Big Word Fest draws to a close on St George’s Day

Watford’s first literature festival Big Word Fest will end with a performance of Shakespeare on the Streets to celebrate England’s greatest poet and playwright on St George’s Day.

Published: Wednesday, 20th April 2016

Watford Palace Theatre performers will be delivering the words of Shakespeare to the town’s unsuspecting public as they go about their daily business on Saturday.

The recitations – part of Watford Borough Council’s Big Word Fest – will take part during a series of walks, beginning from the theatre at various times from 1pm to 4.30pm.

People can join the walk for a cost of just £3 during the event – with a £1.50 fee for card payments – at

Watford Borough Council will be joining throngs of other businesses celebrating St George’s Day on Saturday by raising the English flag high above its Town Hall headquarters.

Nearby, families can attend the magnificent Booster Cushion Theatre at Watford Central Library from 11am to 11.45am that day. Alice in Wonderland and the Three Billy Goats Gruff will be shown in a completely different way during the event – another part of the council’s Big Word Fest. A family ticket to the Booster Cushion Theatre costs just £5 and it’s easy to book a ticket in any Hertfordshire library or by phoning 01707 281553.

The Big Word Fest literary festival included multiple events, offering something for everyone – from the family-friendly Roald Dahl Parade to a talk by Green Street screenwriter Dougie Brimson. Big Word Fest – now in its sixth and final week – is part of Watford Borough Council’s wider Big Events programme of sporting and cultural experiences in the town centre.

Gary Oliver, Section Head of Watford Borough Council's Culture and Play team, said: “It has been a fantastic six weeks. Big Word Fest has got people interested in reading and drawn them into a variety of locations in our town centre for fun learning experiences. I can’t wait for our next Big Events – the Big Screen outdoor cinema and urban Big Beach this summer and then the amazing Big Sports Day in September. Keep your eyes peeled for more information!”

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