Family run Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne is set to reopen later this month with a social distancing strategy that will see a staggered entry system put in place. Less than a week ago, the team were in despair not knowing when they would reopen.
The good news is Paradise Wildlife Park’s official opening date is the 27th of June 2020 for the general public. As one of Hertfordshire’s top destinations, Paradise Wildlife Park’s re-opening will be a godsend to families across the Three Counties and beyond.
You can book tickets for 27th of June 2020 and onwards on their website. Please note you will need to select a time of your arrival so that staff can ensure staggered numbers of visitors entering the park, thus complying with social distancing rules.
The management team at Paradise Wildlife Park are keen to highlight they are working hard to follow all of the government’s advice to ensure social distancing and safety measures are in place to keep all visitors on site safe.
“We have implemented a one-way system, put up regular hand sanitizer stations on site and much more to give you and your family peace of mind that you are safe. We are also limiting the number of tickets available each day to allow plenty of space.”
“We are so excited to finally welcome our visitors, members and supporters back to Paradise Wildlife Park after a long 12 weeks of closure. We are truly grateful for all the support and donations we received and cannot wait to give you the family day out you have been sorely missing.”
Further details on the safety procedures that have been put in place at the park can be view here. Paradise Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park based in Hertfordshire. It is also a fully registered charity under the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (charity number 1108609). Paradise Wildlife Park is rated Hertfordshire’s No.1 Attraction and is Europe’s leading zoo for animal experiences. Paradise is home to over 800 animals including tigers, white lions, snow leopards, jaguars, penguins, red pandas, lemurs, monkeys and reptiles, including the largest anaconda on display in the UK.
Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?
Regardless of lockdowns and coronavirus, people want food. Fans of Five Guys could be getting a late Christmas present with a new Five Guys in Stevenage. A recent job post on the Five Guys recruitment page for a General Manager in the Stevenage area has got locals excited about the possible arrival of the much loved American Chain.
Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?
Spotted by an eagled eyed member of ‘Stevenage Chit Chat‘, the advert for a General Manager drops a few clues at a possible opening of a Five Guys in Stevenage.
Clue No.1 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – The perfect scene
Nothing cements a clue in a mystery more than a location. The recruitment team have placed a X on the spot and that is 51°54’02.4″N 0°12’33.7″W. For all the normal people reading this, that is Unit 10 in Stevenage Leisure Park. This was home to Pizza Hut since late 2002 but this recent Google treasure map shows the unit is currently empty.
Clue No.2 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A job for an ‘accomplice’
Did we mention there is a second job advert for a ‘Assistant Manager? If one job advert was not enough proof, two should be enough to convince you that plans are afoot for a Five Guys in Stevenage.
Clue No.3 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A motive
What more motive do you need than hungry people in Stevenage in need of a good burger? A Five Guys in Stevenage is well overdue. It could even tempt Sir Lewis Hamilton back to Stevenage.
Henley Festival goes Digital with Will Young & Beverley Knight
For 2020 Henley Festival has announced that it will be going digital, presenting a 2-hour evening concert, streamed on the Henley Festival website with performances from the Hurley House Hotel.
Popstar Will Young will perform some of his classic hits including Love Revolution, Joy and Light my fire. He says: “It’s a pleasure to be able use a home filmed show, the band and I have been working on during lockdown for Henley, a place I’ve performed in and loved. I grew up not too far from there, so it is almost a virtual home-town show.”
Soul singer Beverley Knight will perform a 40 minute concert of her top hits. There will also be performances from classical pianist Hao Zi Yoh, and number one Jazz musician Joe Stilgoe. Comedy will be provided by Rory Bremner who will perform some new topical material whilst being interviewed by cricket commentator David Gower. David Gower who has said “As a guest in previous years I have grown to love the atmosphere and diversity of the many talents on show at the Henley Festival so it is a great pleasure to add a little something back with this year’s digital event”
Festival goers can watch the digital concert from the comfort of their own homes, with tickets starting from £10.10 each and available from www.henley-festival.co.uk.
