Autumn 2016

Hertsmere's Parks & Community News

Autumn activities at Aldenham Country Park

Winnie the Pooh reading stories to children

There will be Autumn fun for all the family at our Community Fun Day on Saturday 1st October. Organised in association with Hertsmere Borough Council there will be a very special book reading of the new Winnie the Pooh story by Herts Library service - to celebrate Pooh Bear and the Queen’s 90th birthday in 100 Aker Wood (home of Winnie the Pooh) with children's activities.  There will be a best dressed Teddy bear competition and families are encouraged to bring a picnic. Pooh Bear will present the prizes. Aldenham Renaissance who manages the park has waived the parking fee for the day. There will be farmers stalls, a history and nature walk round the lake, a free bus service from the station, stalls including therapy dogs, Flyball dog demos and entertainment. There will be a contingency in case of bad weather. More information will be available on the Facebook page nearer the time.

 

Halloween barn

October Half Term is an inspired time at Aldenham with traditional and spooky activities including Pumpkin carving. This year October Half Term leads up to Halloween which is back to school day for Hertfordshire! Come and carve your pumpkin ready for Halloween and take part in our other activities which you will be able to find on Facebook and the website nearer the time.

The leaves are turning in to a myriad of colours on the trees and will blanket the paths fiery hues as the various ecosystems get ready for changing season. A lovely time to come for a walk on the Nature Trail where there is a free play area next to the farm entrance for children to burn off a bit of energy. Bring your four legged friend and remember to take your poop bags to help us keep it a children and livestock safe zone. One of our pony ride routes leads through the nature trail when the ground conditions permit. 

people dressed up as Tigger and Winnie the Pooh

Watch out for Tigger as Winnie has been sighted from time to time with his bouncy friend. Winnie has a special message at Pooh at 2 to keep the park tidy and has the important job of litter picking as well as meeting and greeting the visitors to the park. Winnie also joins the tractor trailer ride on weekends to host a ride round the park.

Alpacas

 

Chickens

This Summer has welcomed alpacas and chinchillas as well as young rabbits to the farm and there are many more animals to discover. New additions are made all the time and baby animals can usually be seen including piglets, calves and birds which come from the incubation projects with schools and nurseries. The aviary has also been active with fledglings. There is an 11.30am goat milking demo and petting sessions for a closer encounter with the animals at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm each day. (Times subject to changes depending on the farm schedule). Many parents bring their children to the farm for a friendly introduction to animals.

We have 195 friendly laying hens on Home Field who you can meet through egg collecting at 12pm through the seasons. Braver visitors can feed their curiosity by learning to handle a chicken - an introduction to how this super food comes to the table and the wonderful world of eggs.

Corn

Fresh produce and eggs are sold on the farm and seasonal offerings are especially abundant this year. There is a box scheme offered by Church Farm Ardeley the sister farm to Aldenham where seasonal farm offerings can be enjoyed. For more information visit their website.

At Aldenham Country Playground, the "Kids Outdoor Adventure Playground Pass” is now half the price and allows this sensory resource with its sandpits, basket swing and much more to be inclusive to more children. The indoor play centre with sensory rooms and purpose built facilities is still exclusive to children with special needs and disability who come for a play session. Car parking costs £4.50 all day or now it is possible to pay for parking £4 online. Some activities are chargeable. Please find a full price list and book online on our website.

Family camp out

Camping has come on leaps and bounds retaining the wild experience but with the addition of a compost toilet and shower in the field. The two Aldenham Family Campouts had acoustic music provided by local musicians Neil Stanton (July) and Laura James (August) round a big bonfire and Old Vodka, local distillery provided a vodka bar with delicious flavoured options to try and buy. The weather was perfect in to the evening for both events and the children enjoyed some classic Jungle Book and Frozen stories mixed in. The campers kept themselves amused with bug hunting, card games and enjoying the al fresco dining experience. The other feature of the summer holidays was the Survival Workshop where children learnt skills that would be useful in adverse and unusual circumstances. They finished with toasting marshmallows and bonding round the fire. Hotshots also came to do a Flyball sports day for dogs and the park highlighted the importance of responsible ownership and keeping areas safe for children and livestock.

 

children petting rabbits

Aldenham Country Park has been building community ties with various events including meet and greet goslings, rabbits and guinea pigs. The goslings hit the high street at Borehamwood for the pre-festival event and then helped celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday at Maxwell Park with a rabbit and guinea pig picnic and some friendly goslings.

 

Parkrun

Aldenham Parkrun is going strong and they hosted part of the 60th Annual Civic Festival with trophies and goodie bags for the runners. They also celebrated their own anniversary run with a special cake at the end. Runners came in all shapes, speeds and sizes including some four legged participants!

 Kids in police van

The police have come along to the park allowing children to explore a van, sit in the prison enclosure, try on hats and handle show and tell items whilst providing information to visitors. 

 

For more information of upcoming events visit our website or Facebook page or call: 0208 953 9602 or email: info@aldenhamcountrypark.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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