In addition to this, Hertfordshire schools will also close on INSET days and Occasional days. The school sets these dates and there are approximately five per year. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these half term holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes.
Hertfordshire is one of the home counties of England and lies inland, bordered by Greater London (to the south), Buckinghamshire (to the west), Bedfordshire (to the north), Cambridgeshire (to the northeast) and Essex (to the east). The county name is often abbreviated to Herts.
No visit to Hertfordshire during the UK school holidays should miss out on a trip to the magnificent Hatfield House, the home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury. The house is an exquisite Jacobean jewel set in beautiful formal gardens and Great Park.
The Gardens date from 1611 when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to plant them. Much of the 42 acres of garden have been restored and include scented gardens, herb gardens and knot garden. The adjoining wilderness areas are at their best in spring where visitors can enjoy the daffodils and wildflowers. The East garden's elegant parterres, topiary and rare plants are a delight for the gardening enthusiast and for those wishing to spend a quiet time in idyllic surroundings.
This Hertfordshire located venue is famous for the music festivals and events that have taken place there over the years. Knebworth's peaceful ornamental gardens, originally laid out in the 17th century and later simplified by Sir Edwin Lutyens, contain many features including the restored Maze, the Rose Garden, Gold and Green Gardens, a Jekyll Herb Garden, a Walled Kitchen Garden, a Victorian Wilderness area and pollarded lime avenues.
The Dinosaur Trail, which is set within the Wilderness Garden, has a display of 72 life-size dinosaurs grazing amongst the rhododendrons and the redwoods. The 250 acres of rolling parkland contain herds of Red and Sika Deer, a large Adventure Playground, and they provide the setting for a wide variety of special events each summer.
Making Knebworth a great day out for all the family, though obviously it can get busy during the UK school holidays.
For history that is more recent why not visit the The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at London Colney. The historic site of Salisbury Hall was chosen by the de Havilland Aircraft Company in 1939 to design and build the Prototype DH98 Mosquito Aircraft.
The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre (incorporating the Mosquito Aircraft Museum) is the oldest aviation museum in Britain, dedicated to the preservation of the prototype de Havilland Mosquito and various other de Havilland aircraft engines, memorabilia and selection of de Havilland products.
There are 20 types of de Havilland aircraft and sections on display ranging from Moths to modern DH military and civil jets. Selected aircraft can be explored in more detail! A storyboard of the de Havilland enterprise is on display. A collection of DH engines are also on display.
There is an active restoration programme and events which include vintage and classic car and motorcycle, model exhibitions and memorabilia fayres. As the museum is also open during the week, as well as weekends, it makes an ideal attraction for those seeking to avoid the busy school holidays.
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Hertfordshire has miles of open countryside to relax in, without the stress of travelling for hours to get there. Hertfordshire is on London's doorstep but its picturesque villages, hedgerows and open fields seem to belong to a rural county miles from London!
A day-trip to Hertfordshire will be full of interesting and relaxing things to do during the half term school holidays.
The major attractions in Hertfordshire are Hatfield House (Hatfield), Knebworth House (Knebworth), St Albans Cathedral, Hertford Museum, Berkhamsted Castle, Shaws Corner (a National Trust Property).
Why not plan a visit with the children to historic St Albans during the half term break. Verulamiuim was the third largest town in Roman occupied Britain and the Museum tells the story of everyday life in Roman Britain.
Set in 100 acres of parkland near Roman theatre and hypocaust, on the site of one of the major cities in Roman Britain. Recreated Roman rooms, magnificent mosaics and wall plasters, touch screens, video and hands-on discovery areas.
A visit to St Albans during the school holidays will be great fun as well as educational for all the family.
Hertfordshire also offers a great shopping experience. If you want the big high street names, the larger towns such as St Albans and Stevenage have them a plenty.
Popular chain stores can be found everywhere and there is a chance for bargain hunting at The Galleria, which straddles the A1(M) at Hatfield.
Explore the wilds at Paradise Wildlife Park, where you can get close to some of the world's most majestic animals, including lions, tigers and zebras.
Visit some of the parks or nature reserves such as Winnie the Pooh's 100 Aker Wood during the Hertfordshire school holidays.