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Priory Country Park

Priory Country Park lake

Priory Country Park is one of three parks in Bedford (plus one in Kempston and also Harrold/Odell) that have been awarded Green Flag Status by Keep Britain Tidy. Green Flag Awards recognise high quality parks across the country and show that they are clean and well maintained places where visitors are welcomed and the local community involved in the life of the park.

Priory Country Park is managed for people and wildlife. There are habitats from meadows to reedbeds, quiet walks for all, fishing, boating, play areas and bird hides. 


Blue Green Algae Alert. Click here for more information.



A monthly volunteer conservation task event takes place on the first Sunday of every month- for more details refer to the Community Volunteering Page and take a look to the event diary for more details or contact the Rangers on: 01234 718012 (please leave a message on their answerphone). Alternatively, more information on session dates can be found here.



Practical Volunteering Task Days


In addition, here are some leaflets to download on various wildlife trails and seasonal walks through the park:

Riverside Wildlife Trail

Lakeside Wildlife Trail

Finger Lakes Wildlife Trail

Explore the Grange Estate

For a map of this park and its facilities, please download this file: Central and South Bedford  (please note the 0800 number in this leaflet is no longer operational). For further information or to log complaints or report problems relating to this park, please use the Council's reporting system by calling 01234 718060 or complete a contact us form

For an aerial shot of Priory Country Park, please download this pdf: Aerial shot of Priory Country Park



There is a new cafe located in the former Visitors Centre at Priory Country Park named 'Cloverdale Retreat'. More information on this new facility can be found on their website http://www.cloverdaleretreat.co.uk/ 


Fishing Permits (charges from June 2018)

You can purchase a 2018/19 fishing permit either:

By phone: please call 01234 718177; payment can be taken anytime Monday to Friday between 9.30am - 4pm. Your permit will be sent to you in the post or, if you need it urgently, you can collect your permit from Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP.

From the Country Park Wardens at Priory Country Park or Harrold Odell Country Park. Please note that cash can no longer be accepted on site so payment by credit or debit card must be made over the phone (this can be done whilst you are with the Warden).


Please note that you will need to provide evidence that you have a current EA rod licence and if you wish to purchase a concessionary permit you will also need to provide proof of age, or proof that you are in receipt of a disability allowance.


2018/19 Fishing Permit prices

Day Fishing Permit Cost:

Adult: £46

Concession / Junior (under 17) and OAP: £19

Day and Night Fishing Permit Cost:

Adult: £71.50

Concession / Junior (under 17) and OAP: £30


For general enquires about fishing in our Country Parks and our rules, please contact the Country Park Wardens:

Priory Country Park

01234 718012 (please leave a message)



Harrold Odell Country Park

01234 720016 (please leave a message)



Priory Country Park Byelaws

To view the Byelaws in place at Priory Country Park, please use the following link:

Priory Country Park Byelaws


Drones & Radio Controlled Vehicles

Please note that Bedford Borough Council prohibits the use of all* drones or radio controlled vehicles within their parks and open spaces.


*The use of a drone or radio controlled vehicle at an event may only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and when a professional company and/or event organiser have approached Bedford Borough Council for prior approval.  

 For further information on this park, please contact the Country Park Rangers on 01234 718012 (please leave a message on their answerphone) or email prioryrangers@bedford.gov.uk


Please note that the Wildlife Trust no longer run educational activities at Priory Country Park

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Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centres and sports development work.


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