Here are some of the Big Events taking place in Watford this summer:

Big Bandstand

This year will once again see a season of great music every Sunday afternoon right through to the end of September.

There will be everything from jazz to ukulele pouring out of the bandstand for park visitors. The Voyageurs Ambassadors of Music USA are returning and will play a series of lunchtime concerts throughout June and July.

Bring a picnic or just soak up the sounds while enjoying the park in all its glory.

If you would like to perform at the bandstand please contact:

May to September 2018 at Cassiobury Park

Big Screen

The Big Screen will be making a welcome return to the town centre at the start of the Summer promising two weeks of films that young and old can enjoy including blockbusters, rom coms and family films. The screen will also be showing live coverage of this year’s Wimbledon semi-finals and final.

The Big Screen is free - there is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the films.

July 6 to 22 in The Parade, by the pond.

Big Jiveswing Festival

This is one of the UK’s largest free jazz festivals, featuring some of the best internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, bands and dancers within the UK. It’s a great family day out with live cabarets, dance classes for children and adults and a vintage photo booth, all for free.

Refreshments are available to purchase from the Cha Café in the park, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic. Bring your own blankets or chairs and be prepared for an afternoon of music, dance and fun.

July 29,1 to 6pm, Cassiobury Park

Big Beach

The Parade will transform into the Big Beach for two weeks this Summer providing an energetic and vibrant day out with fun activities and games for all ages.

The Big Beach is free - there is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the beach life.

August 4 to 19 in The Parade, by the pond

Big Sports Day

This event is returning for a fifth year with more brilliant free sporting activities for you to try out.

September 1 in The Parade, by the pond

Cassiobury Fireworks

There will be entertainment and live performances on stage, with Vibe 107.6FM compering the stage, before the lighting of a huge bonfire followed by a spectacular 20 minute firework display starting at 7.30pm.

As always there will be a variety of food and drink outlets, kiddies funfair rides and bungee trampolines.

The event is free so please give generously to the volunteers who will be collecting on behalf of local charities.

To keep everyone safe no sparklers, fireworks or alcohol are allowed in the park.

May to September at Cassiobury Park

Own the Stage

In late summer Own the Stage hosted some entertaining community acts in the area between Jacksons Jewellers and Pret A Manger. For 2018, the area outside Bosley's will also become a performance space where Watford's hidden talent can perform.

Watch this space for performances schedules that will include dance, poetry, drama, music, magic and much more.

If you would like to 'Own the Stage' literally please contact or call 07970 837939.

Weekends from July to September in The Parade

Find out more at