As we start to move from spring to summer there’s a wealth of events and activities opening up in the area. Despite our proximity to London, you’ll find large areas of parkland, stately homes, ornate gardens and vibrant history all close by. Perfect for day trips with the family, these tips for April show there’s more to The Comet than just a flying visit…
Hatfield Park is our local go to for stunning outdoor events. The lavish gardens and grounds surrounding the majestic Tudor Hatfield House have a packed event calendar with a great mix, from garden tours to large-scale concerts throughout the year.
This Easter from April 12th to 22nd, join the Easter Bunny Hunt along the Woodland Walks trails. A great way to enjoy the trails and with extra fun for the little ones.
Join Head Gardener Andrew Turvey on April 14th for ‘Blooming Bubbles’ – an enlightening evening tour of the Historic Gardens. April 24th sees CJ’s Birds of Prey Displays take to the skies. The display will include a variety of birds including the second strongest eagle the Crowned Hawk Eagle, the stunning Snowy Owl and more. Sure to be a fascinating insight into these amazing creatures, and treat to see them up close and in action. There will also be photo opportunities with the stars of the show.
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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 month:
April 15th-18th – Easter Trail – Follow the Trail around Knebworth Gardens to gather all the Easter clues and solve the word jumble. There will also be craft activity available between 12pm and 3pm. Ideal for families this Easter holidays.
April 30th – May 2nd – The Hertfordshire Garden Show – There will be plenty of inspiration for the Spring and Summer months ahead supplied by the exhibitors attending the show. Definitely one for the budding gardeners, expect a wide variety of goods on display and for sale including garden furniture, water features, tools, sculptures and more. A grand day out!
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Built on the site of one of the largest Roman cities in Britain, Verulamium Museum is filled with ancient treasures and some of the finest mosaics outside of the Mediterranean. This excellent museum in St. Albans tells the story of everyday life in Roman Britain. What have the Romans ever done for us? Plenty, it turns out. Bring the entire family and explore the wonders of Roman life, immerse yourself in recreated Roman rooms and admire the craftsmanship of the intricate large-scale mosaics on display. You will also get to see recent discoveries such as the Sandridge Hoard, an impressive collection of 159 Roman gold coins.
Every Saturday in April you’ll find Gallery Talks on a variety of subjects that brings the story of the Roman Town of Verulamium (modern day St Albans) to life. Weekdays until April 18th there’s Crafts in the Colonnade, where you can take part in themed craft activities. Have a go at making a Roman mask or recreating a Roman arena with a gladiator and lion!
Visit on April 29th for Tots Tales. Join for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt, inspired by a popular story. Educational fun for the little ones, and fascinating for visitors of any age, we highly recommend a visit to this wonderful local museum.