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Win a bouquet worth £50 with Kendalls Florists

Win a £50 bouquet of flowers Enter our prize draw and you could be in with the chance of winning a beautiful bouquet courtesy of Kendall's florists in St Albans.

Prize Terms and conditions: One winner chosen at random from entries received by 6pm on 31 August 2014. Winner will be notified by email. No cash alternative given. Prize is not transferrable.

July's winner: Anne Murphy

Dance the night away in St Albans' hottest new club

This competition is now closed

clubIf you’re looking for a great night out in St Albans, then why not check out Hertfordshire’s latest nightclub, Club Batchwood?

Following a £1/2million refurbishment, Club Batchwood has been transformed into an entirely new clubbing experience with five distinctly styled rooms, including three dance rooms plus luxury VIP areas bringing back glamour, style and opulence to the region’s nightclub scene.

From the Great Hall, with its magnificent crystal chandelier and state of the art sound system, to the exclusive new Grey Goose VIP Suite with pre-bookable booth seating and lavish décor and its retro Attic dance room, Club Batchwood is the place to be in St Albans.

Each of the individually styled rooms share one focus, to provide entertainment and service of the highest quality, with some of the country’s finest DJs lined up to perform.

The club, on Batchwood Drive, will reopen with a stunning VIP party night on Friday 23 May.

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to Club Batchwood, simply answer the following question here:

What is the name of Club Batchwood’s new VIP Suite?

  • A) Grey Goose
  • B) Black Duck
  • C) White Swan

clubFor tickets to the opening weekend go to You can also keep track of latest events at and via Twitter @clubbatchwood.

Prize Terms and conditions: One winner chosen at random from correct entries received by 6pm on 20 June 2014. Winner will be notified by email. No cash alternative given. Tickets are not transferrable.

ButterflyWorld 2014Win Free Family Entry to Butterfly World

This competition has now closed. Congratulations to our winner - Dorothy Broquard

Butterfly World has thrown open its doors for the 2014 season. Visitors of all ages can see, touch, learn and explore the 27 acres of specially created gardens, tropical butterfly house, wildflower meadows and designer gardens, all highlighting the beauty, importance and fragility of butterflies.

Beautiful butterflies, creepy crawlies and phenomenal flowers are the inspiration for fun, crafty and educational events and activities this Easter at Butterfly World. In addition to the usual daily insect handling and ant world talks, every day over the Easter holidays (Monday 7 – Mon 21 April) there will be special children’s activities*. Highlights include making junk bugs, seed bombs or the hugely popular bug hotels, going on a butterfly treasure hunt, joining the Flower Academy or following local entertainer Dizzy Wizzy on a trail around the gardens.

To celebrate the new season Butterfly World are offering one lucky winner the prize of one free family entry during the 2014 season. To enter and be in with the chance of winning, just answer this question:

How big is Butterfly World?

  • a) 19 acres
  • b) 23 acres
  • c) 27 acres

*Some Easter events and activities have a small charge, in addition to the entrance fee. Individual prices are listed next to the activity. Only a selection of activities are shown here, for the full list please visit

Win Easter Chocolate

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winners - Joanna Parker, Anne Cox, Eliot Tyler-Waddington, Mike Greensmith and Amanda Jackson.

In association with the local family business The Chocolate Wrapper, All About St Albans is offering 5 x lucky readers the opportunity to win some tasty personalised Easter chocolates. Entry is free and details can be found here.

The Chocolate Wrapper is one of the leading on-line stores for Personalised Chocolate Bars. The famly team can provide you with unique chocolate ideas for any occasion, from weddings and corporate events to birthdays and thank yous. Closing date 10 April 2014. Details.

Win a Family Ticket to See Peter Pan on Ice at the Alban Arena

This competition is now closed

The world-renowned Russian Ice Stars brings a new adaptation of this famous fantasy adventure by J.M. Barrie to the Alban Arena.

Wendy, Michael and John are visited in the nursery by Peter Pan himself, who teaches them to fly with the help of Tinker Bell, and takes them on a magical journey to Never Land.

Packed with all your favorite characters including Tiger Lilly, Mr Smee and the vengeful Captain Hook whose appetite for revenge is perfectly recreated in this spectacular adaptation on ice.

Peter Pan on Ice is at the Alban Arena from Wed 19 March to Sun 23 March inclusive. To book tickets for this event visit the Alban Arena website, or call 01727 844488

To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to see Peter Pan on Ice, simply write a review on anything listed on

Prize Terms and conditions: Two winners chosen at random from reviews written before 15 March 2014. Winners will receive one family ticket (max 2 adults, 2 children) each. Winners will be notified by email. No cash alternative given. Ticket is not transferrable.

