We have put together some suggestions of parks and outdoor spaces in Oxfordshire that you can enjoy in the sunshine this summer with family and friends. 

Christ Church Meadow

Christ Church Meadow is a popular walking and picnic spot in the heart of Oxford.

The meadow provides access to many of the college boathouses and is owned by Christ Church college.

The meadow is roughly triangular in shape is bordered both the River Thames and the River Cherwell.

It is open all days of the year except from Christmas Day.

Port Meadow

Port Meadow is located to the northwest of Oxford and is one of the largest open spaces in the area.

The River Thames flows through the heart of the meadow and the plains are home to many types of cattle, horses and wildfowl.

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There are two carparks that you can use to access the meadow, one off Walton Well Road and another off Godstow Road.

Picnics are welcome everywhere in the park and it is also popular with wild water swimmers.

Oxford University Parks

Oxford University Parks was originally owned by Merton College but was purchased by the University in the 1850s.

It was first laid out as a park for sports and recreational purposes in 1864.

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It is open to all tourists, Oxford residents and students to enjoy.

The northeast of the park is bordered by the River Cherwell.

The park opens at 7:45 each day and the closing time depends on sunset.

Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows are located near Abingdon town centre at the end of Abbey Close.

There is an outdoor pool and splash pad that are currently closed but are set to reopen in 2023 for the summer season.

GLL manage the outdoor pool and splash park on behalf of Vale of White Horse District Council.

There is also a playground that is open all year round.

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 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.