Rushmere Country Park is a great place to discover nature and enjoy outdoor leisure pursuits.

Come and view herons nesting in Spring from our outdoor café terrace, discover fairy doors and the Giant’s Chair along our Sculpture Trail, walk the dog, bring your bike – we’ve something for everyone.

Managed by The Greensand Trust, working in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, the park is run on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of visitors and wildlife.

Visitors can enjoy this wonderful park with its 400 acres of woodland, heathland and lakes, for a whole day for just £3.

Attractions include:

  • An ‘access for all’ Sculpture Trail where visitors can search for fairies and have a photograph in the Giant’s Chair
  • Play areas, a giant slide and play spots around the site
  • The heronry where you can watch herons raise their young in the Spring
  • A network of walking, cycling and horse-riding trails
  • Areas where dogs can be walked on and off the lead including a dog fun area specifically for our canine friends
  • Access to the Visitor Centre, toilets, the deck, Tree Tops Café, Herons Hatch, meadow for picnics and Stockgrove Visitor Centre and cafe

Rushmere Country Park is the holder of a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence as a result of the high number of excellent reviews it receives via the website.

You can download a copy of the Rushmere Country Park leaflet here.

Opening Times

The park opens at 8.30am all year round but closes at different times around the year as follows:

  • April to September 8pm
  • October and March 6pm
  • November to February 5pm

Please make sure you exit the park before these closing times as we don't want any visitors to be locked in!

The park is closed on Christmas Day and may close at other times when we perceive there to be a risk to visitors such as high winds.