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The Bandstand on Sworders Field is available free of charge for amateur and charitible groups.  It can be used informally for impromptu performances at any time (unless there is a booking) however if you plan to advertise your event and in all cases for commercial performances you will need to book in advance. electricity is now available, there are  two x 16 amp commando sockets available;  A  £6.00 charge will be levied for this facility. 

Some events will require Temporary Event Permission (Temporary Event Notice  - TEN) which can be obtained from East Herts District Council.  The rules for TENs have recently been relaxed and as a result a TEN will not usually be required for a music or theatrical performance where the audience does not exceed 500 people (there is no limit on audience size if it is a music event without amplification).  You are advised to check as regulations do change from time to time and groups using the bandstand are responsible for checking the requirements, obtaining any necessary permission, and for organising and promoting the event.  

During the summer months a cafe operates near the bandstand and there is an ice cream van at the nearby paddling pool area and organisers may wish to contact the people running these facitities in advance to ascertain whether they will be present.  Contact details are available from the Town Council.

There are no toilet facilities at the bandstand however a single unisex cubicle is available at the paddling pool.

To hire, contact Tracey Gaynor 01279 715004 email 


Live at the Bandstand

Over the summer Bishop’s Stortford Town council will be organising “Live at the bandstand”.

We are giving music groups, school music groups, choirs, independent bands, solo artists and possibly performance arts groups the chance to participate in this event.

The event will take place every Saturday between 22/07/17 until 02/09/17.  

We are offering two 2 hour slots:  12:00–14:00 and 15:00–17:00 (it is possible to have both slots if preferred and available)

If you would like to be involved contact:

SUNDAY 25th JUNE 2017 15:00-16:00

Music for a Summer afternoon: Performances will include songs from the theatre and the cinema and some traditoinal brass band items. 

We are passionate about the brass band movement in this country and are also looking to recruit new members and can provide instruments and tuition if you are a beginner. Our ages currently range from teens to 70+ but we welcome players from age 8 upwards. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday in The Markwell Pavilion from 7.30 - 9.30 p.m.  Contact Sue Swan Bandmaster 01279 506123 for more details or visit

Amateur and Charitable groupsFree of Charge
Commercial usePlease contact Bishop's Stortford Town Council
Use of electricity£6 per day
Room Information: 
BandstandSmall band up to about 10 pieceOctagonal about 6.5m across
Seating areaSuitable for 10-several 1000 peopleSeating is on the ground - grass
The Bandstand, Sworders Field, The Causeway, Bishop's Stortford Please note the bandstand does not have a postcode. The map below shows the nearest postcode, the bandstand is about 50m due north of the point shown.
CM23 2EJ (map)
Latest News: 

Sunday 2nd July 2017 12:30hrs - 17:00 hrs  Performces on Bandstand by Bishops Stortford Ukulele Society (BSUS). Come and enjoy a musical afternoon on the Sworders Field near Bandstand, live performances by Bishop's Stortford Ukulele Society and other local ukulele groups. For further details contact, web site: or follow on Twitter: @StortfordBSUS