St Albans Mama // Local Adventures
Family Adventures & Kids Activities In & Near St Albans
1. The Alban Way
The Alban Way is a 6.5 mile long trail for cyclists and walkers along the former route of the Hatfield to St Albans branch line of the Great Northern Railway.
It’s now used by commuters, runners, cyclists, dog walkers. Since there is no traffic, it’s a safe path for school kids to walk or take the bike to school, and the younger ones to learn how to bike or scoot. It’s lovely.
2. The Prae Wood Arm — Gorhambury Estate — Verulamium Park
This is a 7 mile circular walk starting from The Prae Wood Arms in St Albans — a spacious, family-friendly pub with large parking facilitiesin St Albans. The walking route leads you through the beautiful meadows of the Gorhambury Estate before touring Verulamium Park, the former site of the Roman town that pre-dates St Albans. You will have a chance to visit the Verulamium Museum and St Albans Cathedral along the way, whilst enjoying impressive Roman ruins and the idyllic chalk stream, the River Ver.
3. Hatfield House
On Alban Way you can walk or take the bike to Hatfield and discover Hatfield House. There are farm animals, a lovely cafe / restaurant and a bit of heritage, culture. A great day out with kids.
4. Verulamium Park
It’s a beautiful park with so many things to do. Check out the Roman remains, the pond, the kids splash area during the summer, the museum. The facilities are great: football pitches, athletics tracks, basketball & netball hoops, a sandy beach volleyball court, tennis, playgrounds and more. There is a great leisure centre, Westminster Lodge as well with a big pool, rock climbing wall and all sorts of indoor sports facilities.
5. Other recommended walks
You can find more walks, daytrips recommended here.
6. Heartwood Forest
Part of the Woodland Trust, Heartwood Forest is a vast, beautiful new forest which is already a great place to visit but once completed will offer some amazing features. Already, 500,000 trees have been planted, and along with the pockets of ancient woodland, new wildflower meadows, a community orchard in the making, and fantastic wildlife, it’s set to become one of the Trust’s Top 10 destination sites.
An amazing organisation called Camp Wilderness will host summer camps and family bushcraft days here.
7. Stanborough Lake
Stanborough Lake is only a 15 minute drive away from St Albans. A great discovery from last summer when we went raft-building with my daughter’s football team and parents there. We had so much fun! Everyone ended up in the water. They offer half term and summer camps, or you can simply spend a day sailing, kayaking, rowing, try SUP and all sorts of water sports.
8. ABC Skateboarding at the Pioneer Skate Park
It’s a bit different to all the above, but the guys behind ABC Skateboarding have offered for a few months free girls-only skateboarding sessions every Monday as an after school club at the Pioneer Skate Park, which I thought was a brilliant initiative. You can find different classes throughout the week (adults as well!), host birthday parties, 1–2–1 sessions as well. With the spring coming you can also enjoy the outdoor park, not just indoors.