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Beat the Bank Holiday blues in Hertfordshire

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28 April 2016 | Location

Rejoice! It’s the first May Bank Holiday this weekend.

It means an extra day off work - but it also means an extra day keeping the family busy.

There’s plenty to do in Hertfordshire to keep everyone entertained – so here are our top picks.


1. Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell

Van Hage is more than just a garden centre – there’s plenty of opportunities for a spot of retail therapy, as well as the children’s attractions.

These include a fantastic mini-railway run by the East Herts Miniature Railway Society which takes you on a trip through the beautifully landscaped gardens for just £1 per person.

There’s also more than 300 animals of 33 different species in the free to enter Animal Gardens, where visitors also have the opportunity to feed some of the animals.

For more information, visit the Van Hage website.


2. Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne

You’ll find even bigger animals at Paradise Wildlife Park, where the pride of the park is its big cat collection – including white lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs and leopards.

There’s also zebras, meerkats, camels, The Angkor Reptile Temple, a farmyard and a number of different monkeys to keep your own little monkeys entertained.

Keep an eye on the Paradise Wildlife Park website to look for special talks and shows coming up over the Bank Holiday weekend.


3. Knebworth House, Knebworth

The historic Knebworth House has something for everyone.

Even without stepping inside the house, there is plenty to enjoy – the stunning gardens and a whole host of activities for children, including the famous Dinosaur Trail, where you can come face to face with life-sized models of the ferocious beasts.

There’s also the Adventure Playground, complete with ‘splash play’ water features.

As an added extra, over the Bank Holiday weekend the Hertfordshire Garden Show (pictured above) is also taking place in the grounds.

For more information, visit the Knebworth House website.


4. Lee Valley Regional Park 

There’s a host of things to do in Lee Valley, both indoor and outdoor, to keep your family busy.

You can hire out a pedalo at the Boat Centre, see the trains at the Hoddesdon Model and Railway Club, visit horses at the Riding Centre and do everything from tobogganing to tractor rides at Lee Valley Park Farm.

You could even make sure your Bank Holiday goes with an extra bang by visiting the Secret Island – Royal Gunpowder Mills at the Waltham Abbey end of the park.

For more information, visit the Lee Valley Regional Park website.


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