In the heart of England lies Hertfordshire, a county where the echo of history meets the thrill of adventure. Beyond the grand manors like Knebworth House and Hatfield House, Hertfordshire unfolds as a playground for the active and adventurous. From the adrenaline rush of white water rafting to the vibrancy of local festivals, this guide is your ticket to discovering the livelier side of things to do in Hertfordshire. So, if strolling through ancient halls isn’t quite your pace, join me on a journey through festivals, exhilarating activities, and hidden gems that promise a different kind of thrill.

Hertfordshire Festivals Not to Miss

Immerse yourself in Hertfordshire’s lively atmosphere by attending one of its renowned festivals.

Todd festival, stevenage

Todd Festival

3 days, 5 stages and over 80 artists!

Imagine a day filled with music, art, and community spirit. Todd Festival is exactly that, a celebration of local talent and creativity set against the backdrop of Hertfordshire’s scenic beauty. It’s a perfect blend of culture and festivity, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant local arts scene.

📅 12th-14th July 2024. Adult tickets fro £29.50

Old Town Live

Step into the historic heart of Hertfordshire at Old Town Live. This event transforms the old streets into a lively stage, showcasing a plethora of musical genres. It’s an ideal spot for music lovers and anyone looking to experience the local vibe at its most dynamic.

📅 Old Town Live, Ware; Saturday 27th July 2024.

📅 Old Town Live, Stevenage; Saturday 3rd August 2024.

old town live, stevenage festival

Hertfordshire County Show

The Hertfordshire County Show is a celebration of rural life, featuring livestock, agriculture, and crafts. It’s a fantastic way to connect with the county’s heritage and enjoy a day filled with family-friendly entertainment.

📅 Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 May 2024. Adult tickets from £20

Pub in the Park Festival

The 2024 edition of Pub in the Park Festival in St Albans, led by Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge, is set to be a thrilling blend of food and music. Featuring live bands, dance, and yummy food from celebrated chefs and renowned restaurants, ensuring a weekend of unforgettable experiences.

📅 6-8 September 2024. Adult evening tickets from £33

St Albans Gin Festival

St Albans comes alive with the much-loved Gin & Jazz Festival, bringing joy and excitement to the city. Retailers extend their hours for this special occasion, offering late-night shopping amid the sounds of live Swing Jazz. Enjoy delicious food, explore various gin bars, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere at this complimentary event!

📅 25-28 September 2024


Dust off your Lederhosen and prepare for a festive time with live Oompah bands and traditional interactive dancing. Oktoberfest-themed activities including axe throwing, alongside gourmet delicacies and generous servings of German beer can all be enjoyed! Adult, early bird tickets from £16.

📅 Hertford, Hartham Common, 27-28th September 2024

📅 Watford, Cassiobury Park, 4-5th October 2024

Hertfordshire Foodies

Your ultimate guide to exploring the vibrant food scene of Hertfordshire, from bustling food festivals to charming markets offering fresh delights. Looking for something more intimate? Check out our blog for creative food-related date night ideas you can enjoy right at home.

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World Food Festival in Welwyn Garden City

Embark on a gastronomic journey at the World Food Festival. Welwyn Garden City becomes a melting pot of international cuisines, offering a taste of the world in the heart of Hertfordshire. It’s a feast for the senses and a must-visit for foodies.

📅 Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Knebworth Great British Food Festival

The Great British Food Festival at Knebworth House is a celebration featuring an array of street food, chef and baking demos, artisan markets, and bars. With activities for kids, live music to set the festival atmosphere, it’s an event that caters to all food enthusiasts and their families.

📅 Saturday 20-21st July 2024. Adult tickets from £18

Benington Chilli Festival

The Benington Chilli Festival has become a must-visit event, featuring stalls filled with everything from Mexican burritos to Thai cuisine. This vibrant family-friendly weekend is home to the world-renowned chilli eating contest for those daring enough to test their spice tolerance.

