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Castle Gardens and Town Meads

Open all year.

Well equipped 6.5ha park in the Centre of Bishops Stortford with 5 points of interest

Please note that the Castle Park, Bishops Stortford Parkrun event is being held in the park today, from 9:00am View Event

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Bandstand and Parkrun Meeting Point

Bandstand

Parkrun Meeting Point.

Castle Gardens Parkrun is held at 9am every Saturday of the year and are free but please register at www.parkrun.org.uk before your first run.

For more information see our events pages using the navigation at the tope of the screen.

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Play area

Toddler Play Area

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Splash Pool

Splash Park

Normally open from 9am-7pm every day during the period mid-May - end September.   Further information available here

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Tennis Courts

Sports Court

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War Memorial

Site of historical interest

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Waytemore Castle

Site of historical interest

The original motte and bailey castle had a rectangular great tower added in the 12th Century and was used as a prison during the 17th century.

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Park Information

The former site of Bishop's Stortford's Waytemore Castle, the Castle Gardens are now laid out with flower beds, tennis courts and the Town Council's children's play areas in the adjacent Sworders Field. The ancient Castle Mound can be seen from within the castle grounds and you can walk from here along the River Stort through Grange Paddocks north to Red, White and Blue open space.

Following a successful Heritage Lottery bid in 2016, work will be underway over the next few years to upgrade the park and its facilities.  Plans aim to highlight the historical, cultural and natural features of the park, bringing together the formal, pleasant and relaxing space of the Castle Gardens with the vibrant and exciting recreational space of Sworder’s Field.

Further information on the proposals including the new Park Masterplan and how you can become involved is available on the East Herts District Council website here:

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On Site Facilities

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How to get here

Parking:

 The Park is close to a number of Town Centre Car Parks:

  • Link Road Car Park, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2BA.  Directions here
  • Causeway Car  Park, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2EN. Directions here

Further information including car park charges is available on the East Herts District Council website here


Public Transport Information:

The park is close to Bishops Stortford Town Centre with easy access to bus and rail networks.  Further information on public transport is available here: https://www.intalink.org.uk/ and http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/#


Cycling:

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Park Events

Castle Park, Bishops Stortford Parkrun

15 December to 15 December, from 9:00am

5km Parkruns are held at 9am every Saturday of the year and are free but please register at www.parkrun.org.uk before your first run. Parkrun is for everyone, whether you’re young or old, male or female, fit or unfit, able-bodied or not, you’re always welcome and it’s about taking part whether you walk, jog or run. Children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parents choice. For detailed information on Castle Park Parkrun, see the website here.  The run starts at the Bandstand. Cassiobury 5K

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Castle Park - Hertfordshire Health Walk - First Steps

21 December to 21 December, from 10:15am

Free guided walk leaving from the entrance at Castle park by the Link Road Car Park, Bishops Stortford, CM23 4BE.  This walk is graded as First Steps and takes place every Friday at 10.15am. If you can't make this Hertfordshire Health Walk, there are plenty of others to choose from.  Details are available from the Countryside Management Service website here. Hertfordshire Health Walks This Hertfordshire Health Walk is part of a countywide programme of free, volunteer - led walks, which aims to help people get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. The walks are all sociable and you don't need any special equipment to join in, just comfortable shoes. To register to walk either sign up online at the Countryside Management Service website or just turn up a few minutes early for your first walk. The programme runs all year round and offers choice of different walk grades, start points and times, including weekdays and weekends or evenings in the summer. For more information and a copy of our leaflet please go to your local library, GP surgery or council office or visit the Countryside Management Service website here. Walking-group-next-to-river-Cropped-555x455

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Castle Park - Hertfordshire Health Walk - Grade 1

21 December to 21 December, from 11:00am

Free guided walk leaving from the entrance at Castle park by the Link Road Car Park, Bishops Stortford, CM23 4BE.  This walk is a Grade 1 (where 1 is the easiest and 4 the most challenging) and takes place every Friday at 11am. If you can't make this Hertfordshire Health Walk, there are plenty of others to choose from.  Details are available from the Countryside Management Service website here. Hertfordshire Health Walks This Hertfordshire Health Walk is part of a countywide programme of free, volunteer - led walks, which aims to help people get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. The walks are all sociable and you don't need any special equipment to join in, just comfortable shoes. To register to walk either sign up online at the Countryside Management Service website or just turn up a few minutes early for your first walk. The programme runs all year round and offers choice of different walk grades, start points and times, including weekdays and weekends or evenings in the summer. For more information and a copy of our leaflet please go to your local library, GP surgery or council office or visit the Countryside Management Service website here. Walking-group-next-to-river-Cropped-555x455

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