What's on in Watford this weekend, 2nd and 3rd November, 2019

Cassiobury Fireworks

Come along to Cassiobury Park at Hertfordshire's largest free fireworks display organised by Watford Borough Council. Vibe 107.6FM will be keeping the crowds entertained on stage from 6.30pm with music and competitions and also introducing live performances from Georgia and the Vintage Youth. The huge bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm followed by a spectacular firework display at 8pm. Frontier Fireworks have designed this year's display which is called Kaleidescope and promises to be the most colourful yet. There are a variety of food and drink outlets, funfair rides, bungee trampolines and a bouncy slide to keep everyone entertained before the main display.

Cassiobury Park, Watford, Saturday, November 2, from 6.30pm. Details: watfordbigevents.co.uk

Bushey Fireworks

Come along for family fun at this annual fireworks display. Advance tickets are £5 for an adult and £2 for a child. The fireworks will start at 6pm.

Bushey Sports Club, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Sunday, November 3, from 4pm. Details: legendsfestivals.co.uk

The Grove Fireworks Night

As the clock strikes 8pm, wrap up warm and head out onto the terrace, where you’ll enjoy a breath-taking fireworks display. Expect mulled cider, hot chocolate with marshmallows and a dazzling night sky in the most idyllic of settings. Fireworks are only open to those dining or staying at the hotel.

The Grove Hotel, Chandler’s Cross, Saturday, November 2, 8pm. Details: 01923 807807 thegrove.co.uk

St Albans Fireworks Spectacular

Come and enjoy a spectacular event full of fantastic fireworks, food and fun for the whole family. The display at 7.30pm with musical accompaniment is produced by double winners of the British Fireworks Championships, Fantastic Fireworks. There will be a Food Village providing plenty of food and drink – with street food outlets, burgers and hot dogs. The bars will again be supplying beers brewed by Tring Brewery along with mulled wine, cider and gin.

Verulamium Park, St Albans, Saturday, November 2, from 6pm. Details: stalbanscathedral.org

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Rising star Leo Appel will be performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Watford Philharmonic Society. Now 19-years-old, Leo won the Whitgift International Competition in 2015, and is a holder of a prestigious Hattori Junior Fellowship Award. He was awarded the 2018 International Big Ben award for Global Achievement, and earlier this year was invited to perform in the Palace of Westminster.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Sunday, November 3, 7pm. Details: 01923 571102 watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Punk Rock

Edgy and acute, Punk Rock is a slow-building story of violence at school, told with compelling depth and tension. The play introduces us to seven high-achieving teenagers at a fee-paying grammar school. They are holed up in the upper school library, tucked away from supervision, revising for their mock A-Levels. It is a recognisable stew of rivalries, desires and confusions. As exam pressure builds, anxiety flares up into aggression, revealing a raw undercurrent of panic and hostility.

Pump House Theatre, 5 Local Board Road, Watford, Saturday, November 2, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Details: pumphouse.info

Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise

The show returns to the UK to celebrate its tenth year on the road. Each performance will be unique, bringing to life the music of the giants of rock and roll. Backed by the dynamic Paradise Band, the legends will include Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, the Big Bopper, Eddie Cochran, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee – and the King himself, Elvis.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Saturday, November 2, 7.30pm. Details: 01923859291 radlettcentre.co.uk

Celebrate Diwali

Dance-theatre drama Leela is an adaptation of Bhanusingher Padabali by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore - the first Asian Nobel Laureate. A story of eternal love between Radha and Krishna. Through a narration in English, dances in different Indian classical styles and songs in Maithili, the drama will create a vivid picture. The second act will highlight lost dance styles of Indian cinema juxtaposed against new styles.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Saturday, November 2, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk


Misfits is a story, portrayed through dance by Kidology Dance Co, of a young girl bought up by Barnham and his circus. Throughout her life, she finds family through friendship with the other misfits, who love and nurture her. As she grows, she has this overwhelming feeling of not quite belonging.

Watersmeet Theatre, High Street, Rickmansworth, Sunday, November 3, 2pm and 6pm. Details: 01923 711063 watersmeet.co.uk

Slugs and Snails

Discover the curious cures of historic Hertfordshire and write your own potion recipe in this interactive slugs and snails children’s activity.

Rickmansworth Library, High Street, Rickmansworth, Saturday, November 2, 10.30am. Details: 0300 123 4049

The Gruffalo in the Library

Come and meet a life-sized Gruffalo, with story time and goody bags.

Chorleywood Library, Lower Road, Chorleywood, Saturday, November 2, 10am. Details: 01923 283566 chilternbookshops.co.uk