The largest village in England, Kidlington is home to five playparks. If you have a toddler or young child you'll know that variety and fun on your doorstep is vital to keep them happy. Here's my top three.
Exeter Park Exeter Park is home to the largest of the playparks. It's the best of the three for offering something for all ages and you'll always find a friendly mum to chat to while you're there. There are 3 slides from the mini one with cute pink steps, a mid sized one with tunnel and ropebridge, to the large one that still makes my heart jump when my toddler races to the top. The make believe boat, springy motorbike and swings are also fun. At the end of the playpark is a small area of trees which the kids love to race around, ideal for hide and seek fun. Next to the playpark is a large grass area, tennis and basketball courts.
The playpark can be accessed on foot from behind Exeter Hall or park right next to it from Crown Road.
Mill Street This playpark has been recently rennovated in the summer of 2012 and now boasts a pirate ship, ahoy me hearties. It also has the best climbing frame as well as a slide, roundabout, swings and balance planks. Definitely plenty of things to keep your little ones occupied. It can be reached from several roads around the park or there is an entrance at the corner of Mill Street and Evans Lane, signed for the football field.
Parkhill Ground Next to a huge grassed area and basketball court is my next favourite playpark in Kidlington. Officially called Parkhill Ground, my friends and I refer to it as Benmead Park as it's just off Benmead Road. The slightly unusual climbing frame and dual slide is not so suitable for kids just learning to walk and climb but provides just the right amount of challenge as they gain in ability. As with the other parks there are large and small swings and a roundabout.
If you're looking to get out of Kidlington but don't want to travel too far, there are a couple of playparks nearby which are fantastic. Probably the best park in Oxford is Cuttleslowe Park. Whether you are looking for a huge sandpit, climbing frames, ducks to feed or just a walk about then this is the place to visit. Click here for a full review.
Just a few minutes drive away in Islipis a lovely wooden playpark inspired by Edward the Confessor. Hurtle down the zip wire or make believe you're a sailor in the giant boat.