All ticket sales will help to support the not-for-profit festival to continue in 2021. Established 38 years ago as a classical music charity event, Henley Festival continues to be run on a not for profit basis. supporting charitable projects at both a national and local level.
Henley Festival announced back in April that this year’s five day black-tie Festival will be postponed in its entirety to July 2021, moving the full 2020 line up to next year including headliners James Blunt, Madness, and Sophie Ellis Bextor. Anyone who holds tickets to the 2020 festival will be able to use them in 2021.
Henley Festival CEO Nick Mattingley said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer a digital version of Henley Festival for 2020 with some of the UK’s best loved performers. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to experience the festival from the comfort of their homes.”
Hitchin is open for business as over 100 businesses still trading
Hitchin unlike many other towns has a rich diversity of independent businesses that have been able to stay open during the lockdown. The town is still able to boast many independent food retailers, our own independent department store, amazing and innovative fashion retailers, a wealth of hair and beauty salons, and an even greater range of coffee shops and restaurants.
Hitchin Bid has created a list of businesses currently open and trading in Hitchin. We have separated this list into Food & Drink businesses and Retail businesses. As town centres up and down the country prepare to re-open following the government’s announcement that non-essential retail can begin to trade again from next Monday, 15th June, this list will be updated regularly.
Updated: 12th June 2020
Hitchin Food & Drink businesses
|Name||Food available||Telephone||Current offering|
|Ali Baba Kebab||kebabs, burgers, pizza, fish and chips, wraps, drinks||Delivery & Collection|
|Allinghams Butchers||Family Butchers||01462 459605||Walk in|
|Asda Stores||Supermarket||01462 663400||Walk in, Delivery & Collection|
|Bodrum Takeaway||burger, kebab||01462 442509||Delivery|
|Bosphorus||Turkish food||01462 451 904||Delivery|
|Caffé Elite||sandwiches, roasts, breakfasts, desserts, milkshakes||01462 451298||Delivery & Collection|
|Cake Hole||Delicious wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes, belgian chocolates||01462 420553||Delivery|
|Cantina Carnitas||marinades and sauces only||014624 23686||Delivery & Collection|
|Caribbean King||authentic Caribbean food||07562 200815||Delivery & Collection|
|Cornish Hearts||Cornish Pasty’s, Coffee, Cold Drinks, Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Cakes/Gluten Free, Vegan/Vegetarian Options||07832 332 470||Walk in & Delivery|
|Curry Express Limited||indian food||01462 452466||Delivery & Collection|
|Dhaka Restaurant||Traditional Northern Indi- an Food||01462 451732||Delivery|
|Eat Well||chinese||01462 451488||Collection|
|Fabio's Gelato||Great tasting homemade artisan Gelato||01462 618642||Delivery & Collection|
|Farm Fresh||Mini mart & butcher||Walk in|
|Fussey & Baer||Coffee beans, home brewing equipment, cakes & doughnuts||Delivery|
|Groundworks||Tea and Coffee||Collection|
|Halsey's||Cheese, coffee beans & tea leaves||01462 432023||Walk in|
|Holland & Barrett||health food shop||01462 451643||Delivery|
|Iceland Foods||Supermarket||01462 432320||Walk in|
|Kazoku Limited||japanese||07438 853 471||Delivery & Collection|
|Little Deli||fine local cheese, food and drink||01462 454162||Delivery & Collection|
