I have got a corker of a review for you today – Towersey playing fields near Thame in South Oxfordshire. We drove past this playground ages ago and I could see something awesome peeping through the hedge. It wasn’t until today that we finally went back to Towersey playing fields for a proper visit and to do a review.
The playing field bit of Towersey’s playground is just a open, green space. Not much to say other than that really. We didn’t spot any dog poop which is always a real bug-bear of mine! It’s actually on this field that the Towersey Fringe takes place. You can also access the Phoenix Trail nearby.
It’s a gated playground on grass (two exits) but it didn’t look like somewhere that gets particularly muddy. There’s several picnic benches dotted around and bins. There’s lots of wood-chip everywhere to soften any landings, and it does look like it’s been recently renewed (which may explain why it doesn’t look like it gets muddy)
The under 5’s area
You may have realised by now from my other playground reviews, but I have a real preference for wooden playgrounds vs metal ones. Unless they’re really cool ones like the helicopter playground in Wendover. I just think they look so much nicer, for longer. The playground at Towersey is all wood, and it also happened to be one of the cleanest and best maintained I’ve been to recently.
For under 5’s there’s a fair amount of things for them to play on. There’s this tractor, two rockers and a couple of toddler swings. You can see it in the background of this photo, but there’s also a small play frame that’s perfect for younger kids. This photo is of the back of the play frame. It was so easy for Smallest Child to get up and down, and there’s lots of space underneath for hiding. Actually, she was completely fine with all of the play equipment on site which is always an added bonus.
The rest of the playground equipment at Towersey playing fields
The playground-awesomeness that I spotted through the hedge was the main play-frame. Look at this bad boy!
It’s got a scramble net, slide, crawl tunnel, a little den underneath, a climbing wall, fireman’s pole and a platform to be King (or Queen) of the castle. Access onto, and off of, the play frame is really easy. The slide was hotter than the sun today, but then it has been the warmest August day in 17 years apparently so I guess we won’t hold that against it.
The site also has a nest swing, a REALLY good activity trail (45 seconds in the current FTwtK record from end to end!), a see-saw and swings. There’s a couple of buried tyres for the kids to either fall over or climb on. The equipment had all been really well maintained and was all very clean. We did spot the odd bit of litter at Towersey Playing Fields, but I’ve seen a LOT worse in other playgrounds.
Our Towersey playing field review
I’m so glad I finally came back to Towersey playing fields to do a review. It’s a brilliant playground for all ages. The play equipment is fantastic, it’s all really well maintained. Other than the slide being so hot I couldn’t really fault it. We’ll be back.
Parking / How to get there
Parking – There’s a free, on-site car park.
Address – Thame Road, Towersey, Thame OX9 3QF
Nothing on-site but plenty of picnic benches
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