Cutteslow park has a special place in my heart as this was what made me start my account in the first place. I realised there are so many gems out there which new mummies/mummies moved to oxford don’t know about. I just wanted to spread some love and information to novices like me. In reality, I got so much love back, that I just want to keep going 🙂
This huge park, which is the biggest in Oxford, caters to the needs of almost anyone and everyone.. and you know the best part is, it iss FREEEEEEEEEE. You just have to pay for parking
So what have we got:
🏰 There are two different children’s play area (different climbing frames, slides, swings, zip wire, round about, rockers, tube slide and play fort) in the main park (on Sunnymead side) and another one on Cutteslowe side (please see update below)
🏖 The sand pit is huge, like a mini beach with lots of lots of sand and despite how busy the park is, your child can easily find a big enough space for them.
💦 The splash park is next to the sandpit. It is not the biggest but is FREE, so one can not really complain right!.
🦢There is beautiful little lake or pond with ducks ready to be fed- You can buy duck food at the kiosk
🚂 Miniature train run by the City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers (only some dates- please check timetable and prices HERE)- The queue was very long the last time we went, so if you are going to do this, keep looking for the queues and then run at it towards the opportunity
🏔 You could just stroll through the park/ woodland, admire the ornamental flower beds and wildflower areas, sun bathe or just have a picnic.
🦋Visit the Cutteslowe Horticultural Therapy Nurseries with tropical butterflies. It is tucked away nicely near the pond, so you can miss it if you are not looking for it. Free to enter but donations welcome
🗺 Address: OX2 8NP (Northern end) and OX2 7XD (Southern end)- parking can be an issue on busy days
Alternatively, use OX2 7SX for the sunny mead entrance (see below)
🚘 Paid timed parking on both ends but free timed parking at the sunny mead entrance
🚻 Toilets on site
🍕 Refreshments on site
🧺 Picnic allowed and there are a few picnic benches
🐕 Dogs on leash allowed in some parts
What else can you do
🏐 Beach Volleyball – visit the Oxford Volleyball Club websitefor information about membership and booking
🎾 🏓 Have a game of tennis on the outdoor tennis courts (It is now easy to book tennis courts online before you come to the park.) or table tennis
⛳️ Mini golf (extra charge)- you can hire clubs at the kiosk
🏃♂️Free weekly 5km event for runners of all standards on Saturdays at 9am. – just register in advance on the parkrun website by 6pm on the Friday before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once.
I didn’t know it extended over the ring road (silly me!!), so am very chuffed that we discovered a new route to it. we parked on wren road, cutteslow, instead of kidlington. There’s (yet another) play park at the entrance (with climbing frames for toddlers and young children, swings, stepping rocks) and exercising equipment well as a skate park. After having your fill, then you can run/cross over the bridge, do some car spotting if you wished, then enter the park via the sand/beach volleyball field, over the stream (which is always fun) and onto the big tunnel slide. It’s a longer walk but buggy accessible and the uphill part is brilliant for burning off that never ending toddler energy.
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Parking at this end is at OX2 7SX. We parked on wren road near the bridge/ next to the north Oxford children’s centre (free timed parking ).
If you prefer not to, then you can just stay on the cutteslow side and after playing in the park, just go on a nice, peaceful walk around the area
—–ANOTHER UPDATE—– We recently attended their dino trail at the Horticultural Therapy and garden centre, among all the tropical birds. Here is our instagram post and video about it
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