|Lussmanns||ready-to-cook’ meals, fresh veg, fish & cheese and essential pantry items||01462 440089||Delivery|
|M&S||Supermarket||01462 458583||Walk in|
|Molly's Tearooom||cakes and sandwiches||01462 337470||Delivery & Collection|
|Pizza Go Go||pizza||01462 438 844||Delivery|
|Quotidian||Artisan bakery & accom- paniments||01462 422697||Walk in|
|Raj Douth Tandoori||delicious Indian takeaway food||01462 437674||Delivery|
|Sainsbury's Hitchin||Supermarket||01462 454833||Delivery, Collection & Walk in|
|Sandwidges||sandwiches, salads etc||01462 459383||Delivery & Collection|
|Southern Fried Chicken||chicken, pizza burgers and chips, drinks||01462 626663||Collection|
|Sukawatee||Thai food||01462 450255||Collection|
|Tastebuds||sandwiches, salads etc, sweet treats||01462 455733||Collection|
|Town Fryer||Fish and chips||01462 437021||Collection|
|UVA||wines and food||07860 378 982||Delivery|
|Waitrose||Supermarket||01462 423399||Walk in|
|Wakelins||Coffee Beans from aroudn the world||07947 481700||Delivery|
|Webb's||Greengrocers & pet food||01462 455247||Walk in|
|Wee Vinoteca||a small but ever-changing range of wines to suit all budgets||01462 454881||Delivery|
|Wholesome Weigh||Wholefoods & cleaning products||Delivery & Collection|
Hitchin retail businesses
|Business name||Offering||Contact number||Method|
|Amore Salon||Gift vouchers and competitions||01462 450573||Online|
|Ann Marie Ladieswear||Ladies clothing for all occasions||01462 458224||Delivery|
|Arkley Fine Art||Hertfordshires leading contemporary fine||01462 612596||Delivery|
|Art Nest||Paintings, prints, ceramics and glass, greetings cards and bone china products||01462 454019||Delivery|
|Bathstore||Bathroom fittings, accessories and a com- plete design service||01462 539194||Delivery|
|Beat School Uniforms Limited||School uniform and sportswear stores||020 3362 2930||Delivery|
|Beer Shop||Craft Beer||01462 337440||Delivery|
|BMAS Bath Mobility||Bathing Mobility Advisory Service||01462 889097||Delivery|
|Cane & Able||Rise/Recline Armchairs; Beds; Wheel- chairs; Powerchairs; Scooters; Walkers; Walking Sticks||7966153709||Delivery|
|Dance of Hitchin||Dancewear and fancy dress accessories||01462 435988||Delivery|
|Elite Sportswear||A huge range of clothing and equipment for a range of sports and cater for all lev- els and budgets||01462 452366||Delivery|
|Fizz||Bath Bombs, Soaps and all things Fizzy||Delivery|
|Fly 9||Interiors boutique, filled with products by brands and makers based in the UK and beyond||01462 432624||Delivery|
|Gatwards||Family run jewellery business||01462 434273||Delivery|
|Gifted4Gifts||Home fashions and gifts||01462 338764||Delivery|
|Glenray Jewellers||Jewellery||01462 455563||Delivery|
|H Town Rags||Vintage Second hand and new clothing||07712 598977||Delivery|
|Health Emporium Limited||Wholefood, claening product, beauty and||01462 436881||Walk in & Delivery|
|Hermitage Road & Co||Eclectic lifestyle, gifts, furnishings, lighting, jewellery, fashion, toys||01462 423885||Delivery|
|Hooray & Co||Childrens Store stocking unique gifts, toys, books, party and interior products for babies and children.||Delivery|
|Jamie's Shoe Repairs||Shoe repairs and key cutting||01462 436789||Delivery|
|Jo Jo Maman Bebe||Baby clothes, equipment and toys||Delivery|
|Joules||Clothing and shoes||Delivery|
|Juicy Vapes||Huge varieties of eliquid||01462 438514||Delivery|
|Love 2 Shop||Clothing||01462 455773||Delivery|
|M&S||Stylish women's clothing, footwear & ac- cessories||0333 202 0720||Delivery|
