Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, Oxford

Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, Oxford

About Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park

Cutteslowe and Sunnymead park is the largest park in Oxford. It is located in the far north of the city.

The 42 hectares that form Cutteslowe & Sunnymead Park is split with the old Cutteslowe Park to the north and Sunnymead park to the south.

The Cutteslowe area was acquired in stages, between 1936 and 1938. The Sunnymead area of the park was once a Council tip and wasteland. The two sections were joined together by a new bridge in 2002.

During the Second World War large areas of the park were dug up to produce vegetables. After the war, the park continued to grow with the inclusion of a disused section of allotments to the South of the Cutteslowe area of the park. This is now managed to provide a semi-natural wildlife area and community woodland.

The park is proud to fly its Green Flag Award. The Green Flag is the standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy. It is a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.

Opening Times

The park is open all day, every day, but some activities do have time restrictions.

Things to do Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park

For a fun-filled family day out, there’s plenty of space to play and so much to do to keep everyone busy.

  • play in the Splash Feature to be open on the first May bank holiday of the year
  • go orienteering with the 18 control course (maps available at the kiosk/office)
  • use the three children’s play areas. 2 are on the Cutteslowe side and 1 on the Sunnymead side
  • play football or cricket on the grass pitches- booking can be made through www.pitchbooking.com
  • play informal football or basketball in the street sports site
  • grab a bat and play table tennis on one of three tables
  • watch the ducks in the duck pond or the birds in our aviary
  • have a game of Beach Volleyball
  • play a round of miniature golf on the new course (hire clubs at the kiosk)
  • ride the trains on the Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway (April – October and operated by The City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers Ltd.)
  • admire the ornamental flower beds and wildflower areas
  • skate the concrete skate park with ramps and grind rail
  • have a game of tennis on the outdoor tennis courts (book at the kiosk)
  • grab a drink or a bite to eat at San Remo’s cafe
  • catch a Balloon flight from Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park with Adventure Balloons between April and October
  • go geocaching and find our hidden treasure
  • walk or run the Sri Chimnoy Peace Mile or take part in the 5k weekly Park Run
  • walk through the community woodland or Sunnymead nature area
  • hold a meeting or party in the top pavilion
  • grow your own vegetables and flowers in the allotment
  • climb the tree trunks

Travel and Parking

The postcodes for the park are OX2 8NP (Northern end) and OX2 7XD (Southern end).

By bus: There are regular bus services to the Park, run by the Oxford Bus Company (routes 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 7D) and Stagecoach (17, 17A and 17C).

Park & Ride: The nearest Park & Ride is Water Eaton. Buses stop at the top of Harbord Road, which is a 10-minute walk to the park.

By car: There are two car parks. One is at the north end of the park at the Harbord Road entrance. The other is at the south end of the Park, off the A40 entrance (heading towards Headington). Parking charges apply at both car parks. There are parking restrictions in the surrounding residential roads.

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