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Five things to do this February half term in Hertfordshire

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Five things to do this February half term in Hertfordshire

Just as youve settled back into the swing of life post-Christmas, the February half term has started crawl its way over Hertfordshires rolling hills (ahh!). But, before you start that frantic Google search looking for local kids clubs and childminders to take the stress away, take a deep breath and relax because Visit Herts have you covered!

Hertfordshire has so much on offer for the whole family during half-term, so you wont spend the week counting down the days until the kids go back to school. Follow our suggestions of fabulous attractions and events to keep the little ones occupied during their week off, and youll be hanging those uniforms out again in no time…

FOR THE CHEEKY MONKEYS

If the thought of watching another Disney film or Peppa Pig episode is becoming unbearable, head along to Paradise Wildlife Park for the pawfect day out. Home to over 800 exotic animals, the largest anaconda in the country and the biggest animatronic dinosaur attraction in the UK, youd be mad to miss out – were not lion! With animal talks, feeds and shows running throughout the day, you can be sure that your little monkeys will stay entertained (and the CBBC channel will stay firmly switched off for at least one day during the holidays).

Five things to do this February half term in Hertfordshire

FOR LITTLE SHEPHERDS

Visitors are sure to have a woolly good time at Willows Activity Farm this half term with the arrival of their February Frolics event. Just in time for lambing season, little ones will have the opportunity to witness the arrival of the adorable new lambs, ask the knowledgeable livestock team any questions, and make some beautiful creations at the farms art and crafts marquee. As you stroll around this fabulous farm, meet a furry friend or two along the way and be sure to keep a look out for the famous faces rumored to be hopping about at this time of year. Special guest Little Bo Peep will be putting on a show to find her flock, and Peter Rabbit will also be holding daily meet and greets for the children to enjoy.

FOR THE ADRENALINE JUNKIES

Buckle up for a half-term like no other and speed your way around Rye House Kart Raceway, perfect for all you thrill-seekers. Its full speed ahead at this outdoor driving experience, as you race around the tracks, compete against each other and enjoy the exhilaration of go-karting. February marks the start of the Raceways junior driver development sessions, which offer insight for younger drivers wishing to take a more competitive stance at racing. Visitors will receive a briefing on the event format, pick up some top racing tips, and have the chance to compete in their very own competition. You never know, you may have the next Lewis Hamilton in the making!

FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS

If youre in need of an excuse to drag the children away from the TV screen, a cultured trip to the historic city of St Albans will have them forgetting about their latest Fortnite mission in no time. Stroll around this beautiful area and discover the wonderful St Albans Cathedral which boasts the longest nave in England, explore the bustling city centre and its independent shops and market, dine in the oldest pub in the country, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, whilst you soak up the history of this beautiful, thriving city. For inspiration of how to spend a short break in St Albans, check out our inspirational itinerary here: https://www.visitherts.co.uk/see-and-do/itineraries/48-hours-in-st-albans/.

Five things to do this February half term in Hertfordshire

FOR THE MAGICAL MINDED

Get your broomsticks, wands and sorting hats at the ready and Slytherin to the Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London. Experience the magic behind this world-class movie franchise, stroll along the authentic sets and discover the secrets of the most successful film series of all time. Whether you consider yourself an honorary member of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin, youre sure to be spellbound by this wonderful experience.

FOR THE STARRY EYED

When the stress of the break starts to kick in, retreat to the countryside and spend a night under the stars at Theobalds Park Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Sheltered by woodland, this site offers the perfect dose of tranquility, so you can take a deep breath of fresh air and unwind this half-term. This idyllic campsite is located on the doorstep of some of the countys top attractions including Lee Valley Park and Lee Valley White Water Centre, ideal for families who love the great outdoors! 

For further information inspiration for places to visit in Herts, head to www.visitherts.co.uk.

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Enjoy St Albans Food & Drink Festival returns this September

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St Albans Food & Drink Festival

The St Albans Food & Drink festival, now in its 14th year, features an exciting programme of events across September including Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park, Stars at the Bars and the Oaklands Farm to Fork.

St Albans, in Hertfordshire, has a remarkable history and reputation for food and drink and the month-long event is hugely popular with locals and visitors looking for an incredible foodie experience.

There will also be a 24-hour photography challenge, pub quizzes and iconic film nights, livestock events, street food nights, Bollywood dancing, live radio events and pop-ups a plenty – it truly is a jam-packed festival with something for everyone.

Manager of St Albans Bid, Denise Parsons, said… 

“We are delighted to sponsor the festival which celebrates our food and drink heroes who have gone above and beyond during lockdown. There is something for everyone to enjoy, including live music which is hugely welcomed and adds to the vibrancy of our outdoor events.”

