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Priory Country Park is a 360 acre green space made up of lakes, meadows and woodland which is in part enclosed within a bend in the River Great Ouse. There are habitats from meadows to reed beds, quiet walks for all, fishing, boating, play areas and bird hides.

As COVID-19 rates remain high in Bedford Borough, we are asking residents to continue help us keep our play areas as safe as possible and continue to follow the play area rules

Car parks are open as normal and the Cloverdale Retreat café is currently open for take-away service only (weather permitting).

The toilets at Priory 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 is signage to remind people of the importance of good hygiene and social distancing.

Green Flag Award

Priory 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.



  • Bird watching
  • Café
  • Car park on site
  • Fishing (permit only)
  • Play areas
  • Toilets
  • Water sports 
  • Walking trails

Fishing in Priory Country Park

Fishing at Priory 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 the Priory Country Park. 

Please read the fishing rules for Priory Country Park.

Fishing permit

Before you can purchase our 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 2021-22

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

  • Day fishing: adults £47.45, concessions / juniors (under 17), OAPs £19.70
  • Day and night fishing: adults £73.75, concessions / juniors (under 17), OAPs £30.80

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

Fishing permits for the 2021-22 season will be available to buy from 10 May 2021. 

Apply for a fishing permit

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

Apply for a fishing permit

Country park trails


The Cloverdale Retreat has excellent views across Priory Country Park Lake and includes a large area of elevated decking outside. The menu includes fine homemade cuisine and a range of teas, coffees, and cold drinks.

Visit the Cloverdale Retreat website. 


Join the Park Warden to undertake practical conservation, habitat and maintenance tasks around the park. The volunteers meet every Monday and Thursday.

For further information please contact Jon on 01234 718012 (answer phone) or email  

All sessions start at 9.30am from the visitors centre and finish at 3pm.

What's on

Due to coronavirus restrictions, bird walks are not currently taking place.

Book an event in this park

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

Funeral ash scattering 

Information about ash scattering in Priory Country Park. (PDF)

Park byelaws 

Download the most recent version of Priory Country Park's byelaws. 

Contact information

Warden's office: 01234 718012 (answer phone)

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