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Living Magazines Family friendly Christmas in Hertfordshire

Family-Friendly Christmas Activities in Hertfordshire

Christmas is upon us, and at long last! At least, after what has been a somewhat gruelling year for many. With the yuletide fast approaching, so too is the sheer opportunity it presents for quality holiday time with your loved one. Getting away for a little festive break is a fantastic idea, and can also […]

Finding Bear by Hannah Gold


Cuddle up this winter with one of these books from local authors – there’s something for all ages! Finding Bear By Hannah Gold Our young reviewer Zoe Clark-Monks writes: Finding Bear is the sequel to The Last Bear, and follows the story of April Wood who, having returned from Bear Island, finds out that a […]

Living Magazines Free Fall


As the nights draw in this autumn, pass the evening with a title chosen from our books by local authors. Free Fall By Sherry Hostler We reviewed Sherry’s first book Hypnotic a while ago and couldn’t put it down. Well she’s done it again.  This time, she focuses on Ellie who is in an unhappy […]

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Berkamsted Common

This 4.1 mile circular walk starts and ends at the rail station in Berkhamsted in the west of the county.  DISTANCE: 4.1 miles/6.6km START/FINISH: Berkhamsted Railway Station ACCESS: No stiles but there are hills and muddy sections You can download CPRE’s full details and map of the walk here. Nearly all of the walk is […]

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Trained by The Devil’s Own

Thousands of young men took part in wartime training on Berkhamsted and Northchurch Commons  before they were shipped to the Front. The beautiful Chilterns countryside around us provides a wonderful place to walk, especially in the  autumn months, but there is one part of the land near Berkhamsted that still bears the scars of the […]

Tring’s Poet

From humble beginnings, working in the town’s Silk Mill as a boy, Gerald Massey became a respected poet and author. Massey House in Brook Street remembers one of the town’s sons who became a respected Victorian poet and author despite a poor start in life. The apartment building is named after Gerald Massey – known […]

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Spinning a New Yarn

The route towards making your wardrobe a little greener by recycling your old clothes, renting instead of buying, and opting for more sustainable fabrics going forward. Fast fashion is falling spectacularly out of fashion. Of course, it’s still a thriving industry, but many of us are becoming wise to the fact that no one really […]

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In Pursuit of Winter Sun

Whether you prefer basking in the rich historical ambience of Egypt or Jordan, the vibrant cultures of Andalucia or Goa, or the beach vibes of Lanzarote, there’s a sunny corner of the world waiting to warm you. Egypt Home to the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and countless ancient temples, Egypt delivers culture and  sunshine in […]

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Pumped-up Pumpkins

A classic pumpkin pie recipe, and how to make the most of your Halloween leftovers. Ingredients Serves four 750g/1lb 10oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks 350g sweet shortcrust pastry plain flour, for dusting 140g caster sugar ½ tsp salt ½ tsp fresh nutmeg, grated 2tsp cinnamon 2 eggs, beaten 25g butter, melted 175ml milk 1 tbsp icing sugar Top Tips Don’t concern yourself […]

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Steps to Secondary Success

The move from primary to secondary school can be daunting for a child, but there is plenty you can do as a parent to ensure a smooth and happy transition. As a new school year looms, many children across the UK will be preparing to begin their journey at  secondary (or senior) school. Naturally, this […]