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Lights, camera, action in Borehamwood

This Hertfordshire town has long been associated with the film industry. It's home to Elstree Studios, where movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and The King's Speech were made, as well as TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Big Brother. Also Nearby are the studios where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. See where the magic happened on a Warner Bros studio tour. Board the Hogwarts Express, wander down Diagon Alley and see inside the spectacular Great Hall.

A cultural day out in St Albans

If you're into history and heritage, this picturesque city will be right up your alley. Admire the intricate architecture of the cathedral, which dominates the skyline, and pick up a souvenir at the traditional street market, which dates back to the 9th century. The award-winning Verulamium Museum shows what life was like in Roman Britain, with a fine collection of mosaics and wall plasters.

Bag a bargain at Brent Cross

With over 120 stores, including Fenwick, Schuh and Victoria's Secret, Brent Cross Shopping Centre is a paradise for label lovers and bargain hunters. It's just a 20-minute drive from Borehamwood, so you can be trying on a new outfit in no time. Looking for accommodation in Borehamwood? Both Travelodge Borehamwood Studio Way and Travelodge Borehamwood are close to Elstree Studios, and you're well placed for the M1, Luton Airport and trains for central London.