If there is one thing England is famous for it’s the unpredictable weather. We know it can be disappointing when the skies go grey while you are on holiday, but in Watford that is not an issue; there are many indoor activities to enjoy your time …whatever the weather.
1. Cocktails at The Florist
The Florist believes in the fundamental principles of floristry, to charm each of the senses. Step into a sensory world and discover an arrangement of modern dining, floral cocktails, Instagrammable interiors and DJs.
The extensive cocktail menu is inspired by the three key styles of floristry: English Garden, Ikebana and Modern Contemporary. Whether you’re toasting to the weekend, to a good outfit day or to a liquid lunch, there’s a cocktail crafted for every occasion.
If gin is your tipple, The Florist also offers a hand-selected gin list. The food menu is just as vibrant, offering a modern dining experience.
Guests can enjoy delicious sharing plates with distinctive Asian flavours and beautifully presented.
Those wishing to enhance their sensory experience can partake in The Florist’s bespoke masterclasses. Guests can enjoy expertly-led experiences in the crafts of cocktails, floristry and gin.
2. Take your Family to Parents Paradise
Parents Paradise provide soft play for children of all ages up to 11 years.
Their family-run play area includes exciting play frames, a separate baby play area, go-karting race track, a football penalty shooting area (on the main playframe) and private kids party rooms.
It’s an indoor play especially designed to keep your little ones entertained and buzzing with excitement for a soft play experience to remember. Parents will find comfortable sofas, refreshments and their favourite newspaper or magazine to pass the time. They also offer a fabulous children’s party range from a go-kart party to special toddler birthday parties.
3. Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series.
Discover the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall and explore the Forbidden Forest, all before boarding the original Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾ and wandering down Diagon Alley.
4. Shopping spree at intu Watford
intu Watford is one of the region’s largest indoor shopping and leisure destinations, located in the heart of the town centre, featuring a nine-screen IMAX Cineworld, Hollywood Bowl, restaurants, shops, and a three-storey flagship Debenhams.
Hugely popular with families, the centre also includes an indoor climbing experience called Rock Up, and intu puts on regular free events and activities on the mall throughout the year.
intu Watford has 2,800 parking spaces across four adjoining pay-as-you-leave car parks, meaning shoppers can easily park, shop, dine and play.
5. An afternoon with friends at D20 Board Games Café
The café is a unique space in the community, where you can enjoy tabletop gaming and hang-out with like-minded people.
They cater for all gaming tastes and dietary requirements, from classic childhood games to the newest board game releases.
There is also a menu full of vegan and gluten-free options.
The café hold events every day with meetups for different games, themed quizzes and even magic shows! So come in and play a board game, enjoy our locally roasted coffee, and try one of our locally brewed craft beers.
6. Teleport to Laser Planet
Laser Planet is a new concept in laser tag gaming, adding a hi-end feel and experience to a very popular game.
Ideal for customers of all ages from 6 years onwards, from children’s parties to corporate events.
Do you like console gaming? This is like being in the game! Each player is equipped with a laser vest and phaser.
You can take part in a team mission or a free-for-all mission, just make sure you get the highest score!
7. Visit Watford Museum
Open from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday to Saturday, the Visit England accredited museum is housed in the former offices of Benskins Brewery. Telling the story of Watford past and present, the museum has displays of local history, industry and archaeology.
As well as its wonderful displays, the museum has a full calendar of events and activities throughout the year. From action-packed activities for children to themed walking tours of Watford High Street.
These are all complemented by an ongoing series of exhibitions at the Museum’s Space2 art gallery. The museum as its own Little Gallery Tearoom which sells Fairtrade drinks and delicious cakes which is open on the first Saturday of each month.
8. Escape 'Breakout Rooms'
Breakout Rooms is the first and only escape room in Watford equipped with different scenarios to test your ability to crack codes.
It is a physical adventure game in which players (2-6 people) solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategies to escape.
Once locked in, you have 60 minutes to break out and beat the clock in order to feature on our wall of fame where you can boast your success.
They also welcome parties, corporate events and larger groups as we have a series of identical rooms where you can race each other as part of the game.
9. Rock the Walls at 'Rock Up'
Rock Up is a thrilling climbing centre at intu Watford Shopping Centre. They have 27 incredible fun climbing walls towering over 8m with multiple routes to their peaks.
They support and work with community groups from Schools to Scouts, Cadets to Sports Clubs and many more. Rockup also offer climbing sessions for under 5-year-old’s and a Rock Stars climbing club that aims on building strength, confidence and agility.