Secret Garden, Hitchin
The Secret Garden in Hitchin is a wonderful place to take babies and toddlers so they can play and you can relax. There’s a large room with play houses, trees, and lots of toys suitable for under 5s. There’s another small room where we found lots of books and car mats and train tracks. There’s also a baby sensory room. The café is a good size and really nicely decorated. They also have a separate room for a crèche. What I most liked about it was that when we visited with friends we were all completely relaxed and the children had a great time! I think it’s because it’s big enough for toddlers to enjoy, age appropriate for babies… and if you have two young children like me then you can watch them both at the same time. You easily spend a few hours there if you incorporate lunch – when we visited they were going to put a film on in the afternoon.
They have a range of classes on there (additional cost applies) like baby yoga. There’s a calendar on their website to find out what’s on and when. At the time we visited it cost £3 for babies 0-14 months, £4.95 for children aged 15 months to 3 years, and £6 for kids aged 4-6 years old – although do check for up to date prices. It is only open weekdays 9.30am – 4pm every day (Wed opens at 9am). As the name would suggest it is a bit of a secret – I found the street but walked passed it before finding it. I had to park in a town centre car park (the one near the market) and then walk there. It’s upstairs but you can leave your buggy downstairs. I wish there were more places like this locally.
ADDRESS – 10 Sun Street, Hitchin, SG5 1AE
TEL – 01462 454908
TIME FROM MK – 45 Mins approx
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