Watford area events

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Some events, societies and places to visit in and around Watford, Hertfordshire
Music, shows, talks, history, museums, parks, open gardens, et cetera


Coming local events Local organisations Places to visit Notes and other information


Some coming local events

19 November 2017
Sunday, 4:00pm
Watford

Concert  –  Richard Watkins (horn), Ian Brown (piano)  –  Octagon Music Society  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  £15. Free for all under 26 years of age  –  £60 for season of 5 concerts. See the website for programme details  –  Tel: 01923 231917  –  Link

19 November 2017
Sunday, 6:30pm
Harpenden

Monteverdi's Vespers  –  Claudio Monteverdi (Vespro della Beata Vergine)  –  Lacock Scholars, Amici Voices, English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble  –  Amici Voices  –  St John's Church, St John's Road, Harpenden  –  Entry free; retiring collection  –  Link1 & Link2

22 November 2017
Wednesday, 8:00pm
Radlett

Concert  –  Oliver Wass and Luba Tunnicliffe  –  Radlett Music Club  –  Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett  –  Non-member: £15; age 8-25: free  –  See website for programme  –  Tel: 01923 859291  –  Link

24–25 November 2017
Abbots Langley

Book sale  –  Book Trade Benevolent Society  –  BTBS, The Retreat, corner of Gallows Hill & Abbots Road, Abbots Langley  –  Admission free  –  Thousands of new & nearly new books at bargain prices, mostly £2 or £4  –  Tel: 01923 263128  –  Link

25 November 2017
Saturday, 2-5pm
Watford

Musical afternoon  –  A performing opportunity for musicians and singers of classical-style music  –  Eternal Chord  –  Friends' Meeting House, 150 Church Road, Watford  –  Performers: £4 (under-18s: free). Audience: donation  –  Solo, duo, trio or quartet. Just come, or contact the organiser, David Silver, to ensure a 5-minute performance slot. Piano available  –  eternalchord%gmail.com (replace % with @)

25 November 2017
Saturday, 7:30pm
Rickmansworth

Concert  –  Gabriel Fauré (Requiem), Leonard Bernstein (Chichester Psalms), Michael Cayton (Missa Beati Virginis Mariae)  –  With Ian Shaw (organ), harpist, percussionist & solo singers  –  The Chiltern Choir  –  St Mary's Church, Church Street, Rickmansworth  –  £13 (£6 for under-18s)  –  Includes the premiere of a work by the choir's Musical Director, Michael Cayton  –  Link

30 November 2017
Thursday
Abbots Langley

Abbots Langley Carol Concert & Christmas Lights 2017  –  High Street, Abbots Langley  –  Link

8 December 2017
Friday, 7:30pm
Watford

Concert  –  Watford School of Music Youth Orchestra  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  Tel: 01923 225531

10 December 2017
Sunday, 7:30pm
Abbots Langley

Concert  –  Beethoven (Overture Leonora no. 3), Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake Suite), Beethoven (Symphony no. 4)  –  Abbots Langley Orchestra  –  St Saviour's Church, Abbots Langley  –  £10; under-18s free  –  Link

13 December 2017
Wednesday, 7:00pm
Watford

Christmas Concert  –  A concert of Christmas music and carols  –  Watford Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra  –  Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford  –  Front stalls & circle £18; rear stalls £20. Under-19s: £5. To buy from the Colosseum add £2  –  Tel: 07380 285788 (Society); 0845 075 3993 (Colosseum)  –  Link

14 December 2017
Thursday, 7:30pm
Watford

"Belarus: its fascinating history"  –  Presentation by Matthew Cawthorne  –  Watford-Novgorod Friendship Society  –  St Luke's Church, Langley Way, Watford  –  Visitor £3  –  Visitors are welcome

21 December 2017
Thursday, 8:00pm
Bushey

"History of Handley Page and Radlett aerodrome"  –  Talk by Chris Sivyer  –  Watford & District Industrial History Society  –  North Hall, Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey  –  Free for members. For a visitor a donation of £4 is suggested  –  Link

