I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published October 30th 2012
Could this be the best park in Oxford?
Lots of open space
Oxford is blessed with some great open spaces and places to relax, play and picnic. Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park on the north side of Oxford has to be one of the best.
Established in the early 1930's, Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park is the largest in Oxford. Awarded a Green Flag by the Civic Trust, this park is packed full of things to do and it's free.
Cutteslowe Park playground
There are two great play parks. The first has lots of great climbing frames, swings, slides and an unusual sit on roundabout. It's all surrounded by a low fence so you don't have to worry about your child running off if you're looking after more than one. The second play area is right next door and was reopened in March 2012. There's a huge sandpit, climbing apparatus and a super speedy slide, so make sure you're at the bottom to catch toddlers and see the massive smile on their face as they whiz out. A zip wire will keep older ones happy and there's a kiosk where you can get hot drinks and ice cream. From the end of July to start of September you can cool off in a paddling pool.
A giant sandpit, speedy slide & undulating surfaces
Zip down the wire or make sandcastles at Cutteslowe Park
Wander down to the duck pond for a more relaxed activity. There are lots of beautiful ducks who are more than eager to gobble up stale bread. If you like birds there's also an aviary.
These ducks give a happy welcome
Running between March and October is the Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway. It doesn't run everyday so check their timetable if you want to enjoy some choo choo fun.
This park is not just for kids and there are lots of other activities including football, basketball, miniature golf, tennis and a skate park. It's usual to find free activities but Cutteslowe Park boasts a weekly 5km park run Outdoor Tai Chi on Wednesdays and Thursday, both are free of charge. Check out the website for more details.
A perfect place to watch the seasons change
The park is also pleasant to wander around, rest for a picnic and enjoy watching the changing seasons. There are well maintained pathways which make it easy if you're pushing a buggy or wheelchair and lots of open space to throw a ball for your dog.
There's lots to see and do in Cutteslowe Park
If you haven't tried Cutteslowe Park before, I'm sure you'll enjoy it in any season.