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If you have come for more than just a relaxing break on the meadow we are lucky to have many fantastic places close by to keep everyone happy. Please check the individual websites for opening times, admission fees and special events.

The British Schools Museum, Hitchin 

This is an education museum based in the original Edwardian and Victorian school buildings opened in 1810. You can dress up and enjoy a tour of the Grade II listed buildings, play with Victorian toys and visit the old Headmasters house. The newly opened Café and Café Play are a great place to stop for refreshments.

North Herts Museum, Hitchin 

This free to enter museum in the middle of the town centre has four galleries with changing exhibitions to explore. It has a lovely café serving paninis, jacket potatoes etc. It is also dog friendly.

The Market Theatre, Hitchin 

This small theatre in the town centre is very popular. From the hilarious adult panto, murder mysteries, childrens shows to the scary thrillers, its well worth a visit. Check out their website to see what's on during your stay.

The Factory Playhouse, Hitchin 

Not for profit theatre based in a disused factory with over 500 5 star reviews on Facebook. There is a prosecco bar serving pizza and cheeseboards before the shows. Check out their website for future shows.

The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin 

This purpose built theatre in town offers a varied programme of amateur productions and  occasional film screenings.

Benslow Music, Hitchin

A unique charity in Hitchin, Benslow Music's history stretches back over 90 years. They host both afternoon and evening concerts throughout the year including classical, folk and jazz music. The venue even offers pre concert dining before the evening concerts in the beautiful Victorian house gifted to the charity in 1952.

Hitchin Lavender (Approx 15 mins away)

Opening in the Spring each year until the end of the lavender season, Hitchin Lavender is a stunning place to visit when the lavender is in full bloom. There is a museum and a play area. You can take a picnic or visit the cafe in the 17th century barn. There is also a shop selling a wonderful assortment of lavender related gifts.

Stevenage Leisure Park (Approx 15 mins away)

As well as a good choice of chain restaurants, the leisure park has a great selection of things to keep everyone happy. For children the is 360 Play and Gravity trampolining. For the whole family there is a Cineworld, Mr Mulligans Lost World Golf and Hollywood Bowl. For the grown ups the is Boom Battle Bar where you can try your hand at axe throwing!

Standalone Farm (Approx 15 minutes away)

Standalone Farm is a 125 acre working farm in neighbouring Letchworth. Go and meet a selection of animals including the pigs, horses, alpacas, sheep and cows.  There is an indoor and outdoor playground for 3-8 years olds, an adventure trail and a model railway.

Knebworth House, Park and Gardens (Approx 18 minutes away)

Knebworth is well worth a visit. The Grade II listed country house contains a treasure trove inside its gothic style interior. The 28 acre gardens include a maze, a herb garden and a dinosaur trail with 72 life sized dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures. The adventure playground and Fort Knebworth include an astro slide (worth a visit for this alone!) and a zip wire. The interactive water play and the climbing equipment is always hit with the children. Knebworth has hosted an array of concerts including Queen, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Oasis and most recently Liam Gallagher in 2022. There is an exhibition gallery where you can learn more about the iconic events and the story of filming at Knebworth including Batman, The Kings Speech and The Crown.

Shuttleworth House (Approx 30 minutes away)

For any aviation enthusiasts, The Shuttleworth Collection should not be missed. The private collection, started by Richard Shuttleworth in the 1930s, houses rescued vehicles and aircraft including a 1909 Bleriot XI - the worlds oldest flying aeroplane! The Swiss Gardens and Lakeside Parkland are the perfects place to explore and the outdoor playground is great fun. The café serves locally sourced food or you can bring a picnic. Children go free to any of their air shows which run on various dates from May to October.

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