Parks

Parks in and around West Oxfordshire

West Midlands Safari Park

The West Midlands Safari Park contains a 4-mile safari. The safari section contains around 600 animals from around 30 different species from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and North America.

Along with the 4 mile safari, is a large theme park, a 'Discovery Zone' containing reptile and insect houses among other attractions.

Folly Farm

The Folly Farm Centre is at the heart of Folly Farm, a stunning 250-acre nature reserve close to Bath and Bristol which is owned and managed by Avon Wildlife Trust. It is a very special place - a place to learn and explore, a place for inspiration, a place to lie in the grass and discover a new world.

It's a place for everyone. Whether you're seeking a conference venue, arranging a team-building event, going on a course or planning a wedding, The Folly Farm Centre offers you a unique experience.

Odds Farm

A kid’s farm for all ages. For a cool mixture of fun, play & education, Odds Farm is the ideal outing for families, schools, groups and birthday parties – essential adventure for kids of all ages – all in a safe environment.

Activities include:

  • Sheep Racing

  • Rabbit World

  • Animal Births

  • Summer Goat Racing

  • Milking

  • Goat Show

  • Maze

  • Bottle Feeding Lambs

  • Crazy Golf

Woburn Abbey and Safari Park

Woburn Abbey, comprising Woburn Park and its buildings, was originally founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell Family and the Dukes of Bedford. The Abbey was largely rebuilt starting in 1741 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke. Anna Maria, the wife of the 7th Duke, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington Zoo is one of the oldest areas in the park and is split in two parts. The west side of the park is home to Trails of the Kings; a walkthrough attraction home to enclosures for gorillas, tigers, lions and Binturong. In the spring of 2009, a gorilla baby was born which the park celebrated and named Mbula. The east side contains various smaller enclosures home to capybaras, rhea, mara, wallabies, meerkats and agouti in the Creature Features area. There is also a 'Monkey & Bird Garden' with a squirrel monkey walk-through as well as a host of other exotic birds and monkeys.

Croome Park

Croome was 'Capability' Brown's first complete landscape, making his reputation and establishing a new style of garden design which became universally adopted over the next 50 years. The outer eye-catchers, acquired in 2009, and the elegant park buildings were designed by Brown, Robert Adam and James Wyatt. Croome Court, sold by the Coventry family in 1948, is at last reunited with the parkland, allowing visitors to appreciate the 6th Earl's vision for the estate as a whole.

Warburg Reserve

Warburg is the premier nature reserve of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust and nestles in the Bix valley near Henley-on-Thames in Oxon.

The mixture of chalk grassland and ancient woodland makes it an ideal site for birds and butterflies. Over 2,000 species of plant, animal and fungus have been recorded here.

Attractions include:

  • wood anemones

  • carpet of bluebells in spring

  • helleborines and orchids in summer

  • over 400 species of fungi and stunning colour in autumn

Burton Dassett Hills Country Park

Burton Dassett Hills Country Park is run by Warwickshire County Council. Great views from the hills and good for walking or kite flying. The site comprises a series of hilltops with good views in all directions and Fox Covert, a small woodland with a surfaced footpath. Opened as a country park in 1971, the 100 acres contain a wealth of historical interest such as the prominent beacon, quarry remains and the nearby 12th Century All Saints Church.

Stowe Landscape Gardens

In the 1690s, Stowe had a modest early-baroque parterre garden, owing more to Italy than to France, but it has not survived, and, within a relatively short time, Stowe became widely-renowned for its magnificent gardens created by Lord Cobham. The Landscape Garden was created in three main phases, showing the development of garden design in 18th-century England (this is the only garden where all three designers worked).

Abbey Grounds, Cirencester

The Abbey grounds are tucked away behind the church and market place right in the town centre. The grounds contain the site of St Mary’s Abbey which was consecrated in 1176 in the presence of Henry II. It remained until the Dissolution in 1539 when the Abbey was completely demolished.

Museum in the Park

This Museum is located in the old Mansion House in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park near Stroud. There are over 5,000 objects on displayed at the Museum ranging from dinosaur and mammoth remains to Roman altars, landscape paintings and two of the world's first lawnmowers.  The Museum is housed in a Grade II 17th century wool merchant's mansion. Objects and colourful displays combined with an exciting public programme combine to celebrate the rich history and heritage of the Stroud District. The modern extension houses our temporary galleries and visitor facilities.

Crickley Hill Country Park

Situated on the Cotswold scarp there are extensive views over the Severn Valley. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with nature conservation. The park also has geological & archaeological interest, a visitor centre although seasonal opening and way-marked trails through mature beech woodland. Part of the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) which has been intensively excavated over a period of 25 years. The result is a detailed documentation of the archaeological interest of the hillfort area.

Coaley Peak Picnic Area

Located about 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west of the town of Stroud overlooking the village on Coaley, Coaley Peak offers 12 acres of reclaimed farmland (now a wild flower meadow) with views over the Severn Vale and the Forest of Dean. It is next to a Woodland Trust beech wood and the National Trust's Frocester Hill site. The Cotswold Way long-distance footpath passes through the site.

Broadway Tower Country Park

This is the site of an old beacon at 1024 feet above sea level on the Cotswolds escarpment.

The tower was built in 1799 for the sixth Earl of Coventry, George William who has large residences nearby.

Famous people connected with the tower throughout its history are the Pre-Raphaelite artists and also William Morris.

Note that at the time of writing, admission is charged only for access to the tower, and therefore great walks and views are available gratis.

Cotswold Country Park

The Cotswold Country Park and Beach (previously Keynes Park) is one of the country parks that can be found within the boundary of the Cotswold Water Park. Recently, there has been added a great new path around the lakes consisting of stone and hardcore.  There are 2½ miles of lakeside walks, cycling, two childrens' play areas, sites for family barbecues, angling, a swimming beach and boating available and the Millennium Centre house's a small café and exhibition room.

Lodge Park

Built as a grandstand for deer coursing in the 17th century and is the sole survivor of its type in the country. It was built by John 'Crump' Dutton as part of his Sherborne Estate in the early 1630s.

In addition, there is also and ancient barrow (burial site) in the grounds.

Avon Valley Country Park

Avon Valley Country Park where the combination of nature, attractions and stunning scenery ensures that the hours of fun are endless at one of the West's most popular family destinations. 

And families can adventure together too: climb aboard the punctual 'Strawberry Line' - the longest five-inch miniature gauge railway in the West Country - stroll along an interesting walk around the winding river (with challenging obstacles for the children), have fun in a boat and many exciting activities in the extensive grounds.