Have a sizzling summer in Dacorum

Sun-filled days, long warm evenings, and restless children – just three signs that school’s out and the summer holidays are finally in sight.

Our district’s glorious gardens, leafy parks and family-friendly attractions are looking more welcoming than ever. So, grab your sun hat, top up the sun cream and head out the door as we guide you through all the fun in the sun across Dacorum this season…

1. Alfresco dining. Whether it’s a lazy lunch with friends, a glass of something chilled sat on a café terrace, or one of those typically summery pub garden meals, Dacorum has no shortage of places to eat and drink alfresco. For fresh, local food and rolling countryside views head to the Alford Arms in Frithsden or the Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden. Alternatively, you needn’t travel abroad to dine riverside. Make use of the canal side terrace at The Boat in Berkhamsted and enjoy traditional pub grub whilst watching the world pass you by.   

2. School’s out for summer. With so much family fun on the doorstep, there’s absolutely no reason for the kids to be restless this summer! Keep little monkeys’ boredom at bay with a trip to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, skate over to Snow Centre - the newest Snow sports destination in the UK, or swap climbing the walls for climbing the high ropes obstacle course or tackling the longest indoor caving facility in Europe at The XC extreme sports facility in Hemel.

3. Park Life and picnics. Sometimes when the sun is shining, a leafy park, delicious picnic and a frisbee is really all you need to keep the family happy. With over 250 acres of sweeping panoramas and open parkland, Tring Park is well worth a visit this summer, while National Trust’s Ashridge Estate offers woodland walks, rolling chalk down lands and lush meadows galore. Alternatively, if you’re in search of the perfect spot to enjoy a traditional picnic, why not head to the banks of Grand Union Canal when the weather heats up? Enjoy a wander along the canal, before throwing down your checked blanket and watching the boats wade by.

4. More tea vicar? What comes first, the jam or the cream? Whatever your preference, there’s an afternoon tea venue to suit you in Dacorum, and Afternoon Tea Week (14th – 20th August) is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a scone or two! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the Peacock Lounge at Pendley Manor, indulge in something sweet whilst admiring the formal gardens at Shendish Manor, or pair your scones with a spa treatment and really make a day of it at Champneys Tring.