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Hertfordshire’s Paradise Wildlife Park sets out reopening plan



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.

Hertfordshire's Paradise Wildlife Park sets out reopening plan

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.



Henley Festival goes Digital with Will Young & Beverley Knight



Henley Festival goes Digital with performances by 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.”

Henley Festival goes Digital with performances by Beverley Knight

Henley Festival goes Digital with performances by Beverley Knight

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

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.”

Ticket Information: Tickets start at £10.10 and are available to buy from  Visit the festival website for further information here:

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Hitchin is open for business as over 100 businesses still trading



Hitchin is open for business

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.

Hitchin Roads could be closed to help social distancing


Updated: 12th June 2020

Hitchin Food & Drink businesses

NameFood availableTelephoneCurrent offering
Ali Baba Kebabkebabs, burgers, pizza, fish and chips, wraps, drinksDelivery & Collection
Allinghams ButchersFamily Butchers01462 459605Walk in
Asda StoresSupermarket01462 663400Walk in, Delivery & Collection
Bodilly'sChinese01462 631103Delivery
Bodrum Takeawayburger, kebab01462 442509Delivery
BosphorusTurkish food01462 451 904Delivery
Caffé Elitesandwiches, roasts, breakfasts, desserts, milkshakes01462 451298Delivery & Collection
Cake HoleDelicious wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes, belgian chocolates01462 420553Delivery
Cantina Carnitasmarinades and sauces only014624 23686Delivery & Collection
Caribbean Kingauthentic Caribbean food07562 200815Delivery & Collection
Cornish HeartsCornish Pasty’s, Coffee, Cold Drinks, Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Cakes/Gluten Free, Vegan/Vegetarian Options07832 332 470Walk in & Delivery
Curry Express Limitedindian food01462 452466Delivery & Collection
Dhaka RestaurantTraditional Northern Indi- an Food01462 451732Delivery
Dominospizza01462 440440Delivery
Eat Wellchinese01462 451488Collection
Fabio's GelatoGreat tasting homemade artisan Gelato01462 618642Delivery & Collection
Farm FreshMini mart & butcherWalk in
Fussey & BaerCoffee beans, home brewing equipment, cakes & doughnutsDelivery
GroundworksTea and CoffeeCollection
Halsey'sCheese, coffee beans & tea leaves01462 432023Walk in
Holland & Barretthealth food shop01462 451643Delivery
Hotel ChocolatchocolateDelivery
Iceland FoodsSupermarket01462 432320Walk in
Kazoku Limitedjapanese07438 853 471Delivery & Collection
Little Delifine local cheese, food and drink01462 454162Delivery & Collection
Lussmannsready-to-cook’ meals, fresh veg, fish & cheese and essential pantry items01462 440089Delivery
M&SSupermarket01462 458583Walk in
Molly's Tearooomcakes and sandwiches01462 337470Delivery & Collection
Pizza Go Gopizza01462 438 844Delivery
QuotidianArtisan bakery & accom- paniments01462 422697Walk in
Raj Douth Tandooridelicious Indian takeaway food01462 437674Delivery
Sainsbury's HitchinSupermarket01462 454833Delivery, Collection & Walk in
Sandwidgessandwiches, salads etc01462 459383Delivery & Collection
Southern Fried Chickenchicken, pizza burgers and chips, drinks01462 626663Collection
SukawateeThai food01462 450255Collection
Tastebudssandwiches, salads etc, sweet treats01462 455733Collection
Town FryerFish and chips01462 437021Collection
UVAwines and food07860 378 982Delivery
WaitroseSupermarket01462 423399Walk in
WakelinsCoffee Beans from aroudn the world07947 481700Delivery
Webb'sGreengrocers & pet food01462 455247Walk in
Wee Vinotecaa small but ever-changing range of wines to suit all budgets01462 454881Delivery
Wholesome WeighWholefoods & cleaning productsDelivery & Collection