30 December 2017
Saturday
Watford

Concert  –  Matthew Taylor (Symphony no. 4), Korngold {Violin Concerto}, Shostakovich (Symphony no. 10)  –  Watford Youth Sinfonia  –  St Michael & All Angels' Church, Mildred Avenue, Watford  –  Link

17 January 2018
Wednesday, 7:30pm
Watford

"The King, the Empress & the Mandeville in the middle: excavations at South Mimms"  –  Talk by Adam Corsini  –  South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society  –  West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford  –  Member: free. Visitor: £3  –  Doors open from 7pm. Visitors are welcome but need to telephone to book  –  Tel: 07784 807108

18 January 2018
Thursday, 8:00pm
Bushey

"Rebuilding the Welsh Highland Railway"  –  Talk by Stephen Jupp  –  Watford & District Industrial History Society  –  North Hall, Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey  –  Free for members. For a visitor a donation of £4 is suggested  –  Link

21 January 2018
Sunday, 3:00pm
Radlett

Concert  –  Guitarrisima (5 girls with guitars, from Vienna)  –  Radlett Music Club  –  Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett  –  Non-member: £15; age 8-25: free  –  See website for programme  –  Tel: 01923 859291  –  Link

3 February 2018
Saturday, 7:30pm
Watford

Concert  –  Gioachino Rossini (Overture: The Barber of Seville), Ralph Vaughan-Wlliams (Tuba concerto), Hector Berlioz (Symphonie Fantastique)  –  Watford Symphony Orchestra  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  £13  –  Tel: 07925 749928  –  Link

4 February 2018
Sunday, 4:00pm
Watford

Concert  –  Da Camera  –  Octagon Music Society  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  £15. Free for all under 26 years of age  –  £60 for season of 5 concerts. See the website for programme details  –  Tel: 01923 231917  –  Link

15 February 2018
Thursday, 8:00pm
Bushey

"The history and restauration of the paddle steamer Medway Queen, heroine of Dunkirk"  –  Talk by Pam and Mark Bathurst  –  Watford & District Industrial History Society  –  North Hall, Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey  –  Free for members. For a visitor a donation of £4 is suggested  –  Link

20 February 2018
Tuesday, 8:00pm
Radlett

Concert  –  Gildas Quartet  –  Radlett Music Club  –  Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett  –  Non-member: £15; age 8-25: free  –  See website for programme  –  Tel: 01923 859291  –  Link

21 February 2018
Wednesday, 7:30pm
Watford

"The economic impact of the Grand Junction Canal in Hertfordshire, 1791 to 1841"  –  Talk by Fabian Hiscock  –  South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society  –  West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford  –  Member: free. Visitor: £3  –  Doors open from 7pm. Visitors are welcome but need to telephone to book  –  Tel: 07784 807108

4 March 2018
Sunday, 4:00pm
Watford

Concert  –  Bartosz Glowacki (accordion)  –  Octagon Music Society  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  £15. Free for all under 26 years of age  –  £60 for season of 5 concerts. See the website for programme details  –  Tel: 01923 231917  –  Link

13 March 2018
Tuesday, 8:00pm
Radlett

Concert  –  Pomegranate Trio  –  Radlett Music Club  –  Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett  –  Non-member: £15; age 8-25: free  –  See website for programme  –  Tel: 01923 859291  –  Link

15 March 2018
Thursday, 8:00pm
Bushey

£The story of Choo-z-Suzy and her crew"  –  Talk by Chris Sivyer  –  Watford & District Industrial History Society  –  North Hall, Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey  –  Free for members. For a visitor a donation of £4 is suggested  –  Link

21 March 2018
Wednesday, 7:30pm
Watford

"St. Albans and Rochester cathedrals compared"  –  Talk by Graham Everett  –  South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society  –  West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford  –  Member: free. Visitor: £3  –  Doors open from 7pm. Visitors are welcome but need to telephone to book  –  Tel: 07784 807108

24 March 2018
Saturday
Watford

Concert  –  Monteverdi (Vespers)  –  The Chiltern Choir  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  Link

