A Summer Guide to Hatfield & Surrounding Areas
Hatfield has a rich and interesting history, from Aerospace Engineering to Hatfield House to the University of Hertfordshire, there is a lot to know that Hatfield is known for! With a population of just over 38,000 thousand residents, Hatfield is one of Hertfordshire’s smallest counties, despite this, it has a big reputation.
The county is just a 20-mile journey away from Central London and has a lot to do in surrounding areas! From exclusive Tours in Hatfield House to Mini Golf in Borehamwood, there is a variety of things to choose from, for all kinds of people, this is a brief guide on what to do in and around Hatfield!
Hatfield House (£5 – £19)
Hatfield has a rich history surrounding Hatfield House, stretching back to the 1500s, the grounds have been one of the biggest focal points of Hertfordshire. From famous residents such as Elizabeth the I and her Father Henry the VIII, the property has played a big role in British History.
Fun Fact: Elizabeth the I was living in the Old Palace in 1558 when she learnt of her succession in taking over the throne!
Now, if you’re a history lover like myself, Hatfield House is a really enriching and interesting spot to visit. There are a variety of activities to indulge in throughout different times of the day. Whether you fancy a bite to eat in the cafe, a stroll through the gardens and grounds, a guided tour of the historic house or even a shop around in the old stableyard, there is always something to do. All the while, you’ll be helping fund a great piece of history, so everybody wins!
If you find yourself visiting during seasons such as Christmas, keep an eye out for the Christmas stall markets. It’s a really fun way to spend some time shopping through unique, bespoke and handmade businesses whilst enjoying some yummy winter dishes and mulled wines.
Mill Green Museum and Mill – Welham Green
Based on the border between Hatfield and Welham Green, the Mill Green Museum and Mill is open all year round to families, schools and flour fanatics. The watermill is made up of machinery stretching all the way back to the 18th and 19th century, which has been restored for its resident millers to grind organic wheat for a local bakery as well as retail sales.
Again, if you are into history and fancy a walk around a local museum, book yourself a visit to Mill Green, the best part is, it’s free to visit!
De Havilland Aircraft Museum – Shenley, London Colney (£6.50 – £35)
Again, for all those history lovers out there, the De Havilliand Aircraft Museum could be an interesting option for a day out around Hatfield. Being the UK’s oldest aircraft museum, stretching all the way back to the early 15th century, the De Havilland has an amazing history that is just waiting to be discovered!
The museum has a Comet 1A on display inside the new hangar and are welcoming visitors to come and experience for themselves. The new project on show at the moment and is entirely funded by tickets and donations.
Dinosaur Mini Golf – Barnet (£7.50 – £37.50)
Fancy a game of golf with a twist? Head down to Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf on the A1! It’s a great way to spend a few hours with family and friends if you want a light-hearted and fun afternoon. The golf course is 18 holes of fun and is even connected to an activity centre where you can practice your swing and even receive coaching if thats your thing!
The golf course is open to groups of up to 5 people, families and even dogs!
Popworld Dance Club – Hertford (£ based on drinks)
Once clubs and bars are safe to re-open again, make sure that you head over to Popworld in Hertford! The club is currently open from 4pm to 10pm on Fridays to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions, so there is plenty of time to get your groove on, safely!
You and 5 friends are free to book a booth for free for up to two hours, where you can enjoy up 50% off of drinks, table service and a great atmosphere with great company. Make sure to wear your mask at your table!
Warner Brother Studio Tour – Watford (Starting at £47 for adults)
Are you a Potterhead, interested in film making or just a film buff? The warner brother studio tour is a perfect way to get you teeth into learning about the behind the scenes of one of the biggest franchises to ever come to the big screen.
From displays showing the props, costumes and even the iconic sets such as the Great Hall, there is so much for you to explore and enjoy during your time at the Studios! You could even get your own wand at the gift shop so that you can live out your wizarding dream to it’s full extent!
Paradise Wildlife Park – Broxbourne (£20)
There’s never a bad time to head to the zoo, especially after being stuck inside after the past year due to covid, so why not book some tickets to Paradise Wildlife Park. The park also offers visitors the chance to buy tickets for animal experiences such as feeding the tigers, meerkats or even having one on one time with a wolf!
The park has just introduced an event called the Summer Evening in Paradise, where visitors are able to purchase tickets to enjoy the park on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The event is to encourage visitors to take a look around the park whilst the animals are settling down as well as giving them the chance to watch the sunset over the grounds of the park. There will be food, entertainment such as African drummers plus lots of photo opportunities to remember a wonderful and unique evening.
The Odyssey Theatre – St Albans (£5 – £13)
Going to the Odyssey Cinema is one of the best ways to experience the big screen! From all time classics such as Blade Runner to new flicks like A Quiet Place II, there is something to please everyone. With comfy seats and table service to compliment, it really is a wonderful viewing experience. You could always bring your own drinks and snacks, but you can only get the full experience if you order from the bar!
The theatre has been around since 1908 and is known for it’s 1930’s era design. It was bought back to its original beauty in 2014 and has been showing multiple films a day ever since.
With most lockdown restrictions being lifted now, you are more than capable to enjoy all of these wonderful experiences in and around Hatfield. Remember to wear your mask, stay safe and have fun!