Moving to Watford: One Year On (13/12/16)

It’s a year since we moved to Watford from London. But did we? We’re still having conversations with friends and colleagues over what really constitutes ‘London’. We both work in the capital and consider Watford – as it’s on the tube and a quick overland hop into Euston – still part of Greater London. Our commutes…

Rembrandt House, Whippendell Road (12/12/16)

We’d noticed the old plaque (?) space on the side of refurbished Rembrandt House on Whippendell Road and tweeted out a few things about its early history. 140 characters doesn’t do it justice so here’s a little more … We’d heard the building had been a large printing works and had assumed this had always been…

Oxford Natural History Museum (01/11/16)

We woke up one Sunday to a particular wet weather forecast and thought, with just a tinge of panic, ‘we must get out of the house otherwise we will all go mad’. Out of that was born the idea of going to Oxford for the day, as it could offer a treat for us as…

Cassiobury Park playground (18/10/16)

We’ve been many times, but thought it useful to post a few pics of the larger playground at the bottom of Cassiobury Park if you’re thinking of making the trek …

RAF Museum, Hendon (10/10/16)

Another Watford family recommended the RAF Museum in Hendon for a rainy day. It’s a huge indoor complex down the A41, and easily reachable by car in 20-30 mins, depending on traffic. It’s also free (though the large car park is pay-and-display)!

Heritage Open Days: Amersham Heritage Day (07/10/16)

This was our last visit of the Heritage Open Days weekend held over 10-11 September. We hadn’t visited Amersham before: the town was far quainter than we’d anticipated, with some lovely independent shops, ancient pubs and a beautiful park.

Waterstones opens (06/10/16)

Great to see a bookshop opening in Watford: Waterstones was doing a roaring trade in its new High Street location (opposite the Intu entrance) when we visited at the weekend.

West Herts College café (04/10/16)

Here’s a useful find: the café at West Herts College is open on Saturdays and has spacious seating areas outside in the foyer (to the left and right of the picture below, as well as inside the café itself). It’s great for grabbing a coffee if you’re that end of town at the weekend (it’s next to…

Heritage Open Days: St Albans South Signal Box (29/09/16)

Third stop on our trip around Heritage Open Day attractions on the weekend of 10-11 September was St Albans South Signal Box. The Grade-II-listed site was built in 1892, but by 1980 had closed. After many years of neglect a Trust was formed in 2003 to look after it, with the signal box finally opening to the…

Cheslyn Gardens – Watford’s best kept secret (22/09/16)

We’ve spoken to a few people who’ve lived in Watford for many years and have never heard of Cheslyn Gardens. That’s a shame, as it’s one of the town’s best kept secrets. The council-owned gardens is at the north end of Nascot Wood Road, so to be fair isn’t likely to be stumbled across unless you live that end of town….

Breakfast at The Boot, Sarratt (20/09/16)

Fancying a big Sunday brunch we headed out to Sarratt, a village a short drive north-west of Watford. It’s a lovely setting, with wide lawns bisecting picture-postcard cottages (apparently it’s used a lot for TV filming). A few pubs lie along the main drag, but we chose The Boot, a finalist in the Great British…

Heritage Open Day: Little Cassiobury House (10/09/16)

The house from which Cassiobury Park takes its name was sadly demolished in 1927. The recent restoration of the bandstand and the other improvements being made to the park as part of the Heritage Lottery fund grant have further revived interest in the estate, and it was with great interest that we visited Little Cassiobury House,…

Heritage Open Day: St Michael & All Angels (10/09/16)

Saturday’s terrible weather wasn’t going to stop us visiting a number of attractions open for this year’s Heritage Open Days. First up was St Michael & All Angels on Mildred Avenue (see some pictures of the exterior taken in sunnier times!). The church was consecrated in 1913 and was built over a number of years, mostly…

Cassiobury bandstand re-opens (06/09/16)

The Cassiobury bandstand was finally opened on Sunday afternoon after its renovation and relocation from beside the library. It was originally installed in the park in 1912, but fell into disrepair after the demolition of Cassiobury House in 1927 and was moved to the library setting in the 1970s. The £150,000 restoration was funded by the Heritage Lottery…

66 Book Club, Hemel Hempstead (04/09/16)

We chanced upon the 66 Book Club on Twitter. It’s a huge warehouse in Hemel that opens once a month to sell books at a large discount. On the day we visited all books were 70% off, with kids’ books a whopping 80% discounted. There’s a huge selection, and definitely one to visit when buying Christmas…

The Rhubarb Café (04/09/16)

We’d passed The Rhubarb Café driving around the Cassiobury estate. It’s a short walk from the bottom of Cassiobury Park but not easy to stumble across in a largely residential area (it’s on the roundabout near the Post Office on Cassiobury Drive). We popped in for a quick coffee with our little one. The coffee was good…

Café Cha re-opens (02/09/16)

We’d been hotly anticipating the re-opening of Café Cha in Cassiobury Park as we loved taking our little one to the playground before it closed for refurbishment. As the work went on we were a bit sceptical as the play equipment for very young children appeared to be being replaced with swings, a climbing frame and…

Hughenden Manor (14/08/16)

We’re a big fan of day trips and Hughenden Manor is an acceptable distance drive (roughly 45 minutes from Watford on a good day) so we decided to visit it one Sunday in August. It’s the home of the Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, and although it’s quite expensive to get in (in my opinion;…

Verulamium Park, St Albans (07/08/16)

We’ve been to the playground in Verulamium Park in St. Albans a few times – it’s only 20 mins by car and the car park is free for a couple of hours on a Sunday. The park itself is large, and features Roman remains dotted here and there. There’s also a paddling pool with a…