Sworders Field

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A large, open field immediately adjacent to the Town Centre suitable for major public events (concerts, festivals, carnival, fairs etc) or smaller activities.  

Our objective for events on Sworders Field is to provide, throughout the year, a variety of entertainment for a wide demographic, and encourage event promotors to come forward with booking requests.  When approached by an event promoter, Bishop's Stortford Town Council will endeavour to provide a picture of other events that are booked, or likely to be booked, so they can reserve the field at the optimum time for their own event.  We may refuse proposed bookings or suggest alternative timings if a proposed event is similar in nature and audience to another occurring within 4 weeks, should we consider that the conflict will be detrimental to the overall objectives for Sworders Field. 

To hire, contact Tracey Gaynor on  01279 715004 (tracey.gaynor@bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk)  or Anne  Shirley on 01279 712146 (anne.shirley@bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk)

Scale of Charges - Daily Hire 2017
Operational Day£200.00
Non-Operational Day£100.00
Charity & Non Charity (payable for exclusive use only)£50.00
Hourly Hire (no equipment/vehicles)£50.00
Room Information: 
Sworders Field Bishop's Stortford Herts
CM23 2EL (map)
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Castle Park Parkrun - Every Saturday 09:00hrs (see exceptions marked ** below) 

Castle Park Parkrun. The course is 5000m (5K) long and is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.  Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.  Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.   For further details please refer to website: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/castlepark/


Bishop's Stortford Beer Cider & Foodies Festival - Friday 25th May - Sunday 27 May 2018 - (Opening times: Friday and Saturday 10:00-22:00hrs, Sunday 11:00-17:00hrs) 

This is a free event to attend.  There will be a large selection of craft beers, ciders, meats and street food and food stalls available all weekend. Guests will be able to taste a range of beers and ciders from various local breweries.  The event will also incorporate a street food area for visitors to grab a bite to eat .  For further details contact Essex Brewery Company (www.eatdrinkseek.co.uk/event/bishops-stortford-beer-cider-foodies-festival/Challenge 25 will be in operation where alcohol is served. 


Bishop's Stortford Town Carnival and Fun Day, Sworders Field, Saturday 16th June 2018. Theme: "Celebrating Stortford"

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council welcomes you to Bishop’s Stortford Carnival and Fun Day 2018!  This year's theme will yet to be announced.  The Carnival brings the community together to celebrate everything that is good about Bishop’s Stortford and promises to be a great day out for all ages. The procession starts from the Rhodes arts centre at 12.30.  The floats will process through South Street, Potter Street and Market Square before finishing on North Street at approximately 13.15.  By then the fun on the field, which commences at 12 Noon and carries on until 5pm (times to be confirmed) will be in full swing. In total over 100 community groups and other organisations will be taking part.  These usually include charities, local businesses and touring attractions as well as a variety of entertainment for children and adults alike.  

Bishop’s Stortford Carnival and Fun Day is operated by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council for Bishop’s Stortford and its surrounding communities. For further details contact Bishop's Stortford Tourist Information Centre Tel no: 01279 655831 or Bishop's Stortford Town Council email: (tic@bishopsstortford.orgwww.bishopsstortford.org/venue-hire/sworders-field Telephone Number: 01279 715001

This year our Fun Day promises a packed program of displays and activities (programme will be confirmed at a later date). 

*NB: Exclusive use of  Sworders field - There will be NO Castle Park Parkrun on Saturday 16th June 2018 from Sworders Field - WILL go ahead elsewhere: see parkrun website for revised route!**


Children's World Fun Day, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018 from 12 noon 

(non operational days 26-29 June - operational days as above)

Inflatables and fun fair for under 10 years of age.  As always, wrist bands for rides will be available and are excellent value for money.  There will be 6  fun rides for under 10's and 5 inflatables - is just one price of £7.50 for endless rides.  For further details contact  Susan Carey on Tel No: 07976 270697.

(**Parkrun to be confirmed**)


Festival of Flavours in Aid of Grove Cottage - Sunday 8th July 2018 11:00-17:00 hrs

Features numerous food and drink stalls, a Flavour Stage with talks and presentations, a house band, bar and chill out area to enjoy the food and much more!  Entry will be charged at £4 per adult and will be free for children, with all proceeds to Grove Cottage.

For further details and to book a stall at the event, please contact sue@mencapgrovecottage.org web: http://www.mencapgrovecottage.org/

Rusty Russel Circus 18-22 July 2018 russell.leisure@gmail.com


Cogger's Nationwide Ammusements - Funfair from 31st August - 9th September 2018
Ride prices are All rides £1.50 per person, Dodgems £2.50 per car.  Times 17:00-21:30 hrs weekdays and 14:00-22:00 hrs Saturdays, 14:00-19:00hrs Sundays.

Enjoy funfair entertainment for all the family on Sworders Field provided by Cogger's Nationwide Amusements.  For further details contact Cogger's Nationwide Amusements on Tel No: 01452 306635 or Mobile: 0783 66 99 599 or email: coggers@funfair-carnivals.co.uk.  see website: www.funfair-carnivals.co.uk.


Bishop's Stortford Beer Cider & Foodies Festival - Friday 21 - Sunday 23rd September 2018 (times to be confirmed)

A large selection of craft beers, ciders, meats and street food available all weekend. For further details contact Essex Brewery Company (further details to follow)