Summer fun in Beds & Herts

The countdown to the summer holidays is upon us and there’s lots of activities for kids across Beds & Herts. Here’s some of my favourite ideas….


The Little Welly ‘goes wild’ – St. Albans: July 15 & 16th.

Things to do with the kids this summer. The Little Welly 'goes wild' arrives in St Albans
Photo credit : The Little Welly ‘goes wild’

The UK’s biggest children’s obstacle course arrives in St. Albans. Kids can clamber over and under all kinds of obstacles on the 3 km course, splashing their way through water and mud pits, balancing on the long pole and taking on the Spider’s Web. There’s also a festival village with Parkour demonstrations, pony rides, den building and more…Each kid gets a shiny medal at the end and (probably) a hot bath when they get home.

Prices : (online booking only)

Course tickets for children – £16

Course Assist tickets for Adult – £7.50

General admission is £5 Plus VAT & booking fee

Car admission is free

Location: Hertfordshire Showground

Dunstable Road,

Event website : The Little Welly 

Things to do with the kids this summer.

Party in the Park  – Dunstable : Saturday July 15 –  12-8pm 

Things to do with kids this summer
Photo Credit Dunstable Council

Be still my 80s heart …. Toyah Wilcox will be performing at Dunstable’s Grove House as part of the eighties celebration at Party in the Park. The music kicks off early evening and the day is filled with family fun, bouncy castles, a reptile show, circus skills, dog agility, pony rides and children’s disco.

Price : FREE

Location: Dunstable LU5 4GW

Event Website : Party in the Park 

Dunstable Party in the Park 2016
Photo credit : Dunstable Council

LEGO Brick Wonders – Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton :  July 22 – September 3

LEGO Brick Wonders at Stockwood Discovery Centre. Things to do with kids this summer in Luton. Lego Stonehenge
Lego Stonehenge. Photo credit : Warren Elsmore

From the seven wonders of the ancient world to Stonehenge and more modern marvels re-created in LEGO, the kids will think that ‘everything is awesome’ at Brick Wonders.

Price : Tickets £3/£4.

Location : Stockwood Park, London Rd, Luton LU1 4LX

Event Website : LEGO Brick Wonders


Summer in the Sun – Luton :  July 24 – 30

Summer in the sun - Luton. Things to do with kids.

Luton town centre kicks off the holidays by transforming St. George’s Square into a funfair, with a Punch and Judy show on the beach, Victorian fairground rides and donkey rides. We went last year and had a great day in the centre of our town.

Price : FREE

Location: St. George’s Square, Luton, LU1 2NG

Event Website: Summer in the Sun 

Garden Safari Week – Woburn Abbey:  July 24- 28

Have a mini-beast adventure at Woburn Abbey Gardens. There’s a different focus each day, Monday = bees, Tuesday = plants, Wednesday = Tracks, Thursday = Trees and Dens  and Friday =birds. Kids aged between 7 to 12 can attend just one day or the whole week. The activities run between 9am-3pm. If you need the kids to stay until 5 or 6pm ask when booking for a quote for extra childcare.

Prices :  £35 per day or £150 for the whole week.

Location : Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA

Event Website : Garden Safari Week 

Theatre in Museums – Luton :  July 25 – August 30 (selected dates)

Luton’s newly re-opened Wardown House hosts interactive performances.  The performers take kids aged 4+ on an imaginative adventure around the house, bringing Luton’s history to life. Children are encouraged to dress up in period clothes to take part.

Performance : The Curator:

Things to do with kids this summer. Theatre in Museums. Luton
The Curator. Photo credit : Luton Culture

Dates : Tuesdays –  July 25/August 8/ August 22

Times : 1030 / 1130 / 1pm ( show lasts 30 minutes)

Performance : The Time Traveller

Things to do with kids this summer. Theatre in Museums. Luton
The Time Traveller. Photo credit: Luton Culture

Dates : Wednesday  – August 2/16/30

Times : 1030 / 1130 / 1pm ( show lasts 30 minutes)

Prices : £6 per person (babes in arms go free)

Location: Wardown House

Old Bedford Road, Luton LU2 7HA

Event website : Wardown House 

Bear Grylls Wild Surival Academy –  ZSL Whipsnade :  July 29 – September 3, 2017

Things to do with the kids this summer. ZSL Whipsnade Bear Grylls Survival Academy for young adventurers. Staycation inspiration
Bear Grylls – Photo credit Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Bear Grylls Wild Surival Academy is running throughout August at ZSL Whipsnade. Your cubs can learn to ‘survive’ in the wild by learning to forage for food, build dens and track animals. Mr Grylls will not attend in person, but his spirit will be felt. The activities are included in your zoo ticket.

Top tip  : park your car in the free car park, as it costs an extra £25 to bring it into the zoo. There’s a free hop-on hop-off shuttle bus that takes you around the large site.

Prices : Online ticket prices : Adults £22.90, children (3-15) £16.60.

Location : Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF

Event Website : Bear Grylls Wild Surival Academy

Things to do with the kids this summer. ZSL Whipsnade Bear Grylls Survival Academy for young adventurers. Staycation inspiration
Photo credit:  Bear Grylls Survival Academy



Kids events  -Forest of Marston Vale  : Aug 1/10/15/24

Things to do with the kids this summer. Pond dipping at Forest of Marston Vale
Photo credit : Forest of Marston Vale

The Forest of Marston Vale has a selection of kids events throughout August. From mini-beast safaris, to pond dipping and crafts, children can enjoy nature in all its fun messy glory.

Booking and parental supervision essential. To book, call 01234 767037 or email

Prices : £4 per child.

Location : The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Beds MK43 0PR

Event Website : Forest of Marston Vale 


Dino-Dig – Knebworth :  Sunday August 6

Things to do with the kids this summer. Fossil hunting at the Dinosaur trail at Knebworth House
Photo Credit : Ventura Wildlife / Knebworth House

Even big kids (Dads) will love searching for ‘fossils’ at Knebworth Park and Garden’s Dino-Dig amongst the park’s ever-popular Dino Trail. Ventura Wildlife Rangers will teach your junior palaeontologists to uncover ‘fossils’ plus they will get some hands on experience with snakes, lizards and tortoises, dinosaurs’ reptilian relatives. So if your kid knows their triceratops from their brachiosaurus…this is for you….

Price: The trail sheet can be bought in the gift shop for £1. The garden entry price is  £9.50 for both adults and children older than three. Please see website for further details on ticket pricing and discounts.

Location:  Old Knebworth Ln, Knebworth SG1 2AX

Event Website : Dino-Dig

‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.’ at Grove Theatre, Dunstable : August 10-12

Disney's Alice in Wonderland, kids theatre at Dunstable's Grove Theatre

An amateur production of ‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.’ featuring everyone’s favourite characters and songs from the movie at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable.

Thursday August 10  – 7pm

Friday August 11 – 7pm

Saturday August 12 – 3pm, & 7pm

Prices : Tickets cost £12 + £1.95 transaction fee.

Location: Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable LU5 4GP

Event Website: Grove Theatre, Dunstable.

If you do try any of these activities this summer, I would love to hear from you. I am looking forward to reading your stories and tips. Happy staycation !   

DISCLAIMER:  Please check prices and opening times with your chosen venue before setting out. This guide is just for inspiration and dates and prices shown just for guidance. The prices were correct on the date on publication. The Staycationer accepts no responsibility for changes in prices or events. 


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