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A show-jumping competition is a popular part of the show

Get ready for a highlight of the county calendar – the fabulous Hertfordshire County Show – bursting with fun over the May Bank Holiday weekend

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Tring reservoir

Now is one of the best times to visit Tring Reservoirs as the spring migration gets in full swing. Keri Jordan explores the watery haven that offers rare birds and much more

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The Fishery Inn at Boxmoor remains little changed, while the balustrade bridge has been replaced by a concrete structure

A new book by historian John Cooper uses photographs from a century ago and today to explore the county’s canal journey from transport route to leisure pursuit

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Battlers Green Farm Shop

It’s out-of-town shopping, but not as you know it. Forget bland mega-stores, Battlers Green Farm is a charming rural shopping destination with over 20 independents offering quality, rare and lovingly-created goods and services

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Check out our guide to music festivals in Hertfordshire

Some of the most exciting music festivals happen right here in Hertfordshire. Check out our eclectic list of summer music festivals right on your doorstep

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Green woodpeckers can be spotted hunting ants in the meadow

The ecologically-important woods and meadow of Great Ashby District Park on the edge of Stevenage are undergoing a five-year plan to enhance their habitats for wildlife and people. Countryside Management Service projects officer Gregory Ault explains

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Vaisikh Procession in Hitchin

The sights, sounds and tastes of the Punjab take over Hitchin at the annual Vaisakhi festival, which celebrates nature’s bounty and community. Layth Yousif explores the colourful Sikh event

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Take the whole family for a walk among the Hertfordshire bluebells this spring

In April and May every year, tiny bluebells begin to scatter themselves across woodland floors all over Hertfordshire. We have gathered some of the best places to view these delicate blooms

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The Coach House dates from the 16th century

First seen on Christmas Eve, a coach house dating from the 16th century and in need of love became the gift of a lifetime for a couple looking to start a family. Pat Bramley visits the romantic Standon home

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Willows Easter Eggstravaganza

Don’t let the children sink into a telly/gaming/social media trance this Easter - here are 10 active ideas to entertain them (and you) in the holidays and beyond in Herts

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