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Leisure and Parks

Community Sports Events

Tug of War

The Sports Development team at Oxford City Council are committed to ensure that the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games lives on in the city.

Working together with a variety of partners, the Sports Development team deliver and support a number of community sports events every year, which see thousands of people of all ages enjoying trying out new sports and finding out more info about the fantastic opportunities available in and around Oxford.


2015 events for your diary

Please keep a close eye on this webpage for new events and confirmed event dates/times.

Event Name Date Time Venue
Headington Festival & Family Sports Day Sun 31 May 1pm - 5pm Bury Knowle Park
Wood Farm Play Day Sat 13 June 11am - 3pm Wood Farm Green
Flo Fest 2015  Sat 20 June 11am - 5pm Florence Park
Energise Rose Hill Friday 19 June 3.15pm - 5.30pm The Oval, Rose Hill
Love Parks Week

Friday 31 July

2pm - 4pm Hollow Way - more information
Love Parks Week

Saturday 1 August

2pm - 4pm Florence Park - more information
Love Parks Week

Sunday 2 August

2pm - 4pm Cutteslowe Park - more information
Leys Festival 5 September 12pm - 4pm Blackbird Leys Park
Marston & Northway Play Day 12 September 11am - 3pm Northway Recreation Ground
Barton Bash 26 September 12noon - 4pm Barton Neighbourhood Centre

 Youth Ambition

   Youth Ambition (pdf)

Be a part of 2015's community events

We have a great line up for our community events this summer, but we are still on the lookout for more!

If you are a local sports club, coach or provider and would like the opportunity to showcase your sports and promote the fantastic sporting opportunities on offer then there is still time to register.

If you can offer a free taster session of your sport / activity at one or more of the planned community events please contact the Sport & Youth team ASAP on sportsdevelopment@oxford.gov.uk or 01865 252729.


Looking Back

Events for 2014

Wheelbarrow race

Working closely with partners we delivered 8 community events that have engaged over 13,000 people.

These events included:

  • Sport Relief Mile
  • Headington Festival
  • Cutteslowe Summer Festival (Queen's Baton Relay)
  • Littlemore Play Day
  • Rose Hill Extravaganza
  • Florence Park Celebration
  • Barton Bash
  • Leys Festival
  • Owens Way Play and Activity Day




Queen's Commonwealth Games Baton Relay and Cutteslowe Summer Festival

The Queen's Baton Relay came to Oxford on Friday 6 June 2014 during its two week journey across England, drumming up support for Team England in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Celebrations continued into the early evening with the Cutteslowe Summer Festival.

We also received a letter from Dame Kelly Holmes thanking the city for its support:

PDF icon Thank you letter from Dame Kelly Holmes (PDF)



  • ParAbility Day 2013
  • Headington Festival and Sports Day (in partnership with Headington Action)
  • Oxford's 'It's not just cricket' festival
  • Headington World Sports Day (supporting the Headington schools partnership)
  • Active Cutteslowe (in partnership with Cutteslowe Community Association and Cutteslowe Primary School)
  • Rose Hill Play and Activity Day (in partnership with the Oxfordshire Play Association)
  • Great British Tennis Weekend (in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association)
  • Barton Bash (in partnership with Barton Community Association)
  • Ping! Oxford launch and free table tennis initiative
  • Leys Fair (in partnership with the Oxfordshire Play Association)
  • The Big Skills Share


  • School Games
  • Oxford Half Marathon
  • Big Dribble
  • Walk 'a' Marathon
  • 100 Days to Go (celebrating the 100 day countdown to the London 2012 Games)
  • Halfords Cycle Tour Series
  • National School Sports Week
  • Headington World Sports Day
  • Grand Masters Hockey World Cup
  • GB Archery Series Final
  • Community Cricket Festival
  • World Marathon Challenge
  • UK Older People's day
  • Community Games
  • Community Live Well Days i.e. Rose Hill and The Barton Bash
  • World Squash Day
  • ParAbility Day
  • Oxford Family Sports Day
  • Sport Relief Mile



Relive the memory of the Oxford Olympic Torch Relay and Evening Celebration Event

The most unforgettable event for Oxford in 2012 was the amazing Oxford Torch Relay and Evening Celebration event.

With over 50,000 people lining the streets to watch the torch travel through their local communities, plus 20,000 visitors at the evening event watching the iconic cauldron being lit, while enjoying sports and cultural activities, the event will go down in Oxford's history!

Not forgetting the 650 people that become a Sport Maker and kindly gave up their time to volunteer at the event - thank you!

The work of Oxford City Council in organising this event was recognised by the Thames Valley Police, awarding the Council with the 'Olympic Policing Award' (Oxford were one of only three local authorities in the South East to receive this award).

Page last updated 16 July 2015


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