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Stevenage, EN SG1 3AZ
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A beautiful stately house in Hertfordshire, the St Paul's Walden Bury is one of the childhood homes of Queen Elizabeth and is believed to be her birth place. The gardens of the house are listed as Grade I. The estate is open to public access and is also rented as a venue for private events. There is a dedicated picnic area for the visitors and several educational activities are also conducted for kids. The estate can be visited only via prior permission. Cost for visiting the house is £15 and for the gardens is £7.50.
South Beds Golf Club is a beautiful golf club that houses two golf courses, the 9-hole Warden golf course and the 18-hole Galley Hill golf course. It dates back to 1983 and is considered to be one of the best golf courses in the country. It houses a lovely bar, serving scrumptious meals and good drinks to both visitors and members. The club house is available as a venue for private events.
The Stockwood Park Golf Club is a modern golf club in Luton. Consisting of two courses, the main course has 18 holes. In addition to this, the golf club has an equipment shop, along with a bar and restaurant too. If you're unfamiliar with golf, you can take lessons here as well. The golf club is also available for private events and parties.
Woodside Farm and Wildfowl Park is a beautiful 7 acres (28,000 meters sqaure) area which houses rare breeds of animals. There is much to do at this place; you can see and feed the animals, get acquainted with them and leave your pets here if you wish to go out on a holiday too! It is home to a variety of animals like the llamas, lemurs, wallabies, raccoon, giant tortoises among several others. It also features a play area for children, an 18-hole golf course, a huge indoor play barn and dedicated spaces for picnics. The Woodside Farm and Wildfowl Park also has a cafe that serves good food and a gift shop well stashed with gifts, toys and treats.
Built as a protective measure around a settlement, the presently accessible parts of Beech Bottom Dyke go up to two miles in length. It is 30-50 feet deep at places and sometimes about 98 feet wide. It serves as an excellent trail to explore on foot and observe the natural and man-made marvels. It is lined by earthworks along the way to mark territory. Having constructed that in an age without machines quite a feat and certainly worth exploring.
Where once operated the Hatfield to St Albans railway line is today converted into a cycling route, the Alban Way. The route stretches from St Albans railway station right up to the Verulamium, covering a distance of 7.5 miles (12.1 kilometers). Well taken safety measures ensure the track is regularly used by children and cycling enthusiasts.
The Batchwood Hall Golf Club is a beautiful 18-hole golf course. The course opened in 1936 and since then it has been a regular feature on the local itinerary. The course is facilitated with locker rooms and eateries for guests to avail of. The facility also has a bar for guests to grab a few drinks at after a game. While you spend time at the course, the kids have a whole lot of fun and activities in store at the creche. You can also become a member of the club to avail of their perks and services. For more information, do check their website.
Maulden Wood are a nature retreat and a picturesque woodland. These semi-natural woodlands are home to several species of wildlife and have a patch of grasslands right at the center. Managed by the forestry Commission, it is a designated site of Specific Scientific Interest. The woods are a delight to visit all year round and retain its green beauty with a number of evergreen trees, but the woods color up during spring with bluebells and other flowers claiming the forest floor. The woods also contain several Roman and Iron Age archaeological sites and also houses a clearing designated as a Sacred Space.
In the Verulamium Park, you can run along trails or sit on benches and gaze at pristine lawns, meadows and lakes. The lush green foliage quickly changes to a ripe golden in autumn. Kids will delight in the ducks, herons and a variety of butterflies. There's a golf course, swimming pools, gyms and picnic spots. A large cathedral and the Verulamium Museum are located nearby.
One of the best locations for a day outing with the family, Paradise Wildlife Park is amongst the first interactive wildlife park of its kind in the United Kingdom. Home to more than 400 animals, what sets this park apart from the regular zoos and sanctuaries is that it provides an opportunity for interaction with animals of all kinds, which includes feeding the wild ones and penguins. Not only this, the wildlife park, which came about during the 1960s, also comprises of an indoor play-area for kids as well as outdoor attractions like the Safari Adventure Golf, Fantasyland and an amusement park for one and all. Entertaining daily shows like the Animal Olympics Show, Weird and Wonderful Show and Creepy Creatures Show are some of the other attractions that are favorite among kids. Operated by the Sampson Family, the Paradise Wildlife Park is open to visitors throughout the year and is located close to the Lee Valley White Water Centre, one of the venues for London Olympics 2012.
Dunstable Leisure Centre is a public recreation center that features a fully-equipped gymnasium, swimming pool, squash and badminton courts, and other sports facilities. Apart from that, this center also has an on-site cafe that serves light snacks; much needed after your work-out session. The center has a capacity to seat around 1000 people, and can be hired for sporting events and other private gatherings. For hiring and other details, call ahead.
A premier golf club with two amazing courses and a fully equipped club house, the John O'Gaunt Golf Club was established in 1948. It is ranked as the best golf course in the country and hosts various national and local championships. It hosted the English Golf Union Seniors Championship twice. The clubhouse is situated in a huge parkland and provides a wonderful playing experience. The clubhouse has a huge membership, but also opens itself to non-member visitors too.