18 April 2018
Wednesday, 7:30pm
Watford

"A haven from hell: Talbot House, Poperinge. Everyman's sanctuary from the trenches"  –  Talk by Katharine Whitaker  –  South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society  –  West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford  –  Member: free. Visitor: £3  –  Talk followed by AGM. Doors open from 7pm. Visitors are welcome but need to telephone to book  –  Tel: 07784 807108

18 April 2018
Wednesday, 8:00pm
Radlett

Concert  –  Martin Kasik (piano)  –  Radlett Music Club  –  Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett  –  Non-member: £15; age 8-25: free  –  See website for programme  –  Tel: 01923 859291  –  Link

22 April 2018
Sunday, 4:00pm
Watford

Concert  –  Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)  –  Octagon Music Society  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  £15. Free for all under 26 years of age  –  £60 for season of 5 concerts. See the website for programme details  –  Tel: 01923 231917  –  Link

28 April 2018
Saturday, 7:30pm
Watford

Concert  –  Dvorák (Mass in D major), Beethoven (Symphony no. 9 in D minor),  –  Watford Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra  –  Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford  –  Front stalls & circle £18; rear stalls £20. Under-19s: £5. To buy from the Colosseum add £2  –  Tel: 07380 285788 (Society); 0845 075 3993 (Colosseum)  –  Link

12 May 2018
Saturday, 7:30pm
Watford

Concert  –  An evening of film music  –  Watford Symphony Orchestra  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  £13  –  Tel: 07925 749928  –  Link

27 June 2018
Wednesday, 7:30pm
Watford

Summer Concert  –  Britten (Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings), Lauridsen (O Magnum Mysterium), Orff (Carmina Burana)  –  Watford Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra  –  Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford  –  Front stalls & circle £18; rear stalls £20. Under-19s: £5. To buy from the Colosseum add £2  –  Tel: 07380 285788 (Society); 0845 075 3993 (Colosseum)  –  Link

30 June 2018
Saturday, 7:30pm
Watford

Concert  –  Carl Maria von Weber (Overture: Der Freischutz), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Clarinet Concerto), Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony no. 5)  –  Watford Symphony Orchestra  –  Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford (entrance in Shepherds Road)  –  £13  –  Tel: 07925 749928  –  Link

22–25 February 2107, 7:45pm; also Saturday matinee 2:45pm
Watford

"Ladies who Lunch"  –  A play by Tudor Gates  –  Belmont Theatre Company  –  Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre, Lower Board Road, Watford  –  Tel: 07917 324179  –  Link


Some local organisations
 
Abbots Langley Gilbert & Sullivan Society

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Abbots Langley Local History Society

websiteProgramme of monthly talks from about September to May
Abbots Langley Orchestra

websiteConcerts given in churches in Abbots Langley
Abbots Langley Players

website  
Abbots Langley Singers

website  
Book Trade Charity (BTBS)

websiteSales of new books at low prices about five times a year
Bovingdon Players

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Bushey & District Footpaths Association

websiteMonthly walks of various lengths
Bushey and District U3A

websiteOffers a wide variety of study groups for those no longer in full-time work
Bushey Festival

website  
Bushey Symphony Orchestra

website  
Carillon Chamber Choir

websiteBased in St Albans, the choir has a large repertoire of sacred and secular, ancient and modern music
Cassio Operatic Society

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The Centralian Players

websiteWatford-based drama group established in 1933
The Chiltern Choir

website  
Chipperfield Choral Society

website  
Chorleywood Choral Society

website  
Folk at the Pump House

websiteFolk and roots music every Friday night in the Colne River Room, 8-10.30pm
Folly's Farm Sanctuary for Donkeys

websiteOpen on Sundays, 2-4:30pm, May to September: c/o 2 Nursery Terrace, Potten End, Berkhamsted. Tel: 01442 871158
Friends of Bushey Museum

websiteSee also, under Places to Visit, the entry for Bushey Museum and Art Gallery
Friends of Cassiobury Park

websiteOpportunities for volunteers to help look after the park, and a talk once a year
Friends of Croxley Common Moor

websiteSecretary: 01923 251157
Friends of Croxley Great Barn

websiteAn organisation that seeks to protect Croxley Great Barn, which is more than 600 years old
Friends of Harebreaks Wood

websiteHarebreaks Wood is the only area of ancient woodland in urban Watford to which there is public access
Friends of Oxhey Park

websiteThe website has historical information and photographs
Friends of Watersmeet

websiteAlso: Friends of Watersmeet Film Society. Watersmeet is in the centre of Rickmansworth
Friends of Watford Pond

