This is the most central park in Aylesbury. It’s had a lot of work done on it over the years and they host numerous events in the park, particularly over the summer. Live in the park, play in the park and proms in the park are all really good events. I found it quite hard to do a review of Vale Park because it could be really good, but there are a few things that let it down.
Most of the park is green open space, but they also have a playground area, skate park, teenage area and multi-use courts. They do free tennis sessions on the tennis courts at the weekenda. Aqua Vale Swimming Pool is on the same site – you can read my review of there by clicking this link.
The playground area is relatively small, has two exits and is very open plan so you definitely won’t lose the kids! It doesn’t have a huge amount of equipment, mostly focused around climbing, but the kids still enjoy it. There are only 2 benches inside the park so be prepared to stand when you’re not playing with the kids.
There are lots of hard paths around the park and it’s very accessible. You’ll find numerous benches and picnic areas and lots of trees to provide shade as well, something lacking in other parks in Aylesbury.
Realistically, there isn’t actually a huge amount to say about this park, it feels very much like a community area when events are on. It’s easy to get to, although parking is a bit of an issue. I have found broken glass around the outdoor gym / skatepark which is isn’t good.
Parking and how to get there
Parking – Charges apply. Small on-site car park shared with the swimming pool. It has dedicated parent and child and disabled spaces. It’s £2 for 2 hours and a whopping £6 for 4 hours. If you’re paying to take part in an activity at Aqua Vale then you can have a refund of up to 4 hours. There is a retail park next door with free parking for 2 houra, but of course those are for customers only! Given how close it is to town you could also walk from the High Street.
Address – Park Street, Aylesbury HP20 1DX
There are some self contained toilets in the park and also some within Aqua Vale. I’m not sure if they are technically for park-users but I’ve never been stopped from using them.
There is a cafe within Aqua Vale. Picnics are welcome
Our VAle Park review
Rating 3/5 – There’s not a lot to do here but whenever we go swimming the boys always ask if we can go to the park. Shame about the broken glass.
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