10 Things to do in Markyate

Tamsin Little is performing in the village

Tamsin Little is performing in the village - Credit: Archant

This month there’s plenty going on in the charming west Herts village of Markyate. Alice Cooke brings you her pick of the bunch

The Plume of Feather

The Plume of Feather - Credit: Archant

These boots were made for walking

The Markyate Health Walkers meet outside the Baptist Church in Buckwood Road every Friday at 10.30pm. So whether you want to shed a few pounds after Christmas or have a new year’s resolution to stick to, it’s time to dust off your walking boots and hit the trail – all ages and abilities are welcome, and walks are tailored to suit the group.

Strictly Markyate

Are your little ones inspired by the toe tapping antics of the contestants on Strictly Come Dancing? Why not let them give it a go? Established since 1995, Markyate Dancing Academy runs tap and modern dance lessons for children aged four years and over at the village hall on Saturday mornings between 9.30am and 12.30pm. The friendly teaching staff help youngsters towards the academy’s bi-annual shows and regular medal tests. Contact 01442 214287 or markyatedancingacademy.co.uk

A sporting chance

Markyate Cricket and Football Club hosts matches throughout the year, but it’s also used as a music venue. To keep up with the latest fixtures, check out their Facebook page facebook.com/markyatesports

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New year, new you

With your resolutions still in tact (we hope!), why not channel your energies into some exercise classes? There is mixed circuit training in the village hall on a Monday evening between 8-9pm for starters, or why not head down to Club Moativation (01582 449901)? If you’re looking for a health club that provides a refreshing antidote to the intimidating, impersonal gym experience, then in its own words the club is ‘friendly and intimate, and we make sure that each time you visit, it’s a real pleasure.’

Out of the mouths of babes

If you have children of any age, then there’s a class for you in Markyate. There are mother and baby clinics every first and third Tuesday of the month between 9.30am and 11am in the Y2K Hall; mothers and toddlers in the same veneue on Thursdays between 9.30am and midday; and playgroup Monday and Friday between 9am and 12.45pm and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9am and 3.15pm. These are all great for small people to socialise, and if we’re honest, they’re not bad for parents wanting to do the same.

By the book

With so much now available online, our traditional libraries are dwindling, but Markyate is fortunate enough to have its own mobile library that visits the village every Tuesday. It stops in the High Street opposite the Red Lion pub between 1.40pm and 2.10pm, then at Long Meadow between 2.15pm and 3.15pm, and finally at Cavendish Road and Cowper Road between 3.20pm and 4.20pm. So whether you want a reference book for a project or a really good novel to get stuck into, there’s something for everyone.

Wet your whistle

There is a great watering hole in Markyate in The Plume of Feathers. This is a cosy village local with a u-shaped lounge bar, a patio-garden to the rear and seating to the front. There are some interesting photographs of old Markyate on the walls too. Darts and dominoes are played there regularly and there is also a pub golfing society.

Aim high

Atkin Grant and Lang has a shooting ground, gun shop, shooting lessons, sporting agency and on-site gun making facilities – in fact everything a gun-enthusiast could possibly need. They’re also fantastically friendly, so even if you’re a total beginner and fancy having a go at shooting clays, head on down there and chat to them. 01582 849382; agl-uk.com

Hit the trail

If you’ve always fancied riding a bit off-road motorbike fun, then this might be just the thing for you. Trial World specialise in introducing newcomers to the world of trail riding, as well as giving more proficient riders ‘memorable experiences’. The experts supply you with everything you need, so don’t worry about the gear – just get down there. 07957 635504; trailworld.co.uk

Play on, maestro!

Beechwood Park School in the village is selling tickets for violinist Tasmin Little in concert on January 30 at 7pm. Firmly established as a leading international violinist, Little has performed on every continent, in some of the most prestigious venues.

She will be accompanied by pianist Martin Roscoe in a varied and exciting programme which includes works by Kreisler, Mozart, Beethoven and Sarasate. Tickets are £20 from 01582 840333 or tickets@beechwoodpark.herts.sch.uk