Easter fun for the family and you
PUBLISHED: 11:59 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:59 31 March 2015
There's so much more to do with the family this month than scoffing chocolate eggs. Here's our pick of 10 of the best Easter days and nights out in the county (which do often end in scoffing chocolate eggs...)
White Rabbit’s Easter Eggstravaganza
April 3-4, Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield
This year is the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. So to mark the occasion, why not follow the Easter egg trail around the beautiful gardens and maze at Capel Manor and meet characters from the book along the way (and help raise funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice)?
To add to the festivities, a pop-up cinema will be screening Disney’s classic film adaption – included in the event price, but seats are limited and given on a first-come-first-served basis.
Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 for children over three. Contact 020 8449 8877 or visit noahsarkhospice.org.uk
There’s more to the Tudors than Henry VIII
April 3, St Albans
From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, the Tudor period was one of unprecedented social, religious and political change. But how did it affect the people of St Albans and its economy? Find out on this fascinating walk. As you’ll see along the way, many of the original 16th-century buildings have survived, though some are more hidden than others.
The walk starts outside the Old Town Hall in Market Place at 2.30pm.
Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children. 01727 864511; stalbanstourguides.co.uk
Hatfield Forest Easter Egg Trail
April 3-6, Hatfield Forest, Bishop’s Stortford
Answer questions, follow clues and complete challenges – it’ll be worth your while, as at the end there’s bound to be a chocolatey prize!
Explore the grassy plains and leafy woodlands that make Hatfield Forest a natural adventure playground, as you make like an Easter bunny and hunt for those elusive eggs. Tickets £2. Car park £5 a car. See nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfieldforest or call 01279 870678.
Crazy For You
April 9-11, Abbey Theatre, Holywell Hill
St Albans Youth Music Theatre presents this classic boy-meets-girl story featuring the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin. Debuted on Broadway in 1992, it won a Tony Award for Best Musical.
This amateur youth production contains plenty of well-known Gershwin songs that will get your feet tapping and pull at your heart strings at the same time. 7.30pm (and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm). 01727 857861; abbeytheatre.org.uk
East of England Food Festival
April 11-12, Knebworth House
Eat, drink and be merry at this celebration of all foodie things. Now in its sixth year, the East of England Food Festival has everything from artisan cheeses to fine cookware and plenty in between. Cookery demonstrations by TV chef Matt Tebbutt and expert compering by Masterchef’s Ondine Hartgrove will make sure you’ll be suitably entertained all weekend. Tickets are £9.50 on the gate or £34 for a family of four (under-threes go free) and include entrance to Knebworth Gardens, dinosaur trail, the park and adventure playground. 01438 812661; knebworthhouse.com
Rennie Grove Fashion Show
April 30, Hemel Hempstead School
Spruce up your wardrobe before the summer with high-street offerings at bargain prices. There will be a catwalk show, so you can check out your choices before you decide whether to buy while sipping a free glass of Pimm’s. From 6.30pm. Tickets £15 via 01727 731028 and renniegrove.org
Ashridge Cadbury Easter Egg Trail
April 18-21, Ashridge Estate, Berkhamstead
Put on your wellies and explore the secrets of the woodlands at Ashridge. Answer questions along the way and collect your chocolaty reward at the end for your efforts.
Dogs are more than welcome if they stay on a lead, and don’t forget to bring your wellies. The trail starts at the visitor centre, so head there first. No need to book, just turn up. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate
Lucy Ward in concert
April 17, The Green Room at The Doctors Tonic, Welwyn GC
Rising UK folk music star Lucy Ward’s Return To Routes solo tour comes to the county. Songs from her third album will be performed alongside old favourites, at a night promising ‘a few surprises and lots of fun’. From 9-11pm. £10 on the door. 01707 338174; lucywardsings.com
Sunday Tea Dance
April 19, Bricket Wood Social Club
A sociable afternoon of chatting, tea drinking and lots of dancing. Swing, Jive and Ballroom are the order of the day, but all dance styles are welcome. Feel free to come with or without a partner. There’s a licensed bar and a fun ice-breaker class if you want to build up some courage before taking to the floor. Fro 3-6pm. Tickets £7 on the door (includes complimentary tea, coffee and cake) 07956 366449; swingsters.co.uk
Herts Easter Hunt
April 19, Chancellor’s School, Pine Grove
Not your usual egg-finding affair - first cycle 33, 65 or 98 miles. The medium and long routes pass through gorgeous countryside and the charming villages of Dane End, Ardeley, Gravely and St Pauls Walden. The long route then heads west towards Whipsnade Zoo (not quite making it as far as seeing the lemurs) and returns to meet the medium route via Studham and Harpenden. After that there’s 18 miles to go as you head through Burnham Green, Tewin and then Essenden (beware of the hill!) back to the start where you can finally enjoy a choccy egg and some super homemade food for your efforts. See sportive.co.uk