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Haddenham Ceilidhs and Concerts

websiteMonthly ceilidhs and folk concerts
Hemel Hempstead Singers

website  
Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust

website  
The International Organ Festival at St Albans

websiteAn annual festival, from the 9th to the 18th of July in 2009. Also monthly organ concerts from October to April
Kings Langley Community Choir

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Kings Langley Local History & Museum Society

websiteMonthly talks, September-March, and other activities
Kings Langley Musical Theatre Company

websiteFormerly the Kings Langley Light Opera Company
Kings Langley Players

website  
Maple Lodge Conservation Society

websiteThe society looks after Maple Lodge, a private 40-acre nature reserve leased from Thames Water and normally open only to members
Mosaic Chamber Choir

websiteA choir with a wide-ranging repertoire and with singers based in and around St Albans
National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens: Herts & Beds Group

websiteEvents are listed on their website, along with other information
North Watford History Group

websiteAn organisation established in February 2008 and run by local residents
Octagon Music Society

website  
Oxhey Village Environment Group

websiteSeveral outdoor events in the summer, and some talks in the winter
The Phoenix Concert Band

websiteBased in Radlett, the band plays "a wide variety of concert band and film music to a high musical standard"
Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre

websiteVarious groups put on plays and musicals at this small theatre
The Purcell School

websiteFree lunchtime concerts take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:20pm. Contact the Concerts Office (01923 331138) on the day to check that the concert is taking place
Radlett Choral Society

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Radlett Light Opera Society

website  
Radlett Music Club

website  
Rebuild the Iconic 'Cassiobury Park Gates'

websiteA campaign to rebuild Cassiobury Park gatehouse (built 1800, demolished 1970)
Revue Variety Co. [Kings Langley]

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Rickmansworth Decorative and Fine Arts Society

websiteMonthly lectures on Tuesday mornings at Sarratt Village Hall. Donation at the door (£5 suggested)
Rickmansworth Historical Society

websiteThe society has a programme of lectures
Rickmansworth Players

websiteAnuual productions are usually a play at the Pump House, Watford and a musical at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth
Sarratt Festival of Music

websiteTakes place over the last two weekends of September
South West Herts Archaelogical and Historical Society

websiteProgramme of talks in the winter and outings by coach in the summer
South West Herts Astronomical Society

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South West Herts Narrowboat Project

websiteProvides a 12-berth narrowboat for use by all community and youth groups: Dick's Folly, moored in Old Mill Road, Hunton Bridge
South West Herts U3A

websiteOffers a wide variety of study groups for those no longer in full-time work
Spokes: South West Herts Cycling Group

websiteRides of various lengths. Occasional talks and social events
St Albans & District Model Engineering Society

websiteModel engineering and related activities which include model locomotives, garden railways, traction engines, stationary engines, model boats, yachts, barges and general engineering and technical subjects
The St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society

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St Albans Bach Choir

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St Albans Chamber Choir

websiteFounded in 1958, the choir has several concerts each year
St Albans Chamber Opera

websiteAn annual production at the Abbey Theatre in the spring is supplemented with studio performances, concerts and workshops in a variety of unusual and attractive venues
St Albans Choral Society

website  
St Albans Morris Men

websiteDances in many places in the area, accompanied by musicians on accordion, melodeon, three-hole pipe and tabor
St James' Music & Drama Society

websiteAmateur drama group based at Falconer Hall, Bushey
Three Rivers Music Society

websiteConcerts in Rickmansworth
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

websiteStudents perform drama and musical theatre shows, often at the adjoining Markova Theatre, some of which are open to the public
Watford & District Industrial History Society

websiteProgramme of talks in the winter and outings by coach in the summer
Watford & District U3A

