Spend a weekend in Hoddesdon

PUBLISHED: 18:43 17 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 20 February 2013

Speedway at Rye House Stadium

Speedway at Rye House Stadium

A modern, thriving town, Hoddesdon is vibrant and charming and also just happens to be at the gateway to the beautiful and bountiful Lee Valley Park. Damion Roberts explores

A modern, thriving town, Hoddesdon is vibrant and charming
and also just happens to be at the gateway to the beautiful
and bountiful Lee Valley Park. Damion Roberts explores

Place to be entertained
Comedy nights, psychics, family shows and mean, green plants are all on the theatrical menu this September at Broxbourne Civic Hall. The venue itself is a multi-purpose facility which hosts shows all-year round, many of which are sell-outs. Among the shows in the offing this September are Room on the Broom on Sunday, September 19 and Little Shop of Horrors on Friday September 24 and Saturday, September 25.
Broxbourne Civic Hall, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BE.
Box office 01992 441946

Place to visit
Housed in a Georgian building dating back to the 1750s, Hoddesdons Lowewood Museum contains artefacts from local history including geological displays, photographs and moving film. The most fascinating item in the museums collection, however, has to be Scotts Egg, a delightful Emu egg adorned with silver and mounted by a miniature silver Emu originally given by missionary Harry Scott to his wife Mary Todhunter on the Murray Island just off New Guinea as a Christmas present in 1883.
Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon EN11 8BH
01992 445596 - opening hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm.

Place to walk
With the Lee Valley Park on its doorstep, Hoddesdon is a footstep or three away from 10,000 acres of beautiful countryside perfect for taking your legs as well as those of your family for a leisurely stroll as well as trying your hand at a spot of horse riding or canoeing. One such walk is the three-mile stroll along the River Lee which is a meandering yet easy trek which takes in some striking environments. The walk starts just south of Hoddesdon at Broxbourne station, than passes the east of the town as it curves northwards towards Hertford.

Place for all ages
Rye House Stadium is a greyhound track and speedway track as well as stock car racing and is located on Rye Road. The venue holds 1,200 spectators and offers a night at the dogs (or bikes) and also has on sale rather tasty fish and chips. Greyhound racing takes place on Thursdays and Sundays. Also at Rye House is the outdoor-based Rye House Racing Circuit, one of the best known and oldest existing karting circuits in the UK. As well as hosting national and international races, the venue is also open to members of the public and groups to race each other around hairpins and bends until dizzy. To cater for the younger driver children aged four and upwards the venue has just opened a brand new 400 metre circuit with four karts able to run at any one time.
Rye House Stadium, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0EH
01992 469000

Place for the young ones
Formerly a fortified manor house built in the 15th century, the Rye House Gatehouse with the nearby Rye Meads Nature Reserve has enough to keep the whole family occupied and entertained throughout the day. The historical Gatehouse also includes the Barley Sugar Chimney and a display on brick making and is open until the end of September although it is worth phoning the Gatehouse for opening times.
Rye House Gatehouse, Rye House Quay, Rye Road, Hoddesdon
EN11 0EH 08456 770600

Place to see some football
Hoddesdon Town Football Club has now been a fixture of the town for more than 130 years.
Playing their football at Lowfield off Park View where they played when first formed in 1879 and on the same stretch of land where the towns cricket team plays the Lillywhites were the first winners of the FA Vase trophy, beating Epsom & Ewell 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in 1975 and now ply their trade in the Spartan South Midlands Division where they finished fourth last season. A very welcoming football club.
Hoddesdon FC, Lowfield Sports Ground, Park View, Hoddesdon, EN11 8PX 01992 463133

Places to eat and drink
After a busy Saturday, why not forget about the stresses of a working week ahead with a nice, relaxing bite to eat and drink on Sunday at one of a number of quality pubs and restaurants in Hoddesdon.
The Sun, in Amwell Street, offers a Sunday carvery in a quiet, traditional setting; the Marconato, on the High Street, has a wide range of Italian dishes to satisfy all tastes; and if you are looking for something a little more spicy then the Raj Mahal, established in 1982, is one of a number of flavoursome Indian eateries within the town.

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