Hertfordshire: Latest News

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Have you got something missing in your life? Could you become a foster carer?

27th February 2020

Hertfordshire County Council is making an urgent appeal to residents to consider becoming foster carers, to open their homes and hearts to children and young people.  There are approximately 950 children in care in Hertfordshire and many of these children need the love and support of a foster...

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Party planning made easy at Jump In Elstree

24th February 2020

Planning the perfect birthday party for your child can be daunting.  As parents, all we want to do is put a smile on their faces, make our child feel special and chalk the day off as a success. So much better then if we can achieve all of that without having the responsibility of making it all...

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The Kumon Method

21st February 2020

The Kumon Method of Learning is designed to help any child of any ability progress to their maximum potential and become enthusiastic learners. Through worksheet study and Instructor guidance, students work at the ‘just-right’ level to build ability and fluency in small manageable steps....

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Birthday parties at XC

20th February 2020

If you are looking for an adventurous, extreme and exciting party then XC has it covered. Choose from the Skatepark, Climbing, Indoor Caving or High Ropes. Your party, your choice! With everything under one roof, why not combine, mix and match.  XC’s artificial Caves twist and turn for...

Practice makes perfect, or does it?

19th February 2020

Preparing for the secondary transfer 11+ tests can appear overwhelming and confusing, making it stressful for all the family.  Whilst some children are tutored, the actual secondary transfer test will probably be their first experience of a formal test of this size. Yet at the young age of 10/11...

Duchess of Cambridge launches childhood survey to help under-fives

18th February 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched a UK-wide survey to help improve early childhood.  The five-question online survey aims to “spark a national conversation” to help create “lasting change for generations to come”, Kensington Palace said.  Speaking at the launch...

Have you registered with your family centre?

18th February 2020

Did you know that you and your family need to be registered with Hertfordshire’s Family Centre Service to attend any sessions or courses? Even if you registered with the children centres before, to comply with the new data protection laws and the change of service on 1 October 2018 a new registration...

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Spring season at Broadway Cinema & Theatre

17th February 2020

Treat the family and join Broadway Cinema and Theatre for one of their amazing family theatre shows this Spring. The Amazing Bubble Man is back by popular demand, thrilling children and families for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles! Pop...

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Standalone Farm reopens

14th February 2020

Standalone Farm is looking forward to re-opening its doors on Monday 17th February, ready for the half term.  Little farmers will have the chance to reach for the stars in a mobile planetarium which offers an immersive 360° experience. The dome will camp at Standalone until 23th February...

Campus West - Your half term holiday saviour

13th February 2020

Campus West is your half term holiday saviour – with a cinema, roller rink and soft play centre all under one roof, plus food and drink from Humphrey’s.  Films showing include The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle, Sonic the Hedgehog and The Call of the Wild.  Soft Play City is open...

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Head to intu Watford for half term family fun!

12th February 2020

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids this half term, then look no further than intu Watford!  From 17 to 23 February, children can take part in a series of fun and FREE activities including face painting on Friday 21 February and a treasure hunt out on the mall all week.  To...

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Half Term at Paradise Wildlife Park

10th February 2020

Enjoy this February half term at Paradise Wildlife Park! Looking for the perfect day out to keep the little ones entertained with lots of things to do all day? Well, Paradise Wildlife Park is your answer.  Paradise Wildlife Park is rated Hertfordshire’s No.1 Attraction by TripAdvisor and...

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Billionaire Boy at Hertford Theatre

8th February 2020

12th - 16th February. Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country! He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start...

Take the decision out of gift buying

7th February 2020

The Watford Gift Card provides a huge choice of retail, food, drink, leisure & entertainment options in Watford town centre whilst also ensuring that spend is kept local. It works in the same way as a department store/shopping centre gift cards, but instead the choice is expanded to the whole...

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February Frolics on the farm

6th February 2020

February Frolics, Willows Activity Farm’s ‘cutest event of the year’ runs 15-23rd February. Visitors will have the chance to witness the arrival of adorable newborn lambs as their pregnant ewes prepare to give birth. There will be bottle feeding demonstrations and their Livestock Team...

