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Events and Things to Do and Enjoy in St Albans & Harpenden

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Friday 1st August 2014


New Exhibition at St Albans Cathedral – Commemorating the Cathedral Parish during WWII.   North Transept.  FREE.  Daily until 18th August (there will be another chance to see the Exhibition 27th October – 9th November).

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Friday 1st August 2014


Current Exhibition at the Museum of St Albans – “WRITTEN IN THE CORNERS OF STREETS” BY Katie Aggett – Winner of the Eastern Approaches Annual Open Exhibition 2013.  Wooden sculptures and bold Charcoal drawings inspired by our fast-changing cityscapes and clashing Architectural styles.  Daily until 7th September 2014.  FREE.

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Saturday 2nd August 2014


HEALTH WALK – HEARTWOOD FOREST, Sandridge.  Meet 2 pm Forest Car Park, High Street AL3 6JB.  Walk lasts around an hour and a half.  Refreshments available.

and later at Heartwood Forest – WANDERINGS WITH WILDLIFE As Day turns to Night – 8 pm – 9.30 pm.  £5 donation.  Booking essential – call Christina on 07909 893545 or email christinajoachim@woodlandtrust.org.uk

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Saturday 2nd August 2014


Guided Walk: 2.30 pm – “RAGS & RICHES – The Changing Fortunes of

Fishpool Street”.  Adults £4/£2 children

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Saturday 2nd August 2014

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DAY OF THE DEAD ART WORKSHOP at Verulamium Museum – Create Work of art inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead imagery.  Works may be included in the Museum’s Day of the Dead Exhibition later in the year. Suit ages 13 yrs +.  Book a place on 01727 751815 or e-mail adam.ditchburn@stalbans.gov.uk

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Cathedral “More To Explore” series featuring a Reflective Walk through the building to examine the many Memorials to the fallen including the Great West Window and Memorial Chapel.  Meet at the West Door, 3 pm.  FREE.

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Sunday 3rd August 2014


Guided Walks: 11 am - “ALL CHANGE AT ST ALBANS – From Market Town to City”.

2.30 pm - “STREET WAR MEMORIALS” - Exploring the history and the lives of those whose names appear on the many Memorials around the City. Adults £4/2 children.

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Sunday 3rd August 2014


Sandridge 900 – Straw-Plaiting Demonstation, 2 – 4  pm, St Leonards Church.  Knitted Village on Display also. Refreshments available.  FREE Admission.

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Sunday 3rd August 2014


LIFE DRAWING CLASS with Tutor BOB WRIGHT, all levels welcome. 2.30 – 5.30 pm, Trestle Arts Base, Highfield Park AL4 0JQ.  Cost £15. To book contact Bob on 07811190714 or email bobwright@pencilwright.com Limited materials available.

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Monday 4th August 2014


Summer Holiday Activities at the Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road. Craft activities inspired by “The First World War Remembered”.  Suit ages 6 – 11 years.  10.30 – 12.30 daily.  £6. Book a place on 01727 819340.

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Monday 4th August 2014


Monday – HOW IT ALL BEGAN – Create newspaper for the day on which

WWI broke out.


Tuesday – LIFE IN THE TRENCHES – make a periscope.


Wednesday – THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE – create a water-colour

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Tuesday 5th August 2014


Wanderings with Wildlife in Heartwood Forest – KIDS WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – 10 am – 12 noon.  (Under 16s must be accompanied by an Adult.  £5 donation suggested.  Booking essential, call Christina on 07909 893545 or email christinajoachim@woodlandtrust.org.uk  (Kids’ sessions also taking place Monday 18th and Saturday 23rd August, same times).

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Tuesday 5th August 2014


CRAFTY CAPERS at Verulamium Museum – Roman Mask making.  Drop- in session 2 – 4 pm for children aged 3 – 11 yrs.

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Tuesday 5th August 2014


Lecture at St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, given by the Vicar, Rev. Peter Wadsworth “A PARISH AT WAR” – lecture uses material from parish magazines, local papers and the diaries of Herbert Wilton Hall, exploring how a community was affected by WWI.  8 pm.  All welcome.

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Wednesday 6th August 2014


CATHEDRAL TOWER TOURS 11 am and 12.30 pm.  Booking essential, Cathedral Bookshop.  Min. age 11. www.stalbanscathedral.org

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Wednesday 6th August 2014


Evening HEALTH WALK, meet at Batchwood Hall Car Park, 7 pm.  Walk lasts around 45 mins.  Moderate pace.

