Desborough Recreation Ground Review

Quick Note

Before I start my review of Desborough Recreation Ground I’m aware there have been some extra visitors to the Rec in the week since I visited and took photos. I believe they’ve now moved on and the park is being cleared up, but I’m unsure if there’s been any damage.

The Review

I got stuck in High Wycombe for a large part of this week and I needed cheap things to keep smallest child entertained for unspecified amounts of time. In the pouring rain this wasn’t easy. I had been planning on taking her to the Rye to see the ducks and play in the playground but the rain (and the presence at the time of the visitors mentioned above) stopped that. As I was driving back home the rain stopped and I spotted this park whilst sitting in traffic so we decided to pop in.

Firstly I have to say that Desborough Recreation Ground has one of the best bits of kit I’ve ever seen. I want one of these in my house, for me as well as for the kids. I have no idea what it’s called but the surf board swivels in all directions so you can genuinely surf. And they have two of them!!

Desborough Recreation Ground | High Wycombe | Buckinghamshire | Free Time with the Kids

There is a small, free car park on-site and you have to cross a little bridge over a ford to get into the park. I imagine that ford gets played in a lot when it’s hot. The playground is completely fenced off and there is a bench for adults. There’s a really good range of equipment, for all ages and some of it is fully accessible too.

For younger children

There’s a play frame for smaller children with a slide. It does have a little rope bridge in it, which isn’t great for toddlers. I really need smallest child to grow bigger feet or figure out how these things work soon! The frame has got lots of games built into the sides and for once they’re actually quite good. You can even learn your times tables whilst in the park! There are also a couple of toddler swings.

For Older Children

There’s plenty here for older kids. There’s a large metal play frame with slides, a play trail, lots of other varied bits of kit and one of those two surf boards. The other surf board is outside the fenced off section. There is also a zip wire and activity trail here. Generally Desborough Recreation ground has a good range of equipment.

There is also a nice size green space to play in and sports courts. The river runs on both sides and you can walk alongside it.

Admission Costs


Parking / How to get there

Parking – Free car park on site

Address – Fryers Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. HP12 3AN. Look for the Tot Town Nursery. The car park is at the side.


None that I saw


None on site but picnics are fine.

Desborough Recreation Ground | High Wycombe | Buckinghamshire | Free Time with the Kids

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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch or get in touch via Facebook

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