One of the home counties in southern England, Hertfordshire is packed with interesting things to do. Whether you want to spend time in nature or visit historical sites, here are some of the best Easter activities in Hertfordshire.
Knebworth House is a country house set in 250 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. Having been in the Lytton family for over 500 years, there is so much history to take in within its walls. Knebworth House is well known for hosting rock concerts, particularly between the 1970s-90s, and has also served as a set for numerous films and TV series. Visitors can explore the house, gardens and park, and little ones can play in the Dinosaur Trail and Adventure Playground.
Paradise Wildlife Park
Home to over 500 animals, Paradise Wildlife Park has built a reputation through its conservation efforts, working together with various charities around the world on animal conservation projects. There are tons of animal experiences that you can get involved in, including feeding the penguins and big cats, or getting up close and personal with bugs and reptiles. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a zookeeper, then you can shadow one for the day, or take part in a photography masterclass.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
This is one of the most popular days out in Hertfordshire, and not one to miss if you’re a Potterhead. The studio is where all eight of the films were produced, and there are so many original collections to discover. Come across props and costumes that were used, such as potion jars, Quidditch uniforms and Yule Ball gowns. You can explore original sets including the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and the Forbidden Forest, and climb aboard the Hogwarts Express. Discover how visual effects teams made Harry fly, and how magical creatures were created.
Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Rye Meads is a wetland reserve by the River Lee. The 58.5 hectare biological Site of Special Interest is particularly popular with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers. There are three nature trails and seven bird watching hides which look out over meadows and sandbanks. Some of the most sighted species include the kingfisher, kestrel, green sandpiper and the common tern. When visiting around Easter time, you’ll likely spot finches and woodpeckers, as well as wildfowl and grebes on the open water. You’ll also see ponies and water buffalo grazing on the ancient flood meadow.
A visit to Royston Cave is one of the most unique things to do in Hertfordshire this Easter. Beneath the streets of the town of Royston lies an artificial cave shrouded in mystery – no one really knows it’s age or why it was built. The bell-shaped chamber is 26 feet high and 17 feet wide, and when it was rediscovered in 1742, old bones and pottery were found. The walls of the cave are engraved with Christian symbology, which has made it a source of speculation. There are many theories about its past use, ranging from a Neolithic flint mine to an Augustinian monks storehouse. You can explore the cave in detail on one of the tours led by expert guides.