Panshanger Park in Hertfordshire is a historic park and garden registered Grade II* by English Heritage and part of the estate is also a country park and nature reserve. Much of the parkland was created by Humphry Repton in the late 18th century, with other parts previously landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Now partly being mined for minerals, the site is being restored to its natural state with a variety of unique environments as work draws to a halt in the next few years. In addition to the park and gardens, the estate have a number of events over the course of July:
July 6th, 16th, 18th, 29th – Herts Wild Art Pop-Up Event – As part of the Herts Wild Art project, kindly funded by The Arts Council, the park will be placing easels and art materials out to encourage anyone exploring Panshanger Park to spend a little bit of time sketching or painting nature in the outdoors. Free for all!
July 26th (and every Tuesday onwards) – Life at the Lake – see what life at the lake is like for the watery wildlife at Panshanger Park. A series of six weekly drop-in sessions to explore what lives beneath the surface of the lakes.
July 31st – Platinum Jubilee Panshanger History Walk – In this Platinum Jubilee year, travel back in time to retrace the steps of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert when they visited Panshanger Park in 1841.
For full details and more info on this fascinating local space, see .
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, all tucked away in the unassuming Hertfordshire countryside. Brilliant for kids and adults alike.
July 23-24th – Reptile Weekend – Join the zookeepers for a fun filled weekend with reptile themed merchandise, treats and much more. This weekend will be dedicated to celebrating all of the reptiles at the Park whilst raising vital funds and awareness for the Asian Turtle Programme.
July 29-31st – Tiger Weekend – Enjoy a Tiger raffle, themed merchandise, treats and much more. Join the zookeepers as the Park celebrate Tiger weekend whilst raising vital funds and awareness for the Wild Cats Conservation Alliance.
You’ll find full details on tickets, events and more at the site HERE.
Natural History Museum
If you are heading to London, which couldn’t be easier by train from The Comet, then do take a trip to the Natural History Museum. One of the world’s most iconic museums, it’s an absolute treasure and a fantastic day out for young and old alike. Allow plenty of time for for your visit as there’s so much to see! In addition to the astounding permanent exhibitions, here’s some of what’s on this July at The Natural History Museum.
July 2nd, 6th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 30th – Highlighting Histories: Women in Science Tour – Take a guided tour of the first-floor Hintze Hall balconies and the Minerals gallery and discover the fascinating work of women scientists past and present.
July 3rd, 9th, 15th-17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th – Out-of-hours Dinotours – Book a Dinotour with one of the knowledgeable tour guides to get up close and personal with all the main characters in the world-famous Dinosaurs gallery.
July 9th – Explorers Family Festival: Natural History in Islam – explore the relationship between natural history and Islam.
July 10th – Yoga at the Natural History Museum – a unique yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden.
July 19th – Mystery at the Museum: The Search for Dippy – The year is 1905 and you have been invited to a special preview of the newest display at the Natural History Museum – ‘Dippy the Diplodocus’.
July 20th – Bring Your Own Baby: Nature Talks – A new series of baby-friendly nature talks, created for inquisitive grown-ups looking for something to do with tiny ones in tow.
July 26th and 28th – Dippy Tales – Join our storyteller Waterhouse the mouse in his quest to learn all about the nation’s favourite dinosaur.
For full listings and more to plan your visit, check HERE.
Have fun exploring and enjoy a wonderful stay with us at The Comet this July. Do please get in touch if we can help with any further info.