Rushmere Country Park

Things to see and do

  • Sculpture Trail

    Ideal for families all year round is our very popular Sculpture Trail, an access for all path accessed from the car park outside the Visitor Centre. Find the fairy doors, play on our wooden sculptures and – a real must – have a photo taken in the Giant’s Chair! Read more

  • General map of site

    Find your way around our wonderful 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows for you to enjoy. Read more

  • King's Wood Appeal

    Help us preserve ancient King's Wood! Our aim is to ensure the whole of King's Wood is carefully managed and protected for the benefit of wildlife and heritage as an exceptional open space for current and future generations to enjoy. We need your donations to secure, protect and manage this nationally important woodland and its wildlife. Thank you! Read more

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  • Volunteering opportunities

    As a charity we rely on the generosity of local people to give their time – their hard work and skills allow us to continue and expand our work. If you want ‘to put something back’ or ‘make a difference’ then volunteering for the Greensand Trust at Rushmere Country Park is for you. Read more

  • Tree Tops Cafe

    Come and enjoy refreshments from local suppliers of quality produce at the Tree Tops Cafe with stunning views over Heron Valley. Open daily from 10am - 4pm. Read more

Events at Rushmere

  • Shelter building challenge (SEND)

    Supervised Shelter Building Challenge for families with children with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and their siblings in association with Central Bedfordshire Council's Active Lifestyles team. Read more

  • Xplorer Challenge at Rushmere

    Halloween edition of The Xplorer Challenge, it's free to attend (although £3 parking exit fee applies) just turn up - final admission at 12.45pm. The team will be outside the Visitor Centre. Read more

  • Halloween Disco 2019

    **SOLD OUT** Fun kids’ event in the Tree Tops Café suitable for ages 5-12 - come to the park after dark! Make sure you come in your Halloween costume! Read more

  • Join our advisory group

    The Rushmere Users Group (RUG) aims to establish effective communciation between groups who use, or have an interest in the park, meeting twice a year. Read more

  • Volunteering opportunities

    As a charity we rely on the generosity of local people to give their time – their hard work and skills allow us to continue and expand our work. If you want ‘to put something back’ or ‘make a difference’ then volunteering for the Greensand Trust at Rushmere Country Park is for you. Read more

  • Filming

    Rushmere Country Park is proud to be the home of Sky 1's popular game show Wild Things, which ran for three series up to 2017 - you can see the Wild Things gate at the top of the Sculpture Trail. Read more

  • Rushmere Country Park - Indoor spaces hire

    Rushmere Country Park currently offers a education/function room for hire on an hourly rate. Read more

  • Working Woodlands Centre Booking Terms & Conditions

    When making a venue booking with the Greensand Trust you agree to abide by these terms and conditions. Read more

  • Play Spots

    Here at Rushmere we’re big believers in the power of Natural Play and our woodland is perfect for this so we’ve developed a number of “play spots” around the site which you can discover as part of your visit. They are not part of a set trail but dotted around for you to find as you explore the site. Read more

  • Sculpture Trail

    Ideal for families all year round is our very popular Sculpture Trail, an access for all path accessed from the car park outside the Visitor Centre. Find the fairy doors, play on our wooden sculptures and – a real must – have a photo taken in the Giant’s Chair! Read more

  • Rushmere Country Park

    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. Read more

  • General map of site

    Find your way around our wonderful 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows for you to enjoy. Read more

  • Tree Tops Cafe

    Come and enjoy refreshments from local suppliers of quality produce at the Tree Tops Cafe with stunning views over Heron Valley. Open daily from 10am - 4pm. Read more

  • Disabled access

    Designated disabled car parking is available at both Rushmere and Stockgrove car parks and a wheel-chair is also available to borrow at both sites. Read more

  • The Deck

    Located at the far end of the Herons' View Visitor Centre is The Deck where outdoor seating is available for the Tree Tops Cafe and it's the perfect spot from which to view the herons nesting during the Spring months. Read more

  • Toilets

    These are located at the entrance of the Herons' View Visitor Centre, with nappy changing and disabled facilities. Open daily until 6pm. The Stockgrove Visitor Centre also has toilet facilities. Read more

  • Parking at Rushmere

    Save money on car parking by buying an annual Greensand Trust Pass - all proceeds support the running of the park. Gift Aid your purchase and you can help us even more! Read more

  • About Rushmere Country Park

    Rushmere Country Park is a great place to discover nature and enjoy outdoor leisure pursuits. **October opening hours 8.30am - 7.30pm daily until 27 October** Read more

  • Cycling

    We welcome cyclists at Rushmere Country Park and Aspley Woods. Whilst the public has free access along public rights of way such as footpaths and bridleways, some of the areas managed by The Greensand Trust offer additional access for cyclists and horse riders with the purchase of a Greensand Pass. Read more

  • Horse riding

    We welcome horse riders at Rushmere Country Park - where we provide a dedicated parking area for horse boxes - and Aspley Woods. You can access Rushmere on horseback along the public bridleway from Great Brickhill. If you wish to use our network of horse-riding trails, other than the Public Bridleway, you will need to purchase a Greensand Pass. Read more

