Children friendly/family

All Week

oxfambooksChildren’s Book Swap
Exchange rather than buy new: donate a children’s book and take another away for free (max. 5 books). Free .9am – 5pm Mon – Sat
(9am – 7pm Thurs) 11am – 3pm Sun
5 Harding Parade, Harpenden, AL5 4SW.

Do you like making crafts? A great way to get some more materials, bring a donation into Oxfam Harpenden and get swatches of fabrics or other craft materials. Free.Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm 3 Harding Parade, Harpenden, AL5 4SW.

affinitysquadWater Saving Squad
Affinity Water are running a competition during Sustainable St Albans Week. Submit your favourite water saving tip to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic water butt planter as well
as other prizes! There will also be the opportunity to submit them online via Twitter and Facebook (@Affinitywater) so keep
an eye out for more details! Free. The Water Saving Squad will be out and about collecting your tips throughout the week.

bahaitrees-2Tree exhibition
The life of St Barbe Baker, founder of The Men of the Trees and The International Tree Foundation. An exhibition about trees and a children’s quiz. For those school age and above. Free. Library hours St Albans Main Library, The
Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3JQ.

cafe-on-the-cornerSpecial Sustainable menu
This popular local cafe is having a special vegetarian menu for the week to promote a more sustainable lifestyle.Tues 10.30am – 4.30pm Wed – Sat 9am – 4.30pm
(Closed Sun & Mon) Cafe on the Corner,
39 Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BJ.

stepsBook Banks
3 x Book Bank sessions across the District. For people using food banks. Free. See Mon, Tues, Wed
Feed, Cunningham Hub and Wheathampstead.

godfreys2Fish and Kids
Present this programme to receive a free Marine Stewardship Council ‘Fish and Kids’ activity pack with every children’s meal purchased in the restaurant. FREE. Noon to 9.00pm Mon – Sat (closed Sun) 41 High Street, Harpenden,
AL5 2SD.

Saturday 19th November

popmattersFun activities
Come and enjoy some fun activities based around population growth to help you understand population issues better. FREE. 9am – 4pm Market Stall, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3DP.

penguinJunk Sculpture – using recycled
materials to create a model of an
endangered species Fun drop off art sessions focussing on how we can get creative with our recycling! All materials, a drink and snack are included in the price. Children’s art session for age 6+. £14 per session; £22 if bookedwith session on 26th. Book online at 10.15am – 11.45am Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW.

cllr-chivers-community-litter-pickCommunity litter pick
Community litter pick in Verulamium Park with Cllr Jessica Chivers. Bags, gloves and pickers provided. It’ll put a smile on your face come rain or shine. Verulamium Park. Meet at the top of the causeway (the stretch of cycleway and footpath that leads from the lake, along the
Roman wall to the King Harry Park entrance). FREE. 10.30am – 11.30am Verulamium Park.

foodsmilesOrganic Food Growing group Open Day.
Tour of FoodSmiles, vegetable cakes/hot soup. Meet some of our members. See if this is something for you, benefits for members include organic veg, exercise, fresh air, learning new skills, and social interaction. Join us!
Families welcome. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07813 047463. FREE. 12pm – 4pm Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden, AL5 2AY.

lcd_logoSustainable Food Café –
with craft fair We will be offering a range of tasty meals that are sustainable,
with an emphasis on keeping our carbon footprint down. A craft fair will run alongside the café. FREE. 12pm – 2pm St Luke’s church, Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans, AL1 5QJ.

Sunday 20th November

ParkSTPickerswasteCommunity Litter Pick
Park Street Pickers aim to recycle as much litter as possible by separating out cans, plastic bottles etc. from rubbish that we collect on our litter pick. We are not normally deterred by the weather – phone 01727 751319 to check. FREE. 10am – 12 noon Meet in the car park of the recreation ground on Park Street Lane AL2 2NE.FREE.

trestleTrestle Arts Base Craft Fair
Craft Fair featuring local crafters. FREE. 10.30am – 4.30pm Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JQ.

walle3Wall -E film
Exhilarating film about future earth for adults/kids. ‘Unique and unforgettable’. In the distant future, a small wastecollecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that
will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Book tickets: 01727 453088 10.30am – 12.20pm The Odyssey Cinema, 166 London Road, St Albans, AL1 1PQ.

hmwtMake a Garden Bird Feeder
Join HMWT and RSPB to make your own bird feeder to hang in your back garden. Learn to identify your garden birds. Suitable for all ages. Activity will be under cover of a gazebo and will go ahead if it rains. FREE. 11am – 3pm
The Trust’s Wildlife Garden, Verulamium Park, St Albans, AL3 4SN.

storytent‘Replay’ art from junk!
Come and turn recycled stuff into art. Explore what you can do with everyday junk. Free but all donations gratefully received as Trestle is a
registered charity. 2pm – 5pm Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JQ.

Tuesday 22nd November

storyStorytelling and craft with a sustainability theme

Story Tent – A fun filled hour of storytelling and craft for
children aged 2 to 5 and their carers. Imagine, play and create
with a sustainability theme. £6 per child. No need to book but text intention to come 07758 667624.  1.30pm – 2.30pm Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JQ.