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Thursday 7th August 2014


FAMILY DISCOVERY MORNING – WAR AND PEACE theme, 10 am - 12.30 pm Cathedral.  Suitable ages 3 – 11 yrs.  Educational trail and craft activities.

For details of Summer Holiday Workshops in August, check Cathedral website www.stalbanscathedral.org or pick up the quarterly yellow Events booklet at the TIC or Cathedral itself.

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Saturday 9th August 2014


A reminder that the ABBEY FLYER line from St Albans to Watford Junction is now closed for engineering upgrades, re-opening 26th August

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Saturday 9th August 2014


Monthly Arts for Herts Markets CRAFT FAIR & TEA SHOP  10 am – 4 pm and tomorrow 9.30 am – 3.30 pm.

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Saturday 9th August 2014


Guided Walk: 2.30 pm “CRIME AND PUNISHMENT” – not for the faint-hearted – hear about some of the local vagabonds and the crimes they committed – and the punishments they received!  Adults £4/£2 children.

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Saturday 9th August 2014


First game of the new season ST ALBANS F.C. v. HAYES & YEADING.

Kick-off 3 pm, Clarence Park.   Details www.sacfc.co.uk

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Saturday 9th August 2014


Live Music from THE VAULTED SKIES supporting Moones at The Horn, Victoria Street, 8 pm.  Tickets in advance (£5, £7 on the Door)  from http://tinyurl.com/moonesandskies or on the Door.  Further information www.thevaultedskies.com

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Sunday 10th August 2014


Theatre in the Park at Hatfield House – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET, 4 pm, The Elephant Dell.

Further information and tickets www.hatfield-house.co.uk

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Sunday 10th August 2014


Guided Walks today –

11 am – “A CITY REVEALED” – General historical walk

2.30 pm – “THERE’S MORE TO THE TUDORS THAN HENRY VIII”


A Walk highlighting the city’s 16th century buildings, bringing Tudor St Albans to life.


2.30 pm “INNS OF REDBOURN” (Meet in the Car Park on the Common by the Cricket Pavilion)


All Walks £4 Adults/£2 children.

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Monday 11th August 2014


Summer Holiday Activities at the Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road. Craft activities inspired by “The First World War Remembered”.  Suit ages 6 – 11 years.  10.30 – 12.30 daily.  £6. Book a place on 01727 819340.

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Tuesday 12th August 2014


SUMMER HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS at the Cathedral, today and 13th, 19th 20th, 26th and 27th August – two sessions, one at 10.30 am and another at 1.30 pm.  Each Workshop has a WWI Arts & Crafts basis.  Suitable ages 7 – 11 yrs. 


Book online at www.stalbanscathedral.org, call 01727 890290, or visit the Cathedral.  £7 per child.

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Wednesday 13th August 2014


Evening HEALTH WALK – meet outside Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, 7 pm.  Walks lasts around one hour.

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Thursday 14th August 2014


Family Discovery Morning at St Albans Cathedral, 10 am – 12.30 pm – TO INFINITY AND BEYOND – Themed trails with craft activities.  Suitable ages 3 – 11 yrs.


Fleetville Diaries Event – Guided Walk “STEAMING THROUGH FLEETVILLE”.  Meet 7 pm, Fleetville Community Centre. Walk lasts around an hour and a half.  To book a place call Liz Bloom on 07507 684531.

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Friday 15th August 2014


OPEN FOOD GARDEN, 23 Gresford Close, AL4 0UB,3 – 5 pm.  Come and see what fruit, vegetables and herbs can be grown in St Albans gardens.  No need to pre-book.  Donations invited.

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Friday 15th August 2014


Annual FLAMSTEAD SCARECROW FESTIVAL, until Sunday 17th.  Full details and how to pick your favourite scarecrow, visit website www.flamstead-herts.co.uk.  FREE parking.

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Saturday 16th August 2014



CATHEDRAL TOWER TOURS 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm, 2.30 pm.


Booking essential, Cathedral Bookshop.  Min. age 11. www.stalbanscathedral.org


Guided Walks: 2.30 pm - “ALL CHANGE AT ST ALBANS – From Market

Town to City”.

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Saturday 16th August 2014


DOT Productions present Moliere’s “Rom Com in Corsets” THE SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS, 8 pm, Maltings Theatre. Tickets from the TIC.

