Events

Upcoming Events 

Conservation Tasks 2021

Help us support and improve the biodiversity and habitat of Castle Park. To find out more and how to get involved contact focp.conservation@gmail.com

October 30th 1.30 pm – 3 pm 
Hedge maintenance and family bug hotel making.

November 26th 10 am – 12 noon
Clearing shrubs and vegetation from Waytemore Castle.

Castle Park’s Heritage Day 
September 12th 10am-3pm

The Friends of Castle Park are excited to invite you along to Castle Park’s Heritage Day, on Sunday 12 September 10am – 3pm. The event is supporting the Heritage Open Days campaign, which is England’s largest festival of history and culture, run from Friday 10 September to Sunday 19 September. The campaign highlights the wealth of heritage across the country and provides the opportunity for the public to visit historical sites.

 We are delighted that the event is partnered with L-P: Archaeology, who have a day of interactive activities planned for all the family including; showcasing of finds and tours of our community excavation sites and Waytemore Castle. Tour times are 10.30am and 12.30pm; no booking is required, just head down to the L-P: Archaeology gazebo.  

The day also includes medieval themed have-a-go archery and axe throwing from On Targett Events. These activities are free of charge and available to everyone aged 8 years old and over. To top this historical themed day off, we have a falconry display from CJs Birds of Prey, which offers the opportunity to see their amazing birds of prey in full flight. They will be there to answer any of your questions and have displays at 11am and 1.30pm.

Please note dogs must be kept on the lead at all times for the safety of the birds.

Community Archaeology 
6th – 10th September
13th – 17th September 

Join the Friends of Castle Park and L-P: Archaeology in discovering the history of Castle Park. You will be supported by the L-P: Archaeology team throughout your experience and learn amazing new skills. There will be two sessions run throughout the day; morning 10am – 12pm and afternoon 1pm – 3pm, to book your free places visit Ticket Tailor. Please note this event is for 16 year olds and over; 16 and 17 year olds must have written permission from their parent or guardian. 

Wildlife in the Park
August 8th – 15th 

To celebrate the wildlife in Castle Park, the Friends of Castle Park have designed some interactive activities for you to get involved in! 

Wildlife wordsearch
Wildlife quiz
Wildlife colouring
Animal I-spy

Goodness in the Park
July 18th

The Friends of Castle Park are delighted to announce the return of the Goodness in the Park at Castle Park, Sworder’s Field on Sunday July 18th. The field will burst in to action from 10am with over twenty local gyms, clubs and coaches showcasing their classes with free demonstrations for you to participate in.

 The event has something for everyone in the three arenas; well-being, fitness and family and children. The day offers the opportunity for people to try new things regardless of fitness, mobility or age. Along with demonstrations throughout the day, there will be multiple stalls at the park for you to find out more about your favourite fitness class.

Classes are limited to 20 participants, to book your place you can sign up on the day at each arena. All arenas will be signposted. Seated exercise classes are suitable for wheelchair users; please note these classes are limited to 10 people.

Please bring along lots of water, sun cream and a yoga matt (if required for your class). There will be spare yoga mats on the day along with hand sanitizer outside each arena. Food and drinks will be available from a variety of food stands at the park. Don’t forget to smile – the lovely Claire Nicholson Photography will be there on the day! 

Please read the terms and conditions before attending Goodness in the Park.

The schedule can be found on the Goodness in the Park Facebook events page and the Friends of Castle Park website, to find out more information contact committee@friendsofcastlepark.net.

Goodness in the Park Schedule
Goodness in the Park poster 

Meet the Coaches 
Meet the well-being coaches, click on their name to find out more about their class.
Meet the fitness coaches, to find out more click on the coaches name.
Meet the family and children coaches, find out more information and click on the coaches name.

Heritage Day
September 12th 

Well-being Triathlon 
June 6th 

The Friends of Castle Park are excited to welcome back the Well-being triathlon at Sworder’s Field. The triathlon will consist of a 5km run, yoga session and meditation class, no experience is needed and all levels of fitness are welcome. Spaces are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, and we will have a ballot system in place to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take part. If you don’t receive a place we will have a Facebook Live from the park for you to participate in at home.

In-person Event

10:45am: Arrival and registration
11am-11.15am: Welcome and warm up
11.15am-12.15:  5km run
12.15-1pm: Yoga
1pm-1.20pm: Breath work & meditation

We will be live streaming at the park on the Friends of Castle Park Facebook page from 2pm. We are delighted to support local charity Grove Cottage, and there will be an opportunity to donate on our Facebook page or on the day of the event.