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Barracudas Activity Day Camps offers fun activity weeks and days for children during the holidays

5th February 2020

Barracudas has been entertaining kids between the ages of 4. to 14 years for over 26 years. Barracudas is a leader in the field, offering an amazing experience for children in fantastic settings. With a choice of varied activities for every session including archery, fencing, arts & crafts, motor...

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Ten2Two's Checklist for Change

4th February 2020

Now the days are getting lighter and the first daffodils are emerging, it’s an ideal time to focus energy on you and your goals. If one of those goals is finding a new job or returning to work, Ten2Two, your local flexible recruitment agency can help.  Here’s their really useful exercise...

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Incredi-bubble family fun!

4th February 2020

Do something different this May Bank Holiday and have fun in the bubbles at the perfect family-fun day out, with added feel-good factor!  Bubble Rush is an incredi-bubble charity fun run for all the family – and friends too! Anyone from tots to teens, grown-ups to grandparents can take...

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New home for historic aircraft

3rd February 2020

When the de Havilland Aircraft Museum re-opens its doors on Sunday 16th February visitors will see for the first time many of its historic aircraft on display in the large new climate-controlled hangar - now their permanent undercover home.  It is the centerpiece of the Museum for the 21st Century...

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Personalised private tuition service

28th January 2020

Alissa Star Tutors is a personalised private tuition service, specialising in primary Maths and English. All of the tutors are highly skilled, fully qualified teachers who thrive on tailoring packages to be fun and stimulating whilst ensuring maximum progression. They are an inclusive service and...

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Abbots Langley First Class Learning Centre student receives an academic award

21st January 2020

A student from the Abbots Langley First Class Learning Centre received an academic award for her school. Oluchi, who was 4 years old when she joined the Maths and English programme has made astonishing progress. The award is a testament not only to her hard work, determination and commitment to learning,...

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Perfect parties for kids!

17th January 2020

Cinnamon Square, a multi-award winning bakery based in Rickmansworth, has been teaching children to bake for over 13 years, through a range of parties and workshops. During the classic baking party, suitable for 5 years and upwards, children make bread, pizza, cookies and their own Birthday cake....

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Why is Ballet Training good for young children?

8th January 2020

The physical benefits of learning Ballet as a young person are best summed up by the amazing Gold Medallist Katrina Johnson Thompson in an article she wrote acknowleding Ballet as the secret to her jumping success. These attributes are core strength, agility, flexibility...

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3 is the perfect number

7th January 2020

As we approach the new year, those Year 5 students who have been tutored or have parents helping them, will now start to understand the content of the tests they will undertake in September. However, this is only one part of the preparation, practise is a key element...

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Let your child excel with Kumon

6th January 2020

Kumon study helps children of any age and any ability to shine. Established for 60 years, the Kumon Maths and English Programmes enable students of all ages and abilities to develop into con dent, independent learners with strong study skills. Kumon study equips students with core study skills that...

Could you give a child the Chance To Thrive?

6th January 2020

Hertfordshire County Council’s fostering and adoption team is looking for people who can foster children who have a variety of different needs. They are appealing to people who already have the experience of caring for children with additional needs, whether...

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From Broadway to Berkhamsted!

3rd January 2020

Students of Stagecoach Berkhamsted & Hemel Hempstead are receiving expert tuition direct from London’s glittering West End stars as their Principal, David Hunter, takes on his latest lead role in the hit Broadway musical ‘Waitress’. The students...

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New Year weight loss!

29th December 2019

If you’d love to slim down and feel better about yourself this January, Slimming World groups are inviting you to join them for support with your weight loss in 2020! If anyone in Hertfordshire is thinking of embarking on a weight-loss journey this January,...

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Puss in Boots at Broxbourne Theatre

28th December 2019

Puss in Boots has regularly appeared in pantomimes since 1817 and featured in a large number of films. A prominent character in the Shrek movies of 2004, 2007 and 2010, Puss finally starred in his own fi lm in 2011. Now is time to let the cat out of the bag as we announce...

Does your child receive 30 hours free childcare?

