Outdoor Things To Do

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Saturday 21st April


photo 1FIVE MILES TO FABULOUS – WOMEN ONLY BIKE RIDE
South Herts Cyclists
Start and finish at Morrisons. 244 Hatfield Rd, St Albans AL1 4SU. FREE!
Meet by the cycle stands. 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Women-only cycle ride – gentle pace. Out all morning, including a coffee stop.  Bring waterproofs. Only cancel if weather is icy or very windy. See website. www.southhertsctc.org.uk/Cycle/five-miles-to-fabulous


VerValleysaw.11.17HELP TO REVIVE THE MILL STREAM AT NEW BARNES MILL
Ver Valley Society
Opposite New Barnes Mill on Cottonmill Lane, St Albans AL1 2HA.
10am – 12 noon FREE!

Join our volunteers at New Barnes Mill. Help to revive the River Ver by working in and on its banks. You will need Wellingtons!  Event will go ahead even if it rains. Call 01582 794332. www.riverver.co.uk


photo 1BREEZE MELLOW YELLOWS – WOMEN ONLY BIKE RIDE
HSBC UK Breeze by British Cycling
St Albans Retail Park, Griffiths Way, St Albans AL1 2RJ.
10am – 1pm. FREE!

We are going to Hatfield House and back following an old railway link so there are no hills 🙂 We colour code rides to help you choose. Mellow Yellow rides are 10 – 15 miles and 7 – 8mph.  Women only. Full details when you book. Booking essential.  www.letsride.co.uk/rides/breeze-mellow-yellows-st-albans-1


The Sainst Players celebrate Charlie Walkers winnerHEALTH AND HERITAGE SAINTS STROLL
Saints City Trust
Junction of Belmont Hill and Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1RD.
11am – 12 noon.  FREE!

Join us for a health walk, encompassing some signi cant locations in the history of our beloved football club. Participants get reduced entry to match £12 (under 16s £1).  www.saintscitytrust.org.uk


RSPBheronHERON WATCH 2018
RSPB St Albans
Corner of Verulamium Lake nearest to The Fighting Cocks public house AL3 4HG.
11am – 3pm. FREE!

Drop in to HeronWatch 2018 to use our telescopes and watch the nesting Grey Herons at Verulamium Lake.  It will go ahead even if it is raining. Call 07855 984735. ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/stalbans

 


tree landscapeSPIRITUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS WALK
Baha’i Faith
Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden AL5 1PD.
1.30pm – 3pm. FREE!

Introduction, then a 10 minute walk to nd inspiration for expressing ideas with arts and crafts, to value yourself and the environment. Free light refreshments. www.hertfordshirebahai.org


89- Library-6357-Sandy-Springs-GeorgiaGRAND OPENING OF THE MILE HOUSE FIRST LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
Mile House
Little Free Library 5 Mile House Lane, St Albans AL1 1TH.
2pm – 3pm. FREE!

Opening Ceremony of the first ‘Little Free Library’ in St Albans located on our front garden wall: ‘Take a book, return a book’. Bring a book to donate!  www.littlefreelibrary.org


RiversideEH allotmentsALLOTMENT OPEN DAY
East Harpenden Gardening Club (EHGC)
Riverside allotments, Harpenden AL5 4XT.
Drop in 2pm – 5pm. FREE!

Come and see what fun you can have with an allotment. Talk to plot holders, get growing tips, learn about the health benefits, enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Come and grow with us. Entrance near the junction of Coldharbour Lane and Station Road (by the bridge).  www.ehgc.org


The Sainst Players celebrate Charlie Walkers winnerHEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES CAMPAIGN
St Albans City Football Club
Clarence Park Stadium, York Road, St Albans AL1 4PL
3pm – 4.45pm.

Come along to our final home match of the season – learn about our Healthy & Active Lifestyles campaign for children & young people.

For cheaper entry, collect a voucher from the Club office Mon – Fri 9am – 4.30pm, quoting Sustainable StAlbans.  www.stalbanscityfc.com

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Sunday 22nd April


SandridgeNormaslandphotoANCIENT WOODLAND TO THE PUDDING STONE WALK
Sandridge Parish Council
Meet at Heartwood car park Nearest postcode – AL4 9DQ.
10am – 12 noon. FREE!

