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Harrold-Odell Country Park

Explore 144 acres of award winning parkland that includes a nature reserve, two picturesque lakes and a stretch of the River Great Ouse.

Enjoy a quality breakfast and light lunch in the Café followed by a stroll round on well laid paths or a spot of bird watching from the hide. There are places to picnic (no barbeques) or simply immerse yourself in nature.

Fishing permits are available from the park office or by ringing Janet Munroe, Park Ranger on 01234 720016. Further details on http://www.hocp.co.uk/.

The park has its own website run by Friends of Harrold-Odell Country park, to visit their site please click here.



Park Office: 01234 720016


Opening Times

Main car park ONLY 24 hours
Café 9am - 4 pm every day except Christmas & New Year.



On the Carlton Road between the villages of Harrold and Odell.


To view a leaflet on the park, click here.


Fishing Permits (charges from April 2017)

Season permits are available for both Priory Country Park and Harrold-Odell Country Park and are valid from June 2018. Please note that permits need to be purchased with Country Park Wardens but payment will have to be taken via telephone as no cash can be collected on site.


For more information on how to obtain a permit and to view 2018 prices, please click here


The Dragonfly Cafe

 Harrold Odell Country Park in Bedford is set to become an even more attractive location. The Council can confirm that following a tender process, Churchill Catering Ltd are operating a new Café in the park called The Dragonfly Cafe. 


Churchill Catering Ltd are a family catering company who specialise in the development and management of country park cafes and restaurants. They operate cafes from Surrey to Scotland in both the business and leisure sectors.


The Café has been refitted and up to £50,000 has been invested by Churchill Catering. They are providing a menu with healthy and traditional choices and high quality Lavazza coffee.  Those visiting the Country Park are now able to taste the quality of their coffee brand and food as The Dragonfly Cafe is now open for business.


Please see their sample menus below for the exciting food options they are providing.


Main Cafe Menu

Children's Menu


The Dragonfly Cafe will provide an opportunity for local suppliers and all of the staff employed will be resourced from within the local community.

 Churchills : http://www.churchillcatering.co.uk/



To log complaints or report problems relating to this park, please use the Council's reporting system by calling 01234 718060 or complete a contact us form

Drones & Radio Controlled Vehicles

Please note that Bedford Borough Council prohibits the use of all* drones or radio controlled vehicles within their parks and open spaces.


*The use of a drone or radio controlled vehicle at an event may only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and when a professional company and/or event organiser have approached Bedford Borough Council for prior approval.  

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Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centres and sports development work.


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