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St Albans Residents First Weekend - 30 & 31 January 2010

Are you local? If so, the eigth annual St Albans Residents First (RF) weekend brings two days of opportunities to try something new in the city with free entry to local attractions, special events, meal deals and competitions. Visit the RF Information Point at the Town Hall, Market Place on Sat 30 Jan from 9am - 4pm and Sun 31 Jan from 10am - 4pm to collect RF leaflets with full details and special event vouchers (available only on the day of the promotion). If you have any queries, please phone 01727 864511.

Download the Residents First leafletor pick one up at the Town Hall to ensure your free access all weekend.


Attractions A to Z

All these locations are offering free entry. Events with limited availability require prebooking or a voucher from the Town Hall.




Batchwood Hall Nightclub


Free entry for two people and your first drink on the house on production of RF leaflet before 11pm.

Butterfly World Project

Sat 10.30am - 3.30pm

An opportunity to preview the latest developments before Butterfly World opens for a second summer (29 Apr to 26 Sep).

Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban


  • 10am - 2.30pm: Roof space tours with a climb up the Great Tower (age 11+) (voucher)
  • 10.30am - 2.30pm: Exhibition of embroidery and vestments in the Kell Room
  • 10.30am - 3pm: Cathedral Guides available for information and tours
  • 2pm: Family animal safari tour (voucher)
  • 3pm: 'Look What We've Done' tour (voucher)
  • 4pm: Evensong with the Cathedral Choir


  • 1 - 5pm: Cathedral Guides available for information and tours
  • 2 - 4pm: Roof space tours (age 11+) (voucher)
  • 2pm: Graffiti tour (age 11+) (voucher)
  • 3.30pm: The Christopher Trail - a short tour for families (voucher)
  • 6.30pm: Epiphany Candlemas Carol Service

City of St Albans Tour Guides walks are all free. Meet outside the Town Hall.

Sat & Sun

  • Sat & Sun 11am - 3pm: Petite Criminals Exhibition. Visit the 1831 Court Room to find out about child criminals of the past.
  • Sat 11am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 3pm: Crime & Punishment - explore the Town Hall cells (voucher)
  • Sat 11am: Verulamium in a Nutshell (meet outside Verulamium Museum)
  • Sun 11am: Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists
  • Sun 2.30pm: Town, Crown and Cloister (with Abbey Guides)

Countryside Management Service (01727 848168)


  • 10am: Come and help to improve St Julians Wood in Chiswell Green. Meet in the top car park of Greenwood Park at 10am with outdoor clothing and strong footwear.
  • 2pm: Walk around Verulamium Park (45 minutes, 2 miles). Meet at Westminster Lodge.

Maltings Arts Theatre


40 free tickets to see Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit (U) showing at 2pm. First come, first served, max 2 tickets per person. (voucher)

Museum of St Albans

Sat 10am - 5pm & Sun 2 - 5pm

Last chance to see 'Iraq - The Forgotten Story' - an art exhibition that tells the story of the conflict endured by the people of Northern Iraq, and celebrates life with hope for the future.

Redbournbury Watermill

Sun 2 - 5pm

Visit the 18th Century restored watermill & museum producing stoneground flour and bread.

Roman Hypocaust

Sat & Sun

Discover an original under floor heating system and Roman mosaic floor. Sat 10am - 3.30pm, Sun 2 - 3.30pm.

Roman Theatre of Verulamium

Sat & Sun

Visit the theatre dating from 1040 AD. Open from 10am - 4pm all weekend.

Ryder House, Holywell Hill

Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm

Pop in and take a look at this Edwardian building; orginally built as the HQ of the Ryder Cup founder Samuel Ryder's seed company.

St Albans Organ Theatre

Sat & Sun

Free admission on Sat from 2 - 5pm and Sun from 2 - 4.30pm.

St Albans Signal Box

Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

Winner of the prestigious Civic Society award, the 1892 grade 2 listed signal box will be open free. Pull the levers and signal the trains from Harpenden to Napsbury, and find out how trains were controlled before computers.