Join us for a four mile walk on Nomansland, from Heartwood car park to the Puddingstone and back. Will go ahead unless torrential rain. If in doubt phone Neil on the day on 07733 326232.  www.sandridge-pc.gov.uk


beebutterflyhavenCREATE A BUTTERFLY HAVEN
CDA Herts
Community Garden
St Albans, Hixberry Lane, St Albans AL4 0TZ (on same Lane as Earthworks).
Drop in 10am – 2.30pm. FREE!

Come and help create a mini butterfy and bee friendly space with wild flowers and shrubs. CDA Herts in partnership with FoodSmiles, HERTBEATS and St Albans Beekeepers.  Book: email office@cdaherts.org.uk  Contact: Kate Belinis on 07940 111047.   www.cdaherts.org.uk


30-SADC AllotmentALLOTMENT OPEN DAY
Cottonmill & Nunnery Allotment Association
Cottonmill Lane, (next to Sub Aqua Club), St Albans AL1 1HJ.
11am – 2.30pm. Tours on the hour. FREE!

Come and see what goes on down at the plots. Talk to plot holders about growing your own food – get ideas for your garden or find out how to get a plot for yourself.  Will go ahead in light rain. Contact number 07939 260980. www.stalbansallotments.co.uk


HERON RSPBHERONWATCH 2018
RSPB St Albans
Corner of Verulamium Lake nearest to The Fighting Cocks public house.
St Albans AL3 4HG.
11am – 3pm. FREE!

Drop in to HeronWatch 2018 to use our telescopes and watch the nesting Grey Herons at Verulamium Lake.  It will go ahead even if it is raining. Call 07855 984735. www2.rspb.org.uk/groups/stalbans


Plastic Free PicnicPLASTIC FREE COMMUNITY PICNIC
Plastic Free St Albans and Highfield Park Trust
Highfield Park behind YMCA Gym, 59 Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0DB.
12pm – 2pm.  FREE!

We’re launching Plastic Free St Albans with a community picnic. Includes Story Tent for children. Everyone welcome – bring your own picnic using as little plastic as possible. If rainy check @plasticfreesta     www.plasticfreestalbans.org.uk


Dagnall St healthwalksCHURCH HEALTH WALK
Dagnall Street Baptist Church
Meet at public car park by St Peter’s Church, London Colney AL2 1QA.
1pm – 3pm.  FREE!

Join us for a health walk, encompassing some beautiful locations in the local area. Approx 3 mile walk, open to all. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  www.dsbc.org.uk


FSCauliflowerCOME AND GROW!
FoodSmiles St Albans
Incredible Edible Civic Centre Garden, St Albans AL1 3LD.
Drop in 1pm – 4pm.  FREE!

Help sow and plant veggies-for-all in this community food garden. All welcome – no experience necessary.  If rainy, check @FoodSmilesStA or contact 07941 954530 on the day.  www.foodsmilesstalbans.org.uk

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Monday 23rd April


RSPBwhitethroatMORNING WALK TO COLNE VALLEY AND BRICKET WOOD
RSPB St Albans
Meet outside ‘The Gate’, Station Road, Bricket Wood AL2 3PW. FREE! – but suggested voluntary donation of £1.
9.30 am – 12.30pm. Optional pub lunch after.

This walk takes in the confluence of the Colne and Ver rivers. We should see spring migrants and woodland birds. It will go ahead even if it is raining. Call 07512 704744.  www.rspbwalk2304.eventbrite.co.uk


HarpendenguidedwalkGUIDED WALK HARPENDEN COMMON
Harpenden Town Council in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Harpenden Common.
11am – 1pm.  FREE!

Learn about Harpenden Common, its wildlife, conservation approach, history and plans for the future. Booking essential. Walk should still go ahead unless weather is severe. Full details when booking.  www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on


BatfordSpringsAFTER SCHOOL SAFARI AT BATFORD SPRINGS NATURE RESERVE
Harpenden Town Council in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Batford Springs Nature Reserve.
4pm – 5.30pm.  FREE!

