evening of open-air decadence and hilarity as they proudly present Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy.
August 18th – Ghost Tour & Bat Walk – Don’t miss a unique opportunity to tour Knebworth House at night and hear the tales of spooky incidents unexplained!
August 25th – Rapunzel – Garden Theatre – Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale!
August 28-29th – Classic Motor Show – The Classic Motor Show is a show you don’t want to miss. There will be a static display as well as a show arena hosting parades. Vehicles include saloons, sports, American, commercial, military and classic motorcycles.
For details and to plan your visit, visit their site HERE.