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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 718349 (during working hours).

Location of park pitches


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

In Priory Country Park you may find a spot and a Ranger will sell you a ticket when they conduct their rounds.

For enquiries about angling in Priory Country Park, call the Warden's Office on 01234 211182 or email


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.


Rounders pitches are available from May to September in Russell Park and Bedford Park. Call or visit Bedford International Athletic Stadium on Barkers Lane on 01234 351115 to book a pitch.


The rugby playing season runs from September to April. We currently have one junior rugby pitch in Mowsbury Park. Call or visit Bedford International Athletic Stadium, Barkers Lane on 01234 351115 to book this pitch/

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).


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 

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