Coronavirus update and advice for funerals
Crematorium grounds are open to allow people to pay their respects to loved ones. Please respect social distancing when visiting the grounds. The Chapel of Remembrance remains closed.
Funerals will continue, as normal as possible, for now, but taking into account all the guidelines issued by the Government for minimising risk of transmission. Therefore, from Tuesday 26 May 2020, the following numbers will be allowed (as well as the Vicar, Priest or Celebrant):
- North Chapel - 16 mourners
- South Chapel - 8 mourners
Those attending a funeral are advised to still maintain and adhere to social distancing guidance.
Free WiFi is available if you wish to stream the service on a platform of your choosing.
This is not only for the benefit of those attending the funeral, it also supports the urgent need to protect funeral home, crematorium and cemetery employees, who need to remain healthy and able to continue providing these critical services.
Please be aware that the situation is always evolving and guidance may have changed since the time of making the funeral arrangements, and may change again in the coming days.
Further information on changes to services and advice on attending a funeral:
Oakley Wood Crematorium
Tel: 01926 651418
Fax: 01926 651332
Location and tour
Please contact our team as a matter of urgency if you lease one of the following columbaria in our Garden of Remembrance.
The Crematorium Office is open Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and on Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm.
The chapel of remembrance is open Monday to Sunday and bank holidays from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Cremation services can take place Monday to Saturday. Cremated remains can be scattered on any week day or Saturday by appointment only. Please note: Friday's are usually our busiest day so we may not always be able to accommodate a Friday request.
Directions and parking
Oakley Wood Crematorium is situated just south of Bishops Tachbrook near to the M40. There are three car parks. Car park number 1 is used mainly for visitors to the Chapel of Remembrance.
There is a natural, green burial site at Oakley Wood.
We have records of people who have been cremated at Oakley Wood. We also have records for people buried in all of our cemeteries i.e. Leamington Spa (Brunswick St), Old Milverton, Kenilworth (Oaks Rd), Warwick. We do not have information for those buried in the closed churchyards we maintain.
Any requests for genealogical information should be sent to Oakley Wood Crematorium, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, CV33 9QP. For fees and charges, please see our fees page.
If the information you have is vague (e.g. no specific dates) then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of staff will assess the extent of the search and advise you of the relevant costs.
About the crematorium
The Crematorium was established in 1971, within Oakley Wood, a site having natural beauty and an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. There is an abundance of bird life in the grounds and quietness and patience are often rewarded by the sight of more timid species. Rabbits, grey squirrels, foxes, badgers, moles and muntjac deer are among the mammals that have made Oakley Woods their home.
It has been the constant endeavour of the council to retain the character of the woodland setting. Restriction of memorials has, therefore, been necessary, and the planting of shrubs, trees and flowers by the public is not generally allowed. Donations can be made to Warwick District Council for the bulb fund. Money donated in 2011 was used to redesign and plant the woodland garden just outside the South chapel and donations received in 2012 were used to supplement snowdrops, bluebells and other woodland plants. There is no minimum donation amount.
The grounds encompass 21 acres, 7 acres of which have been set aside for a Woodland Garden of Remembrance.
Except in the Woodland Garden of Remembrance the only form of memorial permitted is the Book of Remembrance.
It is the council’s objective that the whole of the grounds should accord with the original concept – that of a peaceful and permanent woodland.