websiteOffers a wide variety of study groups for those no longer in full-time work
Watford & West Herts Scottish Society

websiteVarious social activities and weekly Scottish country dance classes
Watford and Bushey Art Society

websiteProgramme of talks. Occasional exhibitions of members' work
Watford Area Humanists

websiteA humanist/atheist/secular group with monthly discussion meetings. Tel: 01923 228121
Watford Band

websiteOne of Hertfordshire's oldest brass bands, started in 1894
Watford Dance Festival

websiteAn annual event with competitions for various age groups, for character, classical, modern, national and tap dancing
Watford Festival of Music, Speech and Drama

websiteA wide range of competitions each spring for various age groups
Watford Folk Dance Group

(No site found)English country dancing on Monday evenings. Tel: 01923 233371 or 672341
Watford Novgorod Friendship Society

(No site found)  
Watford Organ and Keyboard Club

websiteMonthly concerts for members and visitors at Henderson Hall, Abbots Langley
Watford Palace Theatre

website  
Watford Park U3A

websiteOffers a wide variety of study groups for those no longer in full-time work
Watford Philharmonic Society

website  
Watford Plectra Orchestra

01923 461785A small amateur club of musicians of varying abilities playing mainly fretted stringed instruments such as mandolin, mandola and guitar. See also www.banjomandolinguitar.org/orchestras.htm
Watford Speakers

websiteAmateur public speaking club; part of Toastmasters International. Tel: 07749 501190
Watford Symphony Orchestra

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Watford Workshop Orchestra

websiteA group of orchestral musicians playing easier music for beginners and improvers
West Watford History Group

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Some places to visit, over a wider area around Watford
 
The 1940s House, Bushey

websiteAn exhibition at Lincolnsfields Children's Centre of a typical interior for a house in the 1940s. Open on the last Sunday of every month, 10.30am - 4pm. There is a charge for entry
Aberford Park, Borehamwood

websiteIn the centre of Borehamwood by Brook Road, the park has lakes, fountains and play and sport activities
Aldenham Country Park, Elstree

websiteWoodland, meadows and reservoir covering 175 acres. Sailing, fishing. Farm with rare breeds of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, shire horses, poultry, rabbits. Free entrance for pedestrians and cyclists. Car park. Dagger Lane, Elstree
Amersham Fair Organ Museum, Amersham

websiteFormerly the Teddy Reed Collection, at Unit 1, 28 Plantation Road, Amersham. Open only a few days in the year, including 8 Feb and 8 March 2009, 11am-5pm - tel: 01494 433948 or 07763 774279
Amersham Museum, Amersham

websiteOpen mostly from May to September on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons, 2-4.30pm - tel: 01494 723700
The Aquadrome, Rickmansworth

websiteA nature reserve with three lakes, grassland and woodland covering 100 acres. Fishing, sailing, watersports. Frogmoor Lane, off Harefield Road, Rickmansworth - tel: 01923 776611
Ashridge Estate, between Aylesbury and Hemel Hempstead

websiteOver 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and downland with waymarked trails - tel: 01442 755557 / 851227
Attenborough's Fields, Oxhey

(No site found)Pasture and trees, adjoining Merry Hill and Oxhey Green. Sometimes known as Haydon Hill pastures and pond. Owned by Hertfordshire County Council
Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield

websiteA model landscape with gardens, about six villages and a model railway - tel: 01494 672919
Berkhamsted Castle (ruin), Berkhamsted

websiteThe remains of one of the oldest motte and bailey castles in Britain - tel: 01442 871737
Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, Bushey

websiteA museum and art gallery run by volunteers, with special exhibitions from time to time
Cassiobury Park, Watford

websiteThe largest public open space in Watford - over 190 acres
Chenies Manor House and Gardens, Chenies

websiteOpen on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2-5pm, from April to October. Some special events including an annual plant fair - tel: 01494 762888
Cheslyn Garden, Watford

websiteCheslyn Garden, in Nascot Wood Road, Watford, is free to visit and open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

websiteMore than 30 rescued historic buildings. Open usually from late March to late October. Also special events. At Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks. - tel: 01494 872163
Chorleywood Community Orchard, Chorleywood

