This is a little hidden gem just outside of Aylesbury. There is a decent sized playground area, football pitches on the main field, a fitness trail, basketball courts, skate park and even a beach!! All of these facilities combined mean that Aston Clinton Park is very popular and was one of the first places I wrote a review for! There are a few walking trails you can do around and from the park but the ones on-site are fairly short.
They are currently rebuilding the community center and it looks like it’s going to be fantastic. I’ll be keeping this review of the Hub Aston Clinton updated with their progress. Please do bear in mind the works may affect the facilities available.
The footpaths from the car park to the playground are good for bikes and scooters. There is also a footpath down to the beach area. The playground has a very tall slide, a mini fitness trail, smaller toddler play frame and a larger play tower plus other equipment. Unfortunately when we last went several of the pieces of equipment had been broken. Whilst this had been made safe, it was still a shame. We’ve been back to the Hub at Aston Clinton many times since I first wrote this review and the equipment is still broken. It’s generally started to look a little bit shabby now, but maybe there will be an upgrade as part of the building works? There are two gated exits from the playground.
Aston Clinton Park has good accessible facilities as well. They have two swings suitable for children with mobility issues and a level access roundabout as well.
The Beach at Aston Clinton Park
I’ve mentioned this a couple of times. Bucks being somewhat landlocked (apparently the furthest point from the sea in the UK but that’s disputed) it’s not an actual beach of course! There is a stream that goes through the back of the park and they’ve put lots of shingle down to make a beach. Relatively recently they added several benches too. Most of the shingled area is quite shallow, but do watch the very little ones because it does get deeper in places. You will get muddy here, not all of it is shingle and, of course, mud + water + children = lots of mud! My kids and their friends love this place.
Follow the footpath at the back of the playground to go to the beach. There is also a path through the woodland area of you fancy off-roading.
Your Cafe in the Park review
There is an onsite cafe at the Hub Aston Clinton called Your Cafe in the Park. They actually also run the cafe in Tring Natural History Museum as well. There is a cafe and a small soft play area. It’s got a bouncy castle and various soft play shapes to climb on. There’s no play frame though. This is normally very popular with local families. It’s relatively reasonably priced and serves a decent variety of food. Look out for the Chocolate brownies. They are huge and really good.
Soft play sessions are currently run for 2 hours each and cost £2.50 per child.
Your Cafe in the Park review update. We revisited the soft play area now that it has reopened post Covid. It all looked very clean and is separated from the main restaurant area. There’s only 6 tables and they’re all well spaced. You have to supply track and trace information before entering and food/drinks are table service only. So far so good. The one thing that I think really let them down is face masks. At the time of writing face masks are mandatory in soft play area, unless sat down eating or drinking. When I visited there were four adults, including myself and I was the only one who was wearing a mask despite the fact that no-one was sat at a table. I appreciate that there are exceptions but it feels unlikely all of those people had an exemption (particularly as one lady told me she normally wears one but didn’t bother because it was quiet). I also didn’t see anyone in the take-away counter wearing a mask or any signs anywhere asking people to wear them. In order to be fair in my review I asked a member of staff about masks. He told me that it’s up to visitors if they wear one or not but they’ve said on their social media they’d like people to wear them. (Their welcome back video doesn’t mention masks). There were several staff on-site and they were all wearing masks. One was wearing his on his head like a hat, another wore his under his chin and a third removed his mask to talk to me. Sigh. There’s markings on the floor and a separate entrance and exit, but no screens up.
I may have been unlucky when I visited. Maybe everyone else that day wore a mask and all the staff wore theirs correctly for the rest of the day. I also appreciate that it’s a difficult time for the industry and for people in customer facing roles. I can only tell you what it was like when I visited, and this is what it was like.
I contacted them to comment about what I saw and this was their response: “Hi Vicky, It is now mandatory that everyone in the café, staff and visitors have to wear face masks. There are signs everywhere to state this. We are trying desperately to do the best we can to make everyone’s stay enjoyable and safe.”
Our Aston Clinton Park Review
With decent facilities, plenty of space and even a beach Aston Clinton Park was also going to be popular. The playground area is good and there’s a nice variety of things to do. I can’t wait to see what all the new investment brings. I’ll keep updating this review of Aston Clinton Park as the building work progresses.
Make sure you check out the activities that go on at Aston Clinton Park. There are various different classes that take place during the week, including Story Frog that I went down to review. Click here to read my full review of the class.
Entry is free
Parking / How to get there
Parking – this has recently been improved (less of the huge pot holes that were a big issue before). There is plenty of it and it’s free. When there’s a match on I imagine it can get pretty busy though, despite overflow car parks.
Address – London Road, Aston Clinton HP22 5HL
There is a cafe on site. There is seating inside and out. There are also various picnic benches around the playground and beach area.
These are within the cafe. Not the best toilets in the world but relatively clean.
Please note, this review of Aston Clinton Park was originally written in 2018 and updated several times since. The local council are currently investing significantly in a brand new community centre which replaces the old cafe building. There are some temporary buildings on site and there may be some disruption during the building work. Currently the only toilets are some very small port-a-loos. You couldn’t fit an adult and a child in them so please bear that in mind.
Visit the Aston Clinton Parish Council Website for full details of all the facilities on site and any notices such as closures.
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