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Priory Marina - Coronavirus Update including how to purchase a Bedford Borough Fishing Licence

August 5th update 

The play area and outdoor gym equipment is reopen.  Please familiarise yourself with the new play area rules before visiting.

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

The beefeater pub and restuatant has re-opened

The Toilets beside the cafe are still closed.


The Park is an area of beauty designated and maintained for both wildlife and people and is open all day.  Features include a large lake, the smaller finger lakes, wooded areas and open spaces of meadows and woodland.  It benefits from a riverside path.  The Ouse follows part of the perimeter of the Park.   There are habitats from meadows to reed beds, quiet walks for all, fishing, boating, play areas and bird hides.

The marina benefits from a free Council car park which is closed at 9pm in the evening and other overflow car parks by the beefeater pub in the park and Aspects just a few minutes walk along a path that is wheelchair accessbile  so parking is virtually unlimited.  There are good sized modern public toilets with wheelchair access which are located at the rear of the cafe building being run by the Bedford Council. They were refurbished in 2018.

Café

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. 

Beefeater Priory Marina pub and resturant 

On a summer day the beefeater pub beer gardens is always a nice spot to relax enhoy a refreshing drink and offers a garden food menu.  Or you can access the full meny in the onsite restuarant.  https://www.beefeater.co.uk/en-gb/locations/bedfordshire/priory-marina  Or alternatively bring a picnic and relax, there are some picnic benches close to the car park overlooking the lake or plenty of open spaces for a picnic rub and a game of rounders or football.  The park has a good size play area.  

Facilities

Currently open 

  • Bird watching
  • Café - Social distancing take away service only 
  • Car park on site
  • Fishing (permit only)
  • Water sports 
  • Walking trails

Currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic

    • Play area
    • Toilets 

    Country park trails

    What's on

    Café

    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. 

    Volunteering

    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 prioryrangers@bedford.gov.uk.  

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

    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 Enviroment Agenct rod licence which you can apply for here

    In other areas you must also purchase a fishing permit from Bedford Borough Council.

    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 2020-21

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

    • 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.

    Fishing permits for the 2020-21 season will be available to buy from 21 April 2020. Prices will remain the same for this season.

    Apply for a fishing permit

    Country park trails

    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. 

    Download a copy of the fishing rules at Priory Country Park (PDF)

     

    Where to go

    Name
    Priory Marina
    Address
    Barkers Lane
    Bedford
    Postcode
    MK41 9DJ
    Get directions

    Other Details

    Age Bands
    11-14 years old
    18-25 years old
    Parents and carers
    15-17 years old
    0-4 years old
    5-10 years old