Win a free place on Kendalls Christmas Floristry Course (Closed)

Kendalls Floristry Christmas courses are back by popular demand! Enter the free prize draw today for a chance to win a place on the Christmas Floristry course of your choice. The courses are lots of fun and run by Louise Wilkes, a Jane Packer trained florist. So hurry and enter today, the course dates are as follows:

  • Christmas Wreath –Tuesday 3rd December, Thursday 5th December, Tuesday 10th December, Thursday 12th December
  • Traditional Christmas Table Arrangement - Tuesday 17th December
  • Contemporary Christmas Table Arrangement - Thursday 19th December

The courses will be held at Kendalls, 213 Hatfield Road, St Albans from 7.30pm-9.30pm. All flowers, materials and equipment are included in the course price as well as tea, coffee and homemade cakes!

Find out more about the courses.

Enter the Kendalls Free Prize Draw today to win one of three places on the very popular Kendalls Christmas Courses. To enter, simply fill out our competition form. The free prize draw closes on Friday 22nd November 2013. The winner will be chosen at random from the entries received and will be notified by email. No cash alternative will be offered.

Win free Pizza at the new Pizza Express in St Albans (Closed)

Congratulations to LucyL from St Albans

PizzaExpress is celebrating the launch of its exciting new-look restaurant in St Albans on 23 September by offering five fabulous prizes of a meal for two to the value of £40. All you have to do is write a review on anything on our site.

This cosy restaurant is situated at 11 Verulam Road just out of the centre of St Albans, and is a perfect venue for families and couples alike.

Manager Cat Devlin said:  "The restaurant has undergone a lovely transformation. Customers will notice quite a difference, with the environment being much more welcoming and brighter."

Prize Terms and conditions: Offer available at PizzaExpress, St Albans every day except Saturdays. Cannot be used with any other offer or set menu including Tesco vouchers. Can be used on takeaway orders.

Win a candle making session from Potters Crouch Candles worth £230

This competition has now closed - congratulations to our winner, Alistair W of St Albans

Potters Crouch Candles is offering one lucky winner and guest a unique chance to visit their workshop and learn the artisan craft of scented candle making. Here they will be able to choose their favourite fragrance blend from over 43 fragrances such as Lily of the Valley, India, Rose Geranium and Apple Pie to hand mix and hand pour creating their very own scented candles to enjoy and beautifully fragrance their home.

Based just outside St. Albans in a 300 year old converted barn surrounded by Hertfordshire countryside, Potters Crouch is the UK’s original ‘scented candle in a tin’ manufacturer with over 20 years’ experience. Each individual scented candle is hand mixed; hand poured; hand labelled and finished, using the finest quality natural ingredients and original perfumes created by an expert French perfumer exclusively for Potters Crouch Candles. With a secret blend of wax, all candles burn for about 50 hours. Each candle is encased in a beautifully decorated tin, which is cleverly designed so that when the candle is lit, the tin becomes warm helping to ‘throw’ and release the fragrance into the room.

The prize also includes food, refreshments and six candles each worth £8.50 to take home.

Just answer this question to be in with a chance of winning...

How long does a Potters Crouch scented candle tin burn for?

  • a. 12 hours
  • b. 50 hours
  • c. 30 hours

Full range available from

Competition closes 25th September. Please email all entries to [email protected] The winner will be chosen at random from the entries received before the closing date and will be notified within 5 working days. People connected to Potters Crouch Candles may not enter. No cash alternative will be offered. If you do not wish to be contacted by the competition organiser for marketing purposes, please write ‘No marketing’ with your answer.

Win Tickets to the Herts Jazz Festival 2013

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner - Katharine T of Harpenden.

More than 60 top musicians are descending on the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West in Welwyn Garden City on September 20 to 22 for the Herts Jazz Festival. Visitors are promised a packed weekend programme of more than 26 hours of live performances ranging from ticketed events ( in the Hawthorne to free informal mealtime and late-night foyer sessions.

The stellar line up includes ‘the Godfather of British Jazz’, pianist Stan Tracey and his Octet, Georgie Fame, trumpet and flugelhorn master improviser Kenny Wheeler and award-winning contemporary British pianist Django Bates playing in his Beloved trio.

We have a pair of Saturday Session tickets (you are able to choose your session) worth up to £40 to give away to a lucky reader. Just email ‘Saturday Spectacular Herts Jazz’ to [email protected], including your name, address and telephone number by Wednesday 18 September.

Competition closes 18th September. Please email all entries to [email protected] The winner will be chosen at random from the entries received before the closing date and will be notified within 5 working days. People connected to Hawthorne Theatre or Herts Jazz Festival may not enter. No cash alternative will be offered. If you do not wish to be contacted by the competition organiser for marketing purposes, please write ‘No marketing’ with your answer.