Shop Until You Drop… in Bicester Village. A short guide about visiting and shopping Bicester Village

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England is definitely a surprising country, with amazing places and posh lifestyle. Great fashion designers, artists, and celebrities have made England’s capital a well-known spot for a high-end atmosphere. Bicester Village is an iconic example of luxurious shops, fancy streets, and exquisite dining. Read our guide below to see what Bicester Village has to offer.

 

What and where?

You might wonder what’s with all the fuss about this village. Well, Bicester Village is an outlet shopping center. It is located in Oxfordshire, England, and it was opened in 1995. This place is considered a hotspot of luxury and the ultimate shopping destination, selling mostly luxury goods and designer clothes. At only 20 minutes away from Oxford, you will find this heaven of British and international luxury brands. The shops all have savings of up to 60% all year round! Yes, you heard well! It’s like sale season 24/7!

Tip: take at least one day to shop in Bicester Village so you have enough time to search for the perfect outfits

The shopping paradise

If you’re a cool hunter, always looking for fashionable items, Bicester Village is the place to be. You will find world-class designer boutiques, such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, or Burberry. These are just a few of the long list of brands that have their shops in the village. You’ll enjoy spacious boulevards, attentive services, and friendly, relaxed atmosphere while shopping at your maximum. It’s quite a unique experience and it should be on every shopping lover’s bucket list.

Tip: check the website for the entire list of the brand shops available in the village

 

More good news

Above all, this one-of-a-kind village has much more to offer. Besides all the fancy shops, it offers a great variety of services that will help you enjoy your visit even more. Hands-free shopping is a great service if you want to enjoy your shopping session as much as possible. Choose the items from your favorite boutiques and a boutique assistant will pack them for you while you have a cup of coffee and relax. Instant Tax refund and money change, VIP Lounge, Valet Parking, personal shopper, luggage drop, and frequent flyer rewards are some of the other great services that are at your disposal in the village. The multilingual concierge service will help you find all the information you need. There is also free Wi-Fi, free on-site parking, baby changing facilities, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. All in all, the Bicester Village has anything you need for a great trip and an amazing experience.

Tip: pick up your VIP invitation from the Concierge Desk to get an extra 10% discount for your shopping

 

How to get there

Getting to the Bicester Village is easier than you might think, and you have lots of options suited for every travel style. If you choose to get there by car, from London, it will take you about 60 minutes to reach your destination. By train, it is also an easy option and you can take direct trains from London, Birmingham, or Oxford. A train journey lasts between 14 and 50 minutes, depending on the location of departure. From Oxford, you can also take the bus. At every half an hour, a bus departs from Magdalen Street to Bicester Village. For a comfortable and in-style trip, you can choose a luxury chauffeur-driven service. For timetables and more information, visit the official website.

Tip: you can also choose to travel by taxi; any taxi company will take trips to Bicester Village

Shop, shop, eat… repeat

After all the shopping you will definitely need to rest your feet and feed your soul. Bicester Village has some gorgeous cafes and restaurants that will make your sooth your soul at the end of the day. From indulgent diners to on the go foodie treats, you will find many options to choose from. If you want to taste the Parisian macarons, Laduree is there for you. Enjoy some great meals with a wide range of options to choose from, including vegan dishes, at one of the restaurants and cafes, such as Café Wolseley, Farmshop Restaurant & Café, or Le Pain Quotidien. There are also pop-ups and kiosks if you need a refuel before another shopping session. Find some mouth-watering ice-cream at Snowflake Luxury Gelato, Stecco Natura or at Oliphant & Pomeroy. Lola’s Bakery, R Chocolate, or Crêperie Angélie will offer you the best sweet treats.

Tip: if you’re in a hurry and don’t have enough time for a meal, take some really delicious on to go treats from Manja Street Food or Simply Noodles

Photo credit: www.farmshopbicester.com

 

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Collect Memories at the Lake District! How to explore UK’s most popular national park

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The Lake District National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017, due to its unique hill-farming culture. It is the UK’s most popular national park and it is visited by 15 million travelers every year. If you want to explore a one of a kind natural beauty, this is the place to be. Our article will help you find out more about how to enjoy the Lake District at its best.

 

Get your head in the clouds on Scafell Pike

If you like adventure and enjoy hiking, you’ll find Scafell Pike as an amazing spot. It is also England’s highest mountain with a height of 978 m, it will offer you some jaw-dropping sights from the top. The way up there is quite easy to transit, but proper equipment is necessary. Sneakers and jeans won’t do the trick. If you want to hike the mountain make sure you have hiking boots, a raincoat, backpack with some snacks for the road, water, and a map. The entire trip could take up to six or seven hours, so you should be prepared for a real adventure. If you are lucky for good weather you will get to see some amazing surroundings that will make the trip even more stunning.

Tip: check the weather before you take on this adventure, a bad weather could make the steep trails hard to navigate

Photo credit: www.grizedalesculpture.org

 

Lake trips with Steam Yacht Gondola

A great way to explore the Lake District is to take a trip on the lake with a wonderful and unique steam yacht. This yacht is a mix between a Venetian vaporetto and an English houseboat. It was built in 1859 and then restored in the 1980s. Now it has cushioned saloons and polished wooden seats. You can choose between half-lake tours that last 45 minutes and operate from mid-March to October or full-lake cruises for 105 minutes that run a few times per week. The latter covers the history of Ransome, the Campbells, and Ruskin. Another option would be the Walkers’ Cruise which gives you the opportunity to disembark at one jetty and take a walk to the next one. In the summer you can also have a picnic or a Sunday-afternoon-tea cruise. Since 2008 the steam yacht is eco-friendly, being powered only by waste wood.

Tip: National Trust Members have a 10% discount for any of the cruises

 

Explore Grizedale Forest

A suitable place for both families and thrill seekers is the Grizedale Forest. There are nine walking trails and seven cycling routes to explore. Some of them are easy and can be a good idea for families and kids. On the other hand, there are certain trails for hardcore hikers and cyclists. In the undergrowth, on your way, you will find more than 40 outdoor sculptures that have been created by artists since 1977. It’s a natural field of artistic expressions that will make your experience through the forest extremely exciting. On the official website of the Grizedale sculptures, you can check a useful online guide to find out more about these pieces of art.

Tip: at the visitors’ center you can purchase trail maps, while bikes can be hired from Grizedale Mountain Bikes

Honister Slate Mine

The Lake District has very much to offer and every place you get to visit will make your experience unique. Another interesting and amazing place to check out from your list would be an old slate mine. What used to be a source of slate is now a great place to spend your time by doing all sorts of activities. You’ll get to venture underground into the bowels of the old ‘Edge’ and ‘Kimberly’ mines and see where the slates used to be mined from. You can also trace the route followed by the slate miners. Take a little piece of the mine with you as a souvenir by purchasing new signs, house numbers or a fancy plate from the mine’s shop.

Tip: on Fridays, by request, you can visit the ‘Cathedral’ mine and the group visit must consist of eight persons and costs £25 per person

 

The magic land of Borrowdale

Patchwork of cliffy hills, broad fields, chiming streams, and drystone walls make the side-by-side valleys of Borrowdale and Buttermere a quintessential Lakeland landscape for many visitors of the site. What used to be an important center for mineral mining is now a much appreciated natural jewel of the Lake District. It is considered to be the walkers’ country and it is definitely a great place for those who like to explore and enjoy some works of art sculpted by Mother Nature.

Tip: if you want to experience the small farming villages in times past, you have to get in the heart of Borrowdale and you’ll get to Grange-in-Borrowdale, Rosthwaite, and Stonethwaite

 

What natural gems of the Lake District have you visited or which of those presented in the article is on your list? Let us know your preferences by writing your comment below. You can also contact us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.