Following a grant, the play park in Deddington at the Windmill Centre has been expanded and is now open. I arrived with a my little one and a friend and was slightly worried that it wasn’t open yet as there was lots of orange netting up around the park. However, luckily it looks likes it’s just there to protect newly seeded grass and there is a passage way through.
The newly created play park has a lovely wooden climbing frame with slide and this is definitely the impressive centre piece.
There are no easy access steps up to it for younger kids so I’d say this was more suited for four to six year olds. Much older than that and it probably wouldn’t hold their attention for very long. However there is a big grassy field area next to the play park great for older kids who want to kick a ball around and a cool swingy style feature that you stand on, hold the handles and swing from side to side. Don’t try doing this one handed while holding your phone in your other hand as I did! There’s also a good zip wire to whizz down. Only thing missing for me as a Mum was a bench to sit on but then again I never get to sit down for long.
For younger kids there is a nest swing, mini trampoline, tunnel and slide that’s easily reached by clambering up the slope.
The original play park at the Windmill Centre in Deddington is still there too and it’s ideal for younger visitors. Not quite as posh as the wooden climbing frames but my son was happy to explore it and have a good session on the baby swings. This area has plenty of shade from the trees and a picnic bench so a good spot for a picnic.
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