Oaks Park is one of the best known and best loved parks in the London Borough of Sutton. It lies on the edge of the borough within the Metropolitan Green Belt, and on the border with Reigate and Banstead. It is also on the border of Greater London and the County of Surrey.
It attracts visitors from a wide area, as well as local users with its offer of: open parkland, formal gardens, woodlands, chalk downland meadows, horse rides and marked walks.
There is ample car parking, including disabled parking, as well as links to public transport, and wider walking and cycle routes such as the London Loop and the National Cycle network.
Historically it has regional importance and can trace its history as a country house back to the fourteenth century. In the eighteenth century, its association with the Earls of Derby began. It was while entertaining guests at the site that the two great horse races The Oaks and The Derby were founded which are still run at the nearby Epsom Race Course.
It has a very popular café (Oaks Park Tea Rooms) with a varied menu. The original stables are rented out to local artists who have open days raising awareness of their work. The park has a large and very active friends group who get involved with a range of activities from on site tree and bulb planting to consultation works, and seeking funding.