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Five of the Best Picnic Spots in Oxford

by on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Oxford Picnic Spots

5 Of The Best Picnic Spots In Oxford

There’s nothing like a tasty picnic in a beautiful setting. Luckily, Oxford offers a number of amazing spaces in which to enjoy your lunch – or supper – in the English sunshine. As well as Oxford’s world famous spires and stunning architecture, the city offers some gorgeous scenery; woodland, parks, rivers, and more.

Making the most of the outdoors is key to getting the full Oxford experience, and in this article we look at five of the best spots for picnics in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Whether you live in Oxford, or are visiting from further afield, you will certainly enjoy these spaces!

1. Christ Church Meadow

Christ Church MeadowOne of the more famous outdoor spaces in Oxford, Christ Church Meadow is situated to the South of the City Centre, near the Christ Church College and the Cathedral Church. Christ Church is one of the biggest colleges in Oxford University, and has many notable alumni, including Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis, and William Gladstone. These individuals will have spent many a sunny afternoon strolling the meadow, taking in the tranquility of their surroundings and enjoying the fields surrounded by rivers Cherwell and Thames.

You can get your picnic from the nearest Taylors on the High Street. Call 01865 723152 for more information.

2. Oxford University Parks

Oxford University Park PicnicThe Oxford University Parks are made up of roughly 70 acres of parkland, consisting of sports fields and stunning riverside landscaped areas. You may also hear this parkland referred to as University Parks, Uni Parks, or simply The Parks. There are a number of interesting things to see in the area, including the cricket pavilion, the Rainbow Bridge, and a beautiful duck pond. You can enjoy your picnic in these surroundings watching a bit of high quality cricket, or just find a little corner of the parks for yourself to relax or catch up with friends.

To get your picnic from the nearest Taylors on St. Giles, call 01865 558853.

3. South Park

Oxford South Park Picnic South Park is in the area of St. Clements to the East of the City Centre. Stroll down the High Street, over Magdalen Bridge, and past the pubs and restaurants of St. Clements street. South Park itself runs up Headington Hill, and offers some incredible views of the city landscape. No matter what time of year you take the gradual incline up to the top of South Park, you will be greeted with an amazing view. In the Summer this setting is idyllic and when the snow falls in Winter the view is even better!

Get your picnic from the nearest Taylors on the High Street. Call 01865 723152 for more information.

4. Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Arboretum PicnicHarcourt Aboretum boasts the best collection of trees in the whole of Oxfordshire, including the oldest redwoods in Britain. Although this area is a short drive outside of Oxford City Centre, it’s well worth the trip to see the stunning meadows and bluebell-covered woodland. It has a fascinating history, having been first created by William Sawrey Gilpin in 1835 and expanded after Oxford University bought the land after World War Two.

This is an ideal space in which to escape from the hustle and bustle and listen to the birds sing!

5. Port Meadow

Port Meadow PicnicPort Meadow is a huge area of common land next to the River Thames, North-West of Oxford City Centre. It is an historical area for grazing cattle and horses, and has never been cultivated or ploughed. This area is popular among people who fancy a dip in the river during hot weather, and you can enjoy your picnic next to this particularly lovely stretch of the Thames year-round.

Get your picnic from the nearest Taylors in Summertown (01865 510447) or St. Giles (01865 558853).

Whilst Summer weather can be somewhat of a rarity in England, these locations are perfect for enjoying a picnic when the sun does make an appearance in Oxford. For tourists visiting the area, many of these stunning outdoor spaces are within walking distance of the City Centre, with the one exception of Harcourt Arboretum.

If you’d like an amazing hamper for your Oxford picnic, get in touch with Taylors today; call one of our stores or email info@taylorsoxford.co.uk.

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