Are you looking for a change? Do you feel like trying some exciting new slides or games? We recently went on a bike excursion to the Bury Knowles Park in Headington! Wait a minute, don’t lose interest… Headington is not that far away from Oxford as you might imagine… Frankly, this playground is worth seeing! Everything is about the atmosphere here. When you get in, you are not just crossing a gate, you are walking through a wardrobe as in Narnia’s story…
You will find that the playground games are full of fun and very imaginative: unicorn and crocodile see-saws, great swings and slides and a pirate ship immersed in sand with a water game area. I couldn’t resist trying a special spinning swing with my other half, the kind where you fly around in seconds… our children just howled on!
What? The Bury Knowle Park -London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9HX
How can I go there? Several busses coming from Oxford’s City Centre stop nearby. You can also cycle there: take the Morell Avenue to avoid the Headington hill, then the Gipsy Lane which leads onto Headington Road.
Suitable for Babies and Toddlers? Yes! The playground is divided in two main parts: one of them –enclosed by yellow gates- is more suitable for the younger ones, up to toddle age. Outside this area (see picture) you have some exciting playground games for older or more adventures children (spinning swings, zip wire, climbing spaces).
From my point of view it’s a perfect place where siblings can have lots of fun together. With so many different games or activities they won’t be bored. For those who love the sensation of sand, there is a pirate ship in an ocean of sand, where those with little feet can run around and explore.
What can we do there? Have fun and relax, even if you are a parent. The place is big without being huge; you have an easy overview of the place from nearly everywhere so that you can keep an eye on your kids at any time. You can also plan a fabulous picnic in the park under its tall and beautiful trees on a sunny day. You could also pop into the library (except Sundays when it’s closed) which is located in the Bury Knowles House in the back of the playground area and have some magical story-reading time under the “story tree” (see picture). Try to recognize the marvellous figures in it!
Don’t forget! The library will be closed from Monday 23 June to Thursday 3 July so that it can be remodelled and upgraded to include a new children’s library and a lift.
Good to know! Toilets are situated outside the London Road entrance to the Park (close to the playground area).
Keep in contact! Do you want to know more about the story of the park, its events and facilities (tennis courts, mini-golf….). Find out more on the website of the Friends of Bury Knowle Park.
For Narnia and magical story lovers!Just to let you know, every Sunday morning you can take part in a fantastic Wonder Walk in Oxford City Centre (The Story Museum). Read more about it here.