Things might feel a bit different this year, and yes, they are. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot have a fun August and a summer time to remember, especially if you join some of the amazing events happening this month – most of which are also free of charge – or consider our ideas presented below! 

We will just need to adjust to the new circumstances and make sure we follow the rules in place to ensure our safety and the safety of others. 


Published: 28 July 2020

  • 1. Take advantage of the "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme

    Take advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme this month, and support the local businesses now that they need you the most.

    Diners will be able to get money off their bill on certain days in August to encourage a return to cafes, pubs and restaurants.

    It’s hoped the “eat out to help out” scheme will provide a boost to the struggling hospitality industry, now that the national lockdown is easing!

  • 2. Watford Museum re-opens this month

    We are glad to welcome you back to the Museum from Saturday 1 August!

    New arrangements have been brought to keep everyone safe whilst visiting the museum in the beautiful 18th Century Grade II listed building. This includes new safety and hygiene arrangements.

    Pre-booking is necessary so call 01923 232297 or email  to book your visit.

  • 3. Businesses welcome you back - it's time for a shopping spree

    Throughout the pandemic, intu shopping centre have been and will continue to do everything we can to make sure the centre is a safe place to visit and work. That includes following the guidance from Public Health England and the Government.

    In addition to the existing safety measures from 24 July everyone that visits the shops in town must be wearing a face covering.

  • 4. Big Screen will be taking place in August!

    We are really excited that the Big Screen is back this summer.  This year movies are on the move and will be brought to a park near you!

    Grab your blankets, pack a picnic, and head to one of three brand new locations, then just sit back and relax whilst watching some old favourites alongside new blockbusters.​

    18 to 22 August – Woodside Playing Fields

    23 to 27 August – King George V Playing Fields

    28 to 31 August – Knutsford Playing Fields

    Click below to view the film listings for each location.

  • 5. 30 for 30! Take park in New Hope's Challenge

    Throughout the summer of 2020 New Hope‘s running a 30 for 30 initiative to celebrate 30 years of New Hope! Individuals, families and community groups are invited to undertake a fundraising challenge using the number 30 as a springboard for ideas!

    How many kilometres can you run in 30 minutes? How about after running 3 times a week for 30 days? Could you give up caffeine for 30 days?

    All participants will receive a 30 for 30 fundraising certificate of completion!

  • 6. Perseid 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 Perseid meteor shower happens every year and can be quite spectacular. The peak display is between the 12th – 13th August; you can see around 50 to 80 an hour.

    Hopefully, the weather will do its part and give us clear skies, if it’s cloudy then the event will be cancelled and refunds will be given.

  • 7. Beryl bikes - Treat yourselves a ride

    A key component in Watford Council’s pledge to become a  carbon-neutral town with more sustainable travel options launched, with the arrival of ​Beryl Bike’s​ hybrid bike share scheme – the first of its kind in  Hertfordshire.

    From Saturday 1st to Saturday 15th August:

    1. For every ride taken on a Beryl Bike in Watford, PLM Central will donate 50p to the COVID appeal, up to a total of £2000 (that’s 4000 rides!).

    2. Beryl will donate 20% of the value of all Minute Bundles sold to the appeal.

    Beryl Bikes are available to pick up and drop off at up to 70 marked Beryl Bays, supporting residents and visitors who want a greener mode of transport throughout the town.

  • 8. Watford Miniature Railway

    A little later than we had expected, but ready to go and trains are running again daily in Cassiobury Park!

    • Open daily weather permitting 12 pm – 5 pm until the end of August. (September onwards TBC).
    • Please note that health and safety measures will be taken. Visit the Watford Miniature Railway website or their Facebook page to find out more and plan your visit in advance.

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Welcome back to Watford town centre – shop local, stay safe

Watford town centre, and other retail areas across the town, are gearing up to welcome people back as non-essential shops and venues have started to re-open, with a range of measures in place to make sure they can shop safely and with confidence.

Shops and businesses are doing what is needed to keep their staff and customers safe. We are looking forward to welcoming people back to the High Street and other shopping areas across the town. Whilst they may look and feel a bit different, we are all looking forward to a return of some sort of normality, bringing vibrancy back to the town!

Watford businesses have done an amazing job to make sure they can open safely, while we all as individuals should do our part keeping a safe distance from others and washing or sanitising our hands regularly.