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Sports Facilities and Playing Fields

Update re COVID: Please follow this link to view the Gov website for up to date rules regarding the use of sports facilities.

During the 1950s, our main playing field was put in trust to secure it for the village as an open space for sport and recreation. The playing fields are now made up of two full-sized football pitches, an artificial turf pitch, the three adult tennis courts, one junior tennis court and a play area for children and teenagers. All these facilities are a short walk from The Memorial Hall car park and are used regularly.

Artificial Turf Pitch (ATP): Our ATP is the result of several years of fundraising and extensive consultation with residents.  The requirement came from our Village Plan, which identified the lack of all-weather facilities in the village and the winter training needs of the younger children at our successful youth football club, Wheathampstead Wanderers FC. The ATP is open for casual use unless it has been privately booked.

Please note: Bikes and dogs are not allowed on the ATP. Anyone that witnesses antisocial behaviour is encouraged to call the police on 101.

Tennis courts: Two of the three adult courts, plus the junior court, are owned by the Wheathampstead Lawn Tennis Club (WLTC). The remaining court is available to non-members (see below for info), however if you wish to play regularly, it is far more cost effective to become a member of the tennis club. Visit the WLTC site for more information about how to join.

COVID-19 update: Please follow the news feed on our homepage and social media pages for updates regarding the public tennis court. WLTC are responsible for the remaining tennis courts. To find out how you can hire the public tennis court, click here.

Playing fields: The grass areas alongside the tennis courts/car park are available to hire.

Full-size football pitches: These are not available to hire, as they are solely used by Wheathampstead Wanderers FC.


ATP - all-weather artificial turf pitch£41 per hour
Marford Playing Fields (exc. grass football pitches)£23 per hour
Tennis court£5 per hour

How to book

To hire either the ATP or the playing fields, please contact the office to discuss availability. Once a suitable time and date has been agreed, please complete our online booking form (ATP only, the playing fields are dealt with separately). The ATP is regularly booked from 4/5pm to 9pm most weekdays, so please bear this in mind.

ATP Timetable (updated Jan 2020)