Watford’s extraordinary open-air performance festival is heading into its tenth year!

Imagine Watford 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Imagine Watford was cancelled in 2020. However, we’re excited to announce that the festival is returning for 2021! We have REimagineD our annual outdoor celebration to ensure we are COVID safe but still full of fun. We promise to once again transform the streets into places of wonder and excitement, with spectacular performances for all the family to enjoy!

Check out our What’s On pages for listings!

Find Out More

In 2011 Watford Borough Council and Watford Palace Theatre initiated Imagine Watford. It was the first major collaboration of the Watford Cultural Leaders Group, which included:

Arts Council England
Watford Borough Council
West Herts College
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden
Watford Colosseum
Watford for You
BBC Concert Orchestra
Hertfordshire County Council
Watford Football Club

The Festival helped to transform perceptions of the town, kick-starting a process of partnership working between Watford’s cultural organisations, and drove forward a broader agenda, of cultural renewal. Imagine Watford is funded by Arts Council England, Watford Borough Council and Watford Palace Theatre.

Programmed, produced and delivered by Watford Palace Theatre, the festival brings world-class acts to the streets of Watford, as well as supporting local artists to create new shows. From circus, theatre, music and dance performances, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy, prepare to expect the unexpected!


Be a part of the action as the town prepares to be captivated by some of the most exciting and impressive circus, dance and theatre acts from across the UK and Europe! Our volunteers play a key role in promoting the festival, looking after performers, and providing information to the public. Interested? Please click the button below to register as a volunteer.

Volunteer at Imagine Watford

Share your festival fun!

We’d love for you to share your photos of the festival with us! Make sure you tag us on social media, using #ImagineWatford2021!

Programming and general enquiries

We like email! To send us your Imagine Watford enquiries, please click the button below.

Imagine Watford enquiry

Photo from Imagine Watford. Performers in overalls bear a giant puppet of a goblin-like creature along Watford High Street, heading towards the camera.
The photo was taken at night time on Watford Hight street as part of the Imagine Watford festival. It shows three performers in red boiler suits holding giant glowing lips.
Still image from an Imagine Watford performance. Three performers in bright clothing are in the middle of a mat. One performer holds up the other two, who are also supporting each other. A crowd of onlookers are in the background. The shops lining Watford High Street are visible behind the audience.