If you’ve seen my other posts you’ll know I spent most of the week in Oxford whilst biggest child was at camp. As part of that we went to Hinksey Outdoor Pool (read my review here) which is based in Hinksey Park. After we finished swimming we had a look around the playground.
It’s a nice little park that has got a large duck pond, large lake, free sports court, playground with sand pit, green spaces and free splash park. There’s also a bridge over the train tracks if you have any train lovers in your family.
Hinksey SPLASH park Review
Ummm. In order to review the splash park there needs to be a certain element of “splash” about it. The day we visited there was hardly any splashing to be had. They only have a few jets and a tunnels of hoops to run through. The tunnel was broken and only a couple of jets were working. I know they have to periodically turn the water off at splash parks to keep them clean however we walked past several times. Also, I could see it from the swimming pool and didn’t see it working properly the whole time I was there. If you know better please let me know.
We may have just been unlucky, and any problems may now be fixed, but I was decidedly underwhelmed. Entry is free but you’re better off going to Cutteslowe splash park.
Hinksey Playground Review
I’ve driven past the playground quite often and thought it looked cool, but never really investigated until now. Turns out that the playground at Hinksey Park is really big and it’s based around a large sand pit. Next time we’ll take our buckets and spades with us. Uncovered sand pits like this do make me nervous because I expect them to be full of cat poo but I didn’t see any.
There is a small frame for younger kids including a slide and toddler swings. There are two of the rocker thing-ys; one hippo, one bike. They also have quite a funky roundabout. It’s kind of a orb with four seats on it that spin around. It’s quite far from the ground but middle child loved it. They also have a little wooden house, a wooden boat, bigger kids swings, a slide and a funky little wooden bridge.
The bigger play frame is actually quite tricky. There are two towers separated by a climbing wall. In order to get onto the slide you have to climb up at least one of the climbing walls. If you’re coming from the wrong direction that you have to contort yourself to get up. Awkward but the kids had a great time.
Small car park on site. Up to 1 hour; 80p. 1-3 hours; £2. 3-5 hours; £4. 5+ hours; £15!!
There are toilets on site but they don’t look like the most pleasant and I’m not sure if they were working.
No food available on site. You can bring a picnic and there’s a Tesco express down the road.
Our Hinksey Splash Park REview
Based on what we saw 1 / 5
Our Hinksey Park Review
It’s a nice little playground. If you’re travelling then the small amount of parking may be an issue, as is the cost if you’re staying for any length of time.
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