23rd July - 8th August
The Stage In The Park is a pop-up venue appearing in the stunning outdoor setting of Cassiobury Park, providing a programme of great entertainment for the people of Watford and beyond. Bring your family, your partner or your mates and settle down to enjoy shows from the best in the business right here on your doorstep.
The Stage in the Park
The site for stage in the park will be between Cassiobury Car park and Daisy’s Café next to the splash park. You won’t be able to miss it.
The entrance to the site and to our food and drink area is on the side closest to the splash park and is near the famous Cassiobury park Cedar Tree.
We’ll be providing different seating options to make sure all visitors are comfortable – you’ll be able to book a socially distanced spot in the venue and can chose the option to bring your own seats, bring your own blanket or cushions for our floor seating area, or even a bubble with chairs provided.
Come for the shows but stay for the atmosphere!
With a great range of food and drink on offer from independent retailers providing plenty of options whatever your taste. Check out the Food and Drink section below for a full run down of confirmed suppliers.
Our site is fully compliant with safety standards relating to Covid, allowing everyone to kick back, chill and enjoy the entertainment. If you want to know more information about the topic, check out our Frequently asked Questions (FAQs).
To check out the fantastic programme, and to purchase tickets, please click the button below!
Frequently asked Questions
Will there be toilets on site? Yes there will, temporary loos will be brought onto site for the event.
Can I buy food and drinks? Yes you can! We have some great vendors on site in our hospitality area, and you can see a full list of these below. These are takeaway services which you’ll be able to order from on the day. Our guidance is to wear your mask and remain socially distanced in the queue to keep everybody safe. You’ll also be able to order picnic baskets made up for you fresh and ready to pick up on site.
Can I bring my own alcohol? You are welcome to bring your own alcohol should you wish, but it must be consumed in our lovely venue only and not in the park.
Will there be chairs? We’ll be providing different seating options to make sure all visitors are comfortable. You’ll be able to book a socially distanced spot in the venue to view the show and can choose the option to bring your own seats, bring your own blanket or cushions for the floor seating area, or even book a seating bubble with chairs provided. You can’t mix and match different seating in one bubble though. All members of your group will have the same seating (blanket on the floor, bring your own seats, or seated where we’ll provide you with seating for everyone in your bubble) for more information please click book now on the specific show in our What’s On area.
I have access needs. Will there be suitable provision for me on site? We want everyone to be able to visit the site and have tried hard to ensure we make the site as accessible as possible. We have access seating available at the front of the venue including spaces for wheelchairs and we’ll provide free carer tickets. Disabled toilet facilities will also be provided. If the venue site becomes extremely muddy then we might not be able to accommodate wheelchairs. In this event, we’ll contact wheelchair bookers to let them know as far in advance as possible and we will of course provide a full refund.
Your guide or hearing dog is welcome to stay with you. If you wish to bring your assistance dog, please contact the Box Office on 01923 225671 between the hours of 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
Unfortunately, we won’t have hearing loop system or captioning on site.
Can I bring my dog to Stage in the Park?
Service animals, such as guide or hearing dogs can be brought on site to Stage in the Park, and accompany you for the duration of your visit with us. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any other animals at the Stage in the Park events.
The automated sign says the Cassiobury Car Park is full, what can I do?
Don’t worry, the sign refers to the main car park, you can use the special Stage in the Park parking area. Just look for the welcome host in a hi-vis jacket by the gate on the right as you drive in.
Can I buy tickets at the site? We recommend booking in advance as some shows will sell-out but you’ll be able to purchase tickets from the Box Office on site, up to an hour before the show and online or by phone up to two hours before the show.
How will I receive my tickets? Once purchased, your tickets will be emailed to you as e-tickets which you can present on your mobile device for admittance into the site. If you don’t have a mobile device, please quote either your full name and address or order number when you arrive at the venue and theatre staff will be able to locate your booking.
How many people can be booked into the same bubble? Up to 6 but you can choose the number of tickets you are purchasing per bubble from 1 to 6.
Does my baby need a ticket? You can bring babes in arms (under 18 months) for free! Please note, there are some shows that are unsuitable for young children so do check the age recommendations on each show.
Our venue is in a green space and is within walking distance of our town centre and transportation links. We hope you are able to use public transport and green travel where ever possible.
From Watford High street the venue is 23 minutes walk. The quickest route is to walk up the high street, past the pond and then head under the underpass towards the Town Hall. Turn left and walk along the pedestrian path past the Town Hall and the Colosseum. Keep going straight until you see the Cassiobury Park entrance. Take the large tree lined path on the right and walk in a straight line through the beautiful park for 10 minutes. Soon you will see our fenced venue in a large open space.
There are good cycle connections throughout Watford and across Cassiobury Park. Stage in the Park has partnered with Beryl, the bike share provider in Watford, to give you an active and sustainable way to travel to us. If you would like to benefit from this service, please download the Beryl app to enjoy your ride.
