Things to do

Visit High Barnet, a medieval town packed full of history, shops, entertainment, festivals, and parks & open space.

Walks and Trails in High Barnet

Treasure Trails – Chipping Barnet

A Treasure Hunt themed walking Treasure Trail around Chipping Barnet

www.treasuretrails.co.uk > Barnet

Herts Open Studio

Every September hundreds of artists around the county open their studio doors, exhibit their works and offer workshops.

https://www.hvaf.org.uk/open-studios High Living Review (2019)

Tree Trail

Take a look at our map of London’s trees. See what’s growing on the streets and in the parks from Barnet to Croydon, and Bexley to Hounslow.  Enter your address and we will generate a local walk for you.

https://www.treetalk.co.uk

High Barnet Chewing Gum Art

Anyone walking along the footpath at the junction of Alston Road and Carnarvon Road should make the effort to search out a fascinating trail of 21 illustrations by a celebrated pavement artist who was brought up in Barnet and whose miniature paintings on blobs of chewing gum have gained international recognition.

Barnet Society Article (Apr. 2022) Barnet Society Article (Dec. 2021) https://en.wikipedia.org > Ben_Wilson https://benwilsonchewinggumman.com

Battle of Barnet Banners

High Street Barnet EN5 5XP

Barnet Museum volunteers have created over 90 replica banners representing nobles who fought at the Battle of Barnet.   View the battle of Barnet Banners, along the High Street and in the Spires.  Download the list of Banners from the Barnet Museum website and see which ones you can spot (2023).  In 2024, a booklet “Battle of Barnet – Set forth on a Quest” was created and is available from the museum.

barnetmuseum.co.uk > banners

Geocaching

Geocaching is a treasure hunt that is played outside and can be played anywhere around the world.

High Living Review (Oct. 2016) https://www.geocaching.com/play

Paul Baker’s Guided Walks

Phone: 07506 761294

A series of historical and fun guided walks in Barnet. Barnet Ghosts; The Battle of Barnet; Charles Dickens in North London; Georgian Monken Hadley; Historical High Barnet; Mill Hill; Hampstead Garden Suburb; East Barnet Village; Barnet pubs, churches; Historical Finchley, Special ghost walks for Halloween. Walks are usually at the weekend. They meet at various points around the Borough of Barnet. Walks also in London.

http://www.barnet-walks.co.uk/ High Living Review (March 2016)

Healthy Heritage Walks

This walk through High Barnet and Hadley is filled with history; it has more than 10 heritage points of interest. Including how “Chipping Barnet” got its name, to the Battle of Barnet in Hadley Green. This walk really gives a sense of the boroughs past. It is mainly an urban trail.

https://www.barnet.gov.uk > healthy-heritage-walks Listen to Audio

Community Focus Trail: Wood Street

From an archive of the Wood Street trail on culture24.org.uk

http://culture24.org.uk (archive)

I-Spy Barnet

I-Spy Barnet (1992). The Borough of Barnet version of the popular book released in 1992.   You can download this in A5 format, or A4 format to make it easier to print.
Harper Collins gave us permission to reproduce the book to give away free to the community.  A big thank you to them.

A5 pdf of Book A4 pdf of Book (Easier to Print)

Rambles Around Barnet & Local History Walks

Barnet Museum 31 Wood Street Barnet EN5 4BE

Self guided walks are available in the form of pamphlets and books.   Available from Barnet Museum, and their online shop.

https://www.barnetmuseum.co.uk/shop.html Review by Barnet Society (Nov 2015)

Barnet Society 75th anniversary walks

Enjoy five short walks in our local countryside recommended by Owen Jones.

https://barnetsociety.org.uk > barnet-society-75th-anniversary-walks

Film: 23 Walks

Filmed in High Barnet: “A gentle, sweet, funny, romantic story of love in later life following a couple in their sixties, Dave and Fern, who get to know one another over the course of 23 dog walks.”

“The film, largely set in Barnet…”

 

Review by High Living (Sept 2020) Watch Film Watch Trailer

Fairy Doors – Monken Hadley Common

Monken Hadley Common Bakers Hill Barnet EN4 0NQ

There’s a number of little fairy house doors on Monken Hadley Common.

To get you started, here are the locations of a couple of them.
https://w3w.co/tips.refers.left
https://w3w.co/guitar.moved.gown
https://w3w.co/assume.filer.early

Photo’s by London Matt.

Londonist Review (2022)

Articles From

High Living

Your online guide to life in and around Chipping Barnet www.highlivingbarnet.com