27th December 2019

If your child receives 30 hours free childcare please check to make sure you are still eligible by looking on your childcare service account at www.gov.uk/sign-in-childcareaccount. You have until Tuesday 31 December 2019 to reconfi rm your eligibility to ensure your child continues...

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Soft play never looked so good!

18th December 2019

Jump In dedicated zone includes ball pit, padded climbing zone, range of toys, long slide and even a mini rollercoaster. Additionally there are 8 mini trampolines for toddlers to use only, which are separate to their main arena which and can be jumped on safely as part of...

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A Confident Start with Jigsaw Performing Arts

17th December 2019

Jigsaw Performing Arts are currently taking bookings for the Spring term! Their popular dance, singing and drama weekend classes for 3-18-year-olds are designed to develop children’s confidence, self expression, focus and social skills, while they have fun...

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What is part-time working?

16th December 2019

Working full time and trying to fit in ‘everything Christmas’ can be a challenge! Christmas fayres, nativities, carol concerts and gift buying require super organisation. Working part-time can be a great help, freeing up time within the working week. But what counts...

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Ensure there’s no unwanted presents this Christmas

12th December 2019

The Christmas holidays are the time of year when we all get together with friends and family, spending time in close contact. The one thing you do not want to get or give is those horrible littler critters “head lice”. Head lice are transmitted through hair...

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New Year’s Eve Around the World Celebrations at Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes

10th December 2019

Start the New Year in style at Gulliver’s! Join Gully and the gang in celebrating the new year as it sweeps across the globe. Enjoy the festive theme park rides, attractions and worldwide buffet into the evening as well as a themed celebration every hour and...

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Get your skates on with Sally’s Skates

9th December 2019

Get your skates on with Sally’s Skates for roller discos, parties and lessons for all ages! Why don’t you bring the whole family to Sally’s Skates in Watford, a family run roller disco and artistic roller skating academy? Sally’s Skates provides...

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Tips on having a stress free Christmas

8th December 2019

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring… or are the kids bouncing off the walls in a sugarcoated frenzy? Here’s some tips on keeping stress to a minimum and enjoying Christmas with your little ones. 1....

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Sleeping Beauty at Wyllyotts Theatre

7th December 2019

Jordan Productions in association with the Wyllyotts Theatre return to Potters Bar this year for the fun-filled family pantomime Sleeping Beauty. The Princess is searching for happiness, Evil Carabosse is searching for revenge, Chester the Jester is searching for someone...

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Yule Log Baking Class

6th December 2019

Cinnamon Square is a multiaward winning bakery based in Rickmansworth, Herts. In addition to baking parties and workshops, they also host classes for Adults and Children to attend together. The next Adult & Child Class, a Christmas special, is to be held on 21st...

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Snow White at Campus West

5th December 2019

Fast and furious with fistfuls of fun, this is guaranteed to put a smile on your face with festive silliness galore. In a kingdom long, long ago, the legendary magic mirror proclaims Snow White to be ‘the fairest of them all’, which inflames her vain and jealous stepmother,...

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The Wind in the Willows at Letchworth’s Broadway Theatre

4th December 2019

Letchworth’s Broadway Theatre will open its doors for a six-night run of its first-ever resident production, The Wind in the Willows, this December. The production stages a brand-new enchanting Christmas story suitable for the entire family. The Junior Chorus performed...

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Sing along with Cinderella

3rd December 2019

A perfect Christmas treat for all the family! A sparkling traditional pantomime based on the classic rags-to-riches fairytale, with fabulous live music, hilarious comedy, dazzling costumes and loads of audience participation. Join in the fun, songs and laughter and...

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Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena

2nd December 2019

Don’t miss this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty starring the wonderfully wicked Rita Simons (EastEnders’ Roxy Mitchell) and children’s favourite Andy Day (CBeebies), alongside local legend, Bob Golding (back in a dress!), Ian Kirkby...

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Experience the magic of ice skating at Van Hage this Christmas

1st December 2019

Whether you think of yourself as a Torvill and Dean or simply scramble around like Bambi, Van Hage’s popular Ice Rink is the ultimate experience for all the family, no matter your age or ability. Following previous feedback, they’ve reduced the number of skaters...

