We are so lucky in Essex and Hertfordshire to have so many diverse places to visit and things to see, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, here are some things you can do with the children for free this summer holidays – there might be a small parking fee for some.
The Great Outdoors:
Fly a kite on Gog Magog Downs just South East of Cambridge is a great place to take a picnic and fly a kite or just follow the trail around the area. Just opposite is Wandlebury Woods Country Park and Nature Reserve a great place for a gentle stroll or for a picnic. Parking fees do apply.
Royston Heath is also a lovely place for a walk and/or a picnic.
Bridge End Gardens in Saffron Walden, Essex is a series of seven interlinked Grade II gardens created by the Gibson family in the 19th Century. The gardens are open daily free of charge.
The Gibberd Garden is also a wonderful place to visit, full of beauty and peace. The garden has formal lawns, pools, streams and glades, interlaced with works of art.
Visit some animals:
Pets’ Corner in Harlow is a small, friendly farm located in Harlow Town Park. They have a great selection of farm animals as well as reindeer, Llamas and Alpacas. Pets corner is free but they do welcome donations. You can buy feed on site for 20p.
Time for some history:
Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban – built from recycled bricks in 1077-1115 is a site where Christians have worshiped for over 17 Centuries. It’s open all year and entry is free.
Chelmsford Cathedral is one of the newest Cathedrals in England, with the first recorded service dating back to 1223. Visitors will be impressed by the stonework and architecture as well as being able to enjoy one of the largest collections of ecclesiastical art in the country.
Hertford Museum first opened in 1903 has been inspiring generations with its collection of over 50,000 items reflecting the local history.