Bicester

The historic market town Bicester is situated in the Cherwell District in the northern part of Oxfordshire. The town’s history goes back over a thousand years and many of the buildings are considered as places of historic interest. Visit the medieval church of St Edburg’s, the earliest remaining building in Bicester or take a stroll around the Market Square which comprises parts of the historic town trail.

The countryside surrounding Bicester features green fields and meadows with honey-coloured stone building villages. The scenic landscape offers a relaxed and peaceful environment for walking and cycling tours. Especially the Island Pond Wood nature reserve is worth a visit with a nice circular walk around the wood.

Another highlight in Bicester are the delightful gardens of Garth Park which host a summer programme of music events. Kids particularly enjoy the Garth Park Play Area, with a wide selection of playing equipment to explore.

On the town’s edge is Bicester Village – an enormously popular luxury brand retail outlet with more than 160 boutiques to choose from.

Getting There

Bicester is located just 12 miles north-east of Oxford and easily accessible from Oxford via bus or train.

By Train

Chiltern Railway offers a frequent train service from Oxford Railway Station to Bicester Village.

By Bus

Stagecoach offers the bus line S5 & X5 from Oxford (bus station) to Bicester North Station. The bus will depart towards Cambridge.

Additionally, National Express is operating a bus service from Oxford Bus Station to Bicester, Manorsfield Road.

Where is Bicester?

How to get to Bicester

  • S5: Oxford to Bicester Village and Bicester

    The S5 connects Oxford and Bicester via Summertown, Gosford, Bicester Village and Bicester. Buses depart from Oxford City centre, Magdalen Street (Stop C4) up to every 15 minutes.

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  • X5: Oxford to Cambridge

    The X5 service runs seven days a week between Oxford and Cambridge via Bicester, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, St Neots and Bedford. Buses depart every 30 minutes.

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May 2020

May 11 @ 10:00 am - July 14 @ 5:00 pm
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SCENE THROUGH WOOD: A CENTURY OF WOOD ENGRAVING

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

Free Exhibition open from 28 Mar 2020 Gallery 8 Free Admission Celebrating the art of wood engraving over the last 100 years, this exhibition curated by Anne Desmet RA, will display the most outstanding wood engravings in the Ashmolean, complemented by loans from private collections. Marking the centenary of the Society of Wood Engravers, the exhibition charts the history and global spread of this widely loved art form. Image: Edwina Ellis, 1996. Detail of Waterloo  

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July 2020

July 14
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Birds of Prey demonstrations

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Bradwell Grove
Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP United Kingdom

Some birds will swoop low over your heads and some will soar high in the sky over the Park’s beautiful grounds. See a variety of different birds from eagles to owls in these exciting demonstrations by Cotswold Falconry, which take place at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on the lawns in front of the Manor house on specific days.

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July 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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Wantage Country Market

Vale & Downland Museum, Church Street
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8BL United Kingdom
Free

Wantage Country Market is held in the Museum Cafe every Friday morning. The best place to buy fresh homemade goodies such as jams, chutneys and cakes as well as home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers. They also have some crafts, including cards, aprons & knitted baby wear. *Please note this market is not organised by the Museum, the Wantage Country Market is a separate organisation.

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