Hatfield offers a mix of country and urban leisure activities – from a walk in the new Ellenbrook nature park to the latest blockbuster at Europe's first digiplex.
Please note: this section is still being developed.
Europe first's digiplex is part of the entertainment section of The Galleria. There are also a number of restaurants and bars.
Hatfield has two nightclubs – one in the town centre and the other is on the University of Hertfordshire's College Lane Campus.
There are a number of restaurants, hotels and pubs offering a range of prepared food and catering to different budgets. Most major fast-food chains have a presence in the town as well.
Asda, Tesco, Co-op and Iceland operate stores within the town. Along with a number of smaller outlets – including two Indian food stores, an Oriental food store, three African / Afro Caribbean food stores and a Polish delicatessen.
Hatfield Public Library is located next to the Queensway tower block in the town centre. However, a much wider selection of books can be found at the Central Resources Library (opposite the Tesco warehouse in Travellers Lane, South Hatfield) – it is the central book repository for Hertfordshire (but there are plans to move it). The University of Hertfordshire has libraries on both its College Lane and de Havilland campuses, which offer limited access to Hatfield residents.
Mill Green Mill and Museum is operated by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and is situated at Mill Green (turning just past the entrance to Bush Hall when heading towards Welwyn Garden City). It is located in a working water mill. Flour milled on the premises is offered for sale and entrance is free.
Bands play regular gigs at The Forum student entertainment complex (a theatre of the same name in the town centre was demolished but not replaced). While the de Havilland Philharmonic has a concert programme at the Weston Auditorium on the UH de Havilland Campus. Some pubs offer live music and / or karaoke nights.
The town has a number of parks, dells and public green spaces. Ellenbrook Nature Park on the airfield site and Stream Woods bordering the railway line are two of the largest.
Hatfield has a mix of pubs and bars – some modern, others centuries old – within the town (please see Gallery). Plus, there are others set in the surrounding countryside. Some hotel bars are restricted to guests only.
There are a number of clubs and sports available in Hatfield, including:
Hiking / Country walks