What to do tonight we hear you say! Whether it’s business or pleasure that brings you to the Hertfordshire town of Hemel Hempstead, if you are staying for more than a couple of nights in one of our serviced apartments you will no doubt want to sample some of the local attractions. So to save you the effort we’ve put together a sample itinerary to help you make the most of your stay.
What better way to wind down after the first day of the working week than a trip to the cinema? Empire Cinema in Jarman Square screens everything from the latest blockbusters to art-house classics. With 17 screens including an IMAX you’ll be hard pressed not to find something to enjoy.
Gym bunnies find that business and personal travel can interfere with their training schedule. But not if you are staying in Hemel Hempstead. The Gym (again based in Jarman Square) offers Day Memberships which means you can visit as a guest from just £4.99 with no obligation to sign up. And finishing work late isn’t an excuse either as The Gym is open 24 hours a day!
If you are looking for an adrenalin rush mid-week then why not head to The XC? This extreme sports facility boasts a skate park, a 14m climbing wall, one of the world’s largest organic indoor caving systems, bouldering and a challenging high ropes course.
If your travel plans don’t take in the Alps or the Pyrenees don’t despair; a visit to Hemel Hempstead gives you the perfect excuse to hit the slopes. The Snow Centre on St Albans Hill, has a 160m main slope as well as the largest ski lesson slope in the UK. Both the ski and snowboarding slopes are over 30m wide and are coated in pristine real snow!
A night at the theatre is always a welcome treat. The Old Town Hall on the High Street has a varied programme of events including music, theatre, film, comedy and dance.
A weekend stay in Hemel Hempstead provides a great excuse to hit the town’s shops. Many of the popular high street stores can be found in the town’s two shopping centres and the old town’s pedestrianised High Street offers an eclectic mix of independent shops, coffee bars and restaurants. Saturday is also market day.
After such a packed week you will probably be seeking some peace and tranquillity on Sunday. The 5,000 acre Ashridge Estate in nearby Berkhamstead is the perfect place to unwind. Managed by the National Trust, the estate, which features beech and oak woodlands, common land and chalk downlands, is best explored on foot or by bicycle. The visitor centre has routes and trails and there is a café serving breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas.