Bicester is one of the fastest growing, refined towns in Oxfordshire. Bicester was founded at an incredible date of 643 and was discovered to be referenced in the Domesday book of 1086. But from the early years of 1547 is when Bicester first began its rapid growth in population. Primarily, people from Lancashire. Bicester withholds many historic moments, such as the opening of the Oxford Canal in 1790 and in 2014 the government officially declared Bicester a Garden City, as 13,000 homes were created. As well as Bicester’s extensive history, it is also the heart of many attractions.
A prime example is the beautiful Bure Park Nature Reserve. Containing a recently refurbished children’s park and extensive scenery offering an opportunity for a continued walk. The nature reserve runs along a refreshing river bed and the grounds are perfect for bikes too. The numerous habitats include, scrubs, woodland and endless greenery. Making it a perfect adventure.
Another elegant area within Bicester is Garth park. Grounds perfect for picnics and a stroll around the formal gardens. A large children’s play and skate park is also present. Within its extensive greenery is Savoir Fare, a quant café serving hand baked breads and classic artisan coffee. The local community love to utilise it as a lunch stop after an adventure in the park or walking their dogs.
Bicester Village is an unmissable opportunity.
However, the famous Bicester Village is an unmissable visit. The collection of designer outlets present beautiful settings and a variety of culture. The centre opened in 1995 and principally contains designer clothing and luxury items. However, it is home to many diverse food stops. Ranging from Italian restaurants, classic cafes, Asian cuisine and Britain’s favourite dishes. Located at The Farmshop, Café Wolseley, Shan Shui and an abundance of others.
When browsing Bicester town centre, the Historic Town Trail is a fantastic activity. After downloading the Town Trail created by Bicester Local Society, it will take you round incredible sights such as, Bicester’s oldest house and the 17th century prison. After completing the trail, opportunity for food and refreshments are available at the numerous restaurants and cafes dotted around the centre.
A key attraction is Britain’s greatest Palace, Blenheim Palace. The Tremendous country house holds endless historic information to be explored. Being one of Britain’s largest houses, it was built between the years of 1705 and 1722. As well as incredible tours, enabling visitors to experience where the Marlborough family lived. But the grounds also hold fantastically engaging events all year round. Ranging from spectacular Christmas lights, Art Exhibitions, Concerts, Flower shows and much more.