Our hearts are in Hertfordshire
Standon Calling isn’t the only amazing thing about Hertfordshire. The home county also has a great range of eateries, bars and beautiful woodland. We asked some of the Standon community to spill the beans on their favourite things to do in Hertfordshire and they have provided us with some gems. Whether you’re a local or if you’re just here for the weekend – we have the lowdown on all the best things to do in Herts.
Fancy a drink?
First up, The Star is a staple at Standon and is well worth stopping by for a pre-festival pint. The family-run pub features a large secluded garden making it the perfect place to sink those summer ciders. The pub also caters for kids too – with climbing frames and other outdoor activities. The Gin Palace is the go to if you’re into spirit tasting and its only a 20 minute drive from Standon. With a plethora of great gins, botanicals and tonics there is something for everyone – with this swanky spot being one of Hertfordshire’s best drinking holes. Alternatively, if a traditional experience is what you’re after – The Bell in Standon is a village inn with a lively atmosphere. The pub features a range of real ales, classic dishes and plays host to an open mic night.
Hertfordshire is rich in nature and is home to some of the best parks in the UK. Cassiobury Park, for example, with its 190 acres of open grass and woodland complete with sports facilities, kid’s attractions and a nature reserve is the perfect place for a picnic or a post festival pit stop. If you feel like mixing it up, Heartwood Forest and Ashridge Estate boast ancient woodland and Aldenham County Park is home to some rare farm animals. Our very own grounds at Standon Calling are also beautiful – with the route around the back of the lordship serving up some of the most picturesque sights in the county. Its an area that is enjoyed by the general public (and their dogs!) all year round.
The History of Herts
There are also plenty of museums in Hertfordshire. In fact – you could spend an entire day dedicated to scoping out the collections on display. From the likes of the British Schools Museum, where you can gain an insight into the historic layout of schools and classrooms, to the beautiful art and sculpture park at the Henry Moore Foundation. Also, not for the faint of heart, we recommend the Natural History Museum in Tring, which houses the finest collection of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
Places to eat
If you’ve got a hole to fill, Herts is here to help! Eat17 is great for a unique dining experience with their in-store street food market. Whether you’re craving traditional Japanese gyoza (Katsu Charlie), red hot wings (Buffalo Joe’s) or some authentic jerk chicken (JRK) – they have got you covered. The Golden Fleece in Braughing is a homely gastropub that’s a favourite with the Standon crew for their annual post festival dinner.
Pearce’s Farm Shop cafe is another great spot in Hertfordshire. Whether it’s for a hearty breakfast or delectable afternoon tea – the food here does not disappoint. The high beam table space overlooks the stunning River Rib valley too – making for an ideal place to eat in the summer. If you feel like treating yourself, the Hertford House Hotel, a grade II listed Georgian townhouse, serves up top notch food and is also a great place to stay for festival goers choosing not to camp at Standon. De La Soul did just that in 2013!
Check out what Hertfordshire has to offer and grab your tickets to Standon Calling 2019!