The Local Area -Things To Do
Paradise Wildlife Park
Paradise Wildlife Park is home to some of the world’s most exotic and endangered species. Get to know some of the 400 animals in the daily feed and talks. Learn to spot the alpha male in the wolf pack, or how fast cheetah’s can run and how much it takes to feed a big cat! If you’re feeling brave then the reptile encounter will get you close to something slippery or scaly, or visit the farmyard.
Somewhere local well worth a visit is Hertford Museum a gem of a local history museum in the centre of the pretty county town of Hertford. At Hertford Museum there are lots to keep children and families occupied! From activity bags and trails for the galleries, to interactive exhibits like our feely objects and play shop, we promise you that you won't get bored!
Paintball at Zapcombat
Zap Combat are the specialists in Laser Combat and Paintballing London and Hertfordshire. We offer exciting game zones, spectacular missions and in depth scenarios all played at our purposely built 40 acre woodland in Broxbourne. Whether it’s for team building kids parties, a hen party or stag party, Zap Combat will make sure you have a fantastic day that you’ll be talking about forever! With our amazing paintball and laser combat sessions you will get a well organised and unforgettable event.
The Farmers Boy Pub
Father and son team, Kevin and Mitch and the whole team offer year round warm and inviting welcome to this traditional Hertfordshire pub. Since taking over in February 2017, we have strived to restore what you want from your favourite local: value for money, home cooked food, great Sunday roasts and daily food specials all accompanied by fine ales, wines, spirits and refreshed selection of draught beers and lagers. Happily, our reviews tell us we are getting it right. So come and join us.
Hertford Treasure Trail
On this self-guided journey follow a fixed walking route with clues to lead the way. The answers to these will be your leading lights and can be found on plaques, buildings and local landmarks all over, so keep your eyes peeled! Hertford itself is a lovely old market town and would be a great place to explore- especially all those nooks and crannies!
Great North Wood
Northaw Great Wood is one of Hertfordshire's largest remaining historic wood pasture commons and should be enjoyed while it lasts! It comprises open bracken glades and wide rides with oak, hornbeam and birch woodland so it supports a wide ecosystem of natural wildlife especially fungi and butterflies. Brilliant for going on mini beast safaris!
The Priory Lido - Ware
Enjoy the summer sun with all the benefits of being poolside at The Priory Lido. This 30m-heated open-air pool is open from May until September and a great spot to spend warm days with the family. With a separate pool ideal for smaller children, there’s enough space for everyone to make a splash.
Capel Manor Gardens Enfield
Capel Manor Gardens estate was first established in the late 13th century, providing a colourful and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. A very popular venue to visit. People travel from all parts of the globe to see, photograph and study the plants and flowers.
Scotts Grotto - Ware
The Grotto is a series of 6 interconnected chambers that extend 67ft (20m) into a chalk hillside. All the chambers have been decorated with thousands of pieces of coloured glass, shells, and flints, and it is rumoured to have cost £10,000 to make, and taken 30 years to complete! The Grotto was extensively restored in 1990 and is a Grade I listed site. There is also a Grade II listed summerhouse and gardens to explore on the hill above the Grotto, which in its day would have offered a wonderful view over Ware.
Lee Valley Boat Centre
At just a stone's throw from Broxbourne train station Lee Valley Boat Centre is the prefect place to have fun on the water. You can hire an electric pleasure craft, pedalo or rowing boat and navigate the river. Situated within the picturesque River Lee Country Park, there's so much more to see and do. If you've still got energy to burn, why not hire a bike and build up some speed along miles of surfaced pathways. If adrenalin sports are your thing, you can stop off at the brand new Lee Valley White Water Centre along the way.
Go Ape In Trent Park
Trade the city centre in for a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape Trent Park. As one of the highest Go Ape courses in Southern England, as well as part of London’s much-loved ‘Green Belt’, it’s both tranquil and a little terrifying! The perfect combination. Brand new and one of the few for Go Ape: Trent Park features a twin course! This means you can race your friends or tail family members across the canopy.
Hatfield House Park and Farm
Hatfield Park Farm is the place for you! Meet new animals, have great fun in the adventure park or simply stroll around the beautiful grounds. See if you can say hello to all of the animals at the farm, ranging all the way from sheep and cattle to ducks and turkeys! Enjoy walking amongst the paddocks to see the animals grazing and feed them through the hoppers. If you get a little tired you can even hop aboard the tractor for a ride all the way round the grounds.
Lee Valley Regional Park
Whatever the kind of day out you're looking for, Lee Valley Regional Park has something for everyone, with 10,000 acres to explore and a whole host of activities to enjoy, not only for active families looking for adventure but for peace lovers looking for relaxation. You can visit a number of fun destinations detailed below and really get to know this glorious park!
Rye House Kart Raceway
Rye House Kart Raceway is now a famous venue that has fast become the UK’s foremost Karting Centre and offers the perfect introduction into the world of Motor Sport. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the thrills and exhilaration of Go-Karting. Over the years has hosted many national and international meetings as well as the regular club meetings.
East Herts Miniature Railway
East Herts Miniature Railway, located within the grounds of The Van Hage Garden Company in Great Amwell, is a 7 and quarter inch gauge miniature railway, boasting well maintained hydraulic and locomotive cabs that everyone will love. The varied fleet of diesel, steam, and electric locomotives, all of which have a fascinating history to discover, such as the TCB Miller, which has been pulling passengers in excess of 10,000 miles! The railway has been open since 1978, and it had carried 1 million passengers by 2006!
Learn to Fly in Hunsdon
Hunsdon Microlight Club was established in its current form on 1st October 2007. The aim of the club is to promote enjoyable, safe & responsible microlight flying, especially in Hertfordshire & Essex, and to maintain the microlight airfield at Hunsdon Lodge Farm, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire. The club operates on a not-for-profit basis, with the flying training operations handled separately by the flying instruction team. We welcome membership enquiries from all qualified & student microlight pilots.
Rye House Gateway
Take a trip to the past as you explore the Rye House Gatehouse: one of the first brick built houses in the country and boasting outstanding decoration. And whilst you're visiting, explore the groups and take a trip to the nearby Rye House Quay on the River Lee Navigation: a lovely spot to linger in or to have your picnic!
Royal Gunpowder Mills
Immerse the children in fun exploration of science, history and nature at the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Set in 170 acres of beautiful, unique landscape, home to grey herons, siskins, owls and deer, you can explore the wildlife tower and take a landtrain for a guided tour of the whole site.
Walking Hiking Exploring
Walking and hiking in the local area is a popular leisure activity. You will see people of all ages groups wandering along the footpaths. The are miles and miles of footpaths to explore. Make your way to the river lee or Hertford town cetnre have a bite to eat and a lazy stroll back to Sweetings Wood.
The current portfolio of angling venues includes 27 Gravel Pits and 21 stretches of River/Flood Channel that facilitate coarse angling comprising of 30 different venues of which 15 are directly managed by the Fisheries department, 14 are licensed to Angling Clubs, Societies and Consortia and one which is jointly managed.