Aldenham Country Park
- Explore 100 acres of beautiful countryside at Aldenham Country Park with your family – there is so much to see and do.
- Take a walk through the magical 100 Aker Wood and discover the home of Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and Owl.
- Prioritise a visit to Aldenham Country Park Farm, where you can feed the animals and even join the farmer for a petting session of some of the smaller animals!
- Sleep under the stars at the Aldenham Country Park camping site. You can either choose a glamping package or bring your own tent to camp in the fields.
- Situated in Elstree in Hertfordshire, Aldenham Country Park is only 12 miles from central London.
Come and explore 100 acres of stunning countryside with your mini adventurers at Aldenham Country Park in Hertfordshire. Little explorers and nature lovers will revel in exploring the area and watching all the wildlife. Take a self-guided walk around Aldenham reservoir and the nature trail. Do some wildlife watching and see if you can spot the ducks, Canada geese, swans, dragonflies, rabbits and squirrels. Kids will love discovering all the many butterfly species that live here. Alternatively, enjoy a family bike ride in the park. We would recommend taking a picnic, but there is a small farm shop selling local produce from the Aldenham farms and a refreshment kiosk, where there’s a takeaway service.
Get up close to the animals at the Aldenham Country Park Farm. The working farm has a wide variety of animals including sheep, goats, pigs, cows, birds, alpacas, turkeys and guinea pigs. You can purchase a bag of animal feed from the farm shop. You are also welcome to bring your own four-legged friend, but please remember to keep them on the lead at all times. There is also a petting area, aviary, indoor play barn with a soft play area and a bouncy castle.
Come and explore the 100 Aker Wood and find the home of Pooh bear and all his friends. Big and little fans of the loveable bear will love playing Pooh sticks at Pooh bridge. Pooh Bear himself also usually makes an appearance at 2pm on the farm and at the playground next to the farm entrance. Make sure you get a photo with him - he drops by every day!
Afterwards, head to the awesome adventure playground, which is packed with fun things to crawl through, swing and balance on and zip down. Plus, there is a great sandpit area and water pump. Bring your scooter if you have one. Kidadler Susanna recommends the park as a good place for children to scoot.
Have your kids always wanted to ride a pony? There is a pony zone, which is available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer holidays. And if you think you simply don’t have time to do everything in one day, camping or glamping is available.
Throughout the year the park hosts different events. During the winter you'll typically find Santa's Grotto, a Christmas fair and you can even book an office Christmas party. Around Halloween you can usually expect a whole host of spooktacular activities, from pumpkin carving to ghost stories and loads more. Each year's activities are subject to change, but you can guarantee an amazing family day out whatever the season!
If you want to check out more beautiful parks in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Buckinghamshire, take a look at the best walks in the area.
What to know before you go
- The park is open 7 days a week from 8.30am until 9pm. The last entry via the main gate is 6pm from Monday to Thursday and 7pm from Friday to Sunday.
- The public toilets are open from 9am until 6pm each day. There are disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities in the car park toilets and next to the farm office.
- The farm shop is open every day from 9am until 6pm. Please pay by card only. Four people are allowed in the shop at any one time.
- You can purchase a farm day pass, which allows you access to the farm trail, horticulture garden and home field. The cost is £5 per adult and £4.50 per child.
- Advance booking is recommended for the pony rides as it’s so popular. You can book online or on the day at the farm office.
- Camping is charged at a fixed rate of £13.95 per adult and £9.95 per child under 16 - under 2s are free! Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Camping includes car parking for your entire stay.
- The adventure playground is a part of the SEND (special educational needs and disability) pavilion. There are exclusive SEND play sessions from 9am until 11am every day.
- The cost of the adventure playground is £3 per child. Adults and children under 2 years are free.
- If you are bringing a buggy, there is a good network of buggy-friendly paths across the park, through woodland and around the lake.
- Bring your own picnic as you will find plenty of great picnic spots. Or head to the Farm Kitchen, which is situated to the side of the SEND pavilion and playground. It serves organic, farm grown and homemade hot and cold lunches and a colourful array of cakes and snacks.
- You can access Aldenham Country Park by car using the A41, A5, A1(M) or M1 (junction 5).
- The mainline stations closest to the park are Elstree & Borehamwood and Radlett. The closest Tube station is Stanmore (Jubilee line).
- The 107, 306 and 615 bus routes all stop at the park. The best bus stop to use is near the Fisheries Inn on Elstree Road.
- Use the postcode WD6 3BA in your sat nav or GPS system of choice to reach the park.
- There is a fixed charge of £4.50 for the Aldenham Country Park car park. You can either pay with coins at the exit barrier or buy a token from the farm shop before you leave.