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Blooms and brooms in Bushey

Although Watford's on the doorstep, and London just a short train ride away, Bushey manages to retain the air of a village feel about it. As it's close to the film studios at Elstree, it's featured in many movies and TV shows, from The Avengers to Harry Potter. In the town centre, you can pop into the free Bushey Museum to hear about the area's unique artistic history, or admire the blooms in Bushey Rose Garden.

A magical day out at the Harry Potter Studios

Follow in the footsteps of everyone's favourite boy wizard on the not-to-be-missed Warner Bros Studio Tour. Board the Hogwarts Express, stand inside the spectacular Great Hall, walk the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley, ride a broomstick and even sample a Butterbeer in Hogsmeade. Learn a host of special effects techniques as you go.

Premier League shopping and football in Watford

Indulge in some retail therapy at the Harlequin Shopping Centre, with more than 100 stores and eateries under one roof. Take in the beauty of the River Gade at Cassiobury Park, or catch a performance at Watford Colosseum. You can also cheer on your team at Vicarage Road, the home of Watford FC. Looking for accommodation in Bushey? Travelodge Watford Central Hotel is about 2 miles away, right in the heart of Watford, while slightly further afield is Travelodge Borehamwood Studio Way Hotel, next to the film studios.