Summer in Cheslyn Gardens (16/08/17)

We’ve had many lovely afternoons in ‘Watford’s best-kept secret’. Last year we posted pictures of Cheslyn Gardens in late-September – here are a few taken this year in mid-summer:

Shenley Park: Music to Watch Flowers By (12/08/17)

At the end of July, Shenley Park hosted the ‘Music to Watch Flowers By‘ family music day in their Walled Garden. Shenley is surprisingly close to Watford – a 15-minute or so drive down the A41 and out the other side of Radlett. We trundled up from field where we were parked the with our…

Ragged Victorians at the Chiltern Open Air Museum (13/08/17)

The Chiltern Open Air Museum is fast becoming a favourite place to visit and the ‘Ragged Victorians’ weekend didn’t disappoint.  It was one of the museum’s living history events and involved Victorian enthusiasts wandering around the site as if we had been transported back to the 1870s or thereabouts. We were very impressed by how…

Finalist in Hertfordshire Digital Awards! (01/08/17)

We’re very excited about making the final in two Hertfordshire Digital Awards categories! We’ve made it through to the final for best: Lifestyle and culture website Responsive website. Congratulations to all the other finalists! Great to see so much digital talent in Herts. We’re looking forward to the awards ceremony at Knebworth House on the…

Badger’s Crossing charity day and miniature railway (06/08/17)

Writing here a long time after the event, but we wanted to post a few pics of the excellent afternoon we had at the Badger’s Crossing miniature railway charity day last August in Watford. This is a biennial charity event put on by a family who own a large garden up on Hempstead Road.  They have…

Cassiobury Park paddling pools (29/07/17)

Down at the Gade Avenue car park end of Cassiobury Park, you’ll find the new paddling pools. Opened in July, they sit just above the large playground and below Daisy’s in the Park cafe. Not knowing what the old ones were like, as we moved to Watford after they’d closed for refurbishment, we can safely say…

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…

Watford Police Station Open Day (28/07/17)

They were queuing to get in at Watford Police Station. It was the second year that the site had opened its doors to the public, and we arrived just before the start of the event. Loads of different types of police vehicles were exhibited outside, including pursuit cars (including one with a ‘cell” seat’) and…

Watford toddler activities (25/06/17)

We live in WD18 and have tried a few toddler activities nearby and a little further afield. Here’s a rundown of the things we’ve tried so far. Mondays, St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, toddler group Every Monday (except bank holidays) St. Michael and All Angels’ Church run a toddler group between 10-11.30am. Mr New…

The Big Lunch (11/06/17)

Just a quick post on The Big Lunch event we attended at St Michael & All Angels church. The annual, country-wide event was launched a few years ago for people to ‘lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun’. The Sunday lunch at the church in west Watford certainly ticked…

The Comedy Loft, Watford (10/06/17)

When was the last time you went to a comedy night? Ours was in 2006, at Up The Creek in Greenwich, where Greg Davies was the compère.  We had a great time and, yes, I was picked on by at least one of the comedians for the crime of sitting at the end of an aisle…

Colourscape and Waddesdon Manor (04/06/17)

We’d seen someone post about Colourscape on at Waddeson Manor on Facebook somewhere and thought that it looked like a pretty cool event to go to and then promptly forgot about it! Luckily, we managed to remember in time to catch its last day. And we’re so glad we did as it’s really rather special. We…

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…