St Albans Food & Drink Festival

Highlights… 

Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park event on 10th-12th September in Verulamium Park brings together special chefs, artisan products and top musicians for one big party- with live music from big names such as All Saints, Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle and the Lightening Seeds.

The awards for the district’s best food and drink businesses are one of the festival highlights but due to the pandemic have been scaled down to one prestigious award this year. Nominations for the Kate D’Arcy Award, recognising an individual who has given exceptional customer service to their community during the pandemic, are open until Monday 23rd August and the nominees will be invited to a presentation event on Monday 20th September at St Michael’s Manor Hotel.

St Albans Food & Drink Festival

The festival culminates with the incredible FEASTIVAL street event on Sunday 26th September. The central streets in the town centre will be peppered with over 100 food and drink stalls, street entertainment, bars with live music, art and crafts activities, cookery demonstrations, face painting and fun for all ages.

Just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London St Pancras International and excellent road connections, St Albans is easily accessible, making it the perfect day or staycation destination.

Where to stay? 

Accommodation in the city centre ranges from small and intimate bed and breakfasts to large hotels including the stunning country style Manor hotel, St Michaels Manor, the luxurious Sopwell House and the Victorian Grade II listed Torrington Hall.

Find out more details about the St Albans Food & Drink Festival and where to stay at EnjoyStAlbans.com 

*NEW* 2021/2022 official St Albans Visitor Guide out now! Click here 

Foodie Related Notes: 

  • An historic inn-keeping city, St Albans has the most pubs per square mile in the country and is home to England’s Oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, as confirmed by The Guinness Book of Records. 
  • Did you know the hot cross bun originated in St Albans. The ‘Alban Bun’ was created by Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th Century Monk at St Albans Abbey, who developed the recipe and would feed the poor on Good Friday.
  • The city is famous for its café and pub culture with a fantastic range of award-winning eating and drinking establishments.

About St Albans: 

  • St Albans is one of the best-kept secrets in UK tourism. A historic gem of an English Cathedral City just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London is easily accessible by road with links to the M25, M1 and A1(M).
  • The city’s colourful history and heritage can be seen in the Roman remains and the beautiful medieval architecture and picturesque buildings that look spectacular all year round.
  • A fabulous shopping destination, St Albans is home to an array of innovative independent retailers and well-known chains.
  • There are lots of green, open spaces and parks, making St Albans a family-friendly destination.   

*NEW* 2021/2022 official St Albans Visitor Guide out now! Click here. Find out more details about the St Albans Food & Drink Festival and where to stay at EnjoyStAlbans.com 

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Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets

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Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets

Look who’s coming to Bedford for Halloween Town Festival… We have no tricks but we do have this treat for those who wish to enter our exclusive competition. TrendLife Magazine are giving away a pair of tickets to Halloween Town Festival at The Great Meadow Bedford.

Halloween Town Festival or simply HTF Bedford is a three day festival taking place from Friday 29th October to Sunday 21st October. We have also got the best tickets in town for Friday’s Craig David Presents TS5.

Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets

It’s been a minute since the launch of HTF & everything is shaping up to be a sensational weekend of music for Bedford residents. HTF has grown from a 2 day festival into a 3 day show-stopper adding in The Levellers, Peter Hook & The Light & Dreadzone on Sunday 31st October.

Craig David heads up Friday 29th with his TS5 Party experience & on Saturday 30th welcomes a block buster lineup with ANDY C, DJ EZ, David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan & many more!

Over the coming weeks we’re going to be revealing what to expect from Halloween Town Festival, the experience inside and how you can participate with the festivities.

Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets

Halloween Town Festival Dates

Friday 29th October

Craig David Presents TS5

Craig David heads up Friday at Halloween Town Festival Bedford with his world renowned TS5 party experience! Expect massive old-school anthems, chart-topping house hits & garage classics from the man himself. Special guests Nathan Dawe, Majestic, Sean Harvey and DJ Wreckdown will join the event.

Purchase limited tickets –> Click here

Saturday 30th October

Andy C & DJ EZ

Andy C and DJ EZ co-headline Saturday night at Halloween Town Festival Bedford, delivering an unmissable evening of ‘Drum & Bass’ and ‘Garage’. Special guests Shy FX & Stamina MC, David Rodigan, Kings of the Rollers and Katalyst will join the lineup.

Purchase tickets –> Coming soon

Sunday 31st October

Experience The Levellers live in The Big Top at Halloween Town Festival, The Great Meadow, Bedford on Sunday 31st October 2021

Levellers are still going strong after 30 years in the game; and are celebrating the anniversary of their seminal platinum-selling album Levelling The Land with a new live performance date in Bedford. During the summer of 1991 Levelling The Land redefined the UK’s musical landscape.

