Things To Do In Hertfordshire This Summer

Events, Festivals And Attractions For The Perfect Staycation

Looking for the perfect local attractions for your staycation? There’s something for everyone in Hertfordshire this summer.

There were 47 million domestic holidays in the UK last year, and this number is set to rise in 2018. With beautiful countryside, quaint market towns and close proximity to the capital, Hertfordshire is a popular choice for British holiday-goers, and even those local to the area can enjoy a great choice of days out in the area. Whether you’re looking for activities to keep the kids busy during the summer holidays, or for some fun with friends at the weekend, here are some ideas for a memory-filled staycation.

Walking With Dinosaurs

Dino world

Broxbourne’s Paradise Wildlife Park has added its own World of Dinosaurs exhibit which opened at Easter. This is now the park’s largest attraction and includes 30 life-size dinosaurs who roar as you pass by. If you have little Ankylosaur fans living at home, they’ll love learning about these extinct beasts before taking a ride on the Rex Express train. Your ticket price will also allow you entry into the rest of the park, where you’ll have the opportunity to view more than 800 wild animals, including big cats, penguins and monkeys.


dog fest

Head to Knebworth House on the weekend of July 7-8th and make sure you take your furry friend with you! Dog lovers and their trusty companions have a very busy schedule packed with activities such as flyball, dog diving and agility trials. There are also training and obedience sessions for you to attend, or you can join the guided Great Dog walk. Naturally, there’s plenty of merchandise for you to treat your four-pawed friend with too.

Battle Proms

The Royal Wedding may be over, but there’s still opportunity to be filled with national pride if you head to Hatfield House on Saturday 14th July. Take a picnic, wave your flags and listen to rousing classical music performed by the 60-piece New English Concert Orchestra. The highlight of this event is debatable depending on whether you’re more captivated by the Spitfire display which takes place during Elgar’s Nimrod, or perhaps the Red Devils parachute team.

If you’re more interested in the music, then you’ll love the finale featuring classics such as Rule Britannia, Pomp & Circumstance and Jerusalem. Rather than travelling home and ruining the buzz, it’s a good idea to check out local hotels in Hatfield and enjoy a final drink in the bar before bed.

Royston Kite Festival

If you’re planning to be in Hertfordshire this summer, then make room in your calendar for this colourful kite celebration over Therfield Heath on August 5th. It’s no problem if you don’t already own a kite, you can always buy one on the day, or take part in one of the event’s kite-making workshops. Closer to the ground, a classic car event is also taking place so why not make a day of it?

Just as you would if you were planning a holiday abroad, it’s a good idea to book as much as possible in advance to avoid disappointment. Pick your dates, choose your activities and accommodation and you’ve planned yourself a perfect Hertfordshire summer holiday.