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  • Nomad5522
    Clacton-on-Sea, UK2,358 contributions
    We love popping into here anytime as it always interesting to see others skiing, snowboarding etc.
    Food is tasty and would recommend. There is a lift, a ski shop , lessons etc.
    Worth a visit
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Steven Grove
    Littlehampton, UK32 contributions
    My girlfriend bought me a track experience in a single seater with Drift Limits for my birthday. I arrived on the day and the weather was absolutely horrible. I had previously done a single seater track experiance at Brands Hatch years ago so, on the day, I requested to change to a different car. I was told that this would not be a problem. I called my girlfriend and she was absolutely happy for me to do whatever I wanted so, i asked the girl on reception which cars were available in the price bracket that my girlfriend had paid for. I was taken outside and shown a Ferrari, a Lamborghini and a McLaren. I chose the Lamborghini. The girl said, that is fine but there was a bit of a wait while they got the car ready. I was totally cool with that as it was me that had changed plans. After around half an hour I was told that the girl had made a mistake and that the cars that I had been shown were £50 more. I explained that this was disappointing as I had been specifically shown the cars that were in the correct price bracket. I asked that the fee be waivered and was curtly and abruptly told NO. I thought this was poor customer service and, even after I suggested a compromise was still told "no" so there was no remorse, admission of a mistake or compromise to be had which I found disappointing and left a bad taste. I understand people make mistakes and I wasn't asking for anything unreasonable but to be flatly denied with no explanation or apology was poor bearing in mind my girlfriend had spent hundreds of pounds for me to be there. I reluctantly paid the £50 extra (I never told my girlfriend this!) Anyway, after that the day could not have been better. I was introduced to JC who was brilliant. He was very knowledgeable and clearly a skilled driver. He told me about the Lamborghini, its history, its performance statistics and other interesting information. He is clearly a passionate petrol head and very professional, patient and polite. He said that no-one in the office had wanted to take me out in the Lamborghini in the pouring rain but he stepped up to the plate so that I wasn't disappointed again for which I am very grateful to him for. He drove us to the lower circuit which he said was better to showcase the Lamborghini (and probably safer for him and the car as it has more run-off in case I came over all "thinking I am Lewis Hamilton" and ran out of talent!). Anyway, we swapped over and I drove the car. Absolutely incredible. I never felt JC was holding me back, in fact he was encouraging and supportive. JC also helped out with a few photo's of me and the car which I appreciated hugely. Thank you to the Drift Limits team, my girlfriend, Lamborghini and, in particular, JC for a great afternoon.
    Written 2 February 2024
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  • Jodie C
    London, UK64 contributions
    I had some time to kill while having my car serviced and MOT'd so went for a walk as I don't live in this town. What a lovely find! There is so much open space (many dog walkers) as well as a two playgrounds, a small skatepark and even a splash fountain that I know I will be bringing my own kids back to when the mercury rises this summer. And the walled flower garden was so serene and aromatic.
    Written 13 April 2023
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  • Bex909
    Amersham, UK9 contributions
    Beautiful place to go and meditate where all books and food are free to enjoy alongside the resident community. Wonderful retreats and meditation groups (ALBA and BWN) for weekend days and online sessions. Been going for years for sits, retreats and peaceful walks. Love it so much and the people there too. Thank you monastic family for opening your home for us all.
    Written 21 February 2023
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  • Joseph
    London, UK27 contributions
    Under rated or under appreciated? I’m not 100% sure, but I do know the effort the climbing staff put into this centre is extraordinary.

    Having climbed here regularly and attended courses here, I’ve grown to love it even despite is few foibles.

    The climbing is well distributed - vast areas for bouldering with accessible and logical grade progression. Challenging and lengthy climbs at lead and top rope, some of the highest in London including a great crack section, Along with excellent short walls with accessible grades up to challenging crimp climbs. The centre has it all in a relaxed and positive atmosphere.

    It is easy to spend all day here enjoying difficult climbing with the right groups.

