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Bedford is blessed with some of the best grassroots sports facilities you’ll find north of London. Football is incredibly popular with sports players in the area and there are a wide selection of football venues. Players can find and play on 11-a-side, 7-a-side, 6-a-side and 5-a-side formats. Surfaces range from grass, astro-turf and 3G and floodlights will allow games to continue right through the calendar year. Should the weather deteriorate then there are also indoor options to ensure you can have a kick-about. There are other sports available for Bedford’s activity enthusiasts and these include, hockey, cricket, tennis, netball, to name a few. Each can simply be found and booked online and these are wonderful ways to keep fit, enhance mental well-being and catch up with friends. Bedford’s sports lovers have the choice to play one-off games when suits or a run of games through a block booking. Competitive leagues and tournaments are also available for players wanting to test themselves in a different environment.

Pitches and courts in Bedford

Woodlands Park

Woodlands Park is a top-class recreational sports facility based in Bedford. Football is the order here and there are two beautiful pitches available for local footballers to have a game on. There is one full-size grass football pitch and another smaller format 11-a-side junior pitch for the younger generations. Changing rooms are onsite for those wishing to get ready before a game or head straight out for some drinks post game. Floodlights have been installed along the touchlines to ensure games can continue through the winter months. Leagues and tournaments run from Woodlands Park for those wishing to play in a competitive environment.


Wixams is well known in the local Bedford area for having some fantastic football facilities. The venue is based just off Green Lane and caters for 11-a-side and 7-a-side format options. A pristine full-size 3G pitch is bookable online and also caters for the smaller format fixtures. There is a grass pitch too for those wanting the more authentic experience. Floodlights make it possible for games to be played for 12 months of the year. Changing rooms here are perfect for teams wanting to get ready and run through tactics before a big clash. Enquire with staff whether it’s possible to hire referees for competitive fixtures.


Are you a keen footballer and live around Bedford? If so, you must check out Hillgrounds and its quite brilliant football facilities. Football is the big sport here and it’s easy to see why with the vast array of pitches on offer for grassroots players. Visitors can book a multiple of formats and these include, 5-a-side, 7-a-side and 11-a-side. All the pitches are grass and the staff onsite keep the surfaces in excellent condition throughout the year. Hillgrounds is ideal for league and tournament teams too. There are changing rooms available for teams turning up and wanting to properly prepare before heading into battle.

Mowsbury Park

Mowsbury Park is massively popular with grassroots sports players in Bedford and caters excellently for football, rugby and cricket. England former cricket captain Alistair Cook was at school in Bedford and has left a lasting legacy in the area. Visitors benefit from a full-size cricket pitch. Footballers are able to book four grass pitches which host 11-a-side, 9-a-side and 7-a-side fixtures. Leagues are run out of Mowsbury Park for players wanting to test themselves in a regular competitive environment. The pitches also lend themselves perfectly for friends or colleagues just wanting a social and fun kick about. Rugby lovers have access to three full size grass pitches with professional markings and rugby posts. Changing rooms are accessible for all sports players.

Bedford Park

Bedford Park, just off Park Avenue, is a much loved grassroots sports facility that is an ideal place to enjoy football and cricket. Footballers are fortunate to have their pick of a range of grassroots formats that include 11-a-side, 9-a-side and 7-a-side. Each of the wonderful football pitches is traditional grass and a dedicated ground staff ensure all the markings, pitch surface quality and goals are kept in fine nick. There are regular leagues running from Bedford Park for those footballers wishing to have a competitive battle. Relaxed and social games are incredibly popular too for those wanting a more casual run about. Cricketers are able to book the full size cricket pitch for matches too.

Additional information for Bedford residents

*Bedford Borough Council - Outdoor sports in parks *

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