Spiceball Country Park is the largest park in Banbury which has a fenced play area, an amazing skate park, a cycling track/ activity trail and canal and the River Cherwell running through it.
The fenced play area with rubber matting has very cool climbing equipment for different age groups. The Louvre like climbing pyramid is the first one you will see. Its very unique but the spacing between the levels ensures that only older children/ teenagers can climb it. Ay attempted it but could only manage the first level because it had climbing wall like features on top of it. The higher levels just needed longer strides.
The toddler frame is colourful with nice drawings on it. It is also very interesting with toddler climbing wall, tunnel, fireman pole, wobble steps, pole slides and the usual slide. There is a third one for medium sized children with a ladder, climbing wall, climbing rope and vertical tyres
In addition, there are swings, round about, springers, sea saw, monkey bars and stand up spiral roundabout. The floor is colourful too with hopscotch, numbered caterpillar and alphabets.
The skate park is just next to the play area and looked pretty amazing too.
We then went on to explore the huge green fields. There are scattered small woodlands with tree trunks to climb. Cycling / jogging track runs across the boundary with the river on the side, so take your scooties and cycles. There are a few wooden bridges to walk across or admire the views from a top. There was a small pond, though it was quite dry
Verdict: The play area is small as compared to other country parks but is lovely and pretty unique. The surrounding huge green space is ideal for walking, cycling, ball games, kite flying etc, and there is the bonus of river/ canal on the side- what’s not to like!
🗺 Address: Cherwell Dr, Banbury OX16 2AY, United Kingdom
🚘 P&D parking- 1£/h
🚻 No Toilets and baby facilities
🍕 No refreshments on site
🐕 Dogs not allowed in the play area but plenty of dog walkers in the grounds and surrounding woodlands
🧺 Plenty of picnic benches
🦽 Pushchair accessible
Spiceball Leisure Centre is close by offering an impressive 25m swimming pool, 150 station gym, sports hall, specialist spin studio, soft play area, spa, and a friendly onsite café.If you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE