Everyone’s invited to Watford’s bandstand on Sunday to celebrate its triumphant return to Cassiobury Park.
Brass, steel, jazz, jive swing, folk, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll music from live bands will lead the celebrations from 1.30pm to 6pm. The Watford Band, Milly Soo, Pantasy and Merry Hell will be among those performing.
The bandstand’s return is part of Watford Borough Council’s £6.6m regeneration of the park – funded by the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds. Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill and the council’s Head of Parks Paul Rabbitts will give speeches when the bandstand celebrations begin at 1.30pm.
There will also be family workshops at the recently-renovated Cha Café, which reopened in the park in mid-August after five months of works as part of the regeneration project. Expect craft activities with the Waste & Resources Action Programme, plus the Cassiobury Green Gym, Aviv Dance, music from Hartbeeps and Watford Folk Club’s Julian Mount.
Cassiobury Park will have brand new paddling pools by the time the project is finished. State-of-the-art splash pads, water jets and other water play facilities are currently being installed. There will also be a new hub with a kiosk, upper floor café, community room, and improved changing area when the site reopens after construction work is finished.
Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “We are very lucky to have Cassiobury Park, and we want to preserve it for future generations. I love our new bandstand and Cha Café and I can’t wait to see what the new paddling pools and hub look like.”
The bandstand originally opened in the park in 1912, but was moved to the public square by the Central Library in the 1970s. Watford Borough Council bought most of Cassiobury Park – previously part of the estate of the Earls of Essex – between 1908 and 1913, so the wider public could enjoy it. The Earls – once incredibly wealthy – were eventually forced to demolish their lavish Cassiobury House home in 1927. The park they sold is today visited 2.1 million times a year.
For the latest news about Cassiobury Park and the events happening there, keep an eye on www.watford.gov.uk.