The Clock Tower

Sat 2 - 4pm

Take the 93 steps to the top of the tower and refuel with seasonal punch and shortcake.

The Sandpit Theatre

Pick up a postcard at the Resident's First Information point and send it back to us. First 20 tickets pulled out of the hat will receive 2 tickets to a show of their choice from the spring season brochure.

Town Hall

Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

Visit the Judges Robing Room at the Town Hall and see an exhibition of material from the St Albans Architectural and Archaeological Society's library.

Tyttenhanger House

Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm

Enjoy a short guided tour (with tea and cake) on the hour and an exhibition by local artist Ben Askem. Limited disabled access (voucher)

Verulamium Museum

Sat & Sun

  • Free entry to the museum of Roman life (Sat 10am - 5.30pm, Sun 2 - 5.30pm) (voucher)
  • Domestic Architecture of St Michael's Village - exhibition by photographer John Bethnell
  • Sun 2-4.30pm. Meet Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni Tribe. Storytelling sessions at 2.30 and 3.30pm.

Willows Farm Shop

Sat & Sun 1.30 - 5pm

Free afternoon tea from 2.30 - 5pm. Numbers strictly limited (voucher)

Residents' Feasts - Meal Deals

Enjoy special offers at these local restaurants on presentation of a Residents First leaflet. See leaflet for full terms and conditions.

  • Belvedere Ristorante Italiano - free bottle of house-selected wine with dinner for two when you spend over £40 (offer ends 28 Feb 09)
  • Café Rouge - free starter or dessert with every main course excluding baguettes, sandwiches & prix fixe menu (valid Sat to Tue, 12noon - 11pm)
  • Chez Mumtaj - free bottle of house wine per table for guests dining on the à la carte menu (valid Sun 25 Jan to Wed 28 Jan, 6 - 10.30pm, minimum two courses, pre-booking required)
  • Cibo Di Vino - free dessert with every main meal from the à la carte menu (valid lunch & dinner Sat 30 Jan, Sun 31 Jan & Tues 2 Feb). Book online.
  • Freddie's Restaurant - 15% off the final bill when dining from the à la carte menu (valid Sat 30 Jan to Tue 2 Feb, min two courses)
  • The Georgian Restaurant at Harpenden House Hotel - a free bottle of house wine with dinner for 2 when spending £40 or more (valid Sat 30 Jan evening, Sun 31 Jan to Tue 2 Feb lunch and dinner)
  • L'Italiana - free bottle of house wine per table (valid Sun 31 Jan all day, Mon 1 & Tue 2 Feb evening, pre-booking required)
  • Savanna at The Black Lion Inn - 2 for 1 dining: order two main courses and the least expensive one is free. A free bottle of house wine (per table) when dining from the à la carte menu (valid Sat 30 & Sun 31 lunch, Mon 1 & Tue 2 Feb lunch and dinner). Book online.
  • Thai Rack - 20% off the final bill (valid Sun & Mon lunch and dinner)
  • Thai Square - 10% discount from the à la carte menu (valid Mon & Tues lunch and dinner, food only)
  • The Albany - free bottle of house wine for two when dining from the à la carte menu (valid Sat 30, 6-7pm & Sun 31, 12-3pm. Pre-booking essential)
  • The Black Lion Inn - Buy coffee and cake and get another free (valid Sat to Tue, 8am to 6pm)
  • The Verulam Arms - free starter with every main course (valid Sat 30 Jan to Sun 28 Feb, 7-9pm)
  • The Waffle House - 10% discount from final bill (valid Sat, Mon, Tues & Wed, 10am - 5pm)

Leisure Connection Offers

See the Residents First leaflet for special 2-for-1 deals at local sports venues and half price ticket offers at the Alban Arena.


Complete a Residents Questionnaire at the RF Information Point, or at one of the attractions, for a chance to win a range of fantastic prizes.