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A Grand Day Out at Cassiobury Park

What do you like to get up to on a (hopefully) sunny Sunday in July? Cycling? Dancing? Live music? Or maybe just a laid-back barbecue with friends? Cassiobury Park can offer all that and more on Sunday 24th July – on a Grand Day Out. All events are taking place close to the beautiful, partially-restored bandstand, pictured.

It all kicks off – or rather, pushes off – at 8.30 in the morning, when Doctor Bike arrives close to the Shepherds Road entrance, ready to attend to your bicycling needs. Then at 10 o’clock you can take your pick from three Sky Rides – the family-friendly Cassiobury Park Special, the Weaving Whippy Wheeler (for steady riders) or the more challenging Watford Countryside Ramble – all organised in association with Watford’s Cycle Hub and The Big Bike Revival.

Then it’s back to the area around the bandstand for lunch – time for a bite to eat from the mobile barbecue – or bring your own picnic – before the Jazz, Jive and Swing festival gets underway at one. The bandstand itself won’t be open (that’s planned for later this summer), but a stage and dancefloor will be nearby. You can enjoy the music, watch the professionals dance, and then try out your own steps – all for free. The activities are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Watford Council.

If the sports fans among you aren’t that into dancing, don’t despair – keep the children busy with a Britich Cycling race for 5-16 year-olds – just £2 to enter – from one o’clock. And a big screen will be nearby, keeping pace with the final stage of the Tour de France. After the music from the Jazz, Jive, Swing event stops, the evening will end with a live broadcast of the race down the Champs Elysées.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said “Bring a picnic, bring your dancing shoes, bring your bike (and helmet). Sunday 24th July is a date to remember!”

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