Bicester Village – Designer Shopping Trip!

Most of you know that I recently got engaged to Sy! 😉 This called for a girly shopping to Bicester Shops with my mom, sister, and cousin Freya. We are staying in Oxford this week, and where better to go than Bicester Shops?!?
Learn more tips for the best shopping experience at Bicester Shops!

How to get to Bicester Village

You can get a train from London or Oxford to Bicester North. From there, there is a shuttle bus that takes you straight to Bicester Village. It goes from just outside Bicester North station. It is very tourist-friendly – signposts are in Chinese and Arabic as well as English.
From Oxford, the trains are currently running from Oxford Parkway to Bicester Village Station. Later this year (2016), this service will extend to Oxford station in the city center.
If you go by car, please remember that parking is limited and car parks can be full particularly at busy times such as Saturdays and Boxing Day Sales. A Valet Parking service is available at an extra charge.

Bicester Shops at Bicester Village

If you like to get a designer bargain, Bicester Village is definitely the place to shop. If you are looking for high street prices though, it’s probably not for you.
Bicester Village is set out as a series of village houses, each containing a different shop. Navigate your way around from the central ‘Bear Statue’. You can get a map with a list of shops at the Visitors Centre. There is also a Bureau de Change and mobility scooter hire.

Here’s my lowdown on top designers at Bicester Shops. I love love, love Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, and Ted Baker. I also really love Kate Spade and Karen Millen. For bags, I adore Radley and Lulu Guinness. For underwear, check out Calvin Klein and Agent Provocateur.

Shoe shopping at Bicester Shops really is amazing, they have a great deal of choice for all tastes and budget, ranging from Clark’s to Jimmy Choo.
Now, this week, we shopped at Bicester Village with a particular bridal purpose! I’m not going to give to much away about the dress for my big day, but I can tell you that Temperley and Oscar de la Renta have excellent bridal collections.

Where to Eat at Bicester Village

Bicester Village is not short of places to eat. I love Carluccio’s Italian and The Farmshop. There is also Creperie Angelie for French Crepes. We also like to have hot chocolate at Pret.

Tips for Shopping at Bicester Village

  • Get there early, especially if you need a parking space.
  • If shopping is extensive, take a mid-shopping break to fill the car with bags halfway through!
  • Go to the Visitors Centre to get a map first of all.
  • Plan in advance the particular shops that you want to visit.
  • Take breaks and avoid ‘shopping exhaustion’ by a coffee break at Pret!
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Go with a particular budget in mind – it’s all too easy to overspend at Bicester Village. If necessary, take your budget in cash only.
  • Avoid weekends and holidays (particularly Boxing Day sales).
  • Plan in advance the particular shops that you want to visit.

For those of you eager to hear about my wedding dress, watch this space! In 2017 you will see the photo’s, but until then, it’s a secret! 😉

Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is so important as it will help you with emergencies and unexpected costs on your trip. Make sure that you declare any pre-existing health conditions so that you are covered for those. Check your cover for accidents and medical care and also lost baggage or getting things stolen. Remember to report as soon as something goes wrong on your trip because some travel insurance companies require you to report something that you want to claim for within 24 hours. Read the fine print carefully when you sign up. I always recommend World Nomads. You can get a free quote here:


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