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About Bicester

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Bicester is a town and civil parish in the Cherwell district of north-eastern Oxfordshire in England. This historic market centre is one of the fastest growing towns in Oxfordshire. Development has been favoured by its proximity to junction 9 of the M40 motorway linking it to London, Birmingham and Banbury. It has good road links to Oxford, Kidlington, Brackley, Buckingham, Aylesbury and Witney, as well as railway stations on two axes; Bicester North and Bicester Village. It has its own town council. In 2014 the Government in concert with the local planning authority planned for Bicester to become a garden city on the basis of the size of its buffers, distance from the Metropolitan Green Belt and in part to accommodate the demand of commuters to London and Oxford. Up to 13,000 new homes will be built. As the crow flies, Bicester is halfway between Birmingham and London, being 51 miles (82 km) from both cities.


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Bicester Travel Links

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Road -
The town's nearest motorway is the M40, which is served by junction 9 to the south, an interchange with the A34 towards Oxford and the A41 for Bicester and Aylesbury. Bicester has a ring road which is made up of the A41, A4095, A4421 and the newly completed Vendee Drive which forms part of the B4030.

Rail -
Bicester Town railway station in 2010. It has since been rebuilt and was re-opened on 26 October 2015 as part of the Oxford - Bicester - London Marylebone line, and renamed Bicester Village railway station. The Bletchley - Oxford line was closed on 1 January 1968, but partly reopened on 11 May 1987 when a shuttle service was instituted between Bicester Town and Oxford. The line towards Bletchley remains closed for the present. In 2011 funding for East West Rail was approved: this link was planned to restore passenger services between Oxford and Bletchley via Bicester in 2017, then continuing to Milton Keynes Central or Bedford with plans to extend the route through Cambridge as far as Ipswich and Norwich. This did not materialise. At the end of 2017, the Department of Transport announced further government funding and a private company to build and operate the line by 2025. Bicester has also benefited from the Chiltern Evergreen 3 project which created a new mainline allowing trains to run from London Marylebone to Oxford via Bicester. The station was completely rebuilt and renamed Bicester Village in March 2015, an acknowledgement of the proximity of the large retail centre of the same name. The London to Birmingham line was run down in the 1970s. with the threatened prospect of partial closure, stretches of the line singled and trains rerouted into London, Marylebone. Following privatisation Chiltern Railways was awarded the franchise, put back the double track and considerably increased the number of services, resulting in a substantial increase in passenger usage.

Bus -
Bicester also has local Stagecoach in Oxfordshire bus services to Oxford and Banbury and is served by a long-distance route X5 service between Oxford and Cambridge. Northampton once ran service 8 as far as Bicester; however, this was renumbered 88 in 2016 and only ran as far as Silverstone, with one off-peak journey numbered X88 and now terminates at Brackley Tesco.

Air -
Bicester is within an hour's drive of three international airports and within 10 miles of London Oxford Airport. Luton Airport is the nearest international airport, 47 miles by road, taking around 1 hour 5 minutes. Due to the town's location beside the M40 motorway, it is a slightly shorter journey time of 51 minutes to Heathrow Airport which is 51 miles away and 54 minutes to Birmingham Airport which is 54 miles away.



Taxi Firms in Bicester

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With so much to do within Bicester and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Bicester is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as 001 Alpha Cars, Aurora Cars and Bicester Cars.

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Hotels and Guest Houses in Bicester

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Travelodge Bicester -
This Bicester hotel is located within walking distance of Bicester Village, perfect for a great night’s sleep after a hard day’s shopping. Conveniently located just off the A41, and less than half a mile from Bicester North train station, this Bicester hotel also puts you within easy reach of Oxford. All rooms feature a comfy king size bed complete with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of food and drink choices within easy walking distance from this hotel. Please be aware that there is no parking facilities at the hotel, however alternative chargeable parking can be found nearby.

The King’s Arms Bicester -
The Kings Arms is an award-winning hotel having recently received a Tripadvisor certificate of ‘Excellence’ in 2016. The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence represent the upper echelon of businesses with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award. The Kings Arms hotel started life as a 17th Century coaching Inn and it wasn’t until the post war years that the hotel was formed from three of the former buildings and outhouses. The hotel has been tastefully and sympathetically transformed into the contemporary three-storey stucco building you see before you today, keeping, where possible, all period features as a reminder of its history. The main doorway has fluted pilasters, a moulded entablature, and three-light Venetian windows with moulded wooden frames, the first fronting the London Road and the second out to the courtyard. The hotel consists of 20 rooms of which 16 en-suite bedrooms, including doubles with king-size beds. All rooms have high quality linen, toiletries and flat-screen TV with Freeview, along with access to free Wi-Fi throughout. Hair-drying, tea and coffee-making facilities are provided in all rooms.

