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  • 1: History

    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 moreese still exist today. Read less

  • 2: Now

    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.

  • 3: Events

    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 moree days of live music, workshops, performance art and more. Read less

  • 4: Attractions

    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 moren history and there are displays of traditional crafts, tools, photographs and more. Mountfitchet Castle is a reconstruction of a Motte and Bailey Castle and Norman village built on an ancient castle site in nearby Stansted. The Toy Museum, in nearby Stansted, has over 80,000 toys, books and games on display from Victorian times to the present day. This attraction also includes the Haunted Manor, Dinosaur Park and Palaeontology House. Read less

  • 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 mores facility, three small youth shelters, a trim trail, children’s play areas, tennis courts and a paddling pool.  Read less

  • 6: Business

    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 morets and craft fairs are held regularly at The Pavilion Gardens in the town. Markets are also held in the town’s Market Place on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Shopping is varied in the town centre. The Spring Gardens Shopping Centre has many high street names as well as some local specialist shops. The Cavendish Arcade has shops selling crafts, fashion, antiques, books and more. Read less

  • 7: Transport

    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.

  • 8: Entertainment

    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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