Rushmere Country Park

 What Rushmere Country Park has to offer!

A great place to discover nature and enjoy the outdoors with over 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows to enjoy. 

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, specialist cycling facilities with Ridge Riders cross country trail and jump area, ride your horse – 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.

Attractions include:

Carol on Google Reviews says:

Love coming here, with lots of trails through the woods to do. We especially like coming across the many wooden sculptures hidden amongst the trees and finding the goblin doors. This makes wondering through the woods quite magical for children and adults alike. There are lakes, toilets, buggy friendly routes and plenty of picnic areas and a nice cafe.

Parking at the park

We operate an automatic number plate recognition (APNR) parking system  - you must pay for your parking before you leave the car park at both entrances as there is no payment possible at the exit barrier.

Payment is either by using the free Flowbird app available to download to your mobile device from your App Store or onsite using payment machines located near both visitor centres where you can pay by card or cash. We have free Wifi available for use of the app - or you can pay inside at visitor services during opening hours (9pm - 5pm).

Holders of the Greensand Parking Pass are no longer required to present a card - their number plates will also be recognised on exit. 

Information on paying for parking and charges available here.

The Annual Greensand Parking Pass offers regular visitors to the park huge savings on parking. It is available for £70 for a whole year's parking or you can support our sites further by choosing the donate and Gift Aid option for just £77 - this equates to just £5.83 per month (or £6.41 per month with the Gift Aid option).

 You can purchase your Greensand Pass for parking, cycling and horse riding here

Opening Times

The park main entrance on Linslade Road OPEN 8am - 5pm 

The Stockgrove entrance opens by 9am - 5pm 

Tree Tops Cafe open 8am - 4.30pm (food served until 4pm) and Visitor Services available 9am - 5pm daily.

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

Please note that our Ranger team try their hardest to open up and close at the advertised times but there may be times where circumstances do not allow this. We will try to keep these to a minimum.

Summer Opening hours begin on Friday 29th March 2024

From this date the park will CLOSE at 8pm daily until October.

  • Rushmere main entrance car park - 8am - 8pm
  • Stockgrove Car Park - 8.30am to 8pm
  • Rushmere Tree Tops Café - 8am to 4.30pm
  • Stockgrove Cafe - 8.30am to 5pm
  • Toilets - Rushmere 8am - 6pm (Stockgrove 8.30am - 6pm)
  • Visitor Services Desk 9am – 5pm

Check out what's currently open here

Contact Us at Rushmere Country Park

You can call Rushmere Visitor Services during office hours on 01525 234260. Email us on [email protected] and we'll get back to you as soon as we can, also you can send us a message via our Facebook page but we may not be able to respond immediately.

Park Rules   


  • No BBQs 
  • No drones, metal detectors, kites or model aircraft please
  • No open fires and no camping!
  • Please take all rubbish home as no general waste bins are provided.
  • Dog waste bins are provided: bagged dog waste only please 

Please follow The Countryside Code at all times

Rushmere Country Park is a holder of the prestigious Green Flag Award placing it among the highest ranking green spaces in the country.

Before your first visit you can get to know the lay out of the park and all it has to offer by downloading a copy of our park leaflet with map or just the map available here:

Download the latest Rushmere Country Park leaflet here

Download the latest map of the park here

Find out about Accessibility at the park here


Rushmere Country Park has been made available for visitors through The Greensand Trust and Central Bedfordshire Council working in partnership for the benefit of both people and wildlife.