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Hitchin retail businesses

Business nameOfferingContact numberMethod
Amore SalonGift vouchers and competitions01462 450573Online
Ann Marie LadieswearLadies clothing for all occasions01462 458224Delivery
Arkley Fine ArtHertfordshires leading contemporary fine01462 612596Delivery
Art NestPaintings, prints, ceramics and glass, greetings cards and bone china products01462 454019Delivery
BathstoreBathroom fittings, accessories and a com- plete design service01462 539194Delivery
Beat School Uniforms LimitedSchool uniform and sportswear stores020 3362 2930Delivery
Beer ShopCraft Beer01462 337440Delivery
BMAS Bath MobilityBathing Mobility Advisory Service01462 889097Delivery
CandlibriumHandmade candles
Cane & AbleRise/Recline Armchairs; Beds; Wheel- chairs; Powerchairs; Scooters; Walkers; Walking Sticks7966153709Delivery
Dance of HitchinDancewear and fancy dress accessories01462 435988Delivery
Elite SportswearA huge range of clothing and equipment for a range of sports and cater for all lev- els and budgets01462 452366Delivery
FizzBath Bombs, Soaps and all things FizzyDelivery
Fly 9Interiors boutique, filled with products by brands and makers based in the UK and beyond01462 432624Delivery
GatwardsFamily run jewellery business01462 434273Delivery
Gifted4GiftsHome fashions and gifts01462 338764Delivery
Glenray JewellersJewellery01462 455563Delivery
H Town RagsVintage Second hand and new clothing07712 598977Delivery
Health Emporium LimitedWholefood, claening product, beauty and01462 436881Walk in & Delivery
Hermitage Road & CoEclectic lifestyle, gifts, furnishings, lighting, jewellery, fashion, toys01462 423885Delivery
Hooray & CoChildrens Store stocking unique gifts, toys, books, party and interior products for babies and children.Delivery
Jamie's Shoe RepairsShoe repairs and key cutting01462 436789Delivery
Jo Jo Maman BebeBaby clothes, equipment and toysDelivery
JoulesClothing and shoesDelivery
Juicy VapesHuge varieties of eliquid01462 438514Delivery
Love 2 ShopClothing01462 455773Delivery
M&SStylish women's clothing, footwear & ac- cessories0333 202 0720Delivery
Maison BlancCecond hand furniture, restoration and paint01462 625265Collection
MagnetKitchens01462 454958Delivery
Mailboxes EtcDelivery, courier services. Business leaflet printing01462 477900Delivery
MerryfieldsNewsagents, maps and off licence01462 459170Walk in
Mill FabricsSoft furnishings and window treatments, from cushion covers to hand sewn cur- tains from blinds to wooden shutters01462 433944Delivery & Collection
MilletsOutdoor Clothing, Footwear & Equip- ment01462 413567Delivery
Mini MenchHome décor, baby/children good01462 440963Delivery
Mint VelvetClothing and shoes0345 456 2200Delivery
Mobile StoreMobile phone reapairs and accessories n/ n7515875525Delivery
Monsoon Accessorize LimitedClothing and shoes0844 811 0068Delivery
Next PLCClothing and shoes, homeware0333 777 8000Delivery
P & P Laboratories LimitedDenture repair01462 459829Delivery & Collec- tion
PaperChaseCards and stationary020 3322 4788Delivery
Paws,Fur & FinPet supplies7956053513Delivery, Collec- tion & Walk in
Pebble Sanctuaryskin care products01462 458885Delivery
Phase EightParty dresses, occasion dresses, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, workwear and casualwear01462 454647Delivery
Planet Furniture LtdKitchen designers01462 452233Delivery
PoundlandClothes, pet food, home supplies and groceries01462 339678Walk in
Professional Dry CleanersDry Cleaning / Laundry Pressing / Ironing01462 450491 / 07728 263551Delivery & Collec- tion
Riot LoungeMen and womens clothing07944 094503Delivery
Rockahula KidsChildrens fashion accessoriesDelivery
Rosita LollipopChildren's and family clothing store07944 094503Delivery
RubarbWomens clothing boutique01462 451088Delivery
Shepard & AkayLens solutions, contact lens comfort (rewetting) drops, and dry eye products01462 432088Delivery
SpecsaversAppointments, Glasses & Contact Lenses01462 422255Walk in & Delivery
Stephanie RoseFlorists specialising in country style flow- ers for all occasions01462 433550Delivery
The Car AgentsCar sales, emergency MOT and repairs01462 441460Delivery
The HaberdasheryHabedashery supplies1462454208Delivery
The White Stuff Limitedclothing and shoes020 3752 5360Delivery
The Wine StopWines, Spirits & Beers01462 437965Walk in
The WorksCraft supplies01462 440889Delivery
Tim's Art SuppliesArt and craft supplies for the amateur to the professional01462 455376Delivery
Town GardenIndependent Florist01462 434440Delivery & Collec- tion
Twisted FabricClothing and footwear01462 458940Delivery
UnikornAlternative stockist, piercings01438 357754Delivery
Vaper TrailsVapping equitpment01462 432959Delivery
Vaper's RestVaping products01462 451499Delivery
Vinegar Hill Limitedgifts, home accessories, jewellery01462 338120Delivery
Vintage BayGifts, artisan Homeware & hand crafted, reclaimed, vintage and gifts , that’s ex- traordinary!01462 339108Delivery
Waterstone'sMainstream and academic book retailer01462 422329Delivery
Well Run SportsRunning shoes and clothing01462 432061Delivery & Collec- tion
White WardrobeWedding dresses1462431734Delivery
WildeBespoke engagement rings & modern jewellery01462 338747Delivery
Wilko Retail LimitedDIY, gardening, homeware3330051256Walk in
Wood & Stone FloorsSupplier and installer of wood and stone floors01462 457234Delivery


