Out and about in Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 10:25 14 October 2011 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

The stunning Knebworth House

The stunning Knebworth House

Thousands of families travel to the village of Knebworth during the spring and summer months in order to take in the delights of the glorious Knebworth House and its idyllic surroundings...

Gothic Knebworth

The central attraction for visitors to Knebworth, the 500-year-old Gothic-style Knebworth House and its gardens hosts a variety of events all year round including music festivals, classic car exhibitions and a country show.

In addition to attractions such as those, this year the estate, which is owned by the Lytton-Cobbolds, will host specific events ahead of Halloween and Christmas.

From Wednesday, October 26 until Friday, October 28 the house will play host to the Pumpkin Trail and Treats where visitors can take part in pumpkin-based activities and trek the trail where, if they are lucky, they may even encounter some bats.

A goody bag will be presented to those who are able to complete the trail, and for those who are a little more daring there is also the opportunity to go on a twilight walk.

Entry is 2.50 per adult and 4.50 per child, with under-twos getting in free.

At the end of November the estate will hold its annual Christmas Fair. There will be a wide variety of crafts and gifts to view and buy, as well as a Santas Grotto complete with reindeer and owls for the children. The event takes place on the weekend of November 19 and 20 and entry is 5 for adults, 4 for senior citizens and 3 for children.

For more details visit www.knebworthhouse.com

Greater than Gold

Knebworth Family of Churches will be putting on a performance in October to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.

The Roger Jones musical Greater than Gold tells the story of Mary Jones, a young Welsh girl whose determination to own a copy of the bible would lead to the formation of the Bible Society.

The true story goes that Jones, who lived in the late 18th century, saved her money for a number of years before walking more than 25 miles across the countryside to buy a copy of the bible only to be told by the seller that he had no copies left. Despite her disappointment Jones passion inspired others to ensure the less well off have access to the bible.

The October show has been organised by the Family of Churches, a covenant of St Martins, St Marys, Trinity and St Thomas More churches which formed in the 1990s, and will be performed by a choir at St Thomas More Church on Sunday, October 30.

The performance is free and starts at 5.30pm.

For more details about the event contact Rebecca Goldby via email at rebecca.goldby@ntlworld.com

Shoot from the hip

Green Dragon Bowmen shoot arrows all year round either in the beautiful surroundings of Knebworth Park in the summer or at the Odyssey Sports and Fitness Club in Old Knebworth Lane during the indoor season, which includes October.

The club offers two training courses for those taking up the sport with each course limited to 25 students, and the courses teach all the basics of archery including information on the best equipment to buy for each discipline of which there are four recurve, barebow, compound and long bow.

The club has been running since 1962 and currently has more than 100 members.

If you would like more information about the club or would like to book a place on one of the courses call Denise Carpenter on (01438) 817 335 or visit www.greendragonbowmen.org.uk

Get sporty

There are number of sports clubs in and around Knebworth which welcome non-members, or even new ones should you wish to join one.

Located in the recreation ground off Watton Road, Knebworth Tennis Club has four all weather courts which continue to be used throughout the autumn months.

The club has a thriving junior section in addition to a number of coaching sessions on Sunday mornings should you wish to get advice on how to improve your game.

If you would like more information, visit www.knebworthtennisclub.co.uk

Knebworth Golf Club has more than 900 members but also welcomes non-members who want to play on their course. The club, founded in 1908, welcomes individuals and groups and has a bar and restaurant as well as the manicured course (www.knebworthgolfclub.com)

Knebworth Sports Club hosts, at various locations, a variety of sports such as table cricket, goalball and boccia should you wish to try something new.

For details visit www.ksclub.org.uk

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