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Lussmanns Fish and Grill

Lussmanns Fish and Grill

If you care about the source and the quality of your food, and you like to dine in a relaxed, informal and stylish environment then try Lussmanns. This award-winning brasserie was described by The Times critic Giles Coren as 'everything a modern local restaurant should be' - overall dining score 8/10. 

Lussmanns champions the best British welfare-driven suppliers and uses carefully sourced ingredients including free-range Label Anglais chicken, grass-fed beef, outdoor-reared pork and sustainable fish (see their website for supplier details). They even serve English juices, beers and ciders. Choose from house, set lunch and a daily 12-7pm set menus, with changing monthly specials. Children are welcome and can choose from a 'Lussmanns Junior' menu. Lussmanns also has restaurants in nearby Harpenden, Hertford and Hitchin.

Lussmanns has been recommended by The Good Food Guide since 2010 and won Best Local Restaurant at the St Albans Food & Drink Awards four times in the same period. In 2014 and 2015 they won 'UK Sustainable Small Restaurant Group of the Year' at the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) Awards. In 2013 they were double runners-up for 'Best Ethical Restaurant' and 'Best Cheap Eats' in the Observer Food Monthly Awards. In 2011 and 2012, they won the coveted RSPCA Independent Restaurant Good Business Award and a Green Apple Award for environmental best practice. They also hold the SRA's highest rating - Three Star Sustainability Champion status - and fish2fork's highest 4.5 blue fish rating.

29 reviews

Butterfly World Project

Butterfly World Project

Butterfly World is now permanently closed [Nov 15]

Butterfly World re-opens for its seventh season on 23 March 2015.

Butterfly World, St Albans springs into life for its seventh season with an all new Music Meadow. New features such as the British Butterfly Garden, Bee Zone and a whole range of new activities will be coming throughout the year, making this season the most exciting yet.

Discover the new Music Meadow in a secret corner of the antennae walks. Children will love to bash out a tune on one of seven giant instruments made from recycled and household materials. Try a bamboo xylophone, wind chimes made from metal table legs, huge drainage tube air pipes or a corrugated tube scraper.

The much loved tropical butterfly house is home to clouds of over 600 beautiful tropical butterflies. There are 27 acres of specially created gardens and spectacular wildflower meadows. Younger visitors will enjoy Bug World an interactive exhibition in the Insect Study Centre. Here kids can get closer to nature than ever before with hissing cockroaches, stick insects, fat caterpillars, ant colonies and African snails while observing Leaf Cutter Ants in their natural habitat cutting leaves and taking them back to their nests via rope walkways.

Children can also run wild and free in the Natural Play Area complete with willow tunnels, slides and swings and meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar™ in his edible garden while others can relax by the Chrysalis lake, browse the specialist plant shop for butterfly and bee attracting plants or refuel in the cafe.

For garden enthusiasts: a Through the Flowerpot Garden allows visitors to see the world from an insect's eye view; the Spangle Gall Garden engages children in ten different mini-installations and the Theatre of Insects Garden shows how even the strangest of man-made objects can create an ecologically sensitive habitat for insects. Visitors can also enjoy a spiral Proboscis walk and Antennae paths lined with south-facing chalk banks and wildflowers to attract native butterflies and insects.

Butterfly World is served by local buses, St Albans train station and is situated just off the M1, junction 6a and M25, junction 21a. View our photo gallery from Phase 1 (2009).

Admission (2015): Adults, Concessions (over 60s or students with ID) and Children (£7.50 / £6.50 / £5.50 / Family - 2 adults & 2 children £22.50 from 1 May). Under-threes are free.

Seasonal memberships available - please visit their website for details.

14 reviews

Chez Mumtaj Restaurant

Chez Mumtaj Restaurant

Chez Mumtaj specialises in modern French-Asian cuisine. It was judged 'Restaurant of the Year' at the Retailer of the Year Awards 2011, and was awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence in March 2009. It offer pre-dinner drinks in the Saffron Lounge and champagne bar, which has its own Asian Tapas menu.  A set lunch menu and tasting dinner menu are available. Sample menus are on the website.

7 reviews

Hatfield House

Hatfield House

The main entrance of Hatfield House, opposite a bustling urban railway station, gives little clue to the size and splendour of this Jacobean mansion and its beautiful gardens, set in 1000 acres of tranquil parkland.

Built in 1611, and still home to the 7th Marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield has sumptuous state rooms full of paintings, fine furniture, tapestries and armour. The adjacent Old Palace, dating from 1485, was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth 1 who famously learned of her succession to the thone while walking in the park (at a place now marked by an oak tree).

Outside are the West Garden's fountains, terraces, scented plants and wilderness area dotted with unusual sculptures. Keen horticulturalists should note that the East Garden is open only on Thursdays. There are three marked walks to enjoy in the park (ranging from one to three miles) while children can climb, swing and slide in the Elephant Dell Play Area, which has shady picnic tables for a packed lunch.  Light lunches, cream teas, cakes and a good selection of hot and cold drinks (including speciality beers) are available from the Coach House Restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating. New in 2011 is Hatfield Park Farm (traditional breeds) and Bloody Hollow (adventure playground).

Highlights

  • Fascinating history, architecture and interiors
  • The beauty and tranquillity of the gardens and surrounding park
  • Good quality restaurant catering and service
  • Great children's play area with equipment for all ages
  • Entry fees tailored to the scope of your visit

Note: the model soldiers exhibition is up a flight of steps and is not wheelchair accessible.

