The school holidays are here, so as you look to fill the long days ahead, why not enjoy our tips for some activities and highlights this summer holidays.
Visit Royston’s Splash Park
Cool off on a hot day by visitng Royston’s Splash Park, located in Royston Priory Memorial Gardens. A great way to spend the day with little ones!
Royston Splash Park, Priory Memorial Gardens
Take a Dip in an Outdoor Pool
When temperatures start to soar, the outdoor pools are the perfect place to cool off. Here are some of our favourite local outdoor pools:
Letchworth Outdoor Pool, SG6 4UF
Hitchin Outdoor Pool, SG5 1HA
Lammas Land Paddling Pool, Cambridge, CB3 9HD
Jesus Green Lido, Cambridge, CB4 3AX
Discover the Birds at RSPB Fowlmere
Fowlmere’s reedbeds and pools are fed by natural chalk springs, and a chalk stream runs through the reserve. Special birds include kingfishers, water rails and nine species of warblers. The nature trail is partly weelchair and pushchair friendly.
Visit Ashwell Springs
Ashwell Springs are a designated site of special scientific interest, by Natural England. The Parish Council is pleased for people to come and enjoy the space, but asks that they respect it as a nature reserve, so why not visit and dip your toes in the ice-cold spring waters.
Ashwell Springs, Ashwell, Nr Royston
Get on Your Bike!
Test the wheels out this summer by going on a bike ride around the Hertfordshire area. Whether it’s biking to the local shops or to the next village, biking is a fun way to get around and get active. Don’t worry about finding a route – we’ve found something to help you out!
Visit the Tiger Who Came to Tea Exhibition
See the fantastic artwork, hug the friendly giant tiger, enjoy tiger-themed tea in our cafe and take part in fun arts and crafts activties. The exhibition runs until 4th September 2021. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm.
Visit Paradise Wildlife Park After Hours
Visit Paradise Wildlife Park after hours and see the zoo in a whole new light! Take in the stunning backdrop of Paradise Wildlife Park where you can see the animals settle down for the end of the day. Every Friday and Saturday from 30th July to 28th August, 6.30 – 9.30pm.
Pick Your Own Strawberries
Pick your own strawberries at Bury Lane or Graveley Fruit Farm. Please check they are still in season before setting out. The plants are under cover, so you can have a great time whatever the weather. Keep an eye on Facebook pages for updates.
Take a Wander Around Cambridge
Cambridge can offer a great local day out. Take a wander around The Backs, admire the university colleges, grab a bite to eat from the market, then head down to the river to watch the punters. Other free things to do in Cambridge include the Fitzwilliam Museum and the University Museum of Zoology, but please check websites for booking requirements before setting out
Do some rainy-day baking!
The hot weather never lasts for long! A great back-up plan is to get out your mixing bowl and wooden spoon and bake something tasty. If you need some inspiration, check out this month’s recipe from Tallulah’s Kitchen, on page 13 or visit the recipe archive at
Complete the Summer Reading Challenge: Wild World Heroes
This is a fun and inspiring challenge and is a great opportunity for children to catch up and develop their joy of reading by themselves or with their families. Children will receive a pack when they join and collect stickers throughout the Challenge, which runs until 4th September. All children who finish will receive a certificate and a medal plus a Wild World Heroes bookmark.
Explore over 30 acres of beautiful lavender, and you can even pick your own. The sunflowers will be out in bloom from mid-August – the Hitchin sunflowers adorn our covers this month!
Take Part in Crafts at the Castle at Saffron Walden Musuem
Order your activity pack on our art tickets page, then join us in the grounds where we will help you with the activities and provide equipment such as paint, scissors and glue. Bring along a picnic blanket and stay for the day.
Thursdays in August, 11am – 4.30pm