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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. 



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

Guided Bird Walks


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



Cafe: 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 2017)

Season permits are available for both Priory Country Park and Harrold Odell Country Park and are valid from June 16th 2017 to March 14th 2018.

Day Fishing Permit Cost: Adult £44.50 or Concession / Junior (under 17) and OAP £18.50

Day and Night Fishing Permit Cost: Adult £69.00 or Concession / Junior (under 17) and OAP £29.50

Night Only Fishing Permit Cost: Adult £32.50 or Concession / Junior (under 17) and OAP £16.50

To arrange an appointment to purchase your ticket, please contact the Park Rangers on:

Priory Country Park:  01234 718012

Harrold Odell Country Park:  01234 720016

Please bring with you 2 photos and proof of your Rod Licence. Please note that we can only accept Cash or a Cheque.

For more information on our fishing conditions and to view a map of the site click here


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


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.  


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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