10 places to make learning fun
PUBLISHED: 10:52 24 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 20 February 2013
When the school holidays end and the kids go back to class, days out don't have to end. And if you want to make them educational and fun, Hertfordshire has a wealth of interesting places that fit the bill
When the school holidays end and the kids go back to class, days out dont have to end. And if you want to make them educational and fun, Hertfordshire has a wealth of interesting places that fit the bill
1. Natural History Museum, Tring
With six galleries featuring everything from the tiniest of insects to creatures of the deep, flightless birds and endangered marine mammals, there is something for all the family. Get closer to some of natures strangest specimens from time gone by in an interactive discovery room or explore the 837 specimens in the galleries.
Natural History Museum
The Walter Rothschild Building, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
020 7942 6171
2. Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon
Experience life in the Iron Age seeing how weaving, cooking and catching your own food used to be done. The camp offers experiences for all ages and is now offering visitors the chance to experience the joys of cooking outdoors in their own Woodland Hideaway, complete with barbecue hamper, for a green day out with a difference. Guests can then explore the village, have a go at longbow archery or listen to a Celtic story.
Celtic Harmony Camp,
Brickendon Lane, Brickendon, Hertford SG13 8NY
3. Royston Cave, Royston
A bit of a mystery, this man-made cavern in the shape of a beehive is believed to date from the 14th century. It has an extensive range of wall carvings, medieval in appearance, representing the Crucifixion, the Holy Family and several saints. Some studies of the cCave have drawn comparisons from the wall carvings and other sources to indicate that it may have been used by the
Royston Cave, Melbourn Street, Royston
01763 245484 www.roystoncave.co.uk
4. Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne
Touch, feed and learn more about a whole host of animals at this interactive zoo. As well as tigers, lions, monkeys, zebras, camels, penguins and many more, Paradise offers unique experiences that allow you to spend a day with some of the animals and have a go at feeding the big cats. The zoo is renowned for its conservation work and staff will be happy to share their knowledge with visitors.
Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Herts, EN10 7QA
01992 470490 www.pwpark.com
5. De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, London Colney
Steeped in history and a haven for aeroplane fanatics everywhere, this is the place to see a Mosquito, Tiger Moth and Comet, as well as other historic aircraft. The de Havilland Aircraft Company, in Hatfield, created the Mosquito in secrecy at Salisbury Hall with the first prototype handbuilt by craftsmen in a hangar disguised as a farm building. The museum preserves the de Havilland aerospace heritage for future generations.
De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre
Salisbury Hall, London Colney AL2 1EX
01727 826400 www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk
6. Verulamium Museum, St Albans
The perfect place to discover more about the Romans, the city of St Albans has an endless supply of material. The city was first built as Verulamium by the Romans 2,000 years ago and the museum is a good place to start a journey of discovery. The museum stands in the middle of what was one of Britains largest Roman cities and much of what remains is underneath Verulamium Park, which houses a Roman hypocaust. The remains of a Roman theatre are a short walk away, as is the magnificent St Albans Abbey.
Verulamium Museum, St Michaels Street, St Albans
01727 751810 www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
7. Butterfly World, Chiswell Green
Find out more not just about butterflies but about other insects too. The attraction and conservation development has now completed two phases and once phase three is complete - which includes the large central dome it is hoped Butterfly World will be the largest of its kind in the world. Patrons include David Bellamy and Emilia Fox who can often be seen at events at the attraction, which is also home to Future Gardens, a large array of different gardens for visitors to admire and enjoy.
Butterfly World, Miriam Lane,
Off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green AL2 3NY
01727 869203 www.butterflyworldproject.com
8. Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City
Set in 170 acres of farmland, this is one of the countys top farm attractions and a great place to learn more about farm animals. As well as the chance to see ducks, sheep, pigs, chickens, cows, goats and horses, the farm has a picnic area, childrens play area and an exhibition barn containing 70 bird specimens, mammals, animal skulls, model dinosaurs, creepy crawlies and a working beehive.
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road,
Letchworth Garden City SG6 4JN
01462 686775 www.standalonefarm.com
9. Lee Valley Park
The park stretches 26 miles along the River Lee from Ware to East India Dock Basin on the Thames. It comprises a diverse mix of heritage sites, nature reserves and open green spaces alongside world class sports facilities. The park is playing an active part in the London 2012 Games with the new White Water Canoe Centre near Broxbourne. Other sports facilities: Lee Valleys Athletics Centre, Riding Centre and Ice Centre.
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Myddelton House, Bulls Cross, Enfield EN2 9HG
08456 770 600 www.leevalleypark.org.uk
10. British Schools Museum, Hitchin
Explore Victorian, Edwardian and World War II classrooms to see how children used to learn. Peek inside the Victorian headmasters house, try your hand at writing in sand and play with toys from the past. Guided tours are available. The museum stands on the site of the first monitorial school in Hertfordshire, opened in 1810.
British Schools Museum
41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin SG4 9TS
01462 420144 www.hitchinbritishschools.org.uk