Park activities

Information on park activities including horse riding, fishing and football pitch hire.

Horse riding

We don’t operate a riding school in the borough however there are private clubs and facilities in the local area.

Horse riding is permitted in:

Riding is subject to relevant bylaws.

Horse riding in Barking and Dagenham


There are several places within the borough where fishing is permitted.

Before planning a fishing trip here is some useful information:

  • you’ll need an Environment Agency rod licence before you can fish anywhere in the UK. It is against the law to fish without one and a maximum fine of £2,500 can be imposed
  • if you want to fish with more than 2 rods, you need 2 rod licences
  • a rod licence can be obtained from your local post office or from the Environment Agency
  • it’s your responsibility to check that fishing is permitted where you are planning to visit. If you’re found to be fishing in a prohibited area you can be prosecuted for poaching and a breach of the local bylaws
  • to fish in the borough you must have barbless hooks, a landing net and an unhooking mat

There are 2 different types of fishery in the borough:

Day ticket fisheries

Membership only lakes

  • Bardag Lake - Eastbrookend Country Park managed by Bardag Angling Society
  • Bowyers Lake - Beam Valley Country Park managed by Becontree & District Angling Club

All other lakes and waters in the borough are not managed as fisheries, and therefore no fishing is allowed on them.

If you are unsure of your right to fish or have any queries please contact the Ranger Service.

Fishing in Barking and Dagenham

Football pitch hire

If you would like to enquire about availability, or speak to someone about booking a pitch, please email  Office hours are Monday to Wednesday. We are field based so may not respond immediately.