Wednesday 23rd November

cdaDig and Plant in Community Garden St Albans
We have the plants/shrubs and now we need help to dig and plant them in our fantastic community garden! If rain: Contact Christine on 07816 925364. free . Donations gratefully received. You will receive an email confirmation and directions. To book a place please email:

heartwoodHelp plant a forest
Spend a day or half a day helping to plant England’s largest new forest. Please dress appropriately – it’s likely to be cold and
muddy. Snacks and hot drinks are provided but please bring lunch. You can just come for the morning. Please arrive promptly. To book FREE. Email This event will go ahead in all weather except deep snow. 10am – 12.30pm or 3pm. Meet in Heartwood Forest car park just north of Sandridge AL4 9DQ.

purplePurple4Polio – planting crocuses
Join St Albans Verulamium Rotary Club with partner Earthworks to plant 5000 crocuses as part of Rotary Worldwide campaign to eradicate Polio. FREE. If rain: Phone 07733 326232. 10.30am – 2.30pm. At the grass between the drive at Westminster Lodge and the Swimming Pool. AL1 2DL.

cmsSt Albans Super Highway – Guided Walk
Join CMS to find out more about the fascinating history of the Alban Way, its wildlife and the plans for the future. FREE. Meeting by the gate onto the Alban Way at the back of Morrisons car park.
Rain: Call 01992 588433 or see website. 10.30am – 12.30pm Parking in Morrisons Car Park – 244 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4SU.

street-party-pictureWould you like to have a street party in your road?
Come and meet the Our Street Party team and get information and help on how to set up a Street Party in your street. FREE. 10.30am – 11.30am @ The Gallery Café, Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JQ.

chalklogo-tidied-brighter-squarePlaying Out… What it is and how you can get started
Come and have a coffee with the Herts Playing Out Team and
find out how to enable your children to safely play out in your
own street. FREE. 10.30am – 11.30am @ The Gallery Café, Trestle
Arts Base, Russet Drive,St Albans, AL4 0JQ.

verulaimiumparkVerulamium Park Walk and Talk
To find out more about the park and how it is managed. FREE. We will reschedule if weather is bad – please call 07931 518215.11am – 2pm Meeting at Verulamium
Museum, St Michael’s Street, St Albans, AL3 4SW.

Thursday 24th November

tyttehhangerpitTyttenhanger Gravel Pits Nature Walk
A morning walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits. We expect to see visiting winter wildfowl and thrushes. Bring sturdy footwear. Will go ahead if it rains. £1. Booking can be via an email to: 9.30am – 12.30pm Willows Farm car park,
Coursers Road, AL4 0PF. Car park 1 on RHS. Follow RSPB signs.

sjlSustainable Schools Training Day
An opportunity for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils from local primary and secondary schools to gain new ideas about how they can contribute to sustainability. FREE. Schools can register by emailing 9.30am – 2.45pm The Farmschool, Annables Farm, AL5 3PR.

bricket-woodBricket Wood Common – Heritage, Biodiversity and Managing for Future Generations
Join our ranger led guided walk and learn more about the heritage, wildlife and sustainable management of Bricket Wood Common. An historic and secluded site, rich in biodiversity.FREE.
Event will go ahead in light rain. Contact 07587 632379. 10.30am – 12.30pm School Lane, Bricket Wood, AL2 3XT.

traidcraft-stallFair Trade Chatterbox Coffee Morning
Refreshments and good company, augmented with sustainable
advice and information including: gardening and composting;
cycling including bicycle checks and maps; a Fair Trade stall;
sewing bee – clothes repairs. FREE. 10.30am – 12 noon
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Marlborough Road,
St Albans, AL1 3XG.

Friday 25th November

veolia_popupRecycling lorry in town centre – meet ‘Munch’!
Find out why it’s important to use your new food waste caddy instead of your landfill bin. Learn which items go in which bin. Munch is a dustcart book character showing how to recycle right. Children can meet him and talk to us all about recycling! FREE. 9am – 4pm Outside the Town Hall, St Albans.

bahaitrees-2Illustrated talks and exhibition on TREES
Trees – illustrated talk, projected pictures and exhibition. Hear about the life of St Barbe Baker and the international organisation for trees, of which he was the founder. Continuous repeating 1 hour presentation. School age and above.FREE. 10am – 4pm Drop in Jubilee Centre, Catherine
Street, St Albans, AL3 5BU.

cyclingCircular bike ride around St Albans
We will be leading a bike ride around the St Albans Green Ring which circles the City. The cycle ride is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Approximately 6 miles. FREE. We will continue unless severe rain/ snow/ice! Call 07518 169292 to check. 1.15 – 3pm Start and end at Verulamium Museum Car Park, St Michael’s, St Albans,
AL3 4SW.

Saturday 26th November

affinitysquadWater Saving Squad
FREE water saving devices to help you save water, energy and money! We will also be on hand to offer tips, advice and to talk
all things water efficiency. FREE. 10am – 3.30pm Clock Tower, High Street, St Albans, AL3 4EL


christmasmarketMake a gift bag at the Christmas Market
Learn how to make gift bags from recyclable materials to use again and again. A more environmentally sensitive solution to all that wrapping paper at Christmas!
Take away a completed bag, or a set of instructions for making one at home. FREE.10am – 4pm The Community Chalet, St Albans Christmas Market, St Albans Cathedral, AL1 1BY.

ellisbirdfeederpicLaura Ellis Art Sessions Make and decorate a bird feeder
from recycled cartons and bottles Make and decorate a birdfeeder from plastic bottles and cartons. Fun drop off art session about getting creative with our recycling! All materials, a drink and snack are included. Children’s art session for age 6+. £14 per session; £22 if booked with session on 19th. Book online at 10.15am – 11.45am Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW.


earthworksChristmas Fair and Open Day
Buy Earthworks’ famous reindeers, wreaths, crafts (all made by Earthworks). There will also be spiced apple juice, mince pies and refreshments; a chance to do a craft activity and hopefully Father Christmas will be visiting too. FREE. 12pm – 3pm Hixberry Lane, St Albans, AL4 0TZ.