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Watford is believed to have been founded as a town in Saxon times, and was a popular rest stop for travellers between London and the Midlands. Watford’s past is still prominently seen in the town today, as the modern High Street in Watford follows the route of the town’s pre-Roman track way. Warrington is located on the marshy edges of the River Colne, and it is generally ...Read more
Watford has a lot to offer to its visitors today. The area boasts the Harlequin shopping centre, which has over 140 shops, cafes and restaurants. The centre was opened in 1992 and is the biggest shopping centre in the Northern Home Counties.
The Watford Palace Theatre and The Pumphouse Theatre and Arts Centre offer a host of events to the public. The theatres show a range of live music, theatrical performances, and community group activities for all ages. Watford also hosts other events throughout the year including Fireworks at Cassiobury Park in November and the Watford 10k Charity Fun Run.
The Cassiobury Park and the Watford Coliseum are two of the town’s most historic attractions. Cassiobury Park is a 190-acre park that was created after the house itself was demolished back in 1927. In 2007 the park won a Green Flag National Award and was recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country. The Watford Coliseum is a hall of exceptional musical merit with...Read more
5. Things To Do
Among the attractions in Watford are the Watford Palace Theatre and the Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre. The beautiful 600-seat Edwardian Palace Theatre is a Grade II listed building that has been recently refurbished. Both theatres regularly have big names performing, along with community groups that members of the public of any age can join.
Watford is an important regional business centre in the Northern Home Counties. The area is home to the head offices for several corporations including British Waterways, JD Wetherspoon and the Camelot group. The largest bathroom fitter and constructer in the UK, Taylor Woodrow, is also based in the town.
The town is well connected for all modes of transport; the M1 and M25 motorways are in close proximity for drivers and buses run often to both Heathrow and Luton airports. The town also has a national rail route, which connects the town to the rest of London, the Midlands, Northwest England and Scotland.
Cassiobury Park and the Watford Coliseum, along with the Watford Palace Theatre and the Pumphouse Theatre and Arts Centre are the centre of entertainment in Watford. The town also has a number of shopping centres cafés bars and restaurants.
9. Famous Landmarks
The parish church of St Virgin Mary was built in 1230 and was extensively restored in 1871. The Cassiobury and Grove houses were built in the 17th century. Cassiobury is the family seat of the Earls of Essex whilst the Grove is the seat of the Earl of Clarendon.
10. Interesting Fact
Watford has many famous daughters and sons, including Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and footballer turned actor Vinnie Jones.
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01 September 2013 - 30 September 2013
The 5-mile London Sponsored Walk at Cassiobury Park in Watford takes place every September. The 5-mile route goes through Whippendell Woods and everyone is welcome to come along and take part. The event raises money for the Reunite advice line that offers advice, inform ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
Cassiobury Park hosts the Watford Race for Life in association with Tesco and Cancer Research UK every June. The event invites women of all ages to walk, jog or run to help beat cancer. The Race for Life is a fantastic day out that is both inspiring and energising, and ...more
01 November 2012 - 30 November 2012
On the Saturday nearest November the fifth every year, Cassiobury Park hosts a big fireworks and bonfire event. The event is one of the largest free fireworks displays in Hertfordshire and attracts around 40,000 spectators.
01 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
Watford 10k Charity Fun Run takes place every May Day bank holiday starting at Watford’s bluebell woods and finishing at Cassiobury Park. The Watford Round Table event raises money for Watford Mencap and other charities that the organisation supports. As well as the 1 ...more
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