Children, Family Friendly and Young People’s Events

See this page for activities for younger children, young people, and family friendly activities

clock-tower-jrAll welcome to the Launch Event on Sat 21 Nov   10.30 – 3.30pm in St Albans market by       The Clocktower.

The Mayor opens the week at 10.30am.

The Civic Society invite you to climb the Clocktower; Computer Friendly help you work out your carbon footprint; ukelele supergroup Katie’s Jumping Fleas make music from 10.45 – 11.30am.

There will be stalls on water-saving; GreenSpaces and allotments, and recycling. We also expect an electric car display and a stall from Population Matters further down the street.


diverontoiletLaunch afternoon: Don’t Forget to Flush Art Exhibition and Talks Sat 21st Nov 12.30 – 5pm

Nude Tin Gallery Art Exhibition, Talks and Give-aways 12.30 – 5pm. ‘Don’t Forget to Flush’ exhibition looks at how a lack of sanitation affects us globally and what solutions can be implemented. Talks at 1pm and 3pm on water-saving; 2pm on innovative compost solutions. At  The Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 4JS FREE

Kids Art Exhibition for under 17’s: ‘Don’t Forget to Flush’ – will be on 15th November at Nude Tin Can, then at Westminster Leisure Centre, St Albans.

To take part in the kids art competition: Click here for Kids Art competition Leaflet 2015 – Create a piece of 2d artwork on A4 card inspired by World Toilet Cay. You can paint, draw, make a collage, use crayones, pencils, pastels or computer graphics. You can be as serious or as silly as you like. Deadline for entries is 13th November 5pm.  For more information contact: catherine@catherinefenton.com


booksAll week – Children’s Book Swap

All week exchange rather than buying new: donate a children’s book and take another away for free. 9am – 5pm at Oxfam, 11 Chequer Street,  St Albans AL1 3YJ Free


scoutsAll week – Library displays

All week display about Sustainable St Albans Week by Global Justice St Albans and  all week display for children on carbon footprints around the world, prepared by 9th St Albans Cubs. Library opening hours St Albans Central Library, Maltings Shopping Centre, St Albans AL1 3HS. Organised by Global Justice St Albans and 9th St Albans Cubs


BughotelposterSat 21st: Constructing a Bug Hotel 10 – 12pm

Join us as we begin the construction of a bug hotel in the grounds of St Julian’s Church, 3 Abbots Avenue, St Albans AL1 3HY. Organised by The Paris of St Stephen and St Julian – All Welcome! Free


CllrChiversLitterPIckSat 21st Nov: Community Litter Pick  10.30 – 11.30am

Get together in the fresh air and do something for the good of our community! Cllr Chivers provides the bags, gloves and pickers, or bring your own. Verulamium Park St Albans. Meet at the top of the causeway (the stretch of footpath that leads from the lake to the King Harry Park entrance). Organised by Cllr Chivers. Free


ParkSTPickerswasteSun 22nd Nov: Community litter pick with a recycling twist  10am – 12pm

Park Street Recreation Ground AL2 2NE . Meet at the carpark Litter pickers, bags and hi-viz vests will be provided. Please bring gloves and appropriate clothing. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, check with park_street_pickers@yahoo.co.uk. Organised by Park Street Pickers  Free


sandridgeSun 22nd Nov: Sandridge Family Walk  10.30am – 12.30pm

Jersey Farm Woodland Park, Sandridge.  Join us for a 5km family walk around the beautiful areas of Sandridge. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07789 485052. Meet opposite Woodland House, St Helier Road, Sandridge, AL4 9LQ. Organised by Sandridge Parish Council. 


Trestle craft Sun 22Sun 22nd Nov: Replay! @ The Live Music Project  2pm – 5pm

Live acoustic music by local artists. Family friendly activities: come and turn recycled stuff into Art. Explore what you can do with everyday junk: invent, create and play! Refreshments available. 2pm – 5pm Trestle Arts Base, Russett Drive, St Albans AL4 0DU Organised byTrestle Arts Base and Kathryn Holt from Story Tent Free


Trestle craft Sun 22Tues 24th Nov: Story Tent – Imagine, Play, Create. 1.30 – 2.30pm and 4 – 5pm

With a sustainability theme A fun-filled hour of professional storytelling and captivating craft. For pre-school children (ages 2 – 5 yrs) and their parents/guardians. No need to book, but helpful if you can text your intention to come 07758 667624. Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ Organised by Story Tent £6


StorytentchildrenWed 25th Nov: Imagine, Play, Create…with a sustainability theme daytime for children 2-5 years

A fun-filled hour of professional storytelling and captivating craft. For pre-school children (ages 2 – 5 yrs) and their parents/ guardians. 10.30 – 11.30am and 1.30 – 2.30pm Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ No need to book, but helpful if you can text your intention to
come 07758 667624. Organised by Story-Tent.


Wed 25th Nov: Green Careers Fair  6pm – 8pm

Careers event organised by St Albans Youth Council aimed at secondary school pupils and their parents. Hear from dynamic young adults making careers in sustainable roles -university lecturers to house designers. Hear what they do, how they reached their goals and advice for following in their footsteps. Information stalls, including Youth Connexions, University of Hertfordshire  and Oaklands College. Committee Rooms St Albans City and District Council, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3JE Free. More information on Youth Council website here


GreenFashionoxfamWed 25th Nov: Get Creative with Green and Ethical Fashion Competition  6 – 8.15pm

St Albans Youth Council and Harpenden Youth Council  with Youth Connexions are inviting young people aged 11-25 years to enter this competition on Green Fashion and Accessories. See the final exhibition on Wed 24th November at the Civic Centre, St Albans 6 – 8.15pm.

Enter the Green and Ethical Fashion Competition:

Deadline for competition entries is 20th November.To find our more about the competition see Youth Council website click here

A fashion and accessory competition for those aged 11-25 and passionate about green and ethical issues. This competition gives you an opportunity to showcase your skills and gain exposure as well as explore the ethical and sustainable issues surrounding fashion. Showcase your skills and gain some local exposure. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the ethical and green issues that impact fashion and learn how YOU can make a difference.

Categories:  three categories within the competition:footwear;clothing; accessories and jewellery

Age Range: There are four age ranges within each category: year groups 7-9; year groups 10-11; sixth form/college; under 25

Entries must be submitted before Wednesday 20th November and will be displayed at the Green Careers Fair. Winners will be anounced at 8pm. Get application form from St Albans Youth Council website.


GreenSchoolsTrainingDayThurs 26th Nov: Sir John Lawes Sustainable Schools Training Day  9.30am – 2.45pm

Attend workshops and share ideas for sustainability work in schools. For pupils from primary and secondary schools in St Albans and District and their teachers. Open to all schools in the district. Places must be pre-booked; please contact hcox@sjl.herts.sch.uk. Annabels Farmschool, Kinsbourne Green AL5 3PR Organised by Sir John Lawes School. Free


 Nappy babyFri 27th: Real nappies – Tots Playgroup special session 9.30-11am.

Tots playgroup with information on using real nappies – Ask questions, find out more and get £50 cash reward against the cost of buying cloth or free starter kit worth over £100 with 6 nappies and all you need to know to get started. Brought to you by Waste Aware, the partnership of councils in Herts 9.30-11am at St Paul’s Church Office, Blandford Road, St Albans, AL1 4JP www.wasteaware.org.uk/realnappies 


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