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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 - November cattle roam in the river meadow. 


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

You need a fishing permit in Bedford Borough’s two country parks – Harrold-Odell Country Park and Priory Country Park.

The fishing season runs from 16 June to 14 March each year.

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

  • Environment Agency rod fishing licence
  • Passport photograph to put on your permit (or the ability to upload a passport picture)
  • Debit or credit card (for online payment)
  • Vehicle registration (if applicable)

Fishing permits prices 2018/19. Permits are seasonal only. There are no day tickets are available.

  • Day fishing: adults £46, concessions/juniors (under 17), OAPs £19.
  • Day and night fishing: adults £71.50, concessions/juniors (under 17), OAPs £30.

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

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.

Warden's office 

To contact the Warden's office please call 01234 720016. Please leave a message and contact number for use to return your call.  

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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