Live Stream

2pm-2.15pm: Welcome and warm up
2.15pm-3.15pm: 5km run (Live stream will stop for an hour to allow you to enjoy your run in your local area!)
3.15pm-4pm: Yoga (Join our live stream again for the yoga)
4pm -4.20pm: Breath work & meditation

The Well-being triathlon is very kindly organised by Adriana Potts from Adri Flow & Fitness and Kate Macfarlane of Coach Kate Running. We also welcome supporting coaches Jo Wilson from Joga and Samantha Gilmour of Yogoloco.

To enter the free ballot please email committee@friendsofcastlepark.net by 1pm on Thursday 27th May and you will be contacted by Friday May 28th. Please bring along a yoga mat and water. Toilets are available in Jackson Square.

Mental Health Awareness Week

May 10th -16th

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is ‘Nature’. To celebrate the positive benefits of nature and the outdoors, the Friends of groups across East Herts parks and open spaces have organised some interactive activities for you.

The Friends of Castle Park

The Friends of Castle Park are excited to welcome Matt Brolly for two guided nature walk sessions, on Wednesday 12th May at 10am and 1pm. Matt currently works for Cotswolds Rural Skills and has a wealth of knowledge about nature and the great outdoors.

On Thursday 13th May the Friends of Castle Park would like to invite you to a wildflower planting session at the park at 11am and 2pm. Wildflowers are vital to our wildlife and provide an array of insects food and shelter. Bees especially thrive in this environment and feed off the nectar and pollinate the wildflowers.

The wildflower planting session is a trial for the wider Castle Park project, which will see the grass around the base of the castle mound converted to wildflower meadow. This area of wildflower will add an attractive and wildlife-rich area to the park.

Due to Covid-19, group sizes are limited to five people and a group leader for both activities so booking is essential. The afternoon sessions are dementia friendly; to find out more and book your place, please email committee@friendsofcastlepark.net.

The Friends of Pishiobury Park (Sawbridgeworth)

Pishiobury Park is set within 30 hectares of historical parkland that dates back to the Neolithic period. The parkland is now a designated County Wildlife Site and a predominantly grazed pasture, with mature trees, hedgerows and woodland surrounding the perimeter.

The Friends of Pishiobury Park are a dedicated voluntary group established in 2010 and support the park in conservation and maintenance tasks. To support Mental Health Awareness Week the Friends of Pishiobury Park have organised a self-guided nature trail, which will encompass some of the park’s most prominent features.

The nature trail has kindly been designed by Bob Reed and the Friends of Pishiobury Park.

Click here for the Pishiobury Park nature trail.

The Friends of Southern Country Park (St. Michael’s Mead)

Southern Country Park is a Green Flag award-winning park on the outskirts of Bishop’s Stortford, and is designed for the whole community to enjoy. The park covers 23 hectares and includes woodland, large grass areas, a dog park and a lake.

The lake is a prominent feature with a boardwalk, fishing platforms and a beautiful area for wildlife. The park offers the perfect day out for the family, including a maze, play areas for both younger and older children, plus slacklining.

The Friends of Southern Park are a key community group who undertake regular conservation tasks and contribute to the maintenance and development of the park.

The Friends of Southern Park have designed an I-Spy activity which will take you on a tour of the park. This has been designed by the talented Friends of Southern Country Park member, Bob Clift.

Click here for the Southern Country Park I-Spy.

Friends of Castle Park Meetings

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

Meeting dates for 2021 are:

  • July 6th
  • October 5th

Upcoming Events

Update coming soon for events in 2021!

We regularly update our events page and 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 committee@friendsofcastlepark.net.

Regular Events

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

Health Walks SUSPENDED– 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

Re-engage Monthly Afternoon Tea SUSPENDED – The Castle Park project has partnered with the Charity Re-engage who support over 75 year olds that are socially isolated and lonely. Once a month a group of up to fifteen guests attend Markwell Pavilion for afternoon tea and supported by a local corporate or organisation, who provide 3-5 volunteers and afternoon tea for the guests. These monthly afternoon teas are a lifeline to the guests who thoroughly enjoy meeting and talking to new people. If you know of an individual who would benefit from attending please contact Alex Berwick from Re-engage, and if you are interested in hosting please email the Friends of Castle Park.