Events in Cassiobury Park

Next month or two

November 27, Pruning Course:
A beginners pruning course for orchard fruit trees.  Charge applies. Booking essential via Debbie Brady on 01923 278972, or email deborah.brady@watford.gov.uk

November 29, Music in Cha Cha Cha:
Nine artists are due to perform from 7pm at the café in the park (Cha Cha Cha) on Saturday 29th November.  Free admission, see Silencio

December 7, Christmas Family Fun:
Festive family fun event to be held on Sunday 7 December 2014 between 11am and 4pm. Various activities based in the area around Cha Cha Cha, including making Christmas decorations, festive market stalls, carol singing (2pm) and children’s horse and carriage rides (charge applies). Look out for Santa at around 1pm. Contact¬†Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: deborah.brady@watford.gov.uk

Other events

Some that have recently taken place, and others that are regulars each year

Early February РWatford Half Marathon: 
Organised by the Watford Harriers this February event usually attracts around 2,000 runners and is one of the first large half-marathon events of the year in the south of the country. There is also a “Junior Challenge”, a series of shorter races for under 16s, on the same day. ¬†In 2015 this event will be held on Sunday 1st February, with a course¬†modified from previous years. ¬†See¬†Watford half marathon website.

May 1st – Greet the Dawn:
Woodside Morris Men generally get up early on Mayday to greet the dawn in the park, see Woodside.

May – Watford 10K run:
Held on the May Day bank holiday each year this ‘charity fun run’ starts and finishes in Cassiobury Park. Money is raised for Watford Mencap and other charities Watford Round Table supports. As well as the main 10k race¬†there are also popular junior 1k and 3k races. Results of 2014 event are¬†on the¬†Watford 10k¬†website. Proposed date for next year’s event is 4th May 2015.

May – Fun Fair:
A funfair with various rides and sideshows generally visits the park in late May. Unfortunately this usually coincides with rainy weather, and 2014 was no exception!

June – Race for Life:
In 2014 this annual fundraiser for Cancer Research UK took place on Sunday 15th June.  For details see RfL 2014

June – Starlight Walk:
This ladies-only late evening sponsored walk to raise funds for the Peace Hospice generally includes Cassiobury Park on its route. In 2014 the date  was Saturday 21st June, with a candle-lit section through the park, see Starlight

June onwards – Green Gym:
Every Wednesday at 9:45am the Cassiobury Green Gym meets at Cha Cha Cha, and then sets off to do conservation work in the park until 1pm. For details and to sign up, see TCV Green Gym 

June – Grand Union Challenge:
Cassiobury park was the half way point on the 100 km route for this event held for the first time in June 2014. Maybe coming back next year (27/28 June) – see GU Challenge

July/August – Swing / Jazz music and dance:
This event was held for the first time in 2014, and is due to return on Sunday 26 July 2015. For more infromation, contact Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: deborah.brady@watford.gov.uk

Late August – Herts Pride:
The Herts Pride festival was held on Saturday 30th August 2014.  Proposed date for 2015 is 22 August, see Hertspride

Summer РPedal 4 Peace:
Sponsored bike rides in support of Peace Hospice Care, starting from the Gade Avenue car park, held most recently on Sunday 7th September 2014. See Peace Hospice

Summer – Heritage Horse and Carriage Rides:
Horse and carriage rides through the park and woods took place on two days in May 2014 and again in September.  Provisional dates for 2015 are 8/9 May and 4/5 September Рfor more info, contact Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: deborah.brady@watford.gov.uk

September – Push it for the Peace:
Five mile obstacle course to raise funds for The Peace Hospice, held for the third time on Saturday 20th September 2014. See push it

October - Halloween Spooky Trail:
Park Ranger Debbie Brady organised an event for 5 to 14 year olds on 31 October 2014. For more info contact Debbie on 01923 278972 or email: deborah.brady@watford.gov.uk

November – Fireworks display:
Each year the Cassiobury Park fireworks and bonfire night is held on the Saturday nearest to 5th November. In 2014 this was on 8th November.  For more details see the council website

November – Autumn Challenge:
Cross country race organised by Watford Joggers, generally held on (or near) remembrance Sunday.  See  Watford Joggers

Various dates -  Music in Cha Cha Cha:
There are occasional music events held at the café in the park (Cha Cha Cha) on Saturday evenings.  Admission charge, see Silencio

Every (almost) Wednesday, Health Walks:
Hertfordshire Health Walks start from Cha Cha Cha on Wednesday mornings.  Some routes are more challenging than others, for details see Countryside Management Service

 

Anything else?:
If you know of any other events that are being held in the park which you would like posted here please let me know.