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Also known as HYOC2020, Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 is a year to showcase Hertfordshire as a county of creative and cultural opportunity.

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) is a year to showcase Hertfordshire as a county of creative and cultural opportunity; for that purpose, five broad objectives have been identified to support the year:

1. Celebrate, share and explore Hertfordshire’s arts, culture and heritage

2. Enable access and participation in arts, culture and heritage for new audience

3. Increase wellbeing and a sense of belonging through arts, culture and heritage

4. Showcasing pathways to education, employability and enterprise in the creative and cultural industries in Hertfordshire

5. Create new partnerships and new work through skill sharing and new ways of working together


What you will see in 2020

·         A collaborative, high profile promotional campaign for existing cultural activity across Hertfordshire

·         12 themed months, with core activity co-ordinated by a lead agency

·         Key dates to draw together delivery partners countywide

·         ‘Special Experiences’ added to both current opportunities and new activities

·         New partnerships and skill sharing between organisations and practitioners, creating new activity locally.

Monthly Themes

The year is split into 12 themed months:

January – Try Something New

February – Skills Development and Volunteering

March – Access the Arts Go

April – Go Somewhere Local

May – The Big Outdoors

June – Big Ideas

July – Cultural Olympiad

August – Families and Friends

September – Heritage and History / Meet the Maker

October – Be Inspired / Get Back Into

November – Creative Minds and Creative Industries

December – Celebrate and Illuminate

Who do I contact for more information?

If you would like to get involved, please contact the Project Co-ordinator Liz Gore on 020 8207 7801 or by email at

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A few words from Visit Watford during Coronavirus

During these testing times, we all need to stay active and make compromises. We know that the reason you usually come to our channels is for a dose of inspiration and ideas on the very best ways to organise your visit or spend your free time across Watford.

Making a trip out of the house to explore over the coming weeks is not recommended by the government and we want you to stay safe and protect your loved ones. However, here at Visit Watford we are still committed to sharing with you everything that’s great about our town.

Thus, you may see some changes to the content we’ll be posting; with more of a focus on supporting our community, sharing a few things to look forward to, and providing a little distraction during times where you may be stuck indoors.

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Visit Watford team