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The town has grown up around the ford over the river, which is now known as the Stort. The town was originally called Esterteferd, and this name may have come from a family name, possibly Steorta (old English, Steort - tail). The town was once famous for its hostelries, because it was a staging post on the mail coach routes between London and Cambridge and Newmarket. Many of th...Read more
The town still has an identity as a market town, despite its growth over the years. It also has over 90 acres of parks and green spaces. Local councils serving the town are Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and East Herts Council.
The Bishop’s Stortford Carnival and Fun Day is held in June and includes a parade of costumes, floats and troupes, followed by a day of activities at Sworder’s Field. The Bishop’s Stortford Running Club has two annual open events: the Stortford 10, in June, and the Bishop’s Stortford Fun Run, in September. The Stortford Music Festival is held in May and consists of thre...Read more
The Bishop’s Stortford Museum, in the Rhodes Arts Complex, tells the history of the town through many artefacts, hands-on exhibits, activities and a dressing up section. The museum is also home to the Bishop’s Stortford Town Mural. The Forge Museum is housed in a Grade II listed building in the nearby village of Much Hadham. The rooms have been restored to reflect periods i...Read more
5: Things To Do
Play Space is a large indoor soft play centre for children, with equipment divided into age sections. There is also an American style diner on site. The Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre includes a fitness suite and exercise studio, a swimming pool and teaching pool, sports tracks and pitches and a creche. Sworder’s Field includes two skate facilities, a multi-purpose goal/sport...Read more
Jackson Square is the main shopping centre in the town, containing many high street names and independent retailers. The town’s big department store is Pearson’s. Markets are held in Market Square on Thursdays and Saturdays. There are plenty of places offering food and drink in the town, from tea rooms and pubs to restaurants selling world cuisine. Farmers’ markets and ar...Read more
By car, Buxton is accessed by A-roads: A6, A515, A54, A53 and A537. The nearest motorways are the M6, to the west, and the M1, to the east. Manchester Airport is the closest airport to the town and is easily reached by rail or road. The town’s train station is in Station Road and has good services to the rest of the region.
Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading provincial theatres, and offers around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, music, pantomime, opera and even shows on ice. Local and regional bands play open-air concerts every Sunday afternoon and on Bank Holidays at the bandstand in the Pavilion Gardens.
9: Famous Landmarks
The Crescent building is a Grade I listed site with a great history to tell. It has been dubbed as “Britain’s first leisure resort” and was built in 1780. The site is currently the subject of a regeneration plan.
10: Interesting Fact
Buxton is 1,000ft above sea level and this makes it the highest market town in England. 10: Interesting Fact The Singing Ringing Tree is a musical sculpture situated at Crown Point, above the town. The construction is made from metal pipes that make a humming sound when the wind blows. They have been specially tuned so that they do not disturb the wildlife. 10: Interesting Fact
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01 February 2013 - 28 February 2013
The Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature runs for a week in February in an aim to celebrate the world of words. Novelists, poets and storytellers turn up to the festival to talk about their work, and in the past the line-up has included big names such as ...more
01 September 2013 - 30 September 2013
Woodfest is an annual event held in Hatfield Forest, on the outskirts of Stansted. The festival takes place over three days in September in an aim to celebrate music and traditional crafts in a beautiful outdoor setting. The event begins on the Friday evening with an ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The Bishop’s Stortford Carnival and Fun Day takes place in June and is a popular annual event in the town. The celebrations begin with a huge parade of costumes, floats and troupes through the town centre streets from the Rhodes Arts Complex to Sworder’s Field. More ...more
15 January 2013 - 31 December 2013
At Dreams Theatre School children of all ages are given the chance to learn, perform and have fun in all areas of performing arts. Classes in street dance, musical theatre, drama and singing. Schools in Romford, Chelmsford and Shenfield in Essex.
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Champion town crier Carole Williams will highlight the attractions of Bishop’s Stortford when she competes to defend her title in a national competition. Carol, who holds the titles of World No 1 Female Crier and the highest ranking in...
Talented young writers have enjoyed their first taste of success after winning top prizes in a short story competition. Three overall winners were chosen at the end of the Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature Short Story Competition. The...
Residents could soon be back on the buses thanks to a new community transport project. The community service is set to be launched in May to replace bus routes that used to be run by private operators. The bus services had...
Popular local indie band I Dream In Colour are close to hitting the bit time after selling out at their recent London gigs. The Bishop’s Stortford band have gathered a big following in the region in recent years and are now...
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