websiteAn orchard, started in 2009, for local and other unusual varieties of apple tree, and plum, cherry and pear trees
Chorleywood House Estate, Chorleywood

websiteFormal parkland, grassland, open meadows and mature woodland covering 168 acres and leading down to the banks of the River Chess
The Clock Tower, St Albans

websiteA rare, mediaeval clock tower in the centre of St Albans. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to mid-September. 93 steps to the top for a good view on a clear day
Colne Valley Regional Park, Colne Valley

websiteA mosaic of farmland, woodland and water, with fifty miles of river and canal and over forty lakes. Much is privately owned but large areas are open to the public or accessible through a network of paths. There is a visitors' centre in Denham Country Park
Croxley Common Moor, Croxley Green

websiteA nature reserve of over 100 acres, with over 130 types of plant. It borders the Grand Union Canal
Croxley Great Barn, Croxley Green

01923 772325Croxley Great Barn is more than 600 years old. It can be visited on the last Saturday of each month by arrangement. See also: Friends of Croxley Great Barn
The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, London Colney

websiteIncorporating the Mosquito Aircraft Museum. Next to Salisbury Hall in London Colney, south of St Albans - tel: 01727 822051
The Gardens of the Rose, Chiswell Green, St Albans

websiteOwned by the Royal National Rose Society. Open c. 5 June - 27 Sept. Entry charge of about £5 (free for accompanied children under 16) - tel: 01727 850461 or 0845 833 4344
Gorhambury House, St Albans

websiteLarge neo-Palladian house built 1777-84. Open on Thursday afternoons from May to September, but book before arriving - tel: 01727 854051 or 0871 716 1940
Harebreaks Wood, Watford

(No site found)One of the last remaining local woodlands. Further information from Watford Borough Council on 01923 278558. See also: Friends of Harebreaks Wood
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner

websiteAn exhibition of the work of the artist, William Heath Robinson, in West House, Pinner Memorial Park. This new museum might be open by the summer of 2009
Ivinghoe Beacon, Ivinghoe

(No site found)A hill in the Chilterns, reaching over 800 feet above sea level
Langleybury Children's Farm, Langleybury

websiteSee website for opening times etc
Leavesden Country Park, Abbots Langley

websiteCollege Road, Abbots Langley, Herts.
Lincolnsfields Children's Centre, Bushey

websiteA collection of WW2 buildings, with exhibitions and a small farmyard. There are occasional special events. At Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey, Herts. See also: The 1940s House
Merry Hill, Bushey

websiteWoodland, pasture and grassland of more than 180 acres, managed by the Woodland Trust
Milton's Cottage, Chalfont St Giles

websiteOnce the home of the poet John Milton, it is now a museum of his work and times - tel: 01494 872313
Moor Park Mansion, Moor Park

websiteA magnificent mansion, built in 1720 in the Palladian style. Guided tours, starting between 10am and 11am, are on certain dates between April and October
Museum of St Albans, St Albans

websiteA museum in Hatfield Road, St Albans. Open almost every day, with free entry. There is also a small wildlife garden
National Trust - Watford and District Association,

websiteCoach outings and monthly lectures
Natural History Museum, Tring

websiteFounded by Walter Rothschild, the museum displays a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects
North London Society of Model Engineers, Colney Heath

websiteThe society's model railways and lake for model boats at Colney Heath are open to the public on Sundays, 2-5pm, May to October
Old Gorhambury House (ruin), St Albans

websiteThe remains are a two-storey porch, parts of the hall, chapel and clock-tower. Three miles from St Albans Cathedral
Oxhey Chapel, Oxhey

websiteIn Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey, built in 1612 and now largely redundant. For open days see the website
Oxhey Woods, Oxhey

websiteA nature reserve covering 240 acres in South Oxhey
The Paper Trail, Apsley

websiteAn industrial 'exploration' centre built around a fully working, historic paper mill at Apsley
Pitstone Green Museum & The Heritage Park,

websiteRun by volunteers. Open to the public on 9 or 10 days each year
Pitstone Windmill, Ivinghoe / Pitstone

