Parks in Oxford - Florence Park

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Park

Florence Park

Overview

Florence Park is a stunning park with lots of beautiful flowerbeds and a tree avenue. It is in East Oxford, five minutes' walk from Cowley Road and Templars Square.

The park is proud to fly its Green Flag Award. The Green Flag is the standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy. It is a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.

Location map

Travel and Parking

By foot or cycle: The park is bordered by Cornwallis Road, Rymers Lane and Campbell Road with easy access from all three roads.

By Bus: The 103/104 Heyfordian service stops on Rymers Lane. Alternatively numerous buses stop on the Cowley Road and Iffley Road, which is a short walk away.

By car: During the summer months, car parking is available within the park from Rymers Lane. Alternatively on street parking is available around the park.

Opening Times

Florence Park opens at 8am each morning and is locked at the following times throughout the year:

January: 16:30
February: 17:30
March GMT: 18:00
March BST: 20:00
April: 20:00
May: 21:00
June: 21:00
July: 21:00
August: 20:30
September: 19:00
October BST: 18:00
October GMT: 17:00
November: 17:00
December: 16:00

History

The park opened in 1934 after the land was presented to the City by Councillor F.E. Moss in memory of his sister Florence. A plaque commemorating this event can be found on the original gates.

More recently, local school children created a mosaic which is displayed in the park and celebrates the 40th birthday of the Florence Park estate.

Things to do
  • Enjoy the colourful flowerbeds and wildflower planting
  • Play tennis on one of the five tennis courts (charges apply)
  • Play miniature golf (charges apply)
  • Visit one of the three children's play areas including a zip wire and timber play
  • Build a sandcastle in the sand pit and water play
  • Grab a tasty treat at the San Remo café and kiosk
  • Take a breather in the band stand
  • Find the three pots of hidden geocache treasure
  • Watch the local wildlife
  • Have a picnic
  • Have an informal game of cricket or frisbee, or have a kickabout
  • Play table tennis
  • Grab some conkers
  • Enjoy the array of native trees
  • Go for a walk or run
  • Visit the Children's Centre
  • View the mosaic made by local shool children

Wildlife

The natural features of the park; meandering stream, flowerbeds, shrubs and wildflowers areas attract many species of pollinators, mammals and birds.

Drones

It is currently not possible to fly model aircraft or drones (both with and without camera for filming purposes) within  Oxford City Council’s public open spaces, including parks and nature reserves.

As these spaces are open to the public and experience high visitor numbers throughout the year, flying model aircraft and drones are not permitted for safety reasons.

Activities

Tennis and tennis coaching

It is now easy to book tennis courts online before you come to the park. This is a great way to make sure one will be free for your game. You can book in minutes from your mobile, tablet or computer.

If you forget to book before you arrive at the park the easiest option is to quickly use your mobile phone to reserve one of the available courts. If you do not have an internet-enabled phone you can also check availability and pay at the kiosk in the park.

Oxford Tennis League - play friendly competitive matches. There are four 8-week rounds a year and adults of all abilities are welcome to join. 

Coaching courses are available for children and adults at various days and times. 

Friends Group

Friends of Florence Park

By becoming a member of the friends group you could:

  • make a positive contribution to your local area
  • have a say in the park's facilities
  • improve the local conservation value
  • get exercise, improve your health and wellbeing.

To find out more visit the Friends of Florence website.

Friends groups are independent, but work in partnership with us.

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Photos

Florence Park flowers

Florence Park climbing frame

Florence Park tennis courts

Florence Park

Contact

Contact the Parks Team:

Email us: [email protected]