Markwell Pavilion and Elsie Barrett Clubroom

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The Markwell Pavilion is situated in the centre of the town of Bishop's Stortford in the pretty Castle Gardens. Totally suitable for the elderly and disabled, the building was originally built for the Elsie Barrett Club for the Blind. There are two rooms, one slightly smaller and carpeted, both with separate kitchens and toilet facilities. The Pavilion is ideal for summer functions having access to the gardens to enjoy the outside parks. Wi-Fi is also available. To hire, contact  Tracey Gaynor 01279 715004 email for regular bookings contact Anne Shirley 01279 712146 email

Dog training sessions are not permitted in this venue. 

Please note that no 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st birthday parties are permitted at this venue. 

Parties ages 12+ are required to leave a £300 cash damage deposit.

NB: In the unlikely event that there is a problem with the key to the Markwell Pavillion, please contact the Tourist Information Centre, in the Town Centre, they have spare keys and are open on Saturdays between 10:00-16:00hrs contact Tel No: 01279 715001 

Pricing per hour
HirerMarkwell PavilionElsie Barrett RoomBoth Rooms
Private Hire & Registered Charity*£10.50£9.00£16.00
Senior Citizens Clubs, U3A & VIP Club*£6.30£5.40£9.60
All Hirers - after 6pm on Weekends/PublicHolidays£21.00£18.00£32.00
Use of recorded music (per session): £1.50
*except after 6pm on Weekends/PublicHolidays
Room Information: 
RoomCapacity (people)Dimensions
Main Hall70 standing or 70 seated40ft x 30ft / 12.2 x 9.1m (70 padded chairs in foyer)
Elsie Barrett Clubroom, Stored in cupboard 4 x 6' & 2 x 4' tables 20 x Chairs 40 standing or 20 seated23ft x 24ft / 7 x 7.3m (20 plastic black chairs in cupboard)
Both Halls100
Tables and Chairs in Foyer for Markwell Pavillion 16 x 6' 10 x 4' tables 70 x chairs
Castle Grounds Bishop’s Stortford Herts
CM23 2EL (map)
Latest News: 

Weight Watchers every Saturday: Times soon to be extended from 08:15-11:30hrs  from 7th April 2018 contact Claire Mathie on 07879 631648 or email - Note No class on 16 June 2017

Kundalini Yoga for all ages starting Friday 2 February 2018  19:00-21:00 in the  Elsie Barrett side entrance for further detials contact Alexandra email  phone 0752583256

Te-Ashi-Do Karate Monday  starting 21 September 2015 Main Hall 17:30-18:30 for further details contact Alan Worrell 07826849388 email

Te-Ashi-Do Karate Thursday starting 24 September 2015 Main Hall 17:30-18:30 for further details contact Alan Worrell 07826849388 email

Various Fridays Monthly Mediumship Event for all to attend only £5.00, held in the Markwell Pavilion, phone Marie for further details 07935344649

Photos from left to right: Outside view of Markwell Pavillion and Elsie Barrett Club Room; Markwell Pavillion Main Hall, Elsie Barrett Club Room; Elsie Barrett Kitchen; Kitchen for Markwell Pavillion Main Hall.