Free parks


Over the summer holidays i like many others shall be taking the kids to the park in the desperate search for my sanity. Today’s park is Upper Heyford park. I’ve been hoping for that golden 15-60 mins of a day where my children don’t argue or wind each other up.

You’ll find me sipping wine under the shade out of a kids water bottle so i don’t get funny looks again when I pour straight from bottle.

Going insane 

It’s only day 2 and I already feel like the little sanity I had is but a distant memory….who am I kidding I can’t remember going to bed let alone yesterday morning! Anyhow I’ll give you all the low down on some of the parks we visit so i might be able to help you catch 5 mins of peace to enjoy your drink of choice.

1st up: Upper Heyford park! What a gem. Truly shocked at how quiet this park was. Ok 20mins from Bicester but worth the drive. Offers some shade from that burny ball of fire in the sky. Free parking in the village hall, surrounded by luscious brown fields (thanks to the big burny ball of fire again) ball games, kite flying (if it doesn’t melt and by some miracle you can find a breeze) has a zip wire and a net swing thing and the majority of the equipment is wood. Lots of natural play using the logs and rocks for a obstacle course it even has a tree house style thing.

Safety flooring 

The floor is covered in lovely soft wood chipping the kind that doesn’t hurt too badly when your kids decide to face plant off the end of the slide! It has plenty of picnic benches inside the park fence so take your lunch and enjoy your kids being caged in this fully fenced in park.

I would say this park is great for all ages but a bit more tricky for none walkers/climbers (lets be honest it not like they’re going to run off in a huff) they do have 2 baby swings though so just push them for the duration that you’re there and they’ll be happy. There is a pub opposite (Bonus) I didn’t go in myself so i couldn’t tell you whether its any good or not. Its a bit tricky to get to if you don’t drive however, but if you really want to drag your day out and you don’t mind busses there are bus stops close by.

Upper Heyford park stats:

Distance from Bicester: 18 mins
Sat Nav: Upper Heyford, Bicester OX25 5LB Click address to load navigation 
Accessibility: 6/10 (difficult if you don’t drive)
Wheelchair friendly: yes
Equipment upkeep: 10/10
Cleanliness: 10/10
Facilities: 5/10 (lack of shop and toilets)
Age range: All ages
Safety: 9/10
Fun factor: 10/10


Overall verdict. Get your butts down there with a picnic and some ball games and you’ll be set for a few hours.
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