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Outdoor sports in parks

Bedford parks and green spaces offer a range of sporting activities for all to use and enjoy. Some facilities are free to access while others require a reservation and payment of a booking fee.

If you don't see the information you need here, please call 01234 718060 during working hours.

Cricket, football, rounders, rugby

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Cricket - the season runs from May to the end of August. We have 4 cricket squares available for hire in public parks
Football - season runs from the first Saturday in September to the last Sunday in April.  There are football pitches in Bedford and Kempston larger green open spaces as well as urban parks.
Rounders - pitches are available from May to September in Russell Park and Bedford Park. 
Rugby - playing season runs from September to April. We currently have one junior rugby pitch in Mowsbury Park. 

Bowls

Bowls can be played by all ages and abilities making it the perfect sport for all the family to enjoy together. The sport also encourages, team work, new friendships and is a great way to keep active. The outdoor bowls season runs from the beginning of May to the end of September. There are six bowling greens in Bedford and Kempston

Angling

In Harrold Odell Country Park fishing rights are let to a local club. Call the park office for more details on 01234 720016 or email hocp@bedford.gov.uk

For enquiries about angling in Priory Country Park, call the Warden's Office on 01234 211182 or email prioryrangers@bedford.gov.uk

Putting

The putting green at Russell Park opens at Easter for the spring/summer season subject to weather and ground conditions. To check opening times or enquire about booking during the playing season, visit its facebook page or call the Kiosk on 01234 271877.

Table tennis

There are currently three table tennis tables in Addison Howard Park, Russell Park and Jubilee Park. Please note that in Russell Park only there is a hire fee at weekends from Whitsun to the end of September and every day during the Easter and Summer Holidays. The tables in Addison Howard Park and Jubilee Park are both free use (bring your own bat and ball).

Tennis

There are free hard surface tennis courts available in Bedford Park, Allen Park, Mowsbury Park, Addison Howard Park, (Kempston) and Southfields Recreation Ground (Kempston).

See location of park tennis courts in Bedford and Kempston 

The tennis courts in Russell Park are subject to seasonal hire fees payable and bookable at the Kiosk. To enquire or book visit its facebook page or call the Kiosk on 01234 271877.

You can also book online at www.parkstennis.co.uk/bedford 

Visit Lawn Tennis Association to find tennis coaching sessions in the Borough and other information.