Cassiobury Park Watford


Cassiobury Park – one of Britain’s top ten

Over 2 million people visit the award winning Cassiobury Park each year.

  • The paddling and splash pools
  • Over 105,000 children splashed about in the paddling pools last Summer months
  • The ground floor toilets at the Hub will be open from 9am until 5pm.
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There is also a large playground, miniature railway and two outdoor fitness areas, as well as a wide range of events throughout the year.

Watford’s best loved park (VOTED TOP TEN UK Favourite), the largest public open space in Watford comprising over 190 acres (77 hectares) of green space stretching from Watford town centre to woodland and countryside to the west of the town.

Thousands participate in Big Bandstand, Big Jive SwingHerts Pride and the Peace Hospice Care Starlight Walk.

Whats On 2024

On 15 July, Cassiobury Park will come alive with the powerful performances of “Hercules.” This gripping play will transport audiences to the world of Greek mythology, captivating both young and old with its epic storytelling and mesmerizing visuals. Then, on 26 July, the park will host a delightful adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling,” a heartwarming tale that celebrates acceptance and self-discovery.

Music lovers and jazz enthusiasts can mark their calendars for 30 July, when Watford will host one of the UK’s largest FREE Jazz Festivals, the Big Jiveswing Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the town. This extraordinary event promises to transport attendees to the swinging era of jazz, with performances by acclaimed artists that will have everyone tapping their feet and feeling the rhythm.

From 19 August to 28 August, Colourscape will captivate audiences with its unique and immersive art installation. For those attending, they can step into a labyrinth of 70 interlinked chambers, each adorned with intense and vibrant colors. People can also discover musicians and dancers interweaving their performances with your exploration, creating an unforgettable sensory experience.

Video playlist of Cassiobury Park Watford

Video playlist of Cassiobury Park Watford

New shrubs to be planted at Cassio Common
An amazing beauty spot with an enormous amount of history behind it, Cassiobury Park goers can enjoy an improved gateway into the park via Cassio Common – with landscaping work.

New shrubs to be planted at Cassio Common Cassiobury Park

The park – managed by Watford Borough Council and Veolia – has already enjoyed £4.95million Heritage Lottery funding of the Cassiobury Restoration Project, which has focused on improving the park’s facilities, including Watford’s 104-year-old bandstand, improving Rickmansworth Road entrance, its paddling pools and the construction of a new hub building.

The parks focus is now on improving the southern edge of Cassiobury Park and developing the park’s Cassio Common entrance to strengthen and reinforce Cassiobury’s picturesque parkland character. This will involve creating new shrub beds with a longer season of interest and colour that supports a greater diversity of wildlife and screens some of the traffic.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Our parks have the highest number of Green Flag awards anywhere in Hertfordshire. I will make sure we continue to invest in our parks to make sure they can be enjoyed by people in our town for many years to come.”

Cassiobury Car Park capacity increase

Watford Borough Council expanded the parking area.

Cassiobury Restoration Project recognised for bringing Park’s history back to life
The jewel in Watford’s crown, Cassiobury Park has won awards for the Cassiobury Restoration Project.

Cassiobury Restoration Project recognised for bringing Park's history back to life

Cassiobury Park Quintessentially British Classic Country Festival Show
The country show came to the park.

Cassiobury Park Quintessentially British Classic Country Festival Show 2017

JiveSwing Jazz Festival
Free Event – 4 live bands, dance classes and performances.

JiveSwing Jazz Festival 2017

Fun for all the family. Bring your picnics and your dancing feet!

July 2017 New Park hub development

New Cassiobury Park Hub watford

A new hub has been built and the splash pools have been restored – costing £2.8 million.
A water play park with 30 splash pads, water jets and fountains, will be next to the two new paddling pools open 10am – 7pm daily all summer.

The Big Fireworks at Cassiobury Park

This FREE event is organised by Watford Borough Council with support from the Watford Lions who arrange the charity collection and VibeFM on stage.

Large Parrots seen in Local Park

Large Parrots seen again in Local Park

It was a pair of Birds, one Blue and Gold Macaw and with it an Amazon Parrot!

Sunday 4 September 2016 – Watford Bandstand’s Grand Opening

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Watford’s bandstand is back in the park where it was built over 100 years ago.

It was officially opened by Baroness Mayor Dorothy.

Georgian Swiss Cottage found Buried in Cassiobury Park

Swiss Cottage found Buried in Cassiobury Park

Watford’s Cassiobury Park is digging up the aristocratic past: The borders used to be owned by the Earl of Essex.

4 May 2015 – Watford FC Football Club Celebrated Premier League Achievement

Watford FC Football Club Celebrated Premier League Achievement

The Open Top Bus started to be greeted by fans at the starting point at the A41 North Watford Dome Roundabout.
BBC Three Counties said about 20,000 people had joined the celebrations in Cassiobury park to welcome the Team.

How to get here


6 hours free parking in Gade Avenue car park when you display a ticket from the machine at the entrance.  Directions here

There are 88 spaces in the car park (including six disabled access spaces) but it can fill up early especially on hot summer days. There is limited parking on nearby streets.

Public Transport Information:

By Tube
Cassiobury Park is a 2 minute walk from Watford Station on the Metroplitan Line.

By Train
Watford Junction (1.3 miles) and Watford High Street (2.1 miles) are the two closest overground stations.

By Bus
The 352 and W30 services stop outside Watford Metropolitan line station which is a two minute walk from the park. Alternatively many more services stop in Watford town centre.

Further information on public transport is available here: www.intalink.org.uk and www.nationalrail.co.uk 


There are designated segregated cycle paths in Cassiobury Park.

To protect the vulnerable (SSSI) environment of the Whippendell Wood please only use the perimeter path.

There is actually a bylaw prohibiting cycling in the rest of the woods due to the impact of wheels and jump construction on the rare plants and fungi.