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What's Happening in Hitchin Issue #3
Hello Hitchin! 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.
Since the last newsletter, we have had our first camping trip as a family! We didn’t venture too far though – just down the road to Henlow Bridge Lakes for a two-night stay. If you are thinking of testing out camping or fancy a break without a long drive, I can highly recommend it. Fantastic play areas, well-maintained amenities block and electric hookup! Lots of fun for the whole family.
You can also keep in touch with the local Facebook page for more information and pictures.
On 1st and 2nd July at Broadway Cinema in Letchworth you can catch Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Boss Baby on 8th and 9th July. 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 1st and 2nd July choose from Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Boss Baby!
The fantastic programme of children’s shows at the new theatre in Letchworth continues...
On 4th July, Sarah and Duck are planning a Big Top Birthday at Broadway Theatre in Letchworth! Join them live on stage as they plan Scarf Lady's birthday party through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music. Book your tickets online.
Illyria Theatre group return to Knebworth House on Thursday 13th July, with a performance of “The Lost World”. Recommended for older children and their families, this play is a must for any dinosaur fans as they relive Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale.
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.
Bancroft Gardens has a new addition to the play area – opening any day now!
A new climbing structure and pendulum swing will be erected a short distance from the existing play equipment - the popular toddler’s pirate ship park. It is hoped that this will make the park more appealing to older children and teenagers too. We can’t wait to try it out!
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!
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter at Hitchin Library on Monday 3rd July! There will be readings from the first book in this unrivalled series as well as offering activities for all to enjoy. This is a free event and no ticket is required.
On Saturday 8th July, Mary Exton School have their Summer Celebration.
There's fun for all the family with inflatables, face art/tattoos, scavenger hunt and games. Bring your own picnic & rug and join us for tea! Everyone welcome including the local community.
Saturday 8th July is also time for the annual Hitchin Market Summer Fete and Charity Duck at Hitchin Riverside!
Buy your charity duck and enter them the duck race to raise money for some superb charities, all hosted by Ladder 87. Buy your ducks from Humanitas Shop, Hitchin Coffee Lab and the Secret Garden.
There is a full programme of events this July as part of the Hitchin Festival:
On Saturday 1st July enjoy a whole day of music at Hitchin Town Hall culminating in performances from Camden Light Orchestra and Hitchin Light Orchestra. Buy tickets in advance and exchange for a wristband on the day to enjoy the music and food on offer!
See the full Hitchin Festival Programme here
On Sunday 2nd July visit the Paw Patrol Characters who will be making appearances throughout the day at Knebworth Park.
There's no additional charge for this special event. Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol will be making appearances at intervals between 10am and 2pm.
On Thursday 6th July, Hitchin Street Food Monthly is on from 4pm. On Hitchin Marketplace enjoy a selection of sweet & savoury treats from local Street Food traders, a licensed bar, barista coffee & communal seating areas. Get there early to get your favourite grub!
For the sporty (or not) ones amongst you, why not try some tennis at Lister Tennis Club’s Open Day on Sunday 9th June. Get inspired by Wimbledon then try tennis for FREE with a BBQ and free equipment hire for all the family.