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Classic Ibiza partners with Isabel Hospice for Concert



This summer’s Classic Ibiza at Hatfield House on Saturday 29 August will be supporting a local charity that helps people and families in eastern Hertfordshire with life-limiting illnesses.

Isabel Hospice provides free end of life care and support for patients and their families living with cancer and other illnesses, such as MND, end-stage renal, heart conditions and respiratory conditions or other complex neurological conditions. The population they serve is almost 370,000 and last year they cared for 1,855 people.

Care is based on the simple idea that patients are ordinary people living with physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. The Hospice provides enormous support to families and friends, caring for the patients and all those around them.

Isabel Hospice Team

There will be various fundraising initiatives taking place on the evening, including a £1 donation from every programme sold, a recommended £5 donation from press and guest-list entries, as well as collection points at all onsite retailers and exit points. On-screen video and an Isabel Hospice marquee, where audience members can find out more about the work that they do, will also aid in raising the charity’s profile.

Adam Brockett, Head of Community and Events at Isabel Hospice. comments: “We need to raise £17,000 every day to keep our Hospice running and events like this will help enormously towards that goal. Our In-Patient Unit is a safe haven for people as they reach the end of their lives, but the Hospice is so much more than a building. We care for the majority of patients in their own home and across eastern Hertfordshire in the Living Well with Isabel Hubs where activities include Feel Good Singing, art and gardening sessions to promote well-being and independence for people living with a life-limiting condition. We’d like to thank Classic Ibiza for supporting us, in what promises to be a brilliant event.”

Lisa Ward, organiser of Classic Ibiza, adds: “Giving something back to the local communities that host our concerts across the UK has always been important to us and our audience. Classic Ibiza is a concert for all the family, so it’s fitting that we are working with Isabel Hospice to help people and their loved ones living with life-limiting illnesses in the region. The show is due to sell-out again, so we hope to raise significant funds and boost awareness of this extremely worthy cause.”

Classic Ibiza begins with a ‘Chill-out DJ set’ performed by former Pacha Ibiza and Ministry of Sound London resident, Jose Luis. The Urban Soul Orchestra and vocalists then take to the stage with Goldierocks for the ‘Sundowner set,’ with tracks from Orbital, Paul van Dyk, Roger Sanchez and many more. The rhythm builds further during Goldierocks’ ‘House DJ set’, which is packed full of stone-cold dance anthems. The concert then reaches a crescendo during the ‘Dance set,’ when the orchestra and vocalists return to the stage as night falls and the grounds of Hatfield turn into an alfresco nightclub with accompanying lasers. Expect tracks from The Prodigy and The Shapeshifters, to Faithless and Underworld.

Programme: 5:30pm: Car parks and gates open; 6:00pm: ‘Chill-out DJ set’ (Jose Luis); 7:30pm: ‘Sundowner set’ (Urban Soul Orchestra and Goldierocks); 8:30pm: ‘House DJ set’ (Goldierocks); 9:00pm: ‘Dance set’ and laser light show (Urban Soul Orchestra and Goldierocks); 10:15pm: Concert finishes.

Information and tickets: Visit:

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