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What's Happening in Hitchin Issue #2
My name is Jenny and I’m your new Hub Leader for the Hitchin area. I’m mum to two girls and aim to find the best of what’s on in the local area for you every fortnight.
Summer is in full swing – for now at least! Fruit picking is now available at Graveley Fruit Farm for the season and the strawberries are delicious at the moment!
My daughters visited last week and had a great time picking fruit for tea with Granny. They also love feeding the pigs and running around in the fantastic playground including a zip wire and little maze.
Check their Facebook page to check opening days and what’s available to pick.
Finally, don’t forget, on Sunday 18th June it’s Father’s Day. There are lots of local events on including free entry for Dads at Standalone Farm in Letchworth and Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne!
You can also keep in touch with the local Facebook page for more information and pictures.
Splash Parks across the area are now open for the Summer season in the following parks:
Bancroft Gardens, Hitchin
Howard Park and Garden, Letchworth
Avenue Park, Baldock
Fairlands Valley, Stevenage
Outdoor pools are also now open in Hitchin and Letchworth too – let’s hope we get nice weather this Summer to really enjoy them!
Visit the NHDC website for more info and opening times.
Work on the revamped Skate Park in Howard Park, Letchworth is now underway.
The project to give the skate park a £140,000 makeover is expected to take around three months to complete.
While the works are in progress the older children’s play area at the Common will be closed to public access.
However, the junior children’s play area opposite the outdoor pool will remain open throughout the build period.
The fantastic programme of children’s shows at the new theatre in Letchworth continues...
On 20th June, why not see Junk in His Trunk, a fun family adventure following Eddie the elephant as he discovers the trials and tribulations of spring cleaning his attic.
Performed by Letchworth’s Tricky Biscuit theatre company who are dedicated to producing entertaining and engaging comedy theatre for all ages.
On 21st June, join the Imajica Theatre Company for Smilin’ Sam’s Wild West Adventure.
Set in Windy Bottom Ranch…the finest Cattle ranch in the whole of the USA! Smilin’ Sam is looking for some cowhands, skills include ‘walkin and talkin’ like a cowhand, riding on a horse and twirling a lasso.
Jules has always dreamed of working on a ranch, she’s got the outfit, she’s seen the movies but is she cut out for the life of a cowhand?
On 17th and 18th June at Broadway Cinema in Letchworth, you can catch The Incredibles (one of my family’s favourites!) and Paddington on 24th June. Tickets are £1 per person for all seats.
In Stevenage, Cineworld will have a selection of films on offer each weekend as part of the Movies for Juniors offer.
All seats are priced at £2.50. Check their website to see what’s on offer. On 17th and 18th June choose from Beauty and the Beast, The LEGO Batman Movie and Peppa Pig!
On Saturday 17th June, it’s Hitchin Fire Station Open Day today! The station will be open from 12pm - 3pm with lots of fun activities for all the family.
Pig, Swig and Jig at Hitchin Lavender is on Saturday 24th June with all proceeds going to Ickleford Pre-School. There will be a barn dance and hog roast inside a 17th Century Barn plus fully licensed bar! Tickets are £22 each.
DogFest at Knebworth House takes places on the 24th & 25th June. Hosted by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet, DogFest is the paw-fect day out for dog lovers, providing a fun-filled, action packed day out for you and your dog!
There will be displays, activities, expert advice, shopping, music and much more.
The 24th & 25th is also The Alban Weekend in St Albans. The weekend is packed with activities including The Alban Pilgrimage, Traditional Street Market and Street Festival with food stalls, creative and sporting activities, live music, performance and more: and all of it is free!
Mad Monkey Morning at York Road Nursery hosted by NCT Herts North on Saturday 1st July.
Come join us for a mad morning of monkeying around to raise more pennies for your local branch of the NCT!
Lots of activities planned including taster sessions from Disco Duck, Mini Mozart and Labtots, glitter tattoos and face-painting, crafts, toys and games and more!
On Saturday 1st July, Professional String Quartet 'Jubilee Ensemble' presents Jack and the Beanstalk in the historic School Room at The British Schools Museum, Hitchin. Two shows at 2.30pm and 4.30pm for children and their families.
The Hitchin Festival starts on Friday 30th June, kicking off with a special al fresco celebration of local independent street food vendors with live music. Food and music from 4pm.
Also as part of the Hitchin Festival, the Town Hall has a whole host of music for you on Saturday 1st July including Hitchin Light Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Concert.
Buy tickets in advance and exchange for a wristband on the day to enjoy the music and food on offer.