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Saturday 16th August 2014


FREE performances by Foot in the Door Theatre of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST, The Vintry Garden (Cathedral Grounds) 12 noon and 3 pm.


Bring seating and a picnic.  Further information www.footinthedoortheatre.wix.com

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Sunday 17th August 2014


HEALTH WALK – HEARTWOOD FOREST, Sandridge.  Meet 10.30 am Forest Car Park, High Street AL3 6JB.  Walk lasts around an hour and a half. Refreshments available.

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Monday 18th August 2014


Wanderings with Wildlife in Heartwood Forest – KIDS WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – 10 am – 12 noon.  (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.  £5 donation suggested.  Booking essential, call Christina on 07909 893545 or email christinajoachim@woodlandtrust.org.uk  (Kids’ session also taking place Saturday 23rd August, same times).

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Wednesday 20th August 2014


CATHEDRAL TOWER TOURS 11 am and 12.30 pm.  Booking essential, Cathedral Bookshop.  Min. age 11. www.stalbanscathedral.org


Evening HEALTH WALK, meet at Batchwood Hall Car Park, 7 pm.  Walk

Lasts around 45 mins.  moderate pace.

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Thursday 21th August 2014


Family Discovery Morning at St Albans Cathedral, 10 am – 12.30 pm – ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS – Themed trails with craft activities.  Suitable ages 3 – 11 yrs.

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Saturday 23th August 2014


ST ALBANS F.C. v. BISHOPS STORTFORD, Kick-off 3 pm, Clarence Park. 


Details www.sacfc.co.uk

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Saturday 23th August 2014


SUMMER JAZZ CONCERT with FIVE STAR SWING, at Butterfly World, Chiswell Green, 7.30 pm.  Bring a picnic.  £12.50 (£10 for Butterfly World Members). Tickets available from BW Reception.

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Sunday 24th August 2014


THE THREE MUSKETEERS – Swashbuckling songs and swordfights in this open-air production by Box Tree in the Walled Garden, Shenley Park, 2.30 pm.  Bring a picnic and something to sit on. Further information and tickets www.shenleypark.co.uk

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Saturday 23th August 2014


Guided Walks today –


11 am – “A CITY REVEALED” – General historical walk


2.30 pm – “THERE’S MORE TO THE TUDORS THAN HENRY VIII”

A Walk highlighting the city’s 16th century buildings, bringing Tudor St Albans to life.

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Monday 25th August 2014


Guided Walks: 11 am – 20th CENTURY ARCHITECTURE around the City


2.30 pm – “EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY” – A history of some of the many inns and eating houses in the City.

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Tuesday 26th August 2014


OPEN EVENING, Oaklands College (Smallford Campus), Hatfield Road 5 – 8 pm. 

Find out what courses are available at www.oaklands.ac.uk

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Wednesday 27th August 2014

Evening HEALTH WALK – meet outside Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, 7 pm.  Walks lasts around one hour.

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Thursday 28th August 2014


Family Discovery Morning at St Albans Cathedral, 10 am – 12.30 pm – BLOOMING MARVELLOUS! – Themed trails with craft activities. Suitable Ages 3 – 11 yrs.

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Saturday 30th August 2014


Fleetville Diaries Event – Guided Walk “PIONEERS”.  Meet 2 pm Hatfield Road Cemetery.  Walk lasts around an hour and a half.  To book a place call Liz Bloom on 07507 684531.

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Saturday 30th August 2014


Guided Walk: 2.30 pm “CRIME AND PUNISHMENT” – not for the faint-hearted – hear about some of the local vagabonds and the crimes they committed – and the punishments they received!  Adults £4/£2 children.

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Saturday 30th August 2014


ST ALBANS F.C. v. SUTTON UTD.  Kick-off 3 pm, Clarence Park.

Details www.sacfc.co.uk

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Sunday 31st August 2014


OPEN GARDEN part of the NGS Charity Scheme – 3 Watford Road, Radlett WD7 8LA – Garden on several levels, architectural features, Italian Garden, formal beds and pots.  11 am – 6 pm.  Refreshments available.

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Sunday 31st August 2014


Guided Walks today –

11 am – “A CITY REVEALED” – General historical walk


2.30 pm – “ARISTOCRATS, PAUPERS AND PHILANTHROPISTS”

Walk based in and around the St Peter’s area of the city and some of its

lesser-known historic features.