📅 24th – 26th August 2024, 10-5PM daily, Adult tickets £10

Cammas Hall, Bishop’s Stortford

Cammas Hall Farm is the ideal destination for a sun-filled day out, nestled in the stunning countryside. Embark on a strawberry-picking adventure, soak in the quaint ambiance of their barn with some tea and cake, and for those seeking a bit of excitement, lose yourself in the twists and turns of their maize maze.

📅 June to October (Strawberry picking) August to October (The maze).

St Albans Market

St Albans Market, nestled in the historic cathedral city, is renowned for its vibrant outdoor street market atmosphere and diverse food offerings, ranging from paella and Greek gyros to vegan cakes and homemade dog treats. The market’s enchanting aromas and wide selection add to its charm, earning it the title of Best Large Outdoor Market in 2024. St Albans Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9am and 4.30pm.

The Grove, Watford

The Grove elevates the dining experience to new heights by transforming its exquisite formal gardens into a captivating hot air balloon-themed setting. Guests are invited to settle into vintage balloon baskets where they can indulge in an elaborate nine-course tasting menu or a luxurious champagne afternoon tea. While this unique experience comes with a premium price tag, it’s an unparalleled way to celebrate a special occasion and create lasting memories in a truly extraordinary setting.

Find out more about Feast on Cloud 9 at the Grove. 📅 25 May – 1 September 2024

The grove, watford
Image Credit: The Grove, Feast on Cloud 9

Fun Things to Do in Hertfordshire

Here’s my curated list of active, fun-filled activities in Hertfordshire that promise to energise and entertain. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, the competitive type, or just looking for some engaging ways to spend your time, this selection offers a diverse range of options to suit various interests and energy levels.

White Water Rafting at Lee Valley

For the thrill-seekers, white water rafting at Lee Valley offers an adrenaline-pumping adventure. It’s a chance to test your mettle against the rushing waters, and for those interested, you can read more about my exhilarating experience in my blog on white water rafting at Lee Valley.

lee valley white water rafting

Inflatable Water Slides, Ware (H20 Rampage)

Starting May, the inflatable water slides at H20 Rampage are an absolute blast for both the young and the young at heart. It’s a fun-filled way to welcome the warmer weather and add a splash of excitement to your spring outings.

Boom Bar, Stevenage

For those seeking a night out with a twist, Boom Bar is your go-to. With activities like shuffleboard and axe throwing, it promises an evening filled with laughter, competition, and camaraderie. For more ideas, read; Trending Date Ideas for Singles.

axe throwing at boom bar

Ninja Warrior, Watford

Channel your inner ninja at the Ninja Warrior adventure park in Watford. It’s a full-body workout disguised as sheer fun, inspired by the hit TV show. Perfect for families, friends, and fitness enthusiasts looking for a challenge.

Pin Ball Club, Sawbridgeworth

The Pinball Office transforms into an electrifying Pinball Club, boasting a vibrant collection of over 30 pinball machines and Japanese candy cab arcades. All games are set to Free Play, offering endless entertainment and a dynamic social atmosphere for enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Weekend prices: 3 hours from £12.50

Delta Force Paintball, Hemel Hempstead

Delta Force Paintball offers an immersive experience set in the picturesque Hertfordshire hills, on a restored WWII-era US Airforce base. The unique venue combines historical military elements, like a 40ft tall scud missile launcher, with the natural beauty of the countryside. Incorporating the airbase’s original infrastructure into the basecamp and 8 game zones adds a realistic touch to the thrilling paintball adventures. Entry: £9.99, 100 paintballs from £7.99. Be warned you’ll need at least 100 per game and there are 3 rounds.

Edge Outdoor Activities, Ware

Embrace your inner child and get outside this spring at the Edge. Test your balance and bravery on the high ropes, immerse yourself in strategic play with laser tag, glide through nature on segways, or try your hand at axe throwing for a dose of adrenaline. For those who enjoy precision and focus, archery awaits, while the climbing walls offer a physical challenge that rewards with exhilarating views.