  • Dog walking

    Responsible dog owners are welcome to walk their dogs at designated areas within the park - both on and off the lead - and we have a dedicated dog walking area. For the safety of everyone please follow our rules regarding our on and off lead areas. Read more

  • Rushmere Country Park - Outdoor spaces hire

    Rushmere has a number of outdoor space available for hire by groups and commercial organisations - all proceeds support our conservation work here at the park. Read more

  • Use of BBQs in the park

    During the summer months many of our visitors ask us about the use of BBQs in the park so we thought it best to list a few guidelines on doing this safely and with consideration of other park users. Read more

  • Tree Sponsorship

    You may have noticed the avenue of trees that line our entrance drive? These were planted to replace many of the magnificent horse chestnut trees that sadly had to be felled due to disease. These trees are available for sponsoring. Read more

  • Commemorative Tree Sponsorship

    You may have noticed the avenue of trees that line our entrance drive? These were planted to replace many of the magnificent horse chestnut trees that sadly had to be felled due to disease. These trees are available for sponsoring as a commemorative opportunity for a loved one. Read more

  • Seasonal Catering Assistants, Rushmere Country Park

    We are currently recruiting Seasonal Catering Assistants to work at The Tree Tops Café at our busier times - weekends and school holidays. This is on a zero hours contract basis ideal for a student or someone looking to work part-time. Read more

  • Oak Wood Sculpture Trail

    The Oak Wood Sculpture Trail, made possible partly thanks to funding from the Tesco “Bags of Help” Scheme, was officially opened in August 2018. The extension to the existing Sculpture Trail aims to encourage wider exploration of the site in the north-western part of the park and includes sculptures by sculptor Ian Freemantle. Read more

  • Heron Watch 2019

    Our visitors love to view the herons nesting at the park each Spring, clearly visible from the Deck. We're raising funds to look after our binoculars and telescope, kindly donated by Opticron, so you can get a closer look, as well as our in-nest cameras which feed images directly from the nests to our TV screens in the Visitor Centre. Help us help you make the most of Heron Watch 2019! Read more

  • Rushmere Country Park enters TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

    Rushmere Country Park has been entered into the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame having been awarded a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years from 2015 - 2019. Read more

  • King's Wood Appeal

    Help us preserve ancient King's Wood! Our aim is to ensure the whole of King's Wood is carefully managed and protected for the benefit of wildlife and heritage as an exceptional open space for current and future generations to enjoy. We need your donations to secure, protect and manage this nationally important woodland and its wildlife. Thank you! Read more

  • 20th anniversary appeal launched to preserve King’s Wood

    We're marking our 20th anniversary with an appeal for donations to help us preserve ancient King's Wood. We want to ensure the entire woodland is carefully managed and protected in perpetuity for the benefit of wildlife and heritage as an exceptional open space for current and future generations to enjoy. Read more

  • 20th Anniversary Cycle Ride

    On Friday 6th September Greensand Trust Director of Development Jon Balaam cycled the length of the Greensand Ridge (and back) to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Greensand Trust. You can still sponsor him - all proceeds are raising funds to buy ancient Kings Wood. Read more

  • Feed the Birds 2019

    A whole day of family-friendly fun at the end of the Half Term holidays. Come and learn more about our feathered friends and how we can help them thrive. Free to attend - don’t forget your binoculars! Read more

  • Halloween Disco 2019

    **SOLD OUT** Fun kids’ event in the Tree Tops Café suitable for ages 5-12 - come to the park after dark! Make sure you come in your Halloween costume! Read more

  • Christmas Craft & Curios Sunday

    To get you in the Christmas spirit, we have 3 Christmas Crafts & Curios events on the first Sundays in December featuring gift stalls from local suppliers with festive refreshments and entertainment and Christmas trees for sale. Read more

  • Starry Night art workshop

    Join us for an adult art workshop at the park run by professional artist and tutor Jay Nolan-Latchford from Reasons to be Cheerful in Leighton Buzzard. Suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced painters, Jay offers step by step guidance to develop your skills in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst raising funds for the park. Read more

  • Wedding Showcase

    Looking for a unique woodland venue to provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding celebration or party? Come to our Wedding Showcase evening to see what Rushmere Country Park has to offer and how we can work with you to make your celebration dreams come true. Read more

  • Xplorer Challenge at Rushmere

    Halloween edition of The Xplorer Challenge, it's free to attend (although £3 parking exit fee applies) just turn up - final admission at 12.45pm. The team will be outside the Visitor Centre. Read more

  • Join our User Group

    Help us shape how Rushmere Country Park is managed and developed for the future! We are looking for enthusiastic park users to assist the Rushmere User Group (RUG for short). Read more

  • Shelter building challenge (SEND)

    Supervised Shelter Building Challenge for families with children with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and their siblings in association with Central Bedfordshire Council's Active Lifestyles team. Read more