2 reviews

Royal Air Force Museum

Royal Air Force Museum

Been there, done that? Try the RAF Museum in Colindale. It's free, fun, fabulous indoor entertainment for rainy days. Five huge buildings contain everything you need to know about the history of aviation, from early balloon flights to modern jet fighters.

The spectacular Milestones of Flight exhibition charts the first century of powered flight against key social and political events. With the scene set for your visit, wander on and enjoy the amazing array of aircraft and exhibits in Bomber Hall, Historic Hangars, Battle of Britain Hall and the Grahame-White Factory.  Budding pilots of all ages will enjoy the excellent  Aeronauts Interactive Centre with over 40 experiments exploring the properties of flight.

Refreshments are available at the Museum's recently refurbished Wessex Café and the newly renovated Wings Restaurant which has a good selection of drinks, snacks, hot meals, children's lunch boxes and a licensed bar.

The museum has changing exhibitions and special events for children and families – check their website for details. You'll need several hours to see everything, but with free entry, it's a great place for regular visits.

Highlights

  • the amazing range of aircraft on display, from Louis Bleriot’s Type XI monoplane to the Eurofighter Typhoon
  • experimenting with air, trying a handglider, taking the fighter pilot test
  • accessible, informative and interactive exhibits
  • the chance to sit in real and simulated cockpits and try flight simulators
  • free entry and friendly staff 
2 reviews

Trestle Arts Base

Trestle Arts Base

Tickets for all performances at Trestle Arts Base can be bought online here

A beautiful conversion of a Victorian chapel, Trestle Arts Base (TAB) is a unique centre hosting theatre, dance, films, art installations, exhibitions and community events. It is home to the touring Trestle Theatre Company and the Trestle Mask Workshop.

The Gallery Cafe serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and cold snacks.

Trestle Taking Part offers a wide-ranging programme of workshops, residencies and training for all ages and abilities from pre-school children to professional performers. Creative activities include:

  • Story Tent (2 years+) – storytelling and craft for pre-school children and parents
  • Trestle offers an extensive range of training from mask and physical theatre INSET and CPD courses for teachers, professional practitioners and workshop leaders, an MA in Education (Drama),  to corporate training for business groups.
  • Trestle has an inspiring and exciting programme of drama workshops in physical, visual and mask theatre delivered by our professional practitioners. From two hour theatre workshops to week long residencies, we offer activities to suit all levels and abilities.
  • Trestle Theatre Masks are handcrafted on site and shipped all over the world.

Follow Trestle Arts Base on Twitter and Facebook.

2 reviews

Archery for Kids and Adults

Archery for Kids and Adults
Archery UK ranges are fun for individuals and family groups both experienced and new to the sport.

The range was set up by the owner based on what he felt was missing within the UK when it came to the sport of archery. A place where families, kids and adults can all go, learn the sport and have a great day all at the same time. If you are new to the sport, and unsure what something means, please do call us - don't worry, we were all there once!

With archery, there are two types of courses – ‘TARGET archery’ and ‘FIELD archery’.

Target Archery is usually held in an open field where you stand in one spot and shoot at targets placed at various distances. This is where you would practice to improve your technique and aim.

Field Archery, on the other hand, is a course normally set out over rough terrain, where you walk along a track and shoot at various different targets, all at different distances – our targets consist of 3D animal shaped targets, giving you that sense of realism and adventure.

All our ranges are supervised at all time with one of our safety officers controlling the shoots. In addition, all our instructors are experienced qualified GB archery instructors.

We provide you with all bows, arrows and safety equipment (OR FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR OWN), all we ask from you is that you wear the appropriate clothing and footwear. It's suggested you bring your wellies for the field course.

Please visit our website for prices...

"I'm hungry" - Archery UK  has a great chef who can serve up a delicious BBQ for group bookings… please note that this does need to be booked in advance.

"I need a wee" - Standard toilets provided.
1 reviews

Bekonscot Model Village

Bekonscot Model Village

The world’s oldest model village has been delighting children and adults since 1929. Its 1.5 acres of minature landscape, built on a scale of 1:12, has everything from archers to a zoo, all linked together by a network of model trains running on 400m of track.

Wander around the six themed village areas and watch the tiny population enjoying the funfair, a lazy day on the beach and their favourite sports. Look out for working models of a coalmine, windmill, tramway and a house on fire. Find the oil refinery, aerodrome, arbour and castle while listening out for station announcements, brass bands, choirs and morris dancers.

Little ones can marvel at being bigger, rather than smaller, than everything and everyone else for once. They can also let off steam in the colourful play area and enjoy a train ride (weekends, bank holidays and local school holidays only, 90p for over 2s).

The refreshment kiosk serves hot and cold snacks but as a visit is best enjoyed on a dry day we recommend bringing your own food and making use of two handy picnic areas.

Highlights

  • small but perfectly formed – a compact attraction to visit and enjoy
  • 1930s nostalgia and the incredible attention to tiny details
  • model trains, trams and planes for transport enthusiasts
  • excellent play area for a run-around
  • modest entry fees (free for under-twos) and all profits go to charity

Note: elevated walkways are up steps and some paths are too narrow for side-by-side double buggies.

1 reviews

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