Open-air Movie Nights

Stay tuned to the Luna Cinema schedule for enchanting open-air movie nights throughout Hertfordshire, offering a perfect blend of romance under the stars. Why not take a look at our Spring Outfits guide on how to build the perfect capsule wardrobe.

Salsa Nights in St Albans

If you’re in search of a unique evening experience, consider the beginner salsa classes in St Albans. With a £12 ticket, you can join multiple dance sessions, ranging from Bachata and Salsa to Kimboza, suitable for beginners to intermediates. Post-class, the DJ transforms the hall into a vibrant dance floor, open until 1am. Whether you’re observing the experts or partnering up to practice your new moves, there’s plenty of fun to be had. And who knows, you might spot me there too, enjoying the dance until midnight, as I’m a frequent attendee.

Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City

Nestled within the picturesque Stanborough Park, the newly unveiled water park is a splashy haven for families, friends, and adventure-seekers alike. This aquatic playground, set against the backdrop of Stanborough Lake’s tranquil waters, offers an array of water-based activities designed to thrill and chill in equal measure.

Satnborough park water park

My Favourite Cocktail Bars in Hertfordshire

Delving into my cherished cocktail havens in Hertfordshire, I’m excited to share a few spots that stand out for their unique mixes, ambiances, and unforgettable experiences. Each of these bars brings something special to the table, from expertly crafted drinks to cosy, inviting atmospheres.

Puddingstone Distillery, Tring

While it may not be a traditional cocktail bar, Puddingstone Distillery is a must-mention for its unique offerings. They host distillery tours on Thursday evenings from 8-10pm, providing a perfect blend of education and enjoyment. The two-hour session not only treats you to two gin cocktails from their Campfire Gin menu but also offers samples of their distinct gins. Plus, you’ll leave with a branded Puddingstone Distillery gin glass as a memento of the experience.

Tickets £21 per person

The Hummingbird in Hertford

At the Hummingbird, the floral interior design creates an inviting atmosphere, while the exquisite cocktail menu offers a sophisticated array of flavours, promising a delightful sensory experience for every guest.

Peach Brunch in Hertford

Savouring brunch, I discovered that the Peach cocktail is among the most revitalising beverages I’ve enjoyed, especially since it’s crafted from watermelon, my absolute favourite fruit. The brunch itself was equally delightful. I wholeheartedly endorse giving it a try!

The Hermitage Bar in Hitchin

The Hermitage, housed in a grand former ballroom, is an exceptional spot for enjoying cocktails at the bar. Their unique take on the Pornstar Martini, named ‘Aries’, is especially notable for its creative infusion of hibiscus and vanilla, adding a distinctive twist to the classic cocktail.

Pircio Restaurant, Bishops Stortford

Indulge in an array of Mediterranean meze plates at Pircio, an elegantly decorated, contemporary restaurant, whilst sipping on a refreshing Long Island Iced Tea. Each dish bursts with authentic flavours, thanks to carefully selected ingredients sourced directly from the diverse regions of Italy and Turkey, offering a genuine taste of their local cuisine.

Vinsanto / Speakeasy Bar in Harpenden

Tucked away beneath the wonderful Vinsanto restaurant, a neon sign marks the entrance to an intimate Speakeasy Bar and Cellar, a hidden gem where the night can effortlessly transition from dinner to drinks. This underground haven boasts a chic design with dark wood, exposed brick, and mood-setting theatrical lighting, providing the perfect backdrop for sipping meticulously crafted cocktails at the spacious bar or snuggling up at one of the cosy tables.

Hertfordshire Tourist Attractions

I couldn’t write about Hertfordshire and not mention the main attractions;

Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden

The Warner Bros. Studios offer an unforgettable journey into the world of Harry Potter, where visitors can explore iconic sets such as the Great Hall and Diagon Alley. The studio houses an impressive collection of costumes and props used in the films, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the cinematic magic. For those traveling from London, convenient shuttle buses run regularly from Watford Junction to the Studio Tour, with ticket prices starting at £53.50. This experience is a must-see for Harry Potter enthusiasts and movie lovers alike.