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Santa Sleepovers at Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes

30th November 2019

Escape to the most magical winter world with unique Santa sleepovers this December at Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes. Stay overnight in cosy, family friendly, themed accommodation and experience the all-inclusive Christmas Theme Park fun! Enjoy the festive rides...

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Christmas at The Marlowes

29th November 2019

At the Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead they have a whole host of activities to keep your little ones busy while picking up your Christmas must-haves. Tinies Free Creche Drop the kids off at their new free creche, Tinies giving you 2 hours free childcare for 2-10 year olds while shopping...

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Peter Pan at Watersmeet

28th November 2019

Don’t miss EastEnders & Grange Hill’s star Todd Carty in this swashbuckling pantomime adventure for all the family. Take to the skies with Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell... and test your sea-legs as they board Captain Hook’s pirate ship and join his crazy crew....

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The Snow Queen at Hertford Theatre

27th November 2019

Celebrate 10 years of Christmas magic-making at Hertford Theatre with The Snow Queen. The story that inspired the fi lm Frozen is brought to life in an all-singing, all-dancing, all-snowing Christmas spectacular! This brand-new family Christmas show will warm the coldest...

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Primary Times takes a look at the five ways to get your kids away from the screen

26th November 2019

Family time is precious, but often interrupted by the buzzing of a phone, a distracting TV show or the ping of a notification on a tablet. It can be difficult to avoid screen time, especially in the evenings after school, but there are many ways to reconnect as a family and encourage your child to put...

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Give the gift of a gift experience

26th November 2019

It is not always easy choosing a present for some people. Why not give the gift of an experience instead? Purchase an XC gift voucher online at www.thexc.co.uk and they can choose which activity they decide to do. Their Climbing, Caving, High Ropes and Indoor Skatepark...

Help children overcome anxiety

25th November 2019

Our children are growing up in a busier and more stimulating world than the one we grew up in and consequently they face higher levels of stress and anxiety. They are busy being exposed to increasing technology in the form of television, phones, tablets and computers and have little time to get bored...

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Beauty and the Beast at Gordon Craig Theatre

25th November 2019

A Baddie Wanting boos, goodies with some gags, a heroine in hot water…. But what has happened to the handsome prince? Join Gordon Craig Theatre for a spectacular adventure as Dame Derriere and son Potty Pierre, cause Chaos at the Chateau. Starring everyone’s...

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Performing Arts

25th November 2019

Primary Times takes a look at the importance of performing arts in education Encouraging your children to take up performing arts can have a positive impact on their development. Acting, singing and dancing in a youth group is a great way for your child to socialise in an...

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Experience the Magic of Christmas Wonderland!

24th November 2019

The highly anticipated Christmas Wonderland at Springtime Nurseries in Crews Hill opens its doors this year on 8th November and will continue through to 24th December. For over 15 years, thousands of children and their families have experienced the magic that is Christmas...

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Santa Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm

23rd November 2019

Santa Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm runs 23 November - 24 December. It’s a full, festive family day out with a magical visit to Santa and his toy shop where children can choose a toy from the thousands in stock. Let creativity flow with gingerbread decorating...

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Santas Arrival at Paradise Wildlife Park

22nd November 2019

Experience Christmas like never before with the magic of Paradise Wildlife Park. They welcome Santa on the 23rd November to kick off the festive period with the opening of the stunning Christmas market, Grotto and Christmas lights. Browse authentic Christmas market...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year at intu Watford

22nd November 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at intu Watford... or at least it will be soon! The 2019 festive season will bring a host of magic, wonder and festivities for the whole family at intu Watford. Santa’s grotto, the magical colourchanging tree, Give...

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Winter in Watford

21st November 2019

The Winter in Watford website provides you with all of the dates and details of what promises to be a hugely exciting festive period for Watford! The town centre will showcase a world-class Christmas Lights display to compliment all of the fantastic activities happening in Watford,...

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Seasonal retail therapy

21st November 2019

Whether you’re in need of some serious Christmas shopping or just wondering what to do in Hertfordshire this festive season, The Galleria has plenty to off er for visitors of all ages. Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be stressful – The Galleria is the perfect...

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