There are many bus routes from surrounding areas that bring you into Watford. Arriva Bus is offering Stage in the Park bookers 20% off travel when booking a trip to or from Cassiobury Park Avenue/Gade Avenue, postcode WD18 7LF which is just by the car park. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, simply download the ArrivaClick – Watford app, register your details and enter promo code which can be found in the ‘Your Visit to Stage in the Park’ email which we will send prior to your visit with us.
Your seats can be booked 48-hours in advance and any additional passengers are £1 each.
There are several train stations within walking distance to our site.
Watford Metropolitan Line – 10 minutes walk
Watford Junction station – 25 minutes walk
Watford High Street station – 33 minutes walk
BY CAR/ PARKING
Though we want to encourage audiences to use the most environmentally friendly form of travel they can, we understand that cars can sometimes be the best option for you.
Cassiobury Car Park is used by locals to visit the park. To ensure we do not disrupt other users we will be providing additional parking, which is indicated on our map. This additional parking will be available for all show bookers and will cost £3. For anyone without a ticket, parking can be provided in this overspill car park for £5. Click here to find the exact location of venue parking using WHAT THREE WORDS.
Do I need to wear a mask? It is now individual preference if you would like to wear a face covering at Stage in the Park. As the venue is outdoors, and all seating is in bubbles, our guidance is that face coverings are not required when seated in your bubble, however you may wish to wear one when moving around the site.
Are you cleaning the site? Yes we are. The site will be treated and deep cleaned regularly as part of our robust Covid safe mitigations. Hand sanitiser stations will also be placed throughout the site.
Why am I prompted to enter my telephone number upon booking? Don’t you have this on my account? What will you do with this information? To comply with NHS Test and Trace guidelines, we ask you to confirm your contact telephone number upon booking to ensure we have the most recent information for you.
If requested, your contact telephone number will be provided to NHS Test and Trace. We’ll also use this in accordance with your account preferences, for example to contact you in the event of a performance being cancelled.
What should I do if I start feeling ill at the venue? If you start experiencing covid-19 symptoms at a performance, please go home immediately and follow self-isolation guidance.
If I develop Coronavirus symptoms after attending the venue, who should I notify? If you develop Coronavirus symptoms, you should self-isolate and get tested as quickly as possible. If you test positive, NHS Test and Trace will ask you where you have been recently and who you have seen. They’ll then get in touch with anyone you may have been in close contact with to advise them on next steps.
Will I be contacted if someone at the venue develops Coronavirus? If one of your fellow audience members tests positive for Coronavirus, you may receive a call from NHS Test and Trace asking you to get tested or self-isolate. We would ask that you follow any advice they may give you.
Can I get a refund if I have been asked to isolate? If you or a member of your household has been asked to isolate due to Coronavirus symptoms, please do not attend the theatre. We have updated our Booking Conditions so that you may now contact the Box Office to request a refund or exchange of tickets for this reason.
Our venue is entirely outside with no covering over the audiences. It can be an entirely magical experience watching the sun break through the clouds during a show, there’s something special about outdoor performances! Our best advice is to be prepared. Pack a jumper in case it turns cold and bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sunshine, particularly if you are watching an afternoon show, as it can get hot on site due to the lack of cover. Make sure you have some water. Sunglasses, raincoats and rain hats should also be considered – we live in the UK after all!
If its raining will the show go ahead? Generally yes, the vast majority of performances will be completed (as our stage is undercover). We won’t cancel the show due to rain unless there is a genuine threat to safety for artists and audiences. If the forecast looks rainy then please come prepared. We won’t provide refunds unless we have cancelled the show and 99% of the time we will not.
Will you let us know if the show is cancelled? Yes we will, but this is unlikely to occur until just before the show as British summers can provide changeable conditions, and we don’t want to disappoint customers and cancel a show needlessly.
Can I bring a tent? We’re sorry but no. The reason is they will affect the viewing pleasure of our other customers, and we want everyone to have an unobstructed view of the stage!
Food & Drink
We have some great unique suppliers working with us in our venue, so whatever you fancy, we’ve got you covered!
F & L Gourmet Burgers
Serving up a cracking selection of piled high burgers including a great looking veggie option and tonnes of fries to finish your meal off.
Ice creams and lollies
Everyone’s favourite frosty treats! From 99s to Fabs and Calippos, these bad boys are guaranteed to keep you cool should the heatwave continue, and even if it doesn’t, there’s always an occasion for an ice cream!
Big Dogs – Available from 26th July!
Bringing the bratwurst of your dreams to Stage in the Park, and some seriously large and soft pretzel goodness on the side.
Margot & Rita’s Mexican Food – Available from 26th July!
Nachos, Burritos and Tacos, Margo and Rita’s can ratchet up the heat if you want it with some top notch Mexican food all served out of their unique painted van.
The Stage Bar
Our venue bar will be stocked with plenty of cold soft drinks to keep all the family nice and cool on your summer day out to the shows!