Get your colouring pens and pencils at the ready as our Spring colouring competition is now open to all children aged 0-16!  Simply print an entry via the link below or pick one up from our Hertford store.  The overall winner will receive a £10.00 voucher and goodie bag and the winners of the 5 different age categories will also receive goodie bags.  Please make sure your entries reach us by 17th April and are labelled with your child’s name, age and a contact telephone number.  You can drop your little ones works of art into our Hertford store or post them to: Colouring Competition, The Oak Room, 41 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1AL.  All of the masterpieces from our budding artists will be displayed by the till in our Hertford store if you want to pop in and take a look!

Click below to print your copy of our ‘Spring’ colouring competition….


Here’s some inspiration!

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Today we’re giving away a beautiful Polar Bear Wall Vase over on our Facebook page.

Priced at £27.99 the vase looks stunning & very festive filled with Red Roses & Berries…..




All you need to do is like our page, and like and comment on the post to be in with a chance to win ! Please like and comment as it makes to easier for us to let you know you’ve won…

There’s a prize to be won everyday as we count down to Christmas! The winner is drawn at random each day.


(If you are the winner, please claim your prize asap as we cannot guarantee stock levels!)


We’re celebrating The Hatfield House Garden show this weekend and can’t wait for TOMORROW (Saturday 31st May) when Paolo of Franchi Seeds (and his famous accordion) will be visiting The Oak Room in Stable Yard BETWEEN 10AM-12PM to share his knowledge of Italian seeds and play a little accordion just  for us!  Fresh from The Chelsea Flower Show, Paolo will be able to answer all your questions about growing the fabulous range of Italian Franchi seeds that we stock.

seedsThe Franchi brand is celebrating its 230th anniversary this year and is 7 generations still in the same family!  The seeds were voted ‘Best seed or plant company of the year’ last year, and they are the only seed company in the UK approved by the Vegetarian Society.  80% of Franchi seeds are produced locally but if you’re at all concerned that Italian seeds are not suited to our UK climate, do bear in mind that Italy is 74% Alpine (as opposed to being a Mediterranean country, it is a country in the Mediterranean, but an alpine country predominantly!) so the Franchi varieties are much hardier and more suitable to a UK climate. Paolo’s family come from Biella which has twice the rainfall of London but not too cold at -18c tops, his wife’s region in the Veneto goes to -30+ every year and higher up goes into the -40’s (in 2009 -47.3c!)

Looks like we should be fine then!



This months Charity Coffee Morning takes place THIS FRIDAY in The Oak Room Shop, Hertford and will be in aid of Mission Zambia (a charity started by Nottingham University Medical Students)
So, if you fancy coffee & cake or trying your chances on our raffle then pop along from 10am-12pm (the raffle will be drawn later in the day.)
We have chosen to raise funds for Mission Zambia 2014 this month to support the lovely Sacha (who works for us when she’s not studying hard at Nottingham uni.) 40 students from the Universities of Nottingham and Sheffield will be traveling to Mwandi in Zambia to take part in the hut building project that is run there. They will spend three weeks living in the rural village and will build a house which will house AIDS Orphans. Mission Zambia needs every penny to help change the lives of the disadvantaged children of Mwandi.
We hope to see you!


Guess the name of the Guinea Pig in our window! Post your answer (your guess, name & telephone number) in the birdcage at The Oak Room, Hertford or The Oak Room in Stable Yard at Hatfield House. The lucky winner will receive a Guinea Pig Money Box to take home, name and nuture! The runner up will win a Guinea Pig Egg Cup.

You can also email us at info@oakroomshop.co.uk. Please put GUINEA PIG COMPETITION in the subject box. Include your guess, name and telephone number and we’ll let you know if you’re a winner on Monday 4th November….. Good luck!!








We’re taking part in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September 9.30am – 11.00am.

We look forward to welcoming you at The Oak Room, 41 Fore Street, Hertford to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.  Enjoy coffee, tea and cake in return for a donation!

Try your luck in our fundraising raffle, win a bottle of champagne, a voucher for The Oak Room & lots more prizes!

10% of all purchases from The Oak Room during the coffee morning will be donated to this worthy cause!

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraiser and raised a record £15 million last year to help people affected by cancer.  So, please come along and support this nationwide event if you can!




We are excited to be hosting a visit from Pop Up Art Workshop, ‘The Culture Cart’ in Stable Yard, Hatfield House on Wednesday 29th May from 11 – 4pm.

From the back of a workshop on wheels, The Culture Cart will show you how to create woodcut prints, bespoke postcards and greeting cards.  So, come along, learn a new skill and have fun making prints.  Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No need to book, just drop by. Looking forward to seeing you!

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When we heard that one of our favourite magazines, Country Homes & Interiors, had come up with a brilliant fundraising craft initiative, we contacted them to see how we could help!

As a result, The Oak Room will be hosting two special craft mornings to help raise money for Mencap.

On Tuesday 21st May and 4th June you are invited to come along and help crochet special squares from 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Coach House Restaurant, situated just opposite The Oak Room, in the magnificent grounds of Hatfield House.

The squares will be sent to Country Homes and Interiors magazine where they will then be designed into gorgeous accessories and auctioned for the Mencap charity.

Entry and parking is free and everyone is welcome, including complete beginners!  Each week, The Oak Room hosts “Craft Tuesday” in The Coach House Restaurant and aims to bring people of all ages and abilities together to pass on craft skills whilst enjoying a cuppa, cake and a chat!

For more information and if you wish to confirm your attendance please email us at info@oakroomshop.co.uk.


There’s so much to celebrate this month including Mothering Sunday and Easter so we have plenty of unique gifts and decorations both online and in our Hertford and Hatfield stores to help you enjoy the festivities too!

We are also really thrilled to hear that one of our favourite magazines, Woman’s Weekly, has chosen The Oak Room as their website of the week – take a look here:  http://www.womansweekly.co.uk/home-craft/website-of-the-week-oakroomshop-co-uk/

It’s going to be a busy month at Hatfield with lots of special events taking place so to ensure you don’t miss out, here are some dates not to be missed!

Saturday 16th March – Vintage and Antiques Market in Stable Yard from 10am-5pm

Sunday 17th March – Farmers Market in Stable Yard from 10am -2pm

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March – Try out our new exciting range of rubber stamps in front of The Oak Room shop.  Suitable for creative kids and adults!

GOOD FRIDAY – Please note we are closed!

Saturday 30th March‘Six on Sax’ will perform in Stable Yard from 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Sunday 31st MarchFrench Market at Hatfield House from 10am – 4pm

EASTER MONDAY – We are open!

Craft activities will be available outside The Oak Room for little ones to enjoy during the Easter weekend, weather permitting.

We hope you have a wonderful March!