Watford is a green town, surrounded by countryside!

We’ve put together a list of the attractions and activities you can do outdoors, in the open air.

  • Often described as Watford’s best kept secret Cheslyn House and Gardens is another of Watford’s Green Flag Award winner.

    The house and gardens were originally owned by Henry and Daisy Colbeck, who created the gardens with a collection of unusual and exotic plants which they collected whilst travelling the world.

  • Woodland Hawking offer Bird of Prey experiences all-year round in Watford.

    From an introduction to advance hands-on get up close and personal with some of natures most magnificent creatures. They fly Kestrels, Barn Owls, Snowy Owls, Lanner Falcons, Peregrine Falcons, Saker Falcons, Golden Eagles and Harris Hawks for our guests delight.

    Woodland Hawking can be booked at The Grove for family or friends to enjoy the beautiful scenery and spectacular birds.

    Visit the website to see how lockdown restrictions might affect your visit now.

  • An amazing beauty spot with a lot of history behind it.

    You can have a day out in this fantastic, Green Flag award-winning beauty spot, which has recently been voted one of the top 10 parks in the UK.

    Daisy’s in the park café and Cafe Cha are open all year for great day out for the whole family.

    Enjoy a Beryl ride in the park.

  • Oxhey Woods Local Nature Reserve in South Oxhey, Watford, consists of approximately 100 hectares of principally, ancient semi-natural woodland, much of which has been wooded since the last ice age some 10,000 years ago.

  • Whippendell Wood is an ancient woodland, meaning it has been continuously wooded since at least 1600.

    A range of trees can be found in the wood, which is predominantly composed of oak, beech, ash and silver birch. There are also a significant number of cherry, hawthorn, hazel, holly and hornbeam trees. The wood is known for its bluebells, which are particularly prominent in April–May. There are also a few rare species of fungus, including Crepidotus cinnabarinus, which has only been recorded on three other occasions in the whole of Europe.

  • St Mary’s Watford is a Church of England church in Watford.

    It is situated in the town centre on Watford High Street. St Mary’s is the parish church of Watford and is part of the Anglican Diocese of St Albans. Thought to be at least 800 years old, the church contains burials of a number of local nobility and some noteworthy monumental sculpture of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.

  • The exciting new sport, play and leisure facilities at Oxhey Activity Park, also awarded at the Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards.

    Your little ones can explore the adventurous new children’s play areas! They can discover the play trails, swing on the jungle swing like a modern-day Tarzan or zoom down the slides.

    The new river side café caters for park-users also means that bikers, sportspeople, walkers and busy parents will be able to relax with a drink and snack at the park.

    Due to lockdown restrictions, sports and leisure facilities might have to remain closed – still a great place to visit for a walk.


  • Cassiobury Farm & Fishery is a rare breeds centre on the edge of Cassiobury Park. 

    Encompassing a rare breeds farm, an exotic animal collection, a kitchen garden and fishing lakes, Cassiobury Farm & Fishery is a nature-lovers paradise.

    Spread over 15-acres on the site of historic watercress beds dating back to 1820, the site is rich in wild, farmed and exotic birds and animals.

    Check directly with the farm for opening seasons and times.

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