    Foibles wise? Well the cafe leaves a lot to be desired - as the skate park is mostly used by youth, it’s not kitted towards adults. Sweet treats slush puppy and Nescafé are all that’s on offer - if the cafe sold proper coffee and a range of whole foods, it might fit better with the climber culture it wishes to attract. The whole cafe could be redesigned with the Skate/climb cutler in mind rather than looking cold, grey and warehouse-like. Comfortable seating in reclaim fashion (like the climbing wall waiting area) could lift the profile and make the place feel comfortable, encouraging customers to stay longer and enjoy the atmosphere.

    An unavoidable foible? The wall temperature. In winter, the centre bleeds heat in the winter months and the climbing wall can be desperately cold. Now, for hardy alpine types like me, this adds to the joy, it feels like I’m actually climbing in the outdoors - good training! However for others beginning in the sport this can be off putting and lead to short experiences and negative feelings towards the centre and even the sport.

    A last foible - and this is more a comment on London climbing - the walls are so tall in comparison to what other centres offer, it can feel a little heady up there. I have friends who joined me having only climbed at the castle, complain the routes were too long! Perhaps this is an assume with indoor climbers in general - having no experience for long multi pitch climbing, the perceive the wall as too daunting. In my opinion? Those climbers should get over themselves - climbing is about challenge. If it seems to tall, then climb it until you complete it!

    If you want a good place to challenge your indoor climbing skill set and get you ready for outdoor climbing. If you want to push yourself and want to try somewhere new. If you want a relaxed atmosphere and support? Come and have a go at the XC - if you think you’re hard enough!
    Written 6 October 2019
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  • Caroline B
    Tring, UK658 contributions
    Went along to a short talk by the curator of these medieval wall paintings. Interesting story as to who might have had them painted and why they remained hidden. The talk was part of Open Days 2023 but I believe the paintings are sometimes open by appointment. It’s not a museum and there are no facilities. There is a local pub/ restaurant nearby and you are close to the centre of Hemel Hempstead if you plan a trip
    Written 20 September 2023
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  • Steve
    5 contributions
    A 'catch up' meal with three friends. Good meal. Good service and reasonable value. This must be a nice venue in summer. We will be back.
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • Simone P
    7 contributions
    We held a memorial service at St Mary's Church for our Mother. It is a beautiful venue. All attending were very complimentary. The Minister, who was standing in, was excellent as were the organist and helpers. Thank you.
    Written 16 August 2022
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
    Apsley was once a place in it's own right but has now been swallowed up into Hemel Hempstead but it still retains it's unique charm. It has its own railway station on the West coast main line served by trains going from London to Tring and Milton Keynes.

    The Grand Union Canal from London to Birmingham and Leicester also flows through Apsley and is a nice place to walk although parking facilities in the area are problematic.
    Written 29 May 2022
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  • AlinaRC
    Hertfordshire1,526 contributions
    The Water Gardens were designed by one of the UKs top garden design teams Geoffrey Jellicoe and his wife Susan. In 2017 they were thoroughly refurbished with over £2M of Lottery funding. All the renewed planting has now settled in, and the gardens are looking in great condition. The choice of annuals and bright colours gives it a 50s retro feel.

    The gardens are linear - following the river Gade and running parallel to the high street. It takes about an hour to explore, but you could easily sit and relax, spending longer.

    If you are visiting from outside Hemel Hempstead, it could be combined with a visit to Gadebridge Park - about 10 min away or a stroll along the canal.
    Written 8 July 2023
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  • Nicola D
    Hessle, UK3,171 contributions
    We visited the Old Town on a Saturday afternoon and saw a sandwich board advertising the Sunday Market which is only once a month. As we were staying nearby we decided to return the next day. However the board gave no times.

    We found the Gadebridge Lane free car park which was not far away. The market was in the square next to the town hall and the grounds of the pretty Norman church, St Mary’s. However we were a bit too early as it did not start properly until 11am. It was mainly artisan goods; arts, crafts, jewellery, pottery, artisan bakers, beer etc. We bought a few bits & bobs for Christmas gifts (never too early!) and some lunch for later.

    When we left, not all the stalls were set up. It really would have been handy to have the time of the market advertised.

    It was a very nice setting and well worth the visit.
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • goldneyfox
    Rome, Italy43 contributions
    A wonderful place full of antiques and other interesting bits and pieces. Lots of different dealers offering different items. Spread over 3 floors in a old pub with a outside area there's always something new to find. Car parking onsite. Open every day from 10am
    Written 7 December 2022
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