On Saturday, my boyfriend and I took a little trip to Bicester Village, which consists of many outlet stores by leading fashion brands. If you are a bit of a bargain hunter and can brave flocks of people – this is the place to be!
My boyfriend is a student at Oxford Brookes University, so Bicester is only a 20 minute drive away from where he lives. After having been crammed inside revising as his exam season commences, we decided to head to Bicester Village for a few hours for lunch, a breath of fresh air, a change in scenery and the chance to spend a little time together.
What I love about Bicester Village is that it really doesn’t feel like ‘sale’ shopping. The luxury brands offer fantastic discounts on their products, all in a beautiful, outdoors ‘village’ setting, which is extremely picturesque and rather sophisticated may I add.
After spending the late morning / early afternoon dreaming about all of the designer clothes at hand, we took a lunch pit-stop at Pret. There are several places to fuel yourselves at Bicester, including itsu, Crêperie Angélie, Le Pain Quotidien and the farmshop restaurant & cafe.
If you’re planning a trip to Bicester, I would suggest trying to go in the week to avoid the large volumes of people and the queues at the weekend. If you are planning on going at the weekend, beat the rush and get there early. The great thing about Bicester is that they have an overspill car park a 5 minute drive away, and offer a free park & ride service which runs constantly so there’s never the issue of not finding somewhere to park.
As a result of Bicester consisting of outlet stores, if you see an item you LOVE at a fantastic price, there will not be that much time to dwell – it will be picked up by another savvy designer discount hunter soon enough! You can find out more information about Bicester Village, such as designers and opening hours, on their website by clicking here.