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Harrold-Odell Country Park

Harrold-Odell Country Park is made up of 144 acres of award winning green space which includes a nature reserve, two picturesque lakes and a stretch of the River Great Ouse. From April to November cattle roam in the river meadow. 

The play area and outdoor gym equipment will reopen on Saturday 1 August. Please familiarise yourself with the new play area rules before visiting.

The toilets at Harrold Odell Country Park are open from 10am to 5pm. To ensure our public toilets are COVID-safe they will all have an enhanced cleaning routine as well as hand sanitisers in place.

There will also be signage to remind people of the importance of good hygiene and social distancing. The café is open from 10am to 4pm as a takeaway only. A one-way system is in operation and face masks are mandatory within the café.


Harrold-Odell Country Park is one of five Bedford Borough Council managed parks which has been awarded a Green Flag. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises quality parks and open spaces in the UK and around the world. 

More information on the Green Flag Award.

The Park was also granted the CPRE Mark for Landscape Improvement award.  

Friends of Harrold-Odell 

The Friends of HOCP is a voluntary organisation that takes an interest in the Park, volunteers and supports the work of the park rangers. The Friends were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018. Membership is open to anyone and is free. Please email for more information



  • Boardwalk overlooking the Dragonfly Pond
  • Café
  • Car park on site. the main car park is open 24 hours. The overflow car park closes at 5pm.
  • Fishing (permit only)
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Outdoor gym
  • Play area for 2-8yrs (Harrold end)
  • Play area for 8-12yrs (Odell end)
  • Toilets
  • Two bird hides

Fishing in Harrold-Odell Country Park

Fishing at Harrold-Odell Country Park is restricted. In some waters fishing is not permitted at all. Where fishing is permitted you will need a current Environment Agency rod licence.

In other areas you must also purchase a fishing permit from Bedford Borough Council.

Fishing permits are valid for one season only. The fishing season runs from 16 June to 14 March each year.

All information on where you can and cannot fish is posted outside the park's Visitors' Centre and on fishing map boards located around Harrold-Odell Country Park. 

Download a copy of the fishing rules for Harrold-Odell Country Park (PDF)

Fishing permit

Before you can purchase a fishing permit, you will need these documents/information to hand:

  • Your Environment Agency rod fishing licence number
  • Debit or credit card (for online payment)
  • Vehicle registration (if you bring your car on site when you fish)

Fishing permits prices 2020-21 

Permits are for the whole season only. There are no day tickets available.

  • Day fishing: adults £47, concessions/juniors (under 17), OAPs £19.50.
  • Day and night fishing: adults £73, concessions/juniors (under 17), OAPs £30.50.

If you fish without a permit you will be liable for a fine.

Fishing permits for the 2020-21 season will be available to buy from 21 April 2020. Prices will remain the same for this season.

Apply for a fishing permit

You can apply for a fishing permit using the link below:

Apply for a fishing permit

Warden's office 

You can contact the park office on 01234 720016 between 9am-5pm (answerphone out of hours) or email


The Dragonfly Café is open daily and run by Churchill Catering Ltd. It provides a menu with healthy and traditional choices and high quality Lavazza coffee. Breakfasts are served until 11.30am, light lunches until 2.30pm with cakes, cold drinks and Wall’s ice cream available until closing time.  At peak periods a takeaway cabin is open overlooking the lake.

  • April to October: 9am to 4:30pm (5pm through the school summer holidays)
  • November to March: 9am to 4pm

Telephone 01234 331278

Book an event in this park

Go to our parks events booking page to create an event.

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