About the Watford Festival

The Watford Festival was established over 70 years ago and has grown from strength to strength to become one of the largest and most respected in the UK. It aims to encourage people of all ages to perform in the areas of Music, Speech and Drama by providing an opportunity to perform before an adjudicator and an audience.

The Festival is held in February and March every year. It is a competitive festival and there are classes for both children and adults available. Classes are divided into the following sections:

ChoralVocalPianoforteStringsCarnaticWoodwind & Brass and Speech & Drama.

The Festival receives many hundreds of entries every year, involving hundreds of participants. It offers a unique opportunity for these participants to experience performing in front of an audience and to receive expert advice and encouragement.


Deadline for registering to do online entries (if you're not already registered): Friday, 6th December 2019 - NOW PASSED!

Deadline for adding and paying for your entries: Friday, 13th December 2019 - NOW PASSED!

Need set poems for Speech & Drama? Please contact Katherine Barker on 020 8959 7819 or katherine@watfordfestival.co.uk for a booklet containing the poems.


Speech and Drama 2019 winners

Photos from the Festival

Visiting a Festival venue? Please remember to bring cash for admission tickets, refreshments and so on - regrettably, we cannot accept cheques or cards at our venues. Please also make our lives easier by not bringing £20 and £50 notes, as we have only a limited capacity to provide change for these. Thanks for your understanding.