Wardown House and Park (07/09/17)

We’d seen adverts for Wardown House Museum and Gallery when we visited the excellent Stockwood Discovery Park.  Both museums, run by Luton Culture, seem to have benefited from significant investment in the past few years, and have clearly worked hard to provide a rich and varied visitor experience for all ages. Wardown House, just north of…

Redbournbury Watermill (03/09/17)

An ancient mill grinds flower. A market stall sells bread and cakes. Down the valley a horse paddles in the river ford, while over the water meadows rare wild fowl roam free. No, it’s not the Cotswolds: we’re only 20 minutes north of Watford, at Redbournbury Watermill. A mill has probably been on the site  since…

Berkhamsted Castle (29/07/17)

Berkhamstead Castle’s a great place to visit with kids, only a twenty-minute or so drive from Watford. The ruins of the motte-and-bailey castle are owned by English Heritage, and the site is free to get in. There’s limited free parking right outside, just next to the train station. It’s a large, grassy, safe site where…

Wrest Park (14/05/17)

Wrest Park is an English Heritage property about 45 minutes drive from Watford and makes for a great family day out.

Bluebells in Whippendell Wood (01/05/17)

Whippendell Wood is known for its amazing carpet of bluebells every April/May. We parked in the Grove Mill Lane car park (with many others!) and went on a short meandering circular walk, taking photo after photo, as the bluebells were so striking. We hope you get a chance to check them out!

East Herts Miniature Railway and Van Hage Garden Centre (01/04/17)

The East Herts Miniature railway is in the Van Hage Garden Centre in Great Amwell. The garden centre itself is a great destination for mooching around: it’s massive and our toddler loved wandering around but the main attraction for him was the railway – he could have stayed watching that for ages!

Hatfield Park Farm and Playground (26/03/17)

A brilliantly sunny Mothers’ Day and what do you do? Where do you go? We were meeting Mr New to Watford’s parents at Dunstable Downs in the afternoon and needed somewhere to go beforehand. Discounting Whipsnade Tree Cathedral as being too similar an activity to the Downs , we decided on Hatfield Park Farm. We’re so glad…

Stockwood Discovery Centre (11/03/17)

Having heard about the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton on The Smallest of Things blog, we decided to check it out on a rainy weekend day. With it only being a 25 minute drive from Watford, it was a handy, FREE, indoor place to visit with an energetic toddler. First stop was the Discovery Hall, which featured…

Berkhamsted to Boxmoor canal walk (03/02/17)

We’d spied the canal (and its pubs!) when visiting Berkhamsted Castle, and were keen to take a stroll along the towpath. We set off south with the intention of walking for an hour before stopping off at the Fishery Wharf Café at Boxmoor for refreshments. There were countless narrow boats taking advantage of the tranquil mooring spots (if…

Bekonscot Model Village and Railway (30/01/17)

‘You must go to Bekonscot Model Village!’: we’d heard this countless times since moving to Watford. The model village, built in the 1920s, is on the edge of Beconsfield and reachable via the M40 in about half an hour from Watford on a good day. The weather was bright enough when we visited for some…

Grand Union Canal to Grove Mill walk (09/01/17)

We’d walked down the Grand Union canal towards Croxley and Rickmansworth a couple of times and fancied checking out the route north towards Kings Langley instead. On a cold and bright winter morning we set off from Cassiobury Park, passing onto the left bank at the first lock. The scenery here is more open (less tree…

200 Years of Printing 1816 – 2016 @ Watford Museum (17/01/17)

Just before Christmas we popped along to Watford Museum to catch the 200 Years of Printing exhibition. We were unaware of the huge role Watford played in the development of the industry, and stumbled across the ad for the event when researching Rembrandt House. The story was told across display boards near to the entrance. There…

Bar Mezé, St Albans (03/01/17)

Just a quick post about a great lunch find in St Albans: Bar Mezé is a Cypriot restaurant serving Greek, Ottoman and Arabic-influenced food. We ordered a couple of the usual bread-and-dips (houmous, tzatziki) as well as one of the house specials: an Egyptian filo pastry with chicken, feta, béchamel sauce and herbs. The food…

Winter in Cassiobury (31/12/16)

A frosty morning in Cassiobury Park brought out dozens of walkers plodding off the Christmas grub. Here are some photos from a cold and crisp day!

Flourish Bakery (22/12/16)

We came across Flourish Craft Bakery while browsing local restaurants on TripAdvisor. We were fortunate, as you’re unlikely to stumble across it in person, tucked away as it is on an industrial estate off St. Albans Road. It’s a craft bakery that supplies products to delis and cafes across London and recently opened a cafe on its site (with a baby…

Moving to Watford: One Year On (13/12/16)

It’s a year since we moved to Watford from London. But did we? We’re still having conversations with friends and colleagues over what really constitutes ‘London’. We both work in the capital and consider Watford – as it’s on the tube and a quick overland hop into Euston – still part of Greater London. Our commutes…