Verulamium Park, St albans, in summer
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Summer Holiday 2011 in and around St Albans

There's lots to do in and around St Albans from 23 July to 4 September. Please check event details, availability and prices with the venue before you go and remember that pre-booking is often required. For more ideas, visit our children's, sport and fitness, parks and gardens, days out and museums and attractions sections

When

Where

What

All summer

At home!

Win a trip to London for 4 people and £50 of Pizza Express vouchers. Feeling creative? Enter our children's art competition by creating a drawing, painting or collage of your favourite animal. Three age groups: up to 6, 7-11 and 12-16. Find out more

All summer

Various locations

All summer

Butterfly World


  • Sun 24 Jul: Bellamy BBQ & Family Fun Day: join David Bellamy for the official opening of Ant World, face painting a butterfly hunt and workshop activities.

Children go free all summer with our exclusive voucher!

All summer

Willows Farm Village

Summer Spectacular: enjoy the A-maize-ing Maze, animated chicken show, sports day races, Sing-a-long-a Woolly sessions, animal handling, Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge, Daft Duck trials, fair rides, falconry display, Sheepstakes and much more.  Daily from 10am-5.30pm. See full programme.

All summer

Museum of St Albans

  • 25 to 28 Jul: Fun & Games - creative themed activities, 10.30am-12.30pm.
  • 16 to 19 Aug: Mystery & Magic - creative themed activities, 10.30am-12.30pm.

The Tuesday session is for ages 6 to 13, all other sessions are for ages 8 to 13. Cost £5. Book & pay in advance on 01727 819340.

All summer

Verulamium Museum

  • Wed 27 July: Roman Oil Lamp Making - drop-in session for ages 3+ from 2.30-4.30pm. Cost £1.
  • Sat 20 Aug: Living in Roman Times - demonstrations of Roman metal working and medicine, health and hygiene from 10am-4.30pm. Free.
  • Wed 24 Aug: Making Roman Fridge Magnets - drop-in session for ages 3+ from 2.30-4.30pm. Cost £1.

All summer

Libraries

Summer Reading Challenge: join 'Circus Stars' for the summer and discover the greatest show on earth while you read six books. Pick up a pack from your local library and visit the Circus Stars website for more fun and games. More details.

All summer

Roller City, Campus West

Summer Skates: daily at various times. Lessons also available - see website for details.

Sat 23 Jul

AdiZone, Verulamium Park

AdiZone Fun Day:a family day with a wide range of activities on offer including  Zumba, Tai Chi, Judo and Circus Skills. 12 to 4pm. Free.

Sat 23 Jul

Alban Arena

Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG): Po (Jack Black) joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon. At 11am.

Sun 24 Jul

Museum of St Albans

Sunday Stories - National Archaeology Month: look at clothes from the past and listen to stories. For children under 7, 3 to 4pm, £1 (free to St Albans Children's Book Group members).

Sat 30 Jul

Alban Arena

Rio (PG): Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), a domesticated macaw meets the independent Jewel (Anne Hathaway), & takes off on an adventure. At 11am.

Sun 31 Jul

Hatfield House

Wind in the Willows: Cambridge Touring Theatre's outdoor production of the classic children's book. In the Elephant Dell at 3.15pm. Adults £12, children £10. Details.

August

The Abbey

Free Summer Activities: themed discovery mornings take place every Thursday in August from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The whole family can enjoy a fascinating trail around the building and finish the morning with a craft activity. Suitable for children aged 3-11. Free.

  • Thu 4 Aug: Up, Up and Away - Air
  • Thu 11 Aug: The Fiery Furnace - Fire
  • Thu 18 Aug: Water, Water Everywhere - Water
  • Thu 25 Aug: Down to Earth - Earth

August

University of Hertfordshire - College Lane Camp

Summer Holiday Workshops: All activities run from 10am to 4pm (registration from 9.30am in the Art and Design gallery). Download the full brochure and an application form. Information on 01707 285327.

  • 1 to 5 Aug: ArtsCool 2011 (ages 8-17) - a week of art, design & new media
  • 8 Aug: Cutting Room Gore (ages 10-16) - make a short horror film
  • 9 & 10 Aug: My Little Book of Horrors (ages 8-13) - writing & illustration
  • 15 & 16 Aug: I Am Monster (ages 10-15) - horror & make-up special effects
  • 17 to 19 Aug: Scream! (ages 8-15) - horror film making
  • 25 Aug: Bongo Madness (ages 8-14) - drumming fun

Wed 3 Aug


Alban Arena


Winnie The Pooh (U): The first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original. At 1.30pm & 7.30pm.

Wed 10 Aug

Radlett Centre

Tiny Mites at the Seaside: a show packed with fun, song, dance, bubbles and loads of audience participation. At 11am and 2.30pm. Details.

13 & 14 Aug

Knebworth House

Knebworth Country Show: Family show with birds of prey, working dogs, children's entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. On Sunday the show will feature a companion Dog Show - so bring along a canine friend and have a go! From 11am-5pm. Entrance £8 (10% discount for online booking).

19 to 21 Aug

Hatfield House


Hatfield Country Show: A taste of the countryside experience: fine food, traditional breed animals, children's farm and arena events throughout the weekend. From 10am. Tickets: Adult £12, Senior £10, Child (5-15) £6, Family £32. Children free on Friday only. 25% discount for advance booking. More information.

22 & 23 Aug

Radlett Centre

Mr Benn: Tall Stories are proud to present a brand new production celebrating 40 years of David McKee’s much-loved TV character. Mr Benn springs to life on stage in this magical, musical show for everyone aged 4 and up. 22 Aug, 1pm, 23 Aug 10.30am & 1.30pm. Details.

Sun 21 Aug

Museum of St Albans

Sunday Stories - Lost and Found: watch a screening and listen to other Oliver Jeffers stories, plus activities. For children under 7, 3 - 4pm, £1 (free to St Albans Children's Book Group members).

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