Embark on a journey through history with ‘Travelling Tales’

A picture from the River Colne

Travelling Tales invites all residents of Watford to embark on a free immersive and interactive heritage tour of the River Colne....

Travelling Tales invites all residents of Watford to embark on a free immersive and interactive heritage tour of the River Colne, diving into the rich history and significance of the river’s development in the town.

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to the National Lottery players, as part of our three-year Tales of the River project, these free sessions aim to engage and educate the community about the historical importance of the river.

Travelling Tales - a collaboration between Watford Council, Watford Museum and Groundwork East - will take participants on a captivating journey through time, narrating the Colne’s historical highlights whilst providing sensory items for the audience to touch and smell.

The Travelling Tales tour, which lasts approximately 60 minutes, caters to a diverse range of age groups and audiences. There will be talks where participants can learn about the Pleasure Boat Station at Wiggenhall and activities such as weaving, using similar techniques to the silk mills once found in Watford and boat making.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “We are excited to bring these fantastic Travelling Tales sessions to the community and share the rich heritage of the River Colne. Through these sessions, audiences will be taken through the captivating history of the river and its vital role in Watford over the years.  This project is part of our “Tales of the River’ project, which will bring the River Colne’s history to life and encourage residents to protect its future.” 

If you would like to book a Travelling Tales session, please visit the following link:

Book your 'Travelling Tales' session


  • ‘Tales of the Riverproject Watford Council, in partnership with key partners Groundwork and Watford Museum, will deliver a three-year programme of events and activities with communities, local groups and schools, designed to strengthen links between the River Colne’s natural heritage. Our Tales of the River project is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to National Lottery players.
  • Watford Museum – Our local museum, dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history, culture, and heritage of Watford. Through collaborations and community engagement, the museum plays a vital role in the delivery of ‘Travelling Tales’, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience for participants.
  • Groundwork East – Groundwork is an environmental charity that works to transform communities and improve their quality of life through various environmental and community projects. As partner in our ‘Tales of the River’ project, they contribute expertise that support initiatives such as ‘Travelling Tales’, ensuring the preservation and celebration of the river’s heritage.
  • About The National Lottery Heritage Fund - Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund Inspires, leads and resources the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK. Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

Published: 11th September 2023

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