websiteOne of England's oldest surviving post-mills. Usually open on summer Sunday afternoons, but check before visiting - tel: 01442 851227
Prestwick Road Meadows, Oxhey

websiteA nature reserve in South Oxhey, one of the few surviving meadows in the country, rich with flowers in the summer
Redbourn Museum, Redbourn

websiteShowing the history of the village, north-west of St Albans. The museum has three rooms in Silk Mill House, The Common. - tel: 01582 793397
Redbournbury Mill, Redbournbury

websiteA restored 18th-century working water mill with a museum. Beside the River Ver and the old Roman road, Watling Street, 2 miles north of St Albans
Reveley Lodge Garden, Bushey

websiteA large garden, run by Bushey Museum Trust
Roman Theatre of Verulamium (ruins), St Albans

websiteThe remains of the only Roman theatre of its type in Britain, which could seat 2000 spectators
Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence

websiteAn Edwardian house near Welwyn. Home of George Bernard Shaw
Shenley Park, Shenley

websiteShenley Park, at Radlett Lane, Shenley, Herts., has an orchard, meadow, woodland walks, historic buildings and a 2-acre landscaped walled garden with an amphitheatre
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

websiteThe Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban is usually open to visit from 8am to 5.45pm if not in use - check by telephone. Guided tours are available most days. Evening concerts are listed on the website - tel: 01727 860780
St Albans Organ Theatre, St Albans

websiteAdministered by St Albans Musical Museum Society. Demonstrations on Sunday afternoons. Monthly concerts on Saturday evenings
St John's Church, Watford, Watford

websiteWith thanks for kindly providing a link to this site
Three Rivers Museum of Local History, Rickmansworth

01923 775882 or 772325Located in Basing House, between the Library and Watersmeet in Rickmansworth. Open Mon-Fri, 2-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm but closed on bank holidays. Admission free
Tring Local History Museum, Tring

websiteOpen Fridays and Saturdays. Admission free
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

websiteAn unusual collection of preserved mammals, fish, birds and insects. Admission free
Tring Reservoirs, Tring

websiteA group of four reservoirs owned and managed by British Waterways. Popular with bird-watchers
Verulamium (ruins), St Albans

websiteSome of the remains of this large Roman town can be seen, including what is left of the hypocaust. The Roman Theatre (q.v.) is privately owned and listed separately
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

websiteA museum of everyday life in Roman Britain, in the middle of the site of the Roman town
Verulamium Park, St Albans

websiteA park of 100 acres, with an ornamental lake. The website is that of the Friends of Verulamium Park - tel: 01727 819366
Watford Fire Museum, Watford

websiteA museum of old fire-fighting equipment, now in the Lower High Street. For opening times see the website
Watford Museum, Watford

website  
Whippendell Wood, Watford / Three Rivers

websiteAlso known as Whippendell Woods. 160 acres of woodland, bordering Cassiobury Park. Owned by Watford Borough Council although geographically in Three Rivers
The Withey Beds, Rickmansworth

websiteA nature reserve with a range of habitats including wet woodland, marsh and drier grassland covering 19 acres. Adjacent to Moor Lane


Other information

Other websites Past events to the end of 2010 Past events 2011-2013 Past events from 1 January 2014 Notes Contact

Some other websites of interest
 
Croxley Green History

  website  
Genealogy in Hertfordshire

  websiteA site with much on the history of Watford and places nearby. The website address changed sometime before 24.1.10
Our Oxhey

  websiteHistory, memories, photos, events and comments concerning Oxhey
Peace Hospice

  websiteA hospice for the terminally ill of South West Hertfordshire, funded mainly by charitable donations
Watford New Hope Trust

  websiteA local charity for the homeless, providing shelter, food and help to rebuild damaged lives
What's On at Local Theatre Groups

  websiteCovers North London and South Hertfordshire. The Guild Players provide this useful list


Notes

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This page was updated on 19/11/17. The site was started in May 2007, and the section on places to visit was added in January 2009.

Whilst care is taken in compiling this information, please check details elsewhere whenever any mistake on this site would cause you loss or inconvenience.

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