We recently visited Bourton Park in Buckingham whilst on the way to Stowe (read that review here). So many times when I visit other playgrounds I always get a little bit jealous. Aylesbury really does need some better play equipment!
Anyway, back to the review of Bourton Park in Buckingham! This is not just a playground but it also has a bit more of a nature reserve vibe with lots of ponds and a river. There’s so much space for everyone to explore. It also happens to have a really good playground.
Bourton Park Senior Playground Review
Randomly this place is listed as Bourton Park Senior playground. I’ve even seen people joke does that mean it’s just for the elderly!!?? In reality all that means is that it’s the playground for older kids.
It’s a mainly wood play area that is focused around this wicked play frame. Although it’s quite high, it was easy enough for Smallest Child to get up and down. The playground has also got a spinny cup, spinning see-saw, mini fitness trail, nest swing and zip wire. There’s plenty of seating for adults.
Bourton Park Junior Playground
Right next to the senior playground is the junior playground. By comparison this playground is RUBBISH. It’s aimed at younger children and it has very clearly seen better days. The paint is peeling and it’s grubby as hell. We really didn’t play on this for very long.
In addition to the frame you can see it has some rockers and both toddler and normal swings. I cannot for the life of me figure out why the two areas, that are right next to each other, are so different. I’m hoping that the junior area is just waiting for its own refurb!
The rest of Bourton Park is lovely green space to explore. There’s a dog free area, lots of footpaths to walk/ride/scoot along and a fitness trail. There’s also multi sports court.
One highlight for me was the river that runs through Bourton Park. It’s got a little waterfall and I get the impression that kids tend to splash around in the river given half a chance. At the very least there’s some pond dipping going on! There’s signs around telling you about the wildlife you can spot along the river.
In another section of the park there’s also some lakes to explore.
According to the council’s website they hold various events in Bourton Park during the ye ar. Have a look at the website for all the details.
Our Bourton Park Review
This is a nice little park with a really good playground area for older children. The younger kids section really let it down, but maybe they’ll upgrade that one soon. I’d say any kids pre-school and over would be more than capable of playing on the older kids frame.
Parking / How to get there
There’s a small official car park, but it only holds about 10 or so cars. There did seem to be quite a high turnover of cars so within a few minutes of wondering where the hell we could park, a space was free.
None on site
There’s plenty of benches for a picnic.
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