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:

  • January 5th
  • April 6th
  • July 6th
  • October 5th

Upcoming Events

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

Heritage Event, 13th September 2020 – 10am-4pm

The Friends of Castle Park had planned an exciting medieval re-enactment at the park, including a Norman battle on horses! Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the event has been adapted to ensure the safety of the public and volunteers. The gates to Waytemore Castle are usually closed to the public; however we are pleased to have the mound gates open for the public on Sunday September 13th. The usual capacity for people on the mound is 60, however this has been limited to 20 due to social distancing guidelines, there will be a token system on the day to support this.

Activities on the day include a self-guided tour of the park of key historical features, children’s activity pack, including crosswords and i-Spy and we will be joined by L-P: Archaeology. They will be there to showcase finds from the Castle Park excavations and answer any questions you may have about the history of Bishops Stortford. The Friends of Castle Park and L-P: Archaeology will be based near Markwell Pavilion. 

Children’s activity packs will be available at the Bishops Stortford Independent offices and the Tourist Information Centre from Friday September 11th from 11am. There will be limited availability of the children’s activity pack on the day, however there will be printable copies here or on our Facebook page to download and print prior to the event.

Children’s Word search

Children’s i-Spy

Children’s Dot to Dot

Children’s Crossword

Virtual Goodness in the Park, July 19th 2020

The Friends of Castle Park didn’t want to disappoint the community with another event being cancelled due to Covid-19. So we have decided to bring the Goodness in the Park to you! There will be ten fitness and well-being classes available via Castle Park Facebook Live. The classes are free to join and there is something for everyone, including families and older people. No equipment is needed for the classes, though a yoga mat could come in handy, but not necessary!

The timetable of classes includes:

9am Animal Flow – Louise Douse of Bodyworks Massage & Movement Studio  

10am Tai Chi – Vindy Hutchings of The Art of Tai Ji Quan

11am Lift Off Fitness – Craig Hardingham of Lift Off Gym

12pm Fitness Pilates – Mandy Springham of Flexifit

1pm Meditation – John Harron of Meditation Club Life Balance

2pm Strength & Balance for Falls Prevention – Adri Potts of Adri Dance, Fitness and Wellness

3pm Sweaty Mama (mother & baby/toddler) – Claire Neville of Sweaty Mama Herts & Essex Border

4pm Family Yoga – Jo Wilson of Joga

5pm Hatton Shadow Boxing – Daniela Restaino of Daniela Restaino Fitness

6pm Relaxing Yoga – Vanessa Hatton-Riveiro of Body ‘N Soul Yoga

This event is in support of Grove Cottage, there will be an option to donate to the charity via a link on Facebook. We would like to thank all the instructors who have volunteered their time to support this event. To find out more visit our Facebook page. 

Archaeological Workshops

Are you interested in the history of your park? We are holding four archaeology workshops in partnership with L – P : Archaeology – East of England at the Rhodes Arts Complex . The workshops aim to give an overview of an archaeological project from start to finish, and will prepare volunteers for the two week community archaeology excavation in September at Castle Park. Everyone is welcome and there is no need for prior experience.
Workshop 1 – Archaeological skills – Friday 28th February
Workshop 2 – Finds – Friday 24th April
Workshop 3 – Reporting – Friday 5th June
Workshop 4 – Project Planning – Friday 7th August
Spaces are limited and must be booked by Friday 21st February, all workshops will be run from 1pm – 3pm and are free to attend. If you are interested in participating please contact

Wellbeing Triathlon, 7th June 2020 CANCELLED 

We are delighted to announce the very popular Well-being Triathlon is back! On Sunday June 7th join Adri Dance, Fitness & Wellness and Coach Kate Running at 11am at Sworders Fields. This alternative to a traditional triathlon kicks off with a 2.5km or 5km walk, jog or run, followed by a one hour yoga session and 30 minutes meditation. The event is for 16 years + and for all levels of fitness, tickets are £12. £2 from every ticket sold will be donated  to Grove Cottage.

To book your Well-being Triathlon tickets follow this link Eventbrite.

Goodness in the Park, 19th July 2020 CANCELLED

Our annual Sport and Wellbeing Event is back! There is something for all ages and levels of fitness, including older people. We have four arenas including fitness, wellbeing, children/family and martial arts/boxing. There are demonstrations throughout the day for you to participate in and try something new. The Friends of Castle Park look forward to showcasing local fitness and wellbeing groups with you and the event is free to attend.

Wildlife Event, 9th August 2020 CANCELLED

We are pleased to announce we have organised a third Wildlife Event at Castle Park. This event will include a display from Eden Falconry  and The Dog and Duck Show .

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

Re-engage Monthly Afternoon Tea – 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.