Welcome to Rickmansworth
South-west of Hertfordshire, Rickmansworth is approximately 20 miles northwest of central London and inside the perimeter of the M25 motorway.
Located at junctions 17 and 18 of the M25 motorway, Rickmansworth’s boundaries give access to Heathrow Airport, and the national motorway network.
The nearest large town is Watford, approximately 5 miles away. The town is served by the Metropolitan line of the London Underground and Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone to Aylesbury. CitiPark Rickmansworth is located less than a minutes’ walk from the train station.
Watersmeet is a 515-seat theatre complex owned by the Three Rivers District Council in the town centre. Its auditorium can be transformed from a raked theatre to a flat floor for performances in the round, dancing, cabaret, weddings, indoor markets, and craft fairs. The Rickmansworth Players (affiliated to NODA) is a well-established amateur dramatics society that performs musicals and plays on a regular basis.
Rickmansworth is sometimes shortened to “Ricky”, as used in the annual Ricky Week celebrations which occur in May. The town’s canal history is remembered at the end of the week with the Rickmansworth Festival organised by Rickmansworth Waterways Trust. The annual Ricky Road Run takes place with more than 500 runners. The annual Victorian Evening, held in the town centre at the end of November, was changed to Starlight Evening in 2011. Inspired by the reference to Rickmansworth on the first page of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
The Aquadrome covers 41 hectares (100 acres) and includes the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve, Batchworth and Bury Lakes, open grassland, areas of woodland, car parking, a café and a children’s play area. Its boundaries are the River Colne to the north, the Grand Union Canal to the east and south and Stocker’s Lake nature reserve to the west. In July 2009, it received a Green Flag Award for parks and open spaces which meet high standards.
The lakes are old gravel quarries filled with water and stocked with fish but only Batchworth Lake is available for fishing. Batchworth Lake is popular for water skiing events and hosts the Rickmansworth Water Ski Club.
Rickmansworth Cricket Club was founded in 1787 and is one of the oldest recorded clubs in England. Its clubhouse was built in 1921 by Sir William Francis Reckitt – a member of the Reckitt and Colman Mustard dynasty.
Several TV shows and Hollywood blockbusters have been filmed in Rickmansworth, these include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, 28 Weeks Later and Doctor Who.