Fun for families at Cassiobury’s Grand Day Out

Hundreds of people flooded into Cassiobury Park on Sunday for dancing, live music and cycling during a free Grand Day Out extravaganza.

Published: Tuesday, 26th July 2016
Audience jiving
Audience jiving

A stage and dance floor were laid out for Watford Borough Council’s afternoon Jive Swing and Jazz festival, where professional dancers led the public in a gigantic outdoor boogie. Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists the Jive Aces were among the bands playing.

Councillor Rabi Martins, who joined in the fun, said: “We all had a fantastic time. It was great to see so many Watfordians of all ages on their feet and letting their hair down and having a good old dance. We want to help Watford stay healthy, and we were delighted to host this Grand Day Out, where there was something fun on offer for everyone throughout the day.”

There were three Sky Rides during the Grand Day Out, organised by Watford Cycle Hub and The Big Bike Revival. Five-to-16 year-olds got to take part in a bike race run by British Cycling. Plus, there was a big screen so people could see Chris Froome vrooming to victory - the first Brit to win the Tour de France three times.

The whole day took place close to where the refurbished bandstand is being rebuilt – that will open later this summer, as will the Cha Café close by. The works – and this weekend’s festival – are being paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery, and supported by Watford Council.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “We’re committed to staging fun events, jam-packed full of activities to help people of all ages and abilities stay fit and healthy. The Big Screen on the Beach opens on Saturday, and I for one can’t wait.”

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