Purchase tickets –> Coming soon

Halloween Town Festival tickets Competition

TrendLife Magazine are giving away a pair of tickets for two lucky friends to attend Halloween Town. For a chance to win, find our Halloween Town Festival post on Instagram and tag a friend in the comments. Make sure both you and your tagged friend are both following us.

  1. Visit our Halloween Town Festival post on instagram.
  2. Tag ONE friend in the comments section. You can tag as many friends as you want as long as you use a new comment.
  3. Ensure both you and your tagged friends are following @trendlifemagazine

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St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

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St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

After a difficult 18 months of lockdowns and restrictions, St Albans residents can look forward to a laugh in the park as St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park.

The all-new St Albans Comedy Garden promises the ultimate remedy this summer with five nights of stupendous stand-up comedy starring DARA O’BRIAIN, SARA PASCOE, ALAN DAVIES, TOM ALLEN, AISLING BEA, ROB BECKETT, JOSH WIDDICOMBE and many more in the glorious surroundings of Verulamium Park.

St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

St Albans Comedy Garden line up

From Wednesday 28th July to Sunday 1st August comedy-lovers from St Albans and beyond will be treated to a dazzling array of stand-up superstars including the multi-award winning SARA PASCOE, the glorious DARA O’BRIAIN, observational wizard JOSH WIDDICOMBE, the stupendous ALAN DAVIES, riotous TOM ALLEN and the magnetic ROB BECKETT to name but a few. 

After a difficult 18 months of lockdowns and restrictions, St Albans residents can look forward to a laugh in the park as St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

 

Each show will be bursting with incredible acts featuring the very best names in stand-up like Netflix star PHIL WANG, British Comedy Award winner AISLING BEA, one-liner king MILTON JONES, Taskmaster champ LOU SANDERS, the undisputed queen of ventriloquism NINA CONTI, podcast heroes ED GAMBLE and JOHN ROBINS, stand-up champion REGINALD D HUNTER and the award-winning SINDHU VEE alongside fast-rising breakthrough talent like MAISIE ADAM, SARAH KEYWORTH and DARREN HARRIOT plus many (many!) more – all guaranteeing some much-needed uplifting hilarity for 2021.

St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

This series of magnificent mixed-bill shows will be presented in an open-air theatre set in St Alban’s beautiful Verulamium Park. The comedy extravaganza will be brim full with pop-up bars serving craft beers, summer-styled cocktails and more to wash down tasty morsels from the leading lights of the local street-food scene.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the Comedy Garden has been specially designed to reflect the Government’s Roadmap, with added flexibility should the event need to be adapted to suit current guidelines. 

Laughs in Verulamium Park

All shows will take place in a fully-seated open-air theatre with tickets sold in multiples of two, these key features are designed to ensure a smooth transition should social distancing need to be introduced across the event. If necessary the theatre-style seating will be transformed into socially-distanced seating plots and walk-up bars and street-food stalls will be replaced with a deliver-to-seat drink and snack service. 

St Albans Comedy Garden tickets

Tickets for some of the shows are already sold out. Tickets for Wednesday 28th July with headline act Josh Widdicombe are sold out. The same applies for the late show on Saturday 31st July headlined by Tom Allen and Sunday’s 3.30pm show headlined by Dara Ó Briain. All other tickets are available at this time. For more info on tickets, click here.

About St Albans Comedy Garden

The team behind the Comedy Garden, 57 Festivals, have already successfully delivered a covid-secure event with their Greenwich Comedy Festival in September 2020. 

This new St Albans event is the latest venture from the London-based comedy event company run by sibling-team Will Briggs and Cass Randolph. The pair have spent the last decade building a reputation for delivering meticulous comedy programming in boutique-festival settings. 

Starting back in 2009 with the Capital’s critically acclaimed Greenwich Comedy Festival, held annually at the National Maritime Museum, the pair went on to introduce their Comedy Garden event to Bristol in 2011, followed by Brighton in 2019, and they are now incredibly excited to be bringing their winning formula to the cultural heart of Hertfordshire.

Cass say “The live industry has had a tough time of late and so we feel very lucky to have been able to reimagine our events to suit these challenging times, and we’re especially proud to be introducing this new event.” 

Will adds: “There’s no doubt that everyone deserves some excellent live entertainment and we can’t wait to bring exactly that to our new St Albans audience. We’re working closely with the local council and our suppliers to make sure we deliver an event that is safe and enjoyable for everyone – and above all very funny!”  

This summer’s event is all set to be a rib-tickling remedy to the past year, so get your tickets now and be part of the first-ever St Albans Comedy Garden! Visit the website to find out more www.stalbanscomedygarden.co.uk

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