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The local area guide to living in Hatfield

A pleasant town only 20 miles to the north of London, Hatfield has long been associated with aircraft manufacturing. This industry boomed until the 1990s when British Aerospace shut. Today, Hatfield retains a wealth of modern architecture from this period in its New Town area. The University of Hertfordshire is also located in Hatfield, bringing a lively intellectual atmosphere to the town.

Hatfield offers no shortage of culture and leisure activities. Stately Hatfield House and Mill Green Museum are on hand to learn more about the area’s fascinating history. Residents can enjoy a night out at venues like The Forum and The Weston Auditorium, or visit local art galleries. Bookworms can visit the Hatfield Public Library, Central Resources Library, or the University of Hertfordshire libraries. Green spaces abound in Hatfield, including the new Ellenbrook Nature Park and Stream Woods. You can relax here with bowling, hiking, cricket, angling, and other outdoor activities.

Information about the local residents

Hatfield is a civil parish and has its own town council. The total parish population was 29, 616 according to the 2001 Census count. It’s part of the larger Welwyn Hatfield borough, positioned in Hertfordshire County. Hatfield’s population skews fairly young, due to the University of Hertfordshire being based in town. The predominant age band in Welwyn Hatfield as a whole is the 20-24 age group, accounting for just over 10% of the population. This gives the area a lively, youthful atmosphere. Many residents commute into London due to the efficient transportation options. Life expectancy in Welwyn Hatfield is higher than the national average. Local men enjoy a life expectancy of 81.5 and for the women it is nearly 85.

Nearby schools

Hatfield is notably home to the University of Hertfordshire, but there are also many primary and secondary schools in town. Primary schools include Birchwood Avenue Primary, Countess Anne C of E Primary, The Ryde School and St Philip Howard Catholic Primary School.

Queenswood School is an independent day and boarding school for girls, with ‘Excellent’ achievement levels according to a 2010 ISI report. A cookery suite and theatre have recently been added to its facilities. Onslow St Audrey’s School is Hatfield’s Business and Enterprise Academy. Their latest Ofsted inspection from 2013 rated the school as ‘Good.’

Getting around

Hatfield is conveniently situated only 20 miles north of London, close to both Luton and Stansted Airports. It’s easily accessible by motorway, with the A1 running through the town. Hatfield town centre is 5 minutes from Junction 4 on the A1. There are several free car parks available for visitors.

The East Coast railway line runs through Hatfield, connecting the town with both London and York. There’s also a commuter service to London King’s Cross, which gets residents into London’s city centre in just over 20 minutes. Trains are available to additional destinations including Cambridge, Peterborough, and Moorgate. Bus operators in the area include Sullivan Buses, Uno, and Arriva. Routes stop in the town centre and train station, providing access to a number of surrounding towns.

Local shops

Hatfield offers an array of modern shops and amenities for residents. There are ASDA and Tesco supermarkets located in town, along with a number of specialist outlets. Residents can choose from African, Polish, Chinese, and Indian markets. Shopping centres include the sleek and modern Galleria. Here, you’ll find a multi-screen Odeon cinema and high street retailers such as Sports Direct, TK Maxx, and Waterstones. In the town centre, there’s a convenient mix of independent and chain shops. This includes a family jeweller’s, shoe stores, and homeware shops.

The town centre offers two markets, including a farmers’ and craft market as well as a general market. The general market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while the farmers’ market is held on the first Saturday of every month. It takes place in White Lion Square, serving a mix of seasonal produce, pickles, pies, and crafts.

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