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19th – 21st July Waterways Festival

The Waterways Festival is an annual national event held by the Inland Waterways Association (IWA). The 2013 Festival will be held this year along the Grand Union Canal in Cassiobury Park from 19th-21st July.

The event is organised and operated by volunteers from the IWA and is their largest event of the year. The organisation campaigns for the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland waterways of Britain.

It is a three day celebration of our inland waterways (mainly canals), with hundreds of visiting boats and exhibitors, live music and entertainment for all the family, especially the children. A wide variety of food outlets will cater for every taste whilst the real ale bar is always popular. There will be a large campsite and plenty of mooring space for visitors to bring a craft, camp or just visit and join in the festivities.

It’s a great opportunity to showcase Watford and Cassiobury Park. As it is a large event the organisers and council recognise the need to minimise disruption for local residents and regular park users and are very experienced in doing this.





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Sky Ride Sun 9 Sep

This Sunday morning (9 th ) from 10am there will be a ‘Sky Ride’ cycling event in the Park. Sky Ride is a British Cycling initiative to encourage more people to ride bikes. Trained ride leaders and local volunteers will guide groups of riders and provide advice and help on cycling.

The attached map SkyRide Cassiobury Park Easy Ride Marshal Points shows the route taken. 60 participants have signed up and they will be split into a number of guided groups.

Friends of Cassiobury Park have strong reservations about any increase in cycling in the park and current bye-laws restrict cycling to marked paths. The Friends therefore agreed to the Skyride on the basis that it is a once-off event and is carefully marshalled – especially at choke points such as the rustic bridge. We also asked that it be held after the school summer holidays.

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