There are, of course, an amazing number of things to do in Hemel Hempstead every day, from the cold of the Snow Centre or Planet Ice skating rink, to a (hopefully) much warmer walk in the park at Gadesbridge or skateboarding at the XC.
However, there are many family events going on in and around Hemel Hempstead this August Bank Holiday, so we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at some of them.
A trip to the seaside without going anywhere
You may not be able to make it to the coast, but you will be able to make it to the Riverside shopping centre to let the kids play in the sand on the ‘beach’. Have a nice sit down on the deckchairs while the kids make sandcastles with the buckets and spades provided, or join them to play with the giant outdoor games.
On Bank Holiday Monday, visit the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate to for crafts and outdoor activities as one of the Ashridge Adventurers. Aimed at 4-10 year olds, these adventure days include pond dipping, minibeast hunting and den building, as well as nature-themed crafts in the visitors centre (handy to know in case of rain!) These are popular events so booking is essential.
Pitstone Heritage Park
Pitstone is an old Victorian farm near Tring which is only open to the public a few days a year. On Bank Holiday Monday, volunteers at each of the points of interest will show you how farmers worked the land and how ordinary people lived, and even let you have a go at pottery or lace making. The museum also has part of a World War II Lancaster bomber with the sections showing where the pilot, navigators and radio operators would work, along with working radar and navigation aids.
Travel back to the Tudors at Chiltern Open Air Museum
On Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles will be going back to Tudor Times. A local historical group will show you what daily life was like for rich and poor alike, demonstrating how the Tudors made clothes, cooked and prepared meals, and prepared themselves for war. Check the website for more details and prices.
Great Missenden Food Festival
If you enjoy good food, then the Great Missenden Food Festival might be for you. The festival is running over the whole bank holiday weekend. You can join in with workshops, watch top chef demonstrations, tasting sessions and browse the many stalls selling food and drink from local producers.
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