A Family Day Out in Harlow
10th August 2009
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A Family Day Out in Harlow

School holidays are in full swing and the weather has been hit and miss.  So what can you do for a family day out?

Well you don’t have to spend a lot for a start.

There are lots of free events for the whole family organised around town and kids really do like a picnic.

Here are four suggestions that don’t have to cost a lot and are right on our doorstep.

Museum of Harlow and Mark Hall Gardens - Free activities throughout the holiday and you can wander around the museum and gardens on your own.

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve  - Take a walk around the woods or join in with the Forest Funtasia activities organised each week.  There are also special nature events – details can be found on thebestofharlow events pages.

Harlow Town Park -  A gem in the centre of Harlow.  In addition to the open spaces and trees, there is the play area, and pets corner is always a hit.

River Stort and surrounding parkland -  Children of all ages love the water and boats.  They also like the open spaces and being able to run around.  The river runs to the north of Harlow and can easily be accessed next to Harlow Rail or Harlow Mill Stations.  At Harlow Station there is Harlow Lock and the marina to look at.  The Moor Hen pub has a children’s play area.  If you walk along the river tow path you come along to Parndon Mill.  There is another lock as well as The Parndon Mill Gallery to view for free.  If you want you can follow the river all the way into London and the Olympic site (not really a day out though).

Other places to visit :

Gibberd Gardens (£4.00 for adults)
Gibberd Gallery (located in the civic centre)

Hayes Hill Farm (Lea Valley Park)
Paradise Park (Broxbourne)
Gunpowder Mill (Waltham Abbey/Lea Valley Park)

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