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Harrold Odell Country Park

Harrold Odell Country ParkCarlton Road
MK43 7DS
Telephone: 01234 720016


Harrold Odell Country Park is a former gravel pit turned nature reserve and a good venue for families to explore.

There are small play areas at each end and opportunities to view plants and animals as you stroll round so it's ideal territory for a family exploration and some down time or games. There's a picnic area overlooking the lake which is a great patch to mark out your HQ for the day. There is an ice cream van available during summer afternoons too!

Our website is available through the link below and has downloadable worksheets and maps to bring with you on your trip! Things like frisbees, bats and balls, kites and other outdoor games are welcome but of course one must be considerate of the other families around, please.

We have family events like Easter Egg Hunts and The Big Draw at times through the year. These are advertised via the website and in the park notice boards. Guided nature walks or pond dipping can be booked at £2 per head between April and September.

Fishing is available to members of Vauxhall Angling Club only. There are no day tickets. www.vauxhallanglingclub.co.uk.

Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing is not permitted between March 14th and June 16th annually. The main paths are hard surfaced and buggy/wheelchair friendly. Wellies, sturdy footwear and warm clothes are recommended in poor weather.

Wibbly Wobbly Weblink

It may be worth checking out Harrold Odell Country Park's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.


We do strongly suggest you contact Harrold Odell Country Park before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Opening Details:
The park and main car park are open all year. The overflow car park is open during peak periods. Tea-zels cafe opens 9am to 4pm (not Xmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day).
Open 24hrs: Park only. Toilets closed when the cafe closes.


"I'm hungry"

Harrold Odell Country Park is serviced by Tea-zels Cafe selling hot and cold drinks, snacks and light lunches.

healthy food

The cafe serves salads home-made soups and gluten free cakes.

"i need a wee"

All toilet facilities, including the disabled cubicle contains baby changing tables. There are no toddler loo seats.

and baby come too...

The cafe does not supply baby food or have the facility to heat bottles. There are high chairs available. Harrold Odell Country Park has baby change facilities in both the Ladies and Gents toilet blocks and also the disabled cubicle.


"are we there yet?"

Harrold Odell Country Park is situated 10mls NW of Bedford. Take the A428 to Turvey then turn right to Carlton, through the village and over Harrold Bridge into Carlton Road. The park entrance is 50yds along on the right.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
Free admission.
£1 car park donation to Friends Of Harrold Odell Country Park requested.


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Harrold Odell Country ParkCarlton Road
MK43 7DS
Telephone: 01234 720016