Friends of Castle Park Meetings

The Friends of Castle Park meet every two months to discuss the direction of the group and opportunities. The meetings are held from 7pm – 8.30pm at Bishops Stortford Town Council Chambers, Windhill, CM23 2ND. We welcome everyone who has an interest in their local park and community, so come along and say hello!

Meeting dates for 2019 are: 1st October and 3rd December.

Upcoming Events

We are constantly updating our pages but, if you see something you are interested in and would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via our Contact page or email us at

Community Archaeological Dig, 26th-30th August & 2nd-6th September 2019 – We are looking for volunteers to support the FOCP community archaeological digs…a great opportunity to learn new skills and help to unearth the town’s history. To register your interest please fill out the  Community Digs Sign Up document and email it to the . Please note, this event is only open to volunteers aged 18 years and over.

Heritage Day, 1st September 2019 – The Friends of Castle Park and the Countryside Management Service will be showcasing the items found from previous excavations. The event will take place 11am – 3pm in the grounds of Castle Park, this exhibition is aimed at young archaeological enthusiasts of all ages to have ago at their own replica dig and learn about the heritage of Castle Park. This community engagement event is a great opportunity to learn new skills and become involved with the history of your community Park.

Wellbeing Triathlon, 7th June 2020 – Put the date in your diary! Following on from the huge success of the 2019 Wellbeing Triathlon, we will be holding the event again. Keep posted for further details.

Goodness in the Park, 19th July 2020 – Our annual Sport and Wellbeing Event is back! There is something for everyone and for all ages, we are very excited about this years Goodness in the Park and we can’t wait to see you all there!

Regular Events

Parkrun – FREE, timed, 5 km run, jog or walk, every Saturday morning at 09.00am.  Meet at the bandstand 8.50am for a briefing. You need to have registered with Parkrun beforehand and receive your barcode! For further information: Castle Park Parkrun

Riverfly Monitoring – This is a monthly occurrence, to find out more please email Anne Brolly.

Health Walks – FREE, led walks, every Friday, helping everyone get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits.  First steps at 10.15 (20 min), Grade 1 at 11.00 (30 min, about 1.5 miles) and Grade 2 (45 min, about 2 miles).  Meet at the entrance to Castle Park by the Link Road car park.  For further information: Hertfordshire Health Walks

Previous Events

Goodness in the Park, 14th July 2019, 10am-4pm – now in its second year, we’re really looking forward to this year’s Goodness in the Park, a community event for everything fitness and well-being related. Entry is free of charge so come along to find out more about local fitness, well-being and sports instructors / groups / clubs who will be exhibiting, along with opportunities to join in and participate in demonstrations throughout the day. We’ll have 3 x arenas – one for Well-being, one for Fitness and a third, new this year, for Families / Children.

Conservation Volunteering, 16th & 17th July 2019, meet at 10am at Link Road car park) – come along and help conserve our local ecosystem, ensuring Castle Park (incorporating Castle Gardens and Sworder’s Field) remains a special place for the community to enjoy.

Wildlife Day, 11th August 2019

The Friends of Castle Park are excited to invite you to another Wildlife Day on Sunday August 11th from 11am. We are delighted to have some local organisations attending the event including, Uttlesford Badger Group, Herts & Middlesex Badger Group and Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary. We also have Eden Falconry on the day who will bring a varied selection of birds of prey and owls for visitors to view as well as providing an educational flying display.

Throughout the day there will be varied activities including:

  • River Dipping 11am (Friends of Castle Park)
  • Tree Identification 12pm (Countryside Management Service)
  • Falconry Display 1pm (Eden Falconry)
  • Hedgehog rescue talk  1.30pm (Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary)
  • Make your Own First Aid Kit 2pm (Countryside Management Service)