Events & Activities in Watford

This page gives information on events and activities in Watford and the surrounding area. It is updated daily. If you would like to advertise on this website and the Facebook page, please do get in touch.

Saturday 2nd December – Watford Brick Festival

This event celebrates all things LEGO and will take place on Saturday 2nd December from 10am – 4pm. This will be a great day for families, collectors, adult builders and every other kind of LEGO fan. With lots to see and do including speed building competitions, large scale displays, activities, traders selling loose bricks, new LEGO sets, retired LEGO sets, mini figures and accessories plus a dedicated building area. At Woodside Leisure Park, Kingsway North Orbital Road, Watford, WD25 7JZ. To book click here

Saturday 2nd December – Santa’s Grotto

Come visit Santa’s Grotto in Watford and experience the ultimate festive joy with jolly old Santa Clause himself. Take your kids and share Christmas wishes with Santa Claus. Children will receive a gift from Santa Claus and you will be able to immortalize it in photos. Local stall holder face painting, hot food and drinks. Saturday 2nd December from 10.30am – 1.30pm. At Holywell Community Centre, Chaffinch Lane, Watford, WD18 9QD. To book click here

Saturday 2nd December – Christmas Market

Come along to this Christmas Market, with plenty of different stalls, handmade crafts, cake stall, and so much more, meet Santa in his Grotto. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies, on Saturday 2nd December from 12 noon – 3pm. At Courtland Lodge, Courtlands Close, Watford, WD24 5GW.

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd December – The North Pole Express

All aboard the Chiltern Shuttle North Pole Express at Watford Miniature Railway, Cassiobury Park, Watford. This special steam service will be running on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of December from 12 noon – 4pm. No booking required. Standard fare apply. The event is weather permitting, and engines may change at short notice.

Sunday 3rd December – Santa Dash

Lace up your running shoes and channel your inner Santa for this Santa Dash, all in aid of Watford Mencap. Don your tinsel, red suit, fluffy beard, and get ready to dash through Cassiobury Park spreading holiday cheer. Whether you are a seasoned runner or just want to have fun, this event is perfect for all ages and abilities. Sunday 3rd December from 10am. To sign up click here

Sunday 3rd December – Christmas Market

Watford Grammar School for Girls, Ladys Close, Watford, WD18 0AE, Christmas Market is on Sunday 3rd December from 11am – 3pm. Alongside their festive games, a raffle draw packed with great prizes, bottle and chocolate tombola’s.

Monday 4th December – West Watford Sing Along

West Watford Sing Along is on every first Monday of the month from 12 noon – 1.30pm. At West Watford Community Association,15 Harwoods Road, Watford WD18 7RB, near the Watford General Hospital. Adults only. To book email [email protected]

Tuesday 5th December – Walking Football

Walking football every Tuesday from 10am – 12 noon, at Meriden Community Centre, Garsmouth Way, Watford WD25 9ET. Play at your own pace, for further information call 01923 894862.

Tuesday 5th December – Sewing Club

Join CreatorSpace for their Sewing Club. They will be there to help with your projects. All skills welcome, a friendly environment to chat with like-minded people. No need to book, every Tuesday from 1pm – 3pm. At Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, Watford, WD17 3EU.

Tuesday 5th December – Carol Concert

Join Watford Mencap for a heart-warming Carol Concert on Tuesday 5th December from 6pm – 9.30pm, and be part of an enchanting evening of Christmas Carols featuring Rock Choir at the beautiful St Andrew’s Church, Church Road, Nascot Wood, WD17 4PJ. Gather your friends and family, raise your voices, and sing-along to your favourite festive tunes. To book email [email protected] 

Wednesday 6th December – Cassiobury Explorers

Outdoor exploration and nature play for 2-5 year olds. Email [email protected] to book and for further information. Wednesdays from 10am – 11.30am.

Wednesday 6th December – Craftea

A great way to meet new people, get craft advice, chat and relax or just bring your current crafty project. Every Wednesday from 10.30am – 12 noon. At North Watford Library, St Albans Road, Watford, WD24 7RW.

Wednesdays 6th December – Meet and Compete: Board Games

Board Games Group that meets every Wednesday from 10.30am – 12 noon. At Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, Watford, WD17 3EU.

Wednesday 6th December – Memories Group

Share memories over a cuppa by coming along to this Watford Memories Group. The first Wednesday and penultimate Friday of the month, from 2pm – 4pm. At West Watford Community Association, 15 Harwoods Road, Watford WD18 7RB, near the Watford General Hospital.

Wednesday 6th December – Sex Bomb: The Lives and Loves of an Asian Babe

Find out more about Sadia, a comedian who loves sex and a hijab-wearing woman. Part book discussion and part stand up comedy, this is an evening not to be missed. Wednesday 6th December from 7pm. At Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, Watford, WD17 3EU.

Thursday 7th December – Welcoming Space

Bringing meals and smiles every Thursday. Foodbank items, fresh fruit and vegetables when available. Drop in with tea, coffee, board games, puzzles and books. Thursdays from 12 noon – 4pm at The Barn, 1 Watford House Lane, Watford WD17 1BJ.

Thursday 7th December – Craftnoon Tea

Coffee, tea, cake and crafting, every Thursday from 12 noon, at Random Cafe, 24a Garsmouth Way, Watford, WD25 9DR.