|Maison Blanc||Cecond hand furniture, restoration and paint||01462 625265||Collection|
|Mailboxes Etc||Delivery, courier services. Business leaflet printing||01462 477900||Delivery|
|Merryfields||Newsagents, maps and off licence||01462 459170||Walk in|
|Mill Fabrics||Soft furnishings and window treatments, from cushion covers to hand sewn cur- tains from blinds to wooden shutters||01462 433944||Delivery & Collection|
|Millets||Outdoor Clothing, Footwear & Equip- ment||01462 413567||Delivery|
|Mini Mench||Home décor, baby/children good||01462 440963||Delivery|
|Mint Velvet||Clothing and shoes||0345 456 2200||Delivery|
|Mobile Store||Mobile phone reapairs and accessories n/ n||7515875525||Delivery|
|Monsoon Accessorize Limited||Clothing and shoes||0844 811 0068||Delivery|
|Next PLC||Clothing and shoes, homeware||0333 777 8000||Delivery|
|P & P Laboratories Limited||Denture repair||01462 459829||Delivery & Collec- tion|
|PaperChase||Cards and stationary||020 3322 4788||Delivery|
|Paws,Fur & Fin||Pet supplies||7956053513||Delivery, Collec- tion & Walk in|
|Pebble Sanctuary||skin care products||01462 458885||Delivery|
|Phase Eight||Party dresses, occasion dresses, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, workwear and casualwear||01462 454647||Delivery|
|Planet Furniture Ltd||Kitchen designers||01462 452233||Delivery|
|Poundland||Clothes, pet food, home supplies and groceries||01462 339678||Walk in|
|Professional Dry Cleaners||Dry Cleaning / Laundry Pressing / Ironing||01462 450491 / 07728 263551||Delivery & Collec- tion|
|Riot Lounge||Men and womens clothing||07944 094503||Delivery|
|Rockahula Kids||Childrens fashion accessories||Delivery|
|Rosita Lollipop||Children's and family clothing store||07944 094503||Delivery|
|Rubarb||Womens clothing boutique||01462 451088||Delivery|
|Shepard & Akay||Lens solutions, contact lens comfort (rewetting) drops, and dry eye products||01462 432088||Delivery|
|Specsavers||Appointments, Glasses & Contact Lenses||01462 422255||Walk in & Delivery|
|Stephanie Rose||Florists specialising in country style flow- ers for all occasions||01462 433550||Delivery|
|The Car Agents||Car sales, emergency MOT and repairs||01462 441460||Delivery|
|The Haberdashery||Habedashery supplies||1462454208||Delivery|
|The White Stuff Limited||clothing and shoes||020 3752 5360||Delivery|
|The Wine Stop||Wines, Spirits & Beers||01462 437965||Walk in|
|The Works||Craft supplies||01462 440889||Delivery|
|Tim's Art Supplies||Art and craft supplies for the amateur to the professional||01462 455376||Delivery|
|Town Garden||Independent Florist||01462 434440||Delivery & Collec- tion|
|Twisted Fabric||Clothing and footwear||01462 458940||Delivery|
|Unikorn||Alternative stockist, piercings||01438 357754||Delivery|
|Vaper Trails||Vapping equitpment||01462 432959||Delivery|
|Vaper's Rest||Vaping products||01462 451499||Delivery|
|Vinegar Hill Limited||gifts, home accessories, jewellery||01462 338120||Delivery|
|Vintage Bay||Gifts, artisan Homeware & hand crafted, reclaimed, vintage and gifts , that’s ex- traordinary!||01462 339108||Delivery|
|Waterstone's||Mainstream and academic book retailer||01462 422329||Delivery|
|Well Run Sports||Running shoes and clothing||01462 432061||Delivery & Collec- tion|
|White Wardrobe||Wedding dresses||1462431734||Delivery|
|Wilde||Bespoke engagement rings & modern jewellery||01462 338747||Delivery|
|Wilko Retail Limited||DIY, gardening, homeware||3330051256||Walk in|
|Wood & Stone Floors||Supplier and installer of wood and stone floors||01462 457234||Delivery|