Colney Heath is based on the edge of St Albans in Hertfordshire and is a great family-friendly location to live. With a primary school, pub, newsagents, post office, hair dressers, lots of open spaces and Indian takeaway to name just a few of the benefits of living here – it has everything you need. I have put together this post to give a little insight into life in this village as I know it so far.
Just on the outskirts of St Albans
Lying on the outskirts of St Albans, I’d classify Colney Heath as a large rural village. It became a civil parish in 1947 when the St. Peter Rural parish was divided in two to create Colney Heath and London Colney. To get into the centre of St Albans, it takes about a 15 minute drive on average. The nearest train stations are Welham Green or St Albans City, and buses are quite infrequent although do run through the village.
A big support network for young families
For young families, Colney Heath is a fantastic place to live. There is the Colney Heath primary school centrally in the village which caters for children between the ages of three and eleven. There seem to be quite a few events for the community held by the school, which hopefully in the coming years we’ll get to enjoy. For younger children there is also a pre-school at the village hall called Treasure Tots. You’ll also find activities at the village hall for children of all ages such as Taekwando and Ju-Jitsu. See what else is on at the Village Hall here.
With St Mark’s Church tucked away at the far end of the village, there are some activities happening here also for young families alongside their regular church services, such as on a Wednesday at 10 – 11:30am they hold Smartees, which is a toddler group and support for parents. It is a great place to meet other parents in and around the village to extend your network.
Great dog-friendly pubs!
The local pub is called The Crooked Billet and is a stone’s throw away from the primary school and over the road from the village hall. I have to say the Sunday Roast here is to die for, simply delicious! It’s a very casual country pub, but exactly what you need in this sort of location. They welcome dogs with open arms and are kid friendly. In the summer it’s even better as they have an outside children’s play area with lots of benches in the garden. But best of all – plenty of parking!
There is also another really good pub within walking distance called The Plough in Sleapshyde, owned by Dylans in St Albans. Also dog friendly in the bar area, this stunning countryside pub is the ideal space for after work Summer drinks or again do delicious food week-round. The pub is quaint, with wooden beams, fireplaces and low ceilings which makes it a great escape at any time of the year.
A dogs paradise for walks
On the subject of dogs, my dog Winston loves the walks we take him on around Colney Heath. We definitely haven’t done all the walks in the area yet but are making a lot of progress at the moment. Just the Heath on its own is fantastic – a big open green space spanning the majority of Colney Heath where well behaved dogs can roam free. Go further afield and you can explore beautiful fishing lakes and farmers fields. For any dogs that need training (perhaps ours as he never comes back so is always on a lead!) there are classes ran regularly at the village hall also.
Food glorious food
One of the best takeaways is also in Colney Heath – that is The Rice, Indian takeaway. I highly rate this Indian takeaway and now is my go-to for a Friday night curry! Next door to that is the newsagents and post office, which stocks all the essential items you could need and more. You always get a friendly service in here, even during the Covid-19 lockdown the staff here were so happy and upbeat, whilst maintaining great hygiene levels wearing gloves to serve people and recognising social distancing rules in place.
Plenty of exercise classes for adults
To burn off all the glorious food in and around Colney Heath there are plenty of exercise classes to join. One of my favourites is the Zumba class held on Tuesday evenings by Ali Chason. In the village hall there is also Badminton on weekly, whilst also a football club next to the Primary School also.
Have some ‘me time’
For some pampering there is Colney Cuts, which provides a unisex hairdressers for the village. Not far away in Welham Green there is also the Unique Salon which offers a range of beauty and nail treatments too. So no need to always go into St Albans for many services which is great!
Do you have a business or favourite activity you do in Colney Heath? Send me the details and I’ll look at adding it in to the post as I learn about what more is on offer here.