After school safari for children, walking around Batford Springs Nature Reserve.  Booking essential. Full details when booking. Walk should still go ahead unless weather is severe.  http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on

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Tuesday 24th April


Veolia_popupMEET MUNCH THE RECYCLING LORRY
Veolia UK Ltd
Concourse, High Street, Harpenden.
10am – 4pm.  FREE!

Munch the Lorry will be on tour – in Harpenden today – encouraging children and their parents to put the right thing in the right bin. Come and meet Munch! Get information on recycling.  http://www.veolia.co.uk


WoodlandTrustyoung-saplingsSUSTAINABLE TREES – BRICKET WOOD COMMON
St Albans City & District Council
Meet at Bricket Wood Station, Bricket Wood, St Albans AL2 3PQ.
10.30am – 12.30pm. FREE!

Bricket Wood Common has a wealth of woodland and wildlife. Join St Albans Council’s Trees and Landscape team to explore how these natural assets are cared for. Gentle 2 mile stroll.

In the event of bad weather the walk will be cancelled; the walk leader will be at the meeting point for information.

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Wednesday 25th April


JoConnorholy-blue-1LIFE AND LAND IN VERULAMIUM PARK – GUIDED TOUR
John O’ Conner (GM) Ltd
St Michaels Car Park, Verulamium Park AL3 4SW.
10am – 12 noon
and 2pm – 4pm.   FREE!

Guided tour of Verulamium Park discussing Roman history, history of the park, flora, fauna, ecotones and bio-diversity. Rain? Wrap up or get wet! Walks will still go ahead. http://www.johnoconner.co.uk


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TOUR OF THE AGRIVERT ANAEROBIC DIGESTION FACILITY
Agrivert
North London AD, Coursers Farm, Coursers Road, Colney Heath AL4 0PG.
10.30am – 11.30pm.  FREE!

Discover what happens to your food waste after it is collected from the kerbside. Parking limited. Sturdy footwear advisable.  Call: 01727 819466.  Booking essential: sustainability@stalbans.gov.uk  http://www.touragrivert.eventbrite.co.uk/s=7223900


Harpenden WalkingReading Library_imageHARPENDEN LIBRARY WALKING READING GROUP  (under 3 miles)
Harpenden Library
27 High Street, Harpenden AL5 2RU.
10.30am – 12 noon. Donation £1

Gentle stroll round Rothamsted Park discussing ‘The 100 year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson.  Refreshments. Booking is essential. In person or phone: 0300 123 4049. http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries

 

 


Asian HerbsOPEN HERB GARDEN – FOR ASIAN COOKING
Herts Asian Women’s Association
Habiba’s garden, CDA Community Gardens, Hixberry Lane, St Albans AL4 0TZ.
11am – 2pm.  FREE!

We will show you what herbs to grow and how to use them in Asian dishes.  If it rains – wear suitable outdoor clothing.


EARthworksOPEN EVENING AND PROJECT LAUNCH WITH SEED AND SEEDLING SWAP
Earthworks, St Albans
Hixberry Lane, St Albans AL4 0TZ.
5.30pm – 8pm.  FREE!

Introducing our new project supporting communities and developing green spaces. Enjoy our gardens, seed/seedling swap, music and refreshments. http://www.earthworksstalbans.co.uk

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Thursday 26th April


28239007_2023919054513118_3885415282660869675_oST ALBANS – A SUSTAINABLE CITY
St Albans BID
St Peter’s Street – West side, St Albans AL1 3JE.
9am – 4pm.  FREE!

Drop by at our marquee to find out how you can #lovelocal and support your City’s businesses to flourish sustainably. You may even pick up some discounts and money-saving tips too!

http://www.stalbansbid.com


affinitysquad.jpgEVERY DROP COUNTS – STALL
Affinity Water
St Peter’s Street – West side, St Albans AL1 3JE.
9am – 4pm.  FREE!

As part of creating a more sustainable St Albans, Affinity Water will be along side St Albans BID promoting water efficiency and the new Refill St Albans Campaign.

http://www.affinitywater.co.uk


Veolia_popupMEET MUNCH THE RECYCLING LORRY
Veolia UK Ltd
St Peter’s Street – West side St Albans AL1 3JE.
10am – 4pm.  FREE!

