LEISURE & CULTURE

Culture

What’s on in Dacorum offers an array of information split into six categories - performing arts, visual arts and crafts, media, festivals and events, history and heritage, sport and leisure.

The Old Town Hall Theatre offers professional drama, music, dance, comedy, children’s theatre and visual arts for the community within an impressive Grade 2 listed building constructed in 1852.

Dacorum Arts Partnership exists to be an authoritative voice for the arts in Dacorum, ensuring that the benefit of engagement with the arts is fully recognised. To help bring organisations across the borough together, creating and maintaining better networking and facilitation of projects.

To uncover the history of Dacorum, the Dacorum Heritage Trust is the accredited museum organisation for the borough. The museum store is home to over 100,000 objects relating to the surrounding local areas and situated in Berkhamsted.

Leisure

Dacorum has invested in a wide range of leisure facilities and that means there’s plenty to keep mind, body and soul fit and active, allowing its residents to enjoy the best possible quality of life.

Sporting facilities are run by Dacorum Sports Trust. There are three large and thriving sports centres in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring, the Dacorum Athletics Track, the Little Hay Golf Club and smaller facilities in Longdean and Kings Langley.
 
Leisure World is a large, indoor leisure and entertainment complex at Jarman Park. This incorporates facilities for ice skating, swimming, bowling and a multi complex cinema.

Dacorum Sports Network is an accredited Community Sports Network funded by Sport England and aims to bring together community clubs, volunteer groups and public organisations who deliver sport to Dacorum. All sports help to ensure a healthy and active community. The network holds details for all clubs from bowls to badminton and scuba diving to squash.

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Green Spaces

Dacorum benefits from a large number of good quality parks and play facilities for all residents.

Gadebridge Park covers a 32 hectare area in Hemel Hempstead combining urban countryside beside town life. The River Gade winds through the park along with an impressive flower display in the Walled Garden. A number of activities to suit all the family are available during the summer including bowling, crazy golf and table tennis with a play area and an extremely popular skate park open all year round.
 
For a wider array of adrenaline pumping activities Phasel Wood Activity Centre is located near Apsley. Run by the Hertfordshire County Scout Council and available for use by different groups in the community on day trips or camps. 
 
For the eager outdoorsy types Dacorum possesses many good walking and cycling localities close by. These include the impressive Ashridge National Trust estate which runs alongside the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills and incorporates woodlands, commons and chalk download inhabiting an extensive array of wildlife and scenery. Numerous Woodland Trust parks and woods are located all across the Borough including one extensive park in Tring. The Nickey Line which is a pleasant rural pathway and once a former railway linking Boxmoor and Harpenden. This route also forms part of the National Cycle Network. The Grand Union Canal runs through the Borough alongside the Rive Bulbourne which journeys through the towns of Kings Langley, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Boxmoor, Berkhamsted, Cow Gate and Tring. The River Gade also runs throughout the Borough travelling on the other side of the area through Hemel Hempstead, Piccotts End and Greaat Gaddesden.
 
The Borough boasts an extensive number of play areas for children and specialist Ofsted inspected adventure playgrounds. The recently completed adventure playgrounds are for children aged 6- 12 years old and are managed and supervised by a team of qualified staff. This provides a secure and stimulating environment for children after school, during the holidays and at weekends.

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