If you’re visiting the area and looking for a nice park, Cassiobury Park in Watford is well worth a visit. Us locals love it and on a good day you can easily spend a whole day here. The park has not surprisingly been awarded the Green Flag for parks and has recently had a lot of investment. There are two play parks, the new splash park, two cafe’s, tennis courts, miniature train ride, 190 acres of gorgeous woodland, and the River Gade and Grand Union Canal run through parts of the park. What more could you want?! There is also a really great farm here but its only open on 6 dates across the summer so check out their website Cassiobury Farm.
Our perfect day out:
Get to the Splash Park early as it gets super busy especially when its sunny. There’s lots of splish, splash, sploshing fun to be had in one of the three different pool areas. There’s a cafe here, toilets and changing facilities. It’s accessible for prams and wheelchairs but watch out for the little step between the levels of the pools as it’s not very visible and you may miss your footing.
Once you’re dried off go and burn off any excess energy in the Paddling Pool Playground next door. This park is ace as there’s loads to climb on for rascals of all ages, from toddlers to bigger kids. There’s a fire engine to sit in, mini trampoline, slides, swings and a zip wire.
You might need a rest after all the fun so put your feet up for 10 minutes on the Miniature Railway – Brilliant little train going on a circuit through the woods. Bargain at £2 a person, under 2’s are free. It usually runs from 11am, its open every weekend and most days in the summer holidays but check out the website for opening times as it varies through the season.
If you’re ready for lunch either head up the hill and sit on the grass for a picnic under the tress or go to Cha Cha Cha’s Cafe for lunch. They do a cracking breakfast! There’s a fab smaller play park next to the cafe that’s usually much quieter than the Paddling Pool Park.
Ready for some more fun? Head down to the River Gade for some paddling and Pooh sticks off the bridge. Walk over the second bridge for walks along the Grand Union Canal and watch the canal boats going the through the locks.
You’ll be suitably worn out at this point and you haven’t even been in the woods yet for a bear hunt!!
Accessibility: The top of the park is a 10 minute walk from Watford town centre. It’s at the end of the Metropolitan line if coming by train. The car park gets ridiculously busy at the weekend, although it looks as though it’s been extended. Note that the Parkrun is held here on a Saturday morning so it’ll be a little bit busier. There’s ample street parking but check for restrictions which differ on either side of the road, also watch out for term time restrictions on the college side of the park.