Big Space for busy parents!


Big Space

I am typing this up in Big Space, Harpenden. I have been here many times in the past but after a long absence, I am back again enjoying my latte, free WiFi and the scene of kids being as wild as they please!

Run by a local family, Big Space is a ten minute drive from St Albans. There are lots of seriously cosy sofas, a café with a big variety of hot drinks (even Maltesers Hot Chocolate), soft football area, wavy slide, drop slide (my kids’ favourite), climbing wall, chill-out room, kart track, toddler area and a play station/computer area for older kids and a climbing wall. Parents are welcome to join the kids in all these activities!

Mr Marvel entertains on Mondays and if you come on weekdays after school, it’s half price. Although there are a few similar places in the region, this one is my first choice because I admire the efficiency, friendliness and the fact that they have thought of everything that busy parents would wish for! Even award-winning coffee……….


See or Phone 01582 766100

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on