Your local area guide

[Krystyna King | Events Secretary]

Whether you’re new to Herts or a returning student looking for somewhere different to visit, we’ve found the best things to do that are right on our doorstep, here at UH. While Hatfield has a lot to offer, including shopping at The Galleria, the Odeon cinema and Hatfield House, we’ve got more to be found, that you might not have discovered yet!

The Forum & Ele House
Our very own club and pub, right on the College Lane campus – Big events for Freshers’ Week include the Freshers’ Ball, featuring Example and DJ Wire. The Forum’s most popular nights are Bonk on Wednesdays and Flirt on Fridays. You can buy your tickets for The Forum at The forum also contains Style Bar, which often has 2-4-1 promotions and is well worth a visit.

Ele House has a very lively atmosphere and will be very busy during Freshers’. It’s a great place to hang out, grab some food and a drink, with lots of events including quizzes and karaoke happening throughout the year here. Remember free buses are available to and from the de Havilland campus and The Forum.

St Albans
A beautiful historic country town, just outside of Hatfield, includes shopping, markets and restaurants. Although the idyllic town is small in size, it has a thriving night life. Hidden just outside of the town centre, is the St. Albans cathedral. This is where us lucky University of Hertfordshire students will attend graduation.

Watford is great for clubbing and shopping. Intu Watford at the Harlequinn is the local shopping centre, and keep an eye out for special events in the area. Watford is also the home of Warner Bros. Studios where you can take the Harry Potter tour!

Whipsnade Zoo
How can you refuse a trip to the zoo? Whipsnade Zoo, the UK’s biggest zoo, is only 35 minutes away. Plus, with your student card it’s only £21.28 for entry. See if you can get a group together, for even cheaper prices!

Being in Hatfield means being close to London! Just over 20 minutes away by train, you can spend a day sightseeing, shopping, eating and even see a show. There’s also a selection of museums, galleries and exhibitions which have free entry throughout the year.

Stanborough lakes
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Stanborough Lakes
Less than ten minutes from Hatfield, with 126 acres of land to explore, rowing boats to hire and all types of water sporactivities available,’ this place is perfect for those summer months.

Welwyn Garden City
Another historic town located less than ten minutes away. Welwyn Garden City is a great place to shop, eat and explore.

About 20 minutes away from Hatfield, Stevenage has a big town centre which is great for shopping, as well as a Cineworld Cinema and restaurants in Stevenage Leisure Park. The annual ‘Christmas Lights Switch-on’ is n Thursday 27th November, 4-6:30pm in the Town Square.

Have you got another great recommendation of somewhere to visit? Let us know in the comments below!



Your local area guide