Events in Cassiobury Park
Next month or two
26¬†August, Woodland Skills:
Every Wednesday in August, from¬†11am to 1pm.¬†Children’s activity (age 10+), learning natural skills in the woods, meet at Grove Mill Lane car park. Free of charge, but booking essential with Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: email@example.com.
31 ¬†August, Cassiobury Farm open day:
This new venue is holding a public open day on bank holiday Monday (31st), from 10am to 5pm. Located at the southern end of the Local Nature Reserve, between Gade Avenue and Gade Bank. Charge applies, see Cassiobury Farm
25 ¬†August, Bat Walk:
Meet in Gade Avenue car park at 7:30pm on Tuesday 25 August.¬†Free of charge, but booking essential with Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also¬†on Saturday 19th September at 6:30pm.
3 September, Park Heritage development plans:
Come along to the information stand¬†near the paddling pools on Thursday 3 September to find out about redevelopment plans for the park (which is being largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund).
4 & 5 September, Heritage Horse and Carriage Rides:
Horse and carriage rides through the park and woods on Friday and Saturday 4/5 September 2015. Charge applies, ¬†Saturday sold out – to enquire about booking for the Friday contact Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: email@example.com
13 September, Artisan Market:
The Little Fox Market from Ricky is setting up artisan boutique stalls in the area outside The Cha Caf√© on Sunday 13th September , from 10am to 2pm.
13 September, Guided Heritage Walk:
A short walk sets off at 11am on Sunday 13th September from the Cha Caf√©, taking you around the park to discover something about its¬†history and heritage. Not suitable for children. Free of charge, but booking essential¬†via Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
21 September, Art in the Park:
A local artist will help you get creative in the park on Monday 21st September¬†from 2pm to 3:30pm. Charge applies, booking required via¬†Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: email@example.com. Also on Friday 2nd October.
Regular¬†events, throughout the year
Every (almost) Wednesday, Health Walks:
Hertfordshire Health Walks start from The Cha on Wednesday mornings. ¬†Some routes are more challenging than others, for details see¬†Countryside Management Service
Every ¬†Wednesday, Green Gym:
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) organise sessions which help improve the environment whilst getting some outdoor exercise. Meet outside The Cha on Wednesdays at 9:45am. For details see TCV Watford
At 9am every Saturday (from 28 February 2015), a 5 kilometre run/walk starts from the top of the park, near the flagpole. Free, and everyone welcome, but if you are new to parkrun its best to register (once only) at least 24 hours in advance via the parkrun website, see parkrun.
There is a yoga session in the park at 11:30am every Sunday. ¬†For details contact Debbie Brady on¬† 01923 278972 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Saturday of each month, Litter Picking and Reserve Work Parties:
The Friends of Cassiobury Park organise litter picking on the third Saturday of each month, from 10am to noon. On the same date they also run a work party in the nature reserve in co-ordination with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, which runs from 10am to 1pm. See FoCP
Once¬†a month on a Tuesday, Nature Reserve Work Party:
Generally on the Tuesday before the third Saturday, the Friends of Cassiobury Park join forces with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to carry out conservation work in the nature reserve, from 10am to 3pm.¬†¬†See¬†FoCP
Various dates –¬†¬†Music in The Cha Caf√©:
There are occasional music events held at the caf√©¬†in the park (The Cha) on Saturday evenings. ¬†Usually an admission charge applies, see Silencio
Some that have recently taken place, and others that come back¬†each year
February – Watford 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 was 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. The 2015 event was held on 4th May, see the¬†Watford 10k¬†website.
May – Fun Fair:
A funfair with various rides and sideshows generally visits the park in late May. Unfortunately this usually coincides with rainy weather! In 2015 the fair visited from 23 to 31 May.
June – Race for Life:
In 2015 this annual fundraiser for Cancer Research UK took place on Sunday 14th June. ¬†For details¬†see¬†RfL 2015
June – Grand Union Challenge:
Cassiobury park was the half way point on the 100 km route for this event held for the second¬†time on the weekend ¬†of June 27/28 2015 – see GU Challenge
July – Starlight Walk:
This ladies-only late evening sponsored walk to raise funds for the Peace Hospice generally includes Cassiobury Park on its route. In 2015 the event¬†took¬†place on the evening of Saturday 11th July, with a candle-lit section through the park, see Starlight
July/August – Swing / Jazz music and dance:
This event was held most recently on Sunday 26 July 2015 – shame about the weather! For information about possible event in 2016,¬†contact¬†Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: email@example.com
Late August – Herts Pride:
The Herts Pride festival was most recently¬†held on Saturday 22 August 2015, see Hertspride
Summer – Pedal 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 2015 and are due back on 4/5 September 2015 – for more info, contact¬†Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
[October – Push it for the Peace:]
This five mile obstacle course to raise funds for The Peace Hospice has been held in the park in previous years, but for 2015 is moving to Chiswell Green.
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: email@example.com
November – Fireworks display:
Each year the Cassiobury Park fireworks and bonfire night is held on the Saturday nearest to 5th November. In 2015 this will be 7th 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
December – Christmas Family Fun:
Festive family fun event, due to be held next¬†on Sunday 6 December 2015, based in the area around The Cha.
If you know of any other events that are being held in the park which you would like posted here please let me know.