Last weekend we decided to make the most of the gorgeous autumnal day and took a little day trip to St Albans, which is about a 45 minute drive from Milton Keynes. St Albans is a small English Cathedral city in Hertfordshire with a nice high street full of upmarket shops and restaurants plus some beautiful parklands. It’s the kind of place you can go for a nice day out as there’s plenty of good restaurants to enjoy, things to see, and some nice places to walk around.
The Waffle House
We started our day with breakfast at The Waffle House; an old mill turned into a very popular restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving sweet and savoury Belgian waffles. The problem with The Waffle House is that it’s SO popular that you have to queue up outside for at least half an hour before you can get in. And then they’ve packed as many tables as possible into a small space so I find it really cramped and the busy atmosphere is not particularly nice. But we went because I promised Gavin we could go as he loves it for some unknown reason! Anyway the other reason I don’t like going is because it’s so ridiculously overpriced. I don’t know why people love the place so much?! For a waffle with chocolate sauce and ice cream on it was £7.15! And then £5 for a chocolate milkshake! Madness.
Anyway after we left that hell hole we took a stroll through Verulamium Park, past the pretty lake, the gorgeous medieval cathedral and onto the high street. There’s some really gorgeous shops and restaurants in St Albans city centre including The Ivy which I really want to try! As it’s such a small old city parking can be a bit of a nightmare, but it’s worth persevering as it is a lovely quaint little place.
The Pop Up Farm
After our morning in St Albans we went to The Pop Up Farm which is located just off Junction 9 of the M1, close to Harpenden. I had never visited a place like this before but after seeing so many cute pumpkin patches on Instagram I had to see one for myself! The Pop Up Farm is free parking and free entry – you just pay for whatever you pick. It’s a great place to go to take some nice photos and have some autumnal fun! I’m looking down at the floor in all my photos because it was SO windy, so check the weather forecast before you go. Don’t forget your wellies if it’s been raining!
The 10 acre field is full of different types of pumpkins and squashes (15 different varieties!) and you can pick them and wheel them about in the little wheelbarrows they have! It’s a great place to take kids; they have a straw maze too and a little refreshment area serving hot drinks. I bought three little pumpkins which were £2.50 each so more expensive than a supermarket, but it’s more enjoyable when you get to pick them yourself! It makes a pretty fun afternoon out and it’s always nice to get a bit of fresh air and spend some time with Mother Nature.
The Pop Up Farm is open from 20th-31st October from 10am-4pm, so why not head down this weekend!
If you want to see what I did with the pumpkins then check out my Instagram!