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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.

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. Some waters are season ticket only, some waters are free fishing (only a current rod licence required) and on some waters fishing is not permitted at all. All information on where you can and cannot fish is posted outside the visitors centre and on fishing map boards located around the Country Park. 

You can download a copy of the fishing rules at Priory Country Park (PDF)

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

  • 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.

Please call 01234 718177. Payment can be taken anytime Monday to Friday between 9:30am to 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.

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 and one Sunday a month. 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

Book an event in this park

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

Park byelaws 

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

Contact information

Wardens office - 01234 718012 (answer phone)
Email –

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