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Every Saturday

Ryder Dance Academy - Saturday classes

Event Times: Various

Address: Samuel Ryder Academy, Drakes Drive, St. Albans AL1 5AR

Telephone: 07590 963820

Email: RDA@samuelryderacademy.co.uk

9:30 - 10:00: First Steps: Parent and Tot (1-2 years)

10:05 - 10:35: Pre Ballet (2-3 years)

10: 40 -11:10: Mini Movers (3-5 years)

11:15 - 12:00: Junior Ballet 1 (6-8 years)

12:00 - 12:45: Junior Movers (6-9 years)

12:45 - 1:45: Junior Ballet 2 (9-13 years)

First Steps:

This class helps to develop coordination, motor and social skills at a very young age through games with parents and their tots. This is a great introduction to dance, while giving your child an advantage in their development!

Mini Movers:

Touching on ballet, jazz, and modern; this class explores a range of dance styles to allow your child to develop a love for dance and a broad base of skills.

For more information please contact Cristina Paige:

E: RDA@samuelryderacademy.co.uk

T: 07590 963820

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Last Tuesday of every month

Reminiscence at the Museum of St Albans

Event Times: 2pm-3pm

Address: Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, AL1 3RR

Telephone: 01727 819340

Website: stalbansmuseums.org.uk/What-s-on/Reminiscence

Email: catherine.newley@stalbans.gov.uk

Take some time out to come along to the museum's fun and nostalgic reminiscence sessions. We meet once a month for a friendly chat about the past over a cup of tea. Each month there's a different theme, with objects from the museum's collections. The sessions are free and open to anyone of any age.

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2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the Month

St Albans Circle

Website: www.stalbanscircle.org.uk

Email: enquiries@stalbanscircle.org.uk

Events: www.stalbanscircle.org.uk/events

Want to meet new people and do new things?  Want to get more involved in your local community? 
St Albans based social group for women aged 18 – 45 years old.  For more information and to find out what we do please visit our website.

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2nd Thursday of the month

St Albans Gay Parents Group

Event Times: 3-6pm  Address: Alban Way Children's Centre @ Marshalswick, Sherwood Avenue, St Albans, AL4 9RW

Telephone: 01727 260041

Website: www.hertschildrenscentres.org.uk/albanway

Email: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stalbansgayparents/ 

We’re a friendly group open to lesbian, gay, bisexual  trans parents (and parents-to-be) and children.  Cost for refreshments is 50p per family and it is drop in.   

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Throughout the year

St Albans Tour Guides

Website: www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk

Click here to see full Walks calendar for 2011

Join our fully trained guides and explore the fascinating history on one of our  many walking
tours. Discover  the most picturesque and interesting areas of  the city, such as the medieval
Clock Tower built between 1403 and 1412 surviving over 600 years of use. Take an amble through the ancient marketplace where people have been walking for hundreds of years. 

Take the route to the Abbey that Kings and Queens have trod in times gone by. This magnificent building, containing the shrine of St Alban, the first British Christian martyr, stands proudly dominating the city’s skyline. Explore one of the finest  examples  of a Roman theatre in Britain.
All this and much more can be seen on the guided walking tours. 

The calendar lists all the walks and topics for the year and an outline of each walk can be found
on the following page.

The City of St Albans Tour Guides was founded in 1964. A training programme is undertaken
by guides covering both historical knowledge and practical guiding techniques. Meet the guide
at the Tourist Information Centre in St Albans.

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Throughout the year

Garden of the Rose

Website: www.rnrs.org

Founded in 1876, the Royal National Rose Society is a leading gardening charity (Registered Charity No. 1035848) dedicated to encouraging, improving and extending the science, art and practice of the cultivation and conservation of roses.

The Society still adheres to these principles and promotes growing roses, provides information
and helps rose growers and enthusiasts across the world.

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Throughout the year

Old Gorhambury House

The remains of a once immense mansion built in 1563-8 by Sir Nicholas Bacon, Queen
Elizabeth's Lord Keeper, and twice visited by the Queen. Its extravagantly showy two-storey
porch survives, with parts of the hall, chapel and clock-tower.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

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Throughout the year

St Albans South Signal Box Open Days

Address: Next to Platform 4, St Albans City Station, Ridgmont Road, St Albans AL1 3AJ

Telephone: 01727 836131

Price: Free

Open days are on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. We will be giving signalling demonstrations where you can change the signals, ring box bells and ‘send a train to Napsbury’ The downstairs museum has a fascinating variety of old signalling equipment and artefacts on display, with tea & coffee - or you can stroll around the garden.

