Selling your home - Things to do with the kids when you have an open day at your home
Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015
So the day has arrived when your estate agent has arranged an open day at your property. You need to spend the next few hours out of your home. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. Take some time to plan for this day to ensure that you have everything that you need. You don't want to go back to your home and start hunting for forgotten swim shorts mid way through a viewing.
Here are just a few options that we recommend locally. What you choose to do will depend on the age of your children, the weather and how adventurous you're feeling on the day. Remember that London is only a 20 minute train journey with a wealth of options for family days out.
There are 2 excellent local websites, Enjoy St Albans www.enjoystalbans.com and All About St Albans www.allaboutstalbans.com which list a variety of places to visit locally and a range of local events.
Clarence Park - A lovely Victorian park and home to St Albans City football Club. There is a large play area, plenty of space to play games and great for a picnic if the weather is nice.
Plenty of places to eat: The breakfast club, Verdi's Trattoria
Verulamium Park - An easy walk from the city centre. There is plenty to do in the park for all ages. Facilities include a large play park an outdoor splash park (summer only), model boating lake, plenty of space for a picnic and games, crazy golf, tennis courts, Verulamium Museum and easy access to Westminster Lodge sports centre.
Plenty of places to eat: Inn on the park, The Waffle House, Westminster Lodge cafe
Walks & Exploring
Heartwood Forest - Just a 5 minute drive from the city centre in the nearby village of Sandridge. Heartwood Forest is the largest new native forest in England. www.heartwoodforest.wordpress.com
Nomansland - Nomansland is situated between the villages of Sandridge and Wheathamstead, approximately 2 miles north of St Albans. It has lovely easy walks through the forest with wonderful trees to climb.
Places to eat: The Wicked Lady www.wickedladypub.co.uk
Ashridge Forest - Further afield in Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted you have the wonderful Ashridge Forest www.ashridge.org.uk owned by The National Trust. There are plenty of forest paths to explore, a visitor centre and cafe.
Dunstable Downs - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs-and-the-whipsnade-estate There is a fantastic visitor centre where you can watch the gliders taking off and landing. This is the perfect place to fly a kite and there are plenty of options to go exploring.
Farms and Wildlife
Willows Farm - www.willowsactivityfarm.com Set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside Willows Activity Farm offers everything you'd expect from a farm, outdoor and indoor adventure play areas and a packed schedule of fun activities.
Whipsnade Zoo - www.zsl.org/whipsnade Located just near Dunstable in Bedforshire. Perfect for animal lovers and just a short 20 minute drive from St Albans
Aldenham Park - www.aldenhamcountrypark.co.uk Plenty of woodland to explore, pony rides, a farm and cafe
The Odyssey St Albans - www.odysseypictures.co.uk
Odeon, Hatfield - www.odeon.co.uk/hatfield
Empire, Hemel Hemstead - www.empirecinemas.co.uk
Vue, Watford www.myvue.com/cinemas/cinema/watford
DJ s Jungle Adventure - www.djsjungleadventure.co.uk
Swimming Pools/Sports Facilities
Westminster Lodge - www.everyoneactive.com/centre/westminster-lodge-leisure.../82/home
Hertfordshire Sport Village - www.hertsportsvillage.co.uk
Ten Pin Bowling - Hollywoodbowl www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk (Watford)
Skiing/Sledging - The Snow Centre (Hemel Hemsptead) www.thesnowcentre.com
Harry Potter Studio Tour - www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/Harry-Potter
Verulamium Museum - www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Have a wonderful day exploring the local area. We are always happy to make recommendations if there is a something not listed here.