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by Estelle Hakner (subscribe)
Freelance writer and Londoner at heart. www.estellehaknermusicblog.wordpress.com
Published July 29th 2012
Image by Jack Hill - Wikimedia Commons



Welcome to a place where childhood resides. What Hyde Park is to London, Cassiobury Park is to Watford. Utterly weather dependent of course, the park has fluttered in the recent heat wave; over 190 acres of grassland absolutely alive with kids, couples, families and friends making the most of the shockingly beautiful summer sunshine.

Situated at the very top end of Watford town centre, the park is a much needed spot of natural beauty in an otherwise urban town. A place to unwind, a place to socialise, but mostly a place to have fun. Like many of London's parks, Cassiobury is not completely isolated and is only a few minutes' walk back to the town centre if you get hungry; alternatively, you could always visit the much loved 'Cha Cha Café' open all year round in the park's heart. Conveniently placed next to a great kiddies play area, the friendly café allows a bit of chill out time in a relaxed environment; coffee for you, fun time for them.

Full of those wishing to become the next Roger Federer, the park's free tennis courts are always thriving in the summer: a popular place for when the heat of the day has cooled into evening. Ultimately, the park is always a hit with the fitness lovers; a great place to run amongst the trees, stretch, do yoga- whatever takes your fancy. And the recent British success in the Tour de France 2012 has certainly left its mark on Cassiobury with the great cycle path always bustling with those wishing to follow in Bradley Wiggins' tyre tracks.

With a great central location and thousands of visitors every year, it is now wonder that the park plays host to some fantastic events every year: the most loved being the summer fairground and the hugely successful fireworks display on bonfire night. In truth, one of the saddest moments when I moved to university was realising I wouldn't be able to see the Cassiobury fireworks.
With hours of things to keep you occupied, it is no wonder that the park is a huge part of every Watforder's childhood and, likewise, their teen years and beyond. Paddling in the streams, having a ride on the park's own steam train, having a splash in the fantastic kiddies paddling pools and, obviously, scoffing down an ice cream at the end of a busy day of fun.

Kids and adults alike will cherish the memories of this park for years to come and, hopefully, you will too. You have my guarantee, it is a beautiful place.
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Why? Watford's Beauty Spot
Where: Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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