Posted: Friday 26th January 2018
If your new year is off to a slow start and it feels like it’s been forever since pay day, keep the family entertained for free this weekend with our pick of budget friendly events and destinations in the county.
Museums, Art and Culture
Hertfordshire has an abundance of fascinating museums and galleries, many of which offer free admission. We’ve selected two of our favourite free options but a comprehensive list of museums and galleries in the county can be found on the Hertfordshire Museums website, www.hertfordshiremuseums.org.uk
Natural History Museum, Tring
Discover all of the wonders of the natural world this weekend and encourage your children to become a scientist for the day in the interactive science centre at the Natural History Museum. Entry to the museum is free as is admission to the ‘Investigate for Families’ science workshop. No pre-booking is required.
Hertford Museum, Hertford
This charming little museum located in the centre of Hertford town holds a variety of interesting artefacts and cares for in excess of 10,000 objects. As the museum is on the small side, the objects have to be shown on rotation which means new exhibitions on a regular basis. Their collections include archaeology, ephemera, ethnography, fine art, geology, Hertfordshire Regiment, natural history, photographs and social history. This little gem of a museum hosts a variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year and is definitely worth a visit.
Broxbourne Woods, Broxbourne
Fancy a walk on the wild side? Broxbourne Woods is a popular choice for casual walkers and experienced hikers alike. Situated in the heart of East Hertfordshire, the woodland consists of four clearly-marked trails ranging from a short and leisurely one kilometre stroll to a challenging 17.5km. Be sure to check out the Broxbourne sculpture trail; a route located on the one kilometre walk that features an array of oak sculptures that document the lengthy history and Roman era origins of the forest.
Aldernham Country Park, Elstree
If you are looking for a park that suits all ages and offers a wide range of activities, then look no further than Aldernham Country Park in Elstree. Set in 100 acres of parkland and adjacent to a 60 acre lake, Aldernham County Park is renowned for its wildlife, rare breed animals, woodland experiences, nature walks and for being the home of Winnie the Pooh's 100 AKer Wood which is free to visit and a popular choice for children.
Open daily 09.00 - 18.00. www.AldenhamCountryPark.co.uk
Visit Local Landmarks
St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church, St Albans
For anyone that is interested in architecture or more specifically places of worship, the St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church is an unmissable destination. The imposing former Norman Abbey Church is located in the city centre and has been a site of Christian worship for over 17 centuries. Built from recycled Roman brick between 1077 - 1115 the cathedral is situated on the execution site of Alban (c.250), Britain's first martyr. There are many interesting features, including the shrine of Saint Alban (1308), the tomb of Duke Humphrey of Gloucester (1447) and a series of 12-13th century wall paintings. The cathedral is open to visitors all year and is free to enter.