In the heart of the county and just 20 minutes from London, the district of Stevenage offers visitors a timeless mix of heritage, retail therapy and exciting events for everyone to enjoy.
Step back in time but also embrace your inner rock star with a trip to stunning Knebworth House with its turrets, domes and gargoyles silhouetted against the sky does little to prepare you for what to expect inside.
A beautiful house dating far further back than its Victorian decoration would have you believe, Knebworth has also been a popular location for a number of internationally known music festivals to date. The 28 acre formal gardens include a maze, colourful borders, fine trees and a wilderness area with an exciting dinosaur trail – it’s easy to see why Knebworth is the home of the annual Hertfordshire Garden Show!
Head four miles east of Stevenage and you’ll stumble across the Benington Lordship Gardens, nestled in the picture perfect village of Benington. Seven acres of unspoilt views surround a gorgeous Georgian manor house with remains of a Normal castle and moat. As you wander around enjoy the sights and smells of seasonal flower displays, a Victorian Folly, a Kitchen Garden, contemporary sculptures, a carp pond, and a spectacular rose garden. A number of events are held throughout the year including the unmissable Chilli Festival in August, which is sure to add a little extra heat to your summer.
Fairlands Valley Park
Fairlands Valley Park boasts 120 acres of parkland right in the centre of Stevenage, and includes a sailing lake where dinghy, kayak, and windsurfing courses take place, bell and dragon boat hire, fishing spots, an aqua playground and a play area with a 6m climbing wall and rope park. Enough activity to tire anyone out!
Back in the very heart of Stevenage town, a wide range of leisure and activities await to keep children and adults alike entertained. Westgate Shopping Centre is home to over 30 popular high street names all under one roof. Try your hand at a strike in Stevenage’s Hollywood Bowl, or head to the town’s multi-screen cinema.