Building Research Establishment (BRE) Open Day (19/09/17)

We’d missed the Building Research Establishment (BRE) open day in 2016, and were desperate to go this year after hearing great things from friends. We’d booked in advance (tickets were free), planning to spend a couple of hours there, but the huge amount of things to see and do meant that we ended up staying…

Batchworth Lock (14/09/17)

We’d walked from Watford along the Grand Union Canal as far as Croxley, but had never quite made it as far as Rickmansworth. This trip, however, wouldn’t be on foot, as our little one told use he’d like to go on a bus – and who are we to refuse?! The bus dropped us off…

Viento Coffee Company (12/09/17)

We’d heard good things about Viento Coffee Company on St Albans Road, but only managed to make it there after a summer visit to the (highly recommended) cobblers next door. A mistake, as we wished we’d discovered it months ago! We haven’t eaten there yet, but you can see there’s a great range of fresh…

Wardown House and Park (07/09/17)

We’d seen adverts for Wardown House Museum and Gallery when we visited the excellent Stockwood Discovery Park.  Both museums, run by Luton Culture, seem to have benefited from significant investment in the past few years, and have clearly worked hard to provide a rich and varied visitor experience for all ages. Wardown House, just north of…

Find us on Instagram! (04/09/17)

We post some of our best photos on Instagram @newtowatford – here’s a few examples: #Watford or #Miami Beach? #quiz A post shared by @newtowatford on Aug 25, 2017 at 1:36am PDT Love these two #trees behind the #tennis courts in #Cassiobury Park #Watford #parks A post shared by @newtowatford on Aug 12, 2017 at 4:05am…

Cassiobury Farm Open Day (04/09/17)

Tucked away between the canal and the park, is Cassiobury Farm and we managed to make it to its last open day of 2017. Mr New To Watford had taken our son twice before and had come back raving about it so I was excited to check it out. The farm is built around a…

Redbournbury Watermill (03/09/17)

An ancient mill grinds flower. A market stall sells bread and cakes. Down the valley a horse paddles in the river ford, while over the water meadows rare wild fowl roam free. No, it’s not the Cotswolds: we’re only 20 minutes north of Watford, at Redbournbury Watermill. A mill has probably been on the site  since…

Ruislip Lido and Train (27/08/17)

A Watford friend had mentioned Ruislip Lido as a good place to visit so on bank holiday Sunday, on one of the warmest days of the summer, we decided to brave the crowds and check it out. First hurdle was finding a parking spot! The council are obviously used to managing a large number of…

Summer in Cheslyn Gardens (16/08/17)

We’ve had many lovely afternoons in ‘Watford’s best-kept secret’. Last year we posted pictures of Cheslyn Gardens in late-September – here are a few taken this year in mid-summer:

Shenley Park: Music to Watch Flowers By (12/08/17)

At the end of July, Shenley Park hosted the ‘Music to Watch Flowers By‘ family music day in their Walled Garden. Shenley is surprisingly close to Watford – a 15-minute or so drive down the A41 and out the other side of Radlett. We trundled up from field where we were parked the with our…

Ragged Victorians at the Chiltern Open Air Museum (13/08/17)

The Chiltern Open Air Museum is fast becoming a favourite place to visit and the ‘Ragged Victorians’ weekend didn’t disappoint.  It was one of the museum’s living history events and involved Victorian enthusiasts wandering around the site as if we had been transported back to the 1870s or thereabouts. We were very impressed by how…

Finalist in Hertfordshire Digital Awards! (01/08/17)

We’re very excited about making the final in two Hertfordshire Digital Awards categories! We’ve made it through to the final for best: Lifestyle and culture website Responsive website. Congratulations to all the other finalists! Great to see so much digital talent in Herts. We’re looking forward to the awards ceremony at Knebworth House on the…

Cassiobury Park paddling pools (29/07/17)

Down at the Gade Avenue car park end of Cassiobury Park, you’ll find the new paddling pools. Opened in July, they sit just above the large playground and below Daisy’s in the Park cafe. Not knowing what the old ones were like, as we moved to Watford after they’d closed for refurbishment, we can safely say…

Berkhamsted Castle (29/07/17)

Berkhamstead Castle’s a great place to visit with kids, only a twenty-minute or so drive from Watford. The ruins of the motte-and-bailey castle are owned by English Heritage, and the site is free to get in. There’s limited free parking right outside, just next to the train station. It’s a large, grassy, safe site where…

Watford Police Station Open Day (28/07/17)

They were queuing to get in at Watford Police Station. It was the second year that the site had opened its doors to the public, and we arrived just before the start of the event. Loads of different types of police vehicles were exhibited outside, including pursuit cars (including one with a ‘cell” seat’) and…

Watford toddler activities (25/06/17)

We live in WD18 and have tried a few toddler activities nearby and a little further afield. Here’s a rundown of the things we’ve tried so far. Mondays, St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, toddler group Every Monday (except bank holidays) St. Michael and All Angels’ Church run a toddler group between 10-11.30am. Mr New…

The Big Lunch (11/06/17)

Just a quick post on The Big Lunch event we attended at St Michael & All Angels church. The annual, country-wide event was launched a few years ago for people to ‘lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun’. The Sunday lunch at the church in west Watford certainly ticked…

The Comedy Loft, Watford (10/06/17)

When was the last time you went to a comedy night? Ours was in 2006, at Up The Creek in Greenwich, where Greg Davies was the compère.  We had a great time and, yes, I was picked on by at least one of the comedians for the crime of sitting at the end of an aisle…

Colourscape and Waddesdon Manor (04/06/17)

We’d seen someone post about Colourscape on at Waddeson Manor on Facebook somewhere and thought that it looked like a pretty cool event to go to and then promptly forgot about it! Luckily, we managed to remember in time to catch its last day. And we’re so glad we did as it’s really rather special. We…

Wrest Park (14/05/17)

Wrest Park is an English Heritage property about 45 minutes drive from Watford and makes for a great family day out.