Harry potter at the Warner Bros. Studios, Hertfordshire

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Much Hadham

The Henry Moore Studios and Gardens offer a deep dive into the artistic world of Henry Moore, set within his own family home. Spread across 70 acres, this serene space showcases twenty of Moore’s iconic sculptures and houses six meticulously preserved studios. These studios were the crucibles of Moore’s creativity, where he journeyed through various artistic processes—from crafting small models and enlarging plasters to the intricate arts of carving, drawing, and printmaking.

📅 Thursday End March – November 2024. Adults £18

The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

As a keen skier, the Snow Centre is my all time favourite place in Hertfordshire. From ski and snowboard lessons for all levels, including special Ladies Mornings for a more comfortable learning environment, to fun activities like the Ringo Slide for the little ones, there’s something for everyone. They even have freestyle nights for those looking to practice their jumps.

Hitchin Lavender Fields

For captivating days in Hitchin, including a visit to the enchanting Hitchin Lavender Fields, dive into my ‘Top Things to Do in Hitchin‘ blog. It not only highlights the beauty of the lavender fields but also offers ideas on how to extend your adventure in the area.

📅 Early Summer 2024, Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin

Ancient Halls

While the focus of our journey veers away from the historic corridors of Hertfordshire, those with an interest for the past should consider visiting St Albans Cathedral, Hatfield House, Knebworth House, the Natural History Museum at Tring, and the grounds of Hertford Castle.

Single in Hertfordshire?

For those single in Hertfordshire and tired of the endless cycle of swiping on dating apps, consider giving one of these single dating events a chance. These gatherings offer a refreshing alternative to the digital dating scene, providing opportunities to meet potential matches in a relaxed, face-to-face setting. From speed dating nights that keep the conversation flowing to themed singles events that cater to specific interests, there’s something for everyone looking to make a real connection. If you’d like some date night outfit inspiration, take a look at my style tips.

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Speed Dating in St Albans

Original Dating Singles Events

Original Dating hosts speed dating events throughout the UK, including a relaxed and inviting option in a St Albans pub. Dive into the details of my personal experience at with Original Dating to get a feel for what it’s like. A pro tip for those interested: subscribing to their newsletter can gain you a 10% discount on bookings. Additionally, keep an eye out for last-minute emails, as they sometimes offer free tickets when trying to balance the numbers the day before an event. It’s a fantastic way to meet new people in a friendly, no-pressure environment.

Singles Must Wine, Dating Tasting Events in St Albans

Must Wine is spicing up the singles scene in Hertfordshire with their innovative events, offering a twist that I’m eager to experience. At their monthly Must Dating Tasting Events, held in St Albans, attendees can savour five exceptional wines, making for a sophisticated and enjoyable way to mingle. Catering to a diverse crowd, the events are organised into three different age brackets: 25-40, 40-55, and 55+. If you decide to attend, I’d be thrilled to hear about your experience! It sounds like a delightful way to meet new people while indulging in some fine wine.

For those looking to blend romance with adventure, explore my blog ‘Date Ideas in Hertfordshire‘ or ‘Perfect Dates in Hertfordshire‘ which includes free date ideas and my favourite restaurants for a romantic night out. And for an e

Things to do in Hertfordshire

As we wrap up this guide to the spirited side of things to do in Hertfordshire, it’s clear that the county offers much more than just historic manors and tranquil walks. From the rush of rafting down Lee Valley to the cultural immersion of local festivals, Hertfordshire is a haven for those seeking excitement and new experiences. Whether you’re swinging an axe, tasting the world, or dancing in the streets of the Old Town, Hertfordshire is where your adventure begins.

Why not check out our guides on ‘Things to do in Hitchin‘, ‘St Albans Restaurants‘, and the prettiest cafe in Hertfordshire ‘The Florist Watford‘.

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