Back to a regular two-day weekend and I’m not sure I’m going to cope…here are my recommendations to make the most of your time off. Plus, a couple of events coming up that you’ll want to book tickets for events coming up…
Sunday 14th May. Ticket prices vary.
The Emergency Services will have their vehicles ready for you to enjoy and admire. The heritage railway will be open so you can also enjoy steam train rides with a full size steam locomotive, The Railway Museum, riding the Miniature Railway and watching the model trains
Make a day of it with a visit to the nearby…
Free admission but donations are most welcome. No booking required. Sunday 14th May 10am – 12:30pm.
Take the 70-step challenge and enjoy the views over the countryside from the gallery of this 19thCentury mill. If there’s enough wind you can watch the massive sails turn.
Sat 13th May 11am -4pm. Adults £7, children go free. Buy one ticket for access to all three gardens.
Enjoy the trail round all three of Sunnyside’s six-acre gardens. Their Northchurch site is a market garden using ‘no dig’ methods with a nature trail, wildlife pond and small animal farm. Sunnyside Berkhamsted has a vegetable growing area and extensive fruit garden, with a woodland and hazel coppice. The Hemel Food Garden is a Green Flag award-winning site that is also a plant nursery growing peat free perennial and annual bedding for domestic and commercial clients. There is an orchard, quiet garden space and market garden, growing a wide range of vegetables for their own use.
Sunnyside Rural Trust is a brilliant charity and social enterprise supporting young people and adults with learning disabilities. They very kindly shared their fantastic story and their recipes with me for the Chilterns Recipe Book. Find out more here.
Refreshments are available at in their Northchurch and Hemel Hempstead cafes.
Sat 13th & Sun 14th May, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Ticket prices vary but pay once and visit free for the rest of the year.
Wander round the tent village and travel back in time to meet reenactors from 2,000 years of history from the Romans, Vikings, Tudors, Civil War Soldiers to the Suffragettes.
There will also be combat displays and show and tell presentations where you can learn about key moments from British history.
The Museum is set in over five acres of old farmland with plenty of open space to explore. Stop by the War Garden and see what’s starting to grow and see if you can find the secret air raid shelter.
Artisan producers from in and around the Chilterns. The market will be largely food and drink, street food traders and food for you to take home. Plus have a small selection of craft stalls at the market each month.
Treat your Dad to an afternoon (11.30am-6pm) of live music, food trucks and pop-up bars in the Barn Kitchen garden this Father’s Day!
If your little one (or you) love Bluey book to see him at Leighton Buzzard’s Buzzrail on Sunday 28thMay. There’s also special Paw Patrol and dinosaur days later in the year.
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Please check individual websites/social media before travel in case of last min cancellations/changes.