My five favourites | Herts days out

Hertfordshire days out with kids

One of the hardest things about trying to establish yourself as a ‘Travel blogger’ is what do you do on the gaps between travels? I’m not wealthy enough or brave enough to be able to live a life fully on the road, and so between each trip (we attempt to go away at least once a month) we fill the gaps with local days out and afternoons. We live in Hertfordshire, and just like  anyone that has lived somewhere their whole life, you forget there are great local treasures. Most of my favourite Hertfordshire days out with kids are affordable and within driving distance! I tend to do the same things on a regular basis, because why not?! So I’ve narrowed it down to my complete 5 favourite Hertfordshire days out with kids. Here goes!

Knebworth House and Gardens

So I have mentioned this place twice on my blog before, once just last week – you can that here. It’s an absolutely gorgeous day out, especially when the sun is shining and it’s during term time. Half term may get a little busy but where the park is so huge you can never really tell! There’s a huge dinosaur themed play park with a little splash area – this is the first part of the gardens. You are able to park here, play in the park / have a picnic, then drive on up to the main gardens towards the top. This part is my absolute favourite – it’s always peaceful and incredibly beautiful. They have a lovely little (affordable) cafe, a maze and a dinosaur trail. It really is a gorgeous place to visit and one my favourite Hertfordshire days out with kids.

To find out more information or to buy tickets, visit their website here.

Willows Activity Farm

This is my local farm, and in all honesty it can be a little on the pricier side when it comes to Hertfordshire days out with kids BUT that being said – it IS amazing. There’s so much to do and one ticket includes all activities, so you don’t have to pay extra to go on rides or anything! There are plenty of different shows and activities at Willows Farm, including fun fair rides, carousels, inflatables, a tractor ride, acres of outdoor areas with parks etc. There is also an inside soft play area incase the weather isn’t great. Each ticket includes entry to the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground (which is brilliant, especially if you have a Peter Rabbit fan on your hands!). There are farmyard animals in the kids’ farm and two fantastic catering areas with delicious homemade food! They have a lot of different seasonal activities on too, so it may be worth checking out their website before going.

To find out more information or to buy tickets, visit their website here.

Paradise Wildlife Park

We first went to Paradise Wildlife Park last September and found it amazing! The first thing that we immediately loved about it was how it was split into two sections. One side consisted of the Animal park and the other side had lots of little play areas and parks with a woodland walk. These are separated with a little zebra crossing. We started with the play area and that was probably Daisy’s favourite part. She loves a good park! Along with little play park areas there are lots of other fun activities such as large building blocks, a sandpit, a mini race track, some diggers and so much more. We then headed to the animal park which was set out really well – we didn’t feel as though we had to walk miles to come across all the different animals. There’s a nice area to watch the penguins where you can see them from above or get down a level and watch them that way. The Tree Tops Cafe was lovely! We had a drink whilst watching the tigers. It’s in the style of a cute little log cabin with floor to ceiling windows facing out onto the tigers.

To find out more information or to buy tickets, visit their website here.

Hitchin Lavender Field

I only discovered Hitchin lavender field a few years ago – but I’m so glad I did. There is something so relaxing and tranquil when walking through a field of lavender (Especially one to big – around 25 miles of lavender rows!!). We now make sure that we pay a yearly trip there (if not at least once, then twice). To gain access to the farm you pay £5 and receive a bag with some scissors. You can then fill your bag to the brim with lavender to take home. You can also head on over to the wildflowers and pick some of those, along with sunflowers for 50p a stem. There’s also a really cute cafe with a little shop and museum. There’s seating inside and outside (along with a park for children to explore). You can purchase lavender plants here too – the cafe is reasonably priced plus they sell delicious food. It’s very quaint with a lovely atmosphere. Flowering season is from mid June until the end of August. This is dependent on the weather, so make sure to stay updated on their website.

To find out more information, visit their website here.

Lee Valley Park Farm

For only £5.50 in term time (Monday – Fridays) we love the reasonable price this little farm charges. But one of my favourite things about this place is it’s location. It’s located in the middle of gorgeous countryside – The views are stunning and the farm is incredibly spacious which is great. We visited during half term and so it was a little busier than it would have been during term time. The good thing about this farm is that it has an inside and and outside section which is perfect if you’re unsure of the weather when visiting! There’s so much to do here which is why we had such a great time. Kids get given a little activity book to fill out as they go around too. We started by looking at all the animals we could find – pigs (with the most gorgeous little piglets), horses, donkeys, goats. We saw some Turkey’s and I asked Daisy if she thought they were cute. She just replied with “Can I eat them?”. There’s two outdoor play areas – one dinosaur themed and one with a general farm theme. There’s an inside soft play area – a cafe for food and a cafe for gelato. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the sheep race and Daisy won herself a little medal after her sheep won. A really great day out!

To find out more information or book tickets, visit their website here.

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