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A large, open field immediately adjacent to the Town Centre suitable for major public events (concerts, festivals, carnival, fairs etc) or smaller activities.  

Our objective for events on Sworders Field is to provide, throughout the year, a variety of entertainment for a wide demographic, and encourage event promotors to come forward with booking requests.  When approached by an event promoter, Bishop's Stortford Town Council will endeavour to provide a picture of other events that are booked, or likely to be booked, so they can reserve the field at the optimum time for their own event.  We may refuse proposed bookings or suggest alternative timings if a proposed event is similar in nature and audience to another occurring within 4 weeks, should we consider that the conflict will be detrimental to the overall objectives for Sworders Field. 

Please Note: The use of paper lanterns and helium balloons are not permitted on Sworders Field.

To hire, contact Tracey Gaynor on 01279 715004 (


Pricing :
Scale of Charges - Daily Hire 2021
Operational Day £225.00
Non-Operational Day £105.00
Charity & Non Charity (payable for exclusive use only) £50.00
Hourly Hire (no equipment/vehicles) £50.00
Hourly rate - Fitness, Yoga, Pilates £15.00

Sworders Field Bishop's Stortford Herts

CM23 2EL
Latest News :

CASTLE PARK RUN: will take place every Saturday at 09:00hrs unless otherwise specified on event dates below: (see exceptions marked ** below) - NOTE NO PARK RUN ON SWORDERS FIELD DAY OF CARNIVAL 

PARK RUN EVENTS: (Saturdays 09:00-10:00) for further details contact

Castle Park Parkrun. The course is 5000m (5K) long and is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.  Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.  Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.   For further details please refer to website: 


further details visit:

FUNFAIR: Cogger's Nationwide Amusements  (10-11 May, 16-19 May, 23-26 May 2024)

Children's funfair for further details contact: or Telephone Landline: 01452 306635 or Mobile: 0783 66 99 599 website:


The Carnival Parade departs from South Mill Arts (CM23 3JG) at 11.30am, processes through South Street, Potter Street, Market Square, North Street and Northgate End, finishing on Link Road at approximately 12.20pm.  

The Carnival Fun Day on Sworders Field (CM23 2EL) is from 12pm – 5pm; visit over 100 stalls at the Fun Day including a bar as well as delicious food from around the world.  Be sure to visit The Carnival Cruise, a special array of decorated working and pleasure boats, moored along the river between the Register Office (CM23 2DL) and Station Road.  If you wish to make an enquiry about having a pitch at the Carnival then please contact our Tourist Information Centre Team:  

CHILDREN'S WORLD FUN  PARK: (28-30 June, 5-7 July 2024)

Children's rides and inflatables charging one price for endless rides,  wristband price  £9.99 

MULTI-SPORTS ACTIVITIES: (dates to be confirmed)

Tuesdays during the Summer holidays from 5pm-7pm: for further information contact Russell 

LIVE AT THE BANSTAND EVENTS (Sat 27 July and Sat 3 August 2024)

For programme details or if you have a free performance you would like our team to consider then contact our Tourist Information Centre: Jim Nicholson - Events and Tourism Manager - 01279 712143 or Georgia King - Events and Markets Administrator - 01279 712149 or

FUNFAIR: Cogger's Nationwide Amusements (September 2024 (usually 3 weeks in Sept - dates to be confirmed)

Children's funfair for further details contact: or Telephone Landline: 01452 306635 or Mobile: 0783 66 99 599 website:

REINDEER DASH: Grove Cottage fundraising fun run (24 November 2024- to be confirmed)

For further details contact Mina at email or telephone 01279 651908