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Throughout the year

Watercress Wildlife Association

Address: Riverside Road, St Albans

Telephone: 01442 228385

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Price: Free

Wesbite: www.watercress-net.org.uk

WWA is a small wildlife conservation area (4acres) created and maintained by a local committee,
aided by other interested people. It was granted Local Nature Reserve Status in 2003. Site access
is adjacent to 236 Riverside Road, St Albans. Working parties meet at 11.00am, on the last Sunday
of every month, but the site is open to visitors at all times (sorry, no dogs or cycles allowed).

It is of interest to all ages and there is a bird hide on the site.

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Throughout the year

Redbournbury Watermill

Address: Redbournbury Lane, Redbourn Road, St Albans. AL3 6RS

Opening hours: Every Sunday afternoon throughout the year from 1430–1700hrs

(Winter 1430–1630hrs)

Bakery open Friday and Saturday mornings. Other special open days (contact for details)

Tel: 01582 792874

E.mail: redbrymill@aol.com

Web: www.redbournmill.co.uk

Redbournbury Mill is a fully restored 18th century working watermill on the River Ver just north of
St Albans. The mill produces and sells stoneground organic flour. The recently opened bakery produces a variety of bread from the mill’s organic flours. The river and surrounding countryside are a haven for wildlife and the mill is an ideal stop for walkers and cyclists. Attractions include milling demonstrations, an Oil Engine and other exhibits. Open for private groups and tours by arrangement (contact for details)

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Beginners photography courses

Event Times: weekends

Address: Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3 RR

Telephone: 01727 220021

Website: http://www.unshaken-photography.co.uk/about/stalbans-photography-training-courses-2/

Email: nick@unshaken.co.uk

Unshaken Photography run digital photography courses for beginners and those looking to become professionals from St Albans museum.  Our courses which are run regularly are the perfect introduction to digital photography whether you are a complete beginner or simply looking to improve your photography.

Our courses are run with small class sizes and will help you move your photography forward. 

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Throughout the year

Name: St Albans Cathedral - Special offer to loyalty card holders

Address: Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY

Telephone: 01727 860780

Website: www.stalbanscathedral.org

Email: mail@stalbanscathedral.org

Map: View here

Download a loyalty card: Click here


The Cathedral stands over the place where Alban, Britain's first martyr, was buried, and is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in the country.

It is a building of contrasting architectural styles from the Saxon period through to the great Victorian restoration and a 20th century Chapter house.

At the heart of the building is the candlelit shrine of Saint Alban, a Roman Citizen who was put to death because of his faith in Christ.  You can also see stunning and unique wall paintings, a very rare 15th century watching loft and walk the length of England's longest nave.

There are daily FREE guided tours, a book shop, gift shop and the Cafe at the Abbey.  For younger visitors there are Children's Explorer Bags and regular family trails - see www.stalbanscathedral.org or visit the Information Desk for more information.

ADMISSION IS FREE

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Throughout the year

St Albans Jewellery School - Traditional & Contemporary jewellery making techniques.

Address: Hopton & Furlong Studio The Old Dairy, Beaumont Hall Farm, St Albans. Hertfordshire. AL3 6RN

Telephone: 01582 799040

Website: www.hoptonandfurlong.com

Email: info@hoptonandfurlong.com

Create something unique & beautiful by trying your hand at jewellery making....

The jewellery school welcomes students od all levels. Those that are new to jewellery making and more experienced students are encouraged to develop their own design and making skills through a number of challenging projects.

Why not try a Sunday class or sign up for a course? Once you have started designing and making your own jewellery who knows where it will lead?!

Our classes have a maximum of seven students per class to maintain an optimum student to tutor ratio.

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Every 4th Monday in the Month

Event Name: CommonSENse

Event Times: 7.45pm

Address: The Salvation Army, Leyton Green, Harpenden, AL5 2TG

Telephone: 01582 469399

Email: officers@harpendensa.co.uk

Are you a parent who has just found out that your child has special needs or perhaps you have known for some time and are really struggling, then CommonSENse is for you. We are a group of parents who have special needs children. We have been through what you are going through and we want to offer as much support, help and advice as we can. There is no cost and you can just turn up. Even if it is just a shoulder to cry on, we will be there for you.

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