The Community Centre is open   (Hirers please refer to the latestest  Government Guidance 19 July 2021)

Venue Information

The Markwell Pavilion is situated in the centre of the town of Bishop's Stortford in the pretty Castle Gardens and the building was originally built for the Elsie Barrett Club for the Blind.  It is suitable for the elderly and disabled. There are two rooms, one slightly smaller and carpeted, both with separate kitchens and toilet facilities. The Pavilion is ideal for summer functions having access to the gardens to enjoy the outside parks. Wi-Fi is also available.
To hire, contact Tracey Gaynor on 01279 715004 ( or for regular bookings contact Anne Shirley on 01279 712146 (

Dog training sessions are not permitted in this venue. Only Guide Dogs permitted in the venue.

Please Note: No 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st birthday parties are permitted at this venue. 

Parties ages 12+ are required to leave a £300 cash damage deposit.

Please Note: The use of helium balloons, chinese lanterns and naked flamed candles are not permitted at this venue.

Please Note: In the unlikely event that there is a problem with the key to the Markwell Pavillion, please contact the Tourist Information Centre, in the Town Centre, they have spare keys and are open on Saturdays between 10:00-16:00hrs, contact telephone number 01279 715001.

Pricing per hour
HirerMarkwell Pavilion 2022Elsie Barrett Room 2022Both Rooms 2022
Private Hire & Registered Charity*£10.70£9.20£16.30
Senior Citizens Clubs, U3A & VIP Club*£7.49£6.44£11.41
All Hirers - after 6pm on Weekends/PublicHolidays£21.40£18.40£32.60
Use of recorded music (per session): £1.50
*except after 6pm on Weekends/PublicHolidays
Room Information: 
RoomCapacity (people)Dimensions
Main Hall70 standing or 60 seated / during Covid-19 max standing capacity = 28 @2m40ft x 30ft / 12.2 x 9.1m (70 padded chairs in foyer)
Elsie Barrett Clubroom, Stored in cupboard 4 x 6' & 2 x 4' tables 20 x Chairs 40 standing or 30 seated / during Covid-19 max standing capacity = 13 @ 2m23ft x 24ft / 7 x 7.3m (20 plastic black chairs in cupboard)
Both Halls100 - during Covid-19 no large gatherings if using both halls, private bookings limited to 30 people, may be slightly extended but only by special prior arrangement with BSTC
Tables and Chairs in Foyer for Markwell Pavillion 16 x 6' 10 x 4' tables 70 x chairs
Castle Grounds Bishop’s Stortford Herts
CM23 2EL (map)
Latest News: 

2nd Tuesday every month Drop-in Coffee Morning with donations to Isabel Hospice, open to anyone who would like company, conversation, quiz, and cake with occasional entertainment and trips ..  Contact Renee Friend 07977 126402 

Thorley U3A Hisorty Group in the Markwell Pavilion on 2nd Thursday of each month starting 13 January 2022 for further information contact Sue 01279 725344 or email

344649 Photos from left to right: Outside view of Markwell Pavillion and Elsie Barrett Club Room; Markwell Pavillion Main Hall, Elsie Barrett Club Room; Elsie Barrett Kitchen; Kitchen for Markwell Pavillion Main Hall.

Markwell Main Hallphoto of markwell pavillion main hall kitchenElsie Barrett Main Hallphoto of elsie barrett club room kitchen