Friday 8th December – Christmas Fayre

The Friends of The Grove Academy are hosting a Christmas Fayre on Friday 8th December 2.30pm – 5.30pm. There will be arts and crafts, refreshments and more. At The Grove Academy, Forth Avenue, Garston, Watford, WD25 9RH.

Saturday 9th December – Cassiobury Park Run / Walk

Meet by the water fountain in front of the Cafe in the Park, near the tennis courts. The walk / jog / run starts nearby at 9am. It is a lovely sociable event and a chance to meet with lots of locals. Every Saturday until at least the end of the year.

Saturday 9th December – Christmas Fair

Get into the Christmas spirt with the National Animal Welfare Trust Herts team. Bring your dog to meet Santa, win prizes, pick up Christmas gifts and meet the animals from Ark Farm all while raising money to gift homeless animals a cosy Christmas. Saturday 9th December from 11am – 3pm. At Tyler’s Way, Watford By-Pass, Watford, WD25 8WT.

Please be aware that the Mercure Hotel has now closed so it is no longer possible for their guests to park there. We have limited parking availability on site so please plan ahead.

Saturday 9th December – Christmas Fair

Christmas fair with Santa’s Grotto, raffle, hot food and cakes, games and music. Saturday 9th December from 12 noon – 3pm. At Lanchester Primary School, Hempsted Road, Watford, WD17 3HD.

Saturday 9th December – Christmas Cracker

Join Coates Way School, Coates Way, Watford, WD25 9NW, after school for some festive fundraising fun; cake sale, tombola, hot chocolate and mulled wine, reindeer cones and lucky dip. Saturday 9th December from 3.15pm – 4.30pm.

Saturday 9th December – A Christmas Concert

Join Watford Phoenix Choir at this festive celebration in aid of New Hope charity. On Saturday 9th December from 5.30pm. At St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Watford, WD18 OEG. To book click here

Sunday 10th December – Make a Christmas Wreath 

Make a Christmas wreath using some natural materials from Cassiobury Park. The session is on Sunday 10th December from 1.50pm – 2.30pm and the activity is suitable for 3-12 years. At Cassiobury Park Hub, Watford, WD18 7LG. To book click link

Wednesday 13th December – Christmas Fun

Come and join North Watford Library, St Albans Road, WD24 7RW, for Christmas fun with music from Watford’s Newkulele Band, tea and coffee and mince pies will be available. Wednesday 13th December from 10am – 12 noon.

Thursday 14th December – Geminid meteor shower in Cassiobury Park

Bring a flask and a deck chair and watch the celestial light show. Or if you have a camera with a tripod take some photographs of the night sky. The Geminid meteor shower happens every year in winter and can be pretty spectacular. The peak display is between the 14th and 15th December; there could be around 100 an hour. if it is cloudy then the event will be cancelled, and refunds will be given. For further information and to book click here

Friday 15th December – Christmas Bazaar

There will be lots to do and buy plus Santa will be paying a visit, on Friday 15th December from 3.30pm – 5.30pm, at Coates Way School, Coates Way, Watford, WD25 9NW.

Saturday 16th December – Jack and the Beanstalk

Pure Imagination presents Jack and the Beanstalk at North Watford Library, St Albans Road, WD24 7RW. On Saturday 16th December from 12.30pm -1.30pm. Tickets are only available in the library, they are limited and expected to go very quickly as the last show was fabulous, and sold out in days. Running time 50 mins, no interval.

Tuesday 19th December – Compassionate Cafe

A space for local people who have been affected by bereavement or any kind of loss to meet others by coming together for a cuppa and a chat. Each session is run by volunteers who are on hand to welcome and speak to attendees, they are an informal structure, guided by the needs of the people attending. Every third Tuesday from 9.15am – 12.15pm. At West Watford Free Church, Tolpits Lane, Watford, WD18 6NU.

Wednesday 20th December – Memory Cafe

Dementia Friendly Watford Memory Café and Carers Retreat is at Cheslyn House and Gardens, 54 Nascot Wood Road, Watford, WD17 4SL. Created in partnership with Home Instead Watford and Watford Council, the Memory Café and Carers Retreat has been designed to create a welcoming and supportive environment for those living with Dementia, their carers and loved ones.

This drop-in session is on Wednesday 20th December from 10.30am – 12.30pm, will provide a safe space where attendees can share their experiences, make new friends and enjoy a range of activities and refreshments throughout their visit.

On now until – Sunday 31st December – Cinderella

The Palace has been the home of panto since 1908, and Christmas just is not the same without it. Support your local theatre and be part of their yearly heart-warming Christmas pantomime. Cinderella the pantomime is at Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ. To book click link

Wednesday 10th January – St Peter’s Tots

St Peter’s Church Watford will be starting a free play, snack, craft, story and songs group on Wednesday 10th January from 9.30am – 11am. At St Peter’s Church, 202 Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, WD24 7PE.

Thursday 18th January – Compassionate Cafe

Compassionate Cafés ​are drop-in sessions in a local venue or with a local partner. They provide a space for members of our community who have been affected by any type of loss and would like to come along for a friendly chat and a chance to meet others over a cup of tea. Launching Thursday 18th January from 10am – 11.30am. At Random Café, 24A Garsmouth Way, Watford, WD25 9DR.