Munch the Lorry will be on tour – today in St Albans, encouraging children and their parents to put the right thing in the right bin. Come and meet Munch!

http://www.veolia.co.uk


woodcraft-folk-logoFREE WOODCRAFT FOLK – OUTDOOR TASTER SESSiON
St Albans District Woodcraft Folk
Nomansland Common – meet at Ferrers Lane Car Park AL4 8EJ.
6.15pm – 7.45pm.  FREE!

Come and play with the Woodcraft Folk -for children aged 6-9 and their families. All welcome. Arrive 6pm for 6.15pm start.  Email for info and to book your space. stalbanswoodcraftfolk@gmail.com

http://www.woodcraft-stalbans.org

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Friday 27th April


28277291_2023928421178848_1664697287130432150_nBLAZING BLUES WOMEN ONLY BIKE RIDE
HSBC UK Breeze by British Cycling
Leave from Harpenden Cycles, Southdown, Harpenden AL5 1QQ.
10am – 2pm.  FREE!

We are heading along the lanes east of Harpenden, to a favourite chocolate shop! We colour code rides to help you choose. Blazing Blue rides are 20 – 30 miles and 9 – 11mph. Women only. Booking essential. Full details on booking.

http://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/blazing-blue-does-sust-week


woodcraft-folk-logoFREE WOODCRAFT FOLK OUTDOOR TASTER SESSiON
St Albans District Woodcraft Folk
Nomansland Common – meet at Ferrers Lane Car Park AL4 8EJ.
6.15pm – 7.45pm.  FREE!

Come and play with the Woodcraft Folk – for children and young people in groups aged 6 – 9, 10 – 12 and 13 – 15. Arrive 6pm for 6.15pm start. Email for info and to book your space: stalbanswoodcraftfolk@gmail.com

http://www.woodcraft-stalbans.org

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Saturday 28th April


28279233_2023935874511436_6419211945015839611_nFUN CYCLE RIDE TO STANBOROUGH LAKES AND BACK
South Herts Cyclists
Start/return from Morrisons, 244 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 4SU.
Meet by the cycle stands. 10am – 1pm.  FREE!

Circular cycle ride stopping at Stanborough lakes for coffee and return to St Albans. Ride features the Alban Way and the Ayot Greenway. Between 20 – 25 miles. Adults only. Booking essential:  20 places available.

http://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/fun-cycle-ride-to-stanborough-lakes-and-back


28378623_2023936617844695_7420632015664306282_nGRACEFUL GREENS WOMEN ONLY RIDE FOR SUSTAINABLE STALBANS WEEK
HSBC UK Breeze by British Cycling
The Hub Cafe, The High Street, Redbourn AL3 7LL.
10am – 2pm.  FREE!

Riding in a highly eco-friendly manner around the lovely lanes in the Gaddesden area with the usual delish coffee and cake stop to sustain us! 20 miles, at about 8 – 10 mph. Women Only.  Booking essential

http://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/graceful-greens-ride-for-sustainable-st-albans-week


JessicaChivers litter pick_endCOMMUNITY LITTER PICK IN VERULAMIUM PARK
St Albans Conservative Association /Cllr. Chivers Verulamium Park.
10.30am – 11.30am.  FREE!

Community litter pick with Cllr. Jessica Chivers. Bags, gloves and pickers provided. Meet at the top of the causeway (stretch of cycleway/footpath leading from lake), along Roman wall to the King Harry Park entrance.

http://www.jessicachivers.yourcllr.com


HERON RSPBHERONWATCH 2018
RSPB St Albans
Corner of Verulamium Lake nearest to The Fighting Cocks public house AL3 4HG.
11am – 3pm.  FREE!

Drop in to HeronWatch 2018 to use our telescopes and watch the nesting Grey Herons at Verulamium Lake.  It will go ahead even if it is raining. Call 07855 984735.

ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/stalbans


woodlandtrustoakUNDERSTANDING CARBON CAPTURE BY NEW WOODLAND – GUIDED WALK
Woodland Trust
Meet in the main car park of Heartwood Forest, off the B651, north of Sandridge. Nearest postcode AL4 9DQ.
11.30am – 1pm.  £5

A 2 mile walk at Heartwood Forest, with waypoint stops to highlight the carbon emission and capture benefit of new woodland compared to agricultural land. Also looking at personal carbon footprint.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/events


JoConnorholy-blue-1WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION AT BRICKET WOOD COMMON
John O’ Conner (GM) Ltd
The Parish Centre, Station Road,
Bricket Wood AL2 2PJ.
12pm – 4pm.  FREE!

Interactive Walks and Displays. FREE Tea and Cake. Natural History Society Walk 12.30- 1.30. Butterfly Walk – 2-4pm For more info email faye.tuffnell@johnoconner.co.uk


28336532_2023941727844184_6546545294381192178_oOPEN DAY – ORGANIC FOOD GROWING CO-OPERATIVE
FoodSmiles St Albans
Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden AL5 2AY
1.30pm – 4pm.  FREE!

Free tour, tea and cakes. Meet members who join for organic produce, exercise, fresh air, new skills, social/community interaction.  It will go ahead unless torrential rain. 07813 047463.

http://www.FoodSmilesStAlbans.org.uk


WoodlandTrustbluebellwoodSPIRITUAL WALK WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS
Baha’i Faith
Friend’s Meeting House, 7 Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans AL1 3UD
2pm – 4pm.  FREE!

Introduction, then a 10 minute walk to find inspiration for expressing ideas with arts and crafts, to value yourself and the environment. Free light refreshments.

http://www.hertfordshirebahai.org


28238181_2023943744510649_6575093501071132240_oWILD ABOUT OUR COMMON
Colney Heath Parish Council
Colney Heath Village Hall,
83 High Street, Colney Heath, St Albans AL4 0NS.
2pm – 5pm.  FREE!

Activities, exhibitions, walks appreciating the landscape, history and wildlife of Colney Heath Common Local Nature Reserve.  Indoor and outdoor activities will go ahead whatever the weather (except flooding of River Colne!)

http://www.colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk/index.html

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Sunday 29th April


28238530_2024256924479331_5071662902084106912_oFAMILY FRIENDLY WALK
Sandridge Parish Council
Jersey Farm Woodland Park. (Meet at Woodland House).
10am – 12 noon.  FREE!

Springwise – An adventure in nature watching. Includes a visit to the beehives. To go ahead unless weather severe.  Helpful to let us know if you wish to attend – 01727 831871.

http://www.sandridge-pc.gov.uk


HERON RSPBHERONWATCH 2018
RSPB St Albans
Corner of Verulamium Lake nearest to The Fighting Cocks public house AL3 4HG.
11am – 3pm.  FREE!

Drop in to HeronWatch 2018 to use our telescopes and watch the nesting Grey Herons at Verulamium Lake.  It will go ahead even if it is raining. Call 07855 984735.

ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/stalbans


28235627_2024261277812229_2115880527104077150_oSOPWELL SECRETS WALK
Sopwell Residents Association
Starting from Sopwell Ruins, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans AL1 2BY.
2.30pm – 4.30pm.  FREE!

Join us for a free guided walk of 3 miles around the green spaces of historic Sopwell. 4 yrs + Must be able to walk. Route goes over grass. If poor weather to check if the event will go ahead call: 01727 840779.

http://www.sopwell.org.uk

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ALL WEEK (21st – 29th April)


Shop Local Logo AWSHOP LOCAL HARPENDEN – INDEPENDENT SHOPPING TRAIL
Harpenden Town Council & Shop Local – FREE!

Visit the shops on our Independent Shopping Trail, collect the stamps and be in with a chance to win a PRIZE DRAW of goodies!  Entries must be completed and sent to Harpenden Town Council by midnight on 30th April.

http://www.harpenden.gov.uk/shoplocal


tree landscapeSAVE OUR BLUEBELLS CAMPAIGN
Woodland Trust
Heartwood Forest.
Timeslots available. Volunteers must apply in advance.  FREE!

Volunteer at our bluebell woods in Heartwood Forest. Help visitors understand the importance of bluebells and how to prevent damage – hand out leaflets and talk to visitors. Contact: LouiseNeicho@woodlandtrust.org.uk

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

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