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Wondering what to do over the bank holiday? Rosy Moorhead rounds up some great Easter events in St Albans and Harpenden
Willows Farm Village
Two weeks of fun, including bunny hunts, Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge, young chicks activity area, country fun fair, an Easter egg hunt, sheep racing, a bunny hop, children’s disco and animal tea time.
- Willows Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans until April 14 at various times. Details: 0870 1299718, www.willowsfarmvillage.com
Harpenden Easter Funfair
A must-not-miss annual celebration of the Easter festival held on Harpenden Common, and family fun fair. Something for everyone.
- March 29 to April 1. Details: 01582 768278
Ashridge Easter Egg Trail
Put on your wellies and discover the secrets of the woodland at Ashridge and learn more about the creatures who live there. Answer questions along the way and collect your reward at the end.
- Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted. March 29 to April 1. Details: 01442 851227, firstname.lastname@example.org
Two whole weeks of events including insect handling every day at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm, and face-painting every day from 12pm to 3pm. Highlights include storytelling, Easter art, felt-making, junior photography workshops, making bug hotels and birdfeeders, and information and activities from Herts and Essex Air Ambulance and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife.
- Butterfly World, Miriam Lane, off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green. March 30 to April 14 at various times. Details: 01727 869203, www.butterflyworldproject.com
Redbourn Easter Art and Craft Show
Redbourn Easter Art and Craft Fair in Redbourn Village Hall.
- March 30, 10am to 4pm, March 31, 11am to 5pm. Details: 01582 793096
Saturday Morning Pictures at UHArts are family-friendly film screenings accompanied by optional arts and crafts workshops. This season’s theme is ‘films about little people in a big world’ and continues with Matilda.
Matilda’s parents are very mean. When she gets to go to school she meets someone more atrocious than her parents - the worst principle imaginable! However, Matilda is about to surprise them all.
- The Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield on Saturday, March 30 at 11am, with a workshop at 10am. Details: 01707 281127, www.herts.ac.uk/events
Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Verulamium Park
Follow the clues around the cafe and park to claim a prize (a small Easter chick or similar). Meet the Easter Bunny, stalls from local traders and companies, music, face-painting , sand art and much more.
- Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park, off St Michael's Street, St Albans. March 31, 11am. Details: 01727 838246, email@example.com, www.inn-on-the-park.com
Jousting at Knebworth
Knebworth House, Gardens and Park kicks off its main season with a splendid display of medieval jousting on Easter weekend.
Enjoy all the romance, excitement and pageantry of former times with a line-up of equestrian skills and hand-to-hand combat. The two-day jousting tournament showcases spectacular action, stunts and fierce battles to capture the atmosphere of a bygone era. There are two jousts each day, and a sumptuous medieval banquet on Easter Sunday – complete with a medieval entertainer and stocks!
- Knebworth House, Knebworth on Easter Sunday, March 31 and Easter Monday, April 1. Details: 01438 812661, www.knebworthhouse.com
Mill Green Mill & Museum
Easter bun making. Just drop in, no booking required.
- Mill Green Mill & Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield. April 2, 10am to 2.30pm. Details: 01707 357850, www.welhat.gov.uk
Magical Mayhem Holiday Club
Magical Mayhem Holiday Club is a week of fun activities inspired by from around the world, held at the St Albans Museums.
On Tuesday, April 2 from 10.30am to 12.30pm is Danish Tales, and from 2pm to 3pm is Hans Christian Anderson stories. On Wednesday, April 3 from 10.30am to 12.30pm is The Island of Rarnia. On Thursday, April 4 from 10.30am to 12.30pm is George's Marvellous Medicine, and on Friday, April 5 from 10.30am to 12.30pm is The Firebird.
- St Albans Museums. Details: 01727 751810, www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Pied Piper of Hamelin
When a mischief of ravenous rats runs riot in the sleepy town of Hamelin, nobody knows what to do. Luckily a strolling minstrel with a magic pipe agrees to help – but at what price?
Skewbald Stories present The Pied Piper of Hamelin, interactive storytelling adventures for children aged three to seven, with toe-tapping music, puppetry and storytelling.
- Inn on the Park, St Michael’s Street, St Albans on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Details: 020 8367 5257, www.inn-on-the-park.com
Furry Tails Festival
The storyteller is on the run from three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks? Why was she walking in the woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll? All will be revealed when the storyteller unfolds these fantastic, funny stories with fabulous puppets and a foot-tapping gypsy soundtrack.
- Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden on Sunday, April 7 from 11am to 3.30pm. Details: 01582 762 880, www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk
Trestle Arts Base welcomes Birdsnest Theatre’s production of Blown Away, a theatrical adventure for children aged three and up, with live music, shadow puppetry and movement.
A small boy finds himself swept up and whisked away on an unforgettable journey with a little girl who claims to be the wind.
- Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans on Sunday, April 7 at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Details: 01727 850950, www.trestle.org.uk