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Cassiobury Park - one of Britain’s top ten

ALERTa temporary barrier at the entrance to Cassiobury Park to help combat littering and anti-social behavior. The operating hours will be from 7.45am to 10pm.


Over 2 million people visited award winning Cassiobury Park this year.

  • The paddling pools will remain closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • 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.


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 of over 190 acres (77 hectares) of green space stretching from Watford town centre to woodland and countryside to the west of the town.


Thousands participated in Big Bandstand, Make Music Day, Big JiveSwing, Herts Pride and the Peace Hospice Care Starlight Walk.


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New shrubs to be planted at Cassio Common Cassiobury Park

19th August 2019
New shrubs to be planted at Cassio Common

An amazing beauty spot with an enormous amount of history behind it, Cassiobury Park goers will soon be able to enjoy an improved gateway into the park via Cassio Common – with landscaping work starting today (Monday 19 August 2019).


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: "The current rose beds have suffered from pests and diseases. The new shrubs will mean we can start afresh in new locations and create a wonderful new landscape for residents to enjoy. 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 to get bigger by almost triple capacity expansion

Feb 25th - 18 April 2019
Cassiobury Car Park to get bigger by almost triple capacity

Watford Borough Council announced today that Car park improvements to start monday 25th.

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

December 2018
Cassiobury Restoration Project recognised for bringing Park's history back to life

The jewel in Watford's crown, Cassiobury Park has won another award this year, with the most recent addition at the Landscape Institute (LI) Awards (22 November) for the Cassiobury Restoration Project.

Cassiobury Park Quintessentially British Classic Country Festival Show 2017

Cassiobury Park Quintessentially British Classic Country Festival Show

The country show with many stalls and shows, something for everyone.

JiveSwing Jazz Festival 2017

July 30th 2017
JiveSwing Jazz Festival 2017

Free Event - 4 live bands, dance classes and performances.

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

New Cassiobury Park Hub watford

July 2017
New Park redevelopment.

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.

November 2016
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 will be on stage too. Free live music and bonfire.

28 October 2016
Large Parrots seen in Local Park again

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

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

It was officially opened by Baroness Mayor Dorothy.

18 July 2016
Georgian 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

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: and 


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.

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Paddling Pools


Cha Café

Bowling Green

Miniature Railway


Nature Reserve

Community Garden

Sports Pitch

Cricket & Croquet

Football Pitches


Outdoor gym

Tennis Courts

The Hub

Whippendell Wood

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