Events in Cassiobury Park

Next month or two

23 April to 16 July, Outdoor activities for toddlers:
Every Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm, two to five year olds are welcome to come and play outside. Bring an adult, and meet by the Rustic Bridge. Free, but booking advised with Tab on 01923 278590 or email tabitha.mclaughlin@watford.gov.uk

4 July, Archaeology:
Watford Museum are arranging an archaeology event in the park, in partnership with South West Herts Archaeology society. Booking is essential via info@watfordmuseum.org.uk or phone 01923 232297.

4 July, Music in The Cha:
Silencio Watford presents three acts at 8pm on Saturday July 4th:  Mishaped Pearls,  Chris Woods Groove, and Anne Garner. Charge applies, see Silencio

5 July, Artisan Market:
The Little Fox Market from Ricky is setting up artisan boutique stalls in the area outside The Cha Café on Sunday 5th July, from 10am to 2pm.

11 July, Starlight Walk:
This ladies-only sponsored walk to raise funds for the Peace Hospice will cross Cassiobury Park on both the 6 and 13 mile alternative routes. The event will take place on Saturday 11th July starting at 9pm at West Herts College, with a candle-lit section through the park, see Starlight

18 July, Dogs Trust Day:
Come along to the Dogs Trust stand near the paddling pools between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 18th July. Free dog training, obedience tips and microchipping. Repeated on 15 August.

18 July, Creative Arts:
Drop in by the rustic bridge between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 18 July to help create a piece of transient land art and poetry. Learn how to sketch with local artists, suitable for children aged 8 years and over .

26 July, Jive Swing and Jazz :
This music and dance festival will be held near The Cha Café between 1pm and 4:30pm on Sunday 26 July 2015.  For more information contact Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: deborah.brady@watford.gov.uk

29 July, Making Wildlife Habitats :
Create butterfly feeders and other things to help our park wildlife, from 11am and noon on Wednesday 29 July 2015.  Booking essential with Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: deborah.brady@watford.gov.uk

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

Every Saturday, parkrun:
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.

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 cafe:
There are occasional music events held at the café in the park (The Cha) on Saturday evenings (next on 4th July 2015).  Usually an admission charge applies, see Silencio

 

Annual events

Some that have recently taken place, and others that come back each year

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 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 Рsee 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 will take 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 for the first time in 2014, and is due to return on Sunday 26 July 2015. For more information, 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 2015 and are due back on 4/5 September 2015 Рfor more info, contact Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: deborah.brady@watford.gov.uk

[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: 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 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.

 

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.