Town centre play day for children returns with plenty of fun activities

Children's fun and games at Hertford Play Day.

Children enjoying the entertainment at Hertford Play Day. - Credit: Steve Beeston

A fun family day takes place in Hertford next Wednesday featuring magic shows, circus skill workshops, balloon modelling and much more. 

With schools out for summer and parents/guardians looking for free child-friendly activities to entertain the kids, Hertford Play Day has something on offer for all ages.

Organised by Hertford Town Council, it takes place on Wednesday, August 3 from 11am to 4pm in the town centre.

Getting active at Hertford Play Day.

Getting active at Hertford Play Day. - Credit: Steve Beeston

As part of the national Play Day initiative, the Town Council has organised an abundance of activities, most of which are free of charge or low cost to participate in.

Free activities and shows include:

  • Magic shows
  • Circus workshops
  • Balloon modelling
  • Meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Baby Rhyme Time & Story Time Sessions at Hertford Library.

The Mayor of Hertford, Councillor Sue Barber, will be hosting the annual Children’s Cupcake Decorating Competition within Salisbury Square from 11am to noon.

This free activity is for children aged four to 11, and parents/guardians must book online in advance by visiting https://forms.office.com/r/f4B6r67YFs

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Low-cost activities include sport themed crafts at Hertford Museum, facial flowers activity at Mudlarks Café, and design your own printed T-shirt competition at Gingerlillie Boutique.

Many retailers will also be offering discounts and promotions during the event, including 20 per cent off at Tilly’s Gelato and 10 per cent off Pearl Milk Bar.

Children taking part in Hertford Play Day.

Children taking part in Hertford Play Day. - Credit: Steve Beeston

Visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events or the Town and Tourist Information Centre closer to the event date for a programme with the full list of promotions and free activities throughout the day.

Councillor Jane Sartin, chairman of Hertford Town Council’s development and leisure committee, said: “If you’re looking for summer holiday activities for children close to home, there will be plenty to do in Hertford town centre on August 3.

"As well as the entertainment organised by Hertford Town Council, it’s good to have the involvement of other organisations and businesses in the town, providing activities and special promotions.”

Hertford Play Day.

Hertford Play Day. - Credit: Steve Beeston

Hertford Play Day.

Hertford Play Day. - Credit: Steve Beeston

Children's fun and games at Hertford Play Day.

Children's fun and games at Hertford Play Day. - Credit: Steve Beeston