The Chesterton Hotel Bicester -
The Chesterton Hotel is a sleek and stylish Cotswold classic. Built in the mid-18th Century it was originally part of Bignell Park Manor House. By the 19th Century it was converted into a private residency. With its striking Cotswold charm and sitting on three acres of land, it has now been restyled and reimagined into a chic and modern boutique hotel. Enjoy their extensive drinks selection in the cosy lounge bar, pair it with a delectable meal in the astounding Brasserie and most importantly, be treated to their flawless service throughout your stay. Try one of their Deluxe Double or Twin Rooms, the ultimate setting for a weekend retreat or an escape from the hectic rhythm of everyday life, the 322-square-foot deluxe room features a super king-sized bed or twin beds, with a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden. The dark blue walls add a level of comfort and warmth to the rooms, while the gold and beautiful oak furniture injects a level of premium quality and class in equal measure.

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Places to Get Married in Bicester

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The Tythe Barn Launton, near Bicester -
Built between 1360 and 1370, the historical Tythe Barn still retains the majority of its 22-foot original beams. The roof was first thatched with reeds from the nearby Otmoor water plains and has only recently required re-thatching. The wonderful stone walls are an amazing 4.5 foot-thick in parts. Historically the Tythe Barn would have stored all the produce provided by the local people and a percentage of this would have been passed on to the landlord as a form of rent - hence the name Tythe. A record of Manor Farm, to which The Tythe Barn belongs, appears in the Doomsday Book and there is an interesting history written up about how priests used to hide in the farmhouse during the English Civil War.  Over 500 were secretly ordained by Bishop Skinner in the beautiful Norman Church of Launton, situated behind The Tythe Barn The Tythe Barn provides you with a blank canvas upon which you can create the wedding day of your dreams.  Corny?  Maybe, but it's true and they are a small, friendly and dedicated team who are there to help you every step of the way.  Arrive in the morning and do the whole thing in one place, ceremony - indoor or outdoor, food - whatever you want and party - a civilised affair or a rave.  The choice is yours.  Look, they've even created a unique and exciting place for our wedding couples to stay over if you can't bring yourselves to leave!

Manor Farm Tythe Barn Bicester -
Manor Farm Tythe Barn was built in approximately 1592 and was originally used to store tithe farmed from the surrounding farms. A proportion of the tithe (usually barley, wheat and beans) was paid to the local church of St Mary’s and the remainder stored in the barn for use as feed for the farm’s livestock. The barn with its exposed beam framework, beautiful tall ceilings and ample space made an ideal location for storing crops away from the elements. After many years of farming diversification and a decline in production, the barn became less used and sadly fell into disrepair. It was in 2002 that the current owners of Manor Farm set about transforming the barn into one of the most beautiful Barn Wedding Venues in Oxfordshire. Set in glorious isolation on the 3-acre estate, you and your wedding party can enjoy exclusive use of the spectacular venue for your entire wedding day. Arrive at the backdrop of the beautiful manor house – an ideal photo spot before joining your guests for a drinks’ reception and entertainment on the lawn. After you’ve had a chance to speak with all of your guests, make the short walk over to the barn, for a gourmet wedding breakfast in the barn wedding venue.

The Manor at Weston On The Green Country House Hotel, near Bicester -
The Manor is a natural Oxfordshire country venue of choice for many of life’s celebrations. There are few backdrops that can rival the stunning garden setting of The Manor for the perfect country wedding. Generations of brides and grooms have chosen The Manor to play host to their most special of days. From the moment the guests turn into the tree-lined drive to the Champagne toasts on the sunny terrace (with any luck!), a country house wedding is unforgettable by all. With the venue having 12 acres of grounds, gardens and manicured lawns it is the setting of your dreams. By contrast, from outdoor weddings in the licensed Knot Garden to roaring fires throughout the grand rooms of the main house, The Manor is unique in its ability to provide the perfect Oxfordshire venue, whatever the weather. With a wealth of experience, our dedicated Events Team will ensure that the planning of your special day will be an easy and enjoyable journey.

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Event Planning in Bicester

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Complete your event in Bicester with DarkStar Discos. We are the Bicester marquee hire experts that offer the following services which can greatly reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. Whatever your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Bicester marquee hire experts


Top Restaurants in Bicester

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Denis Restaurant Bicester -
 Denis Restaurant has been established and located in the centre of Bicester since 2004. Owned and run by Metin Kaya and Filiz Cayli, Denis Restaurant has been a focal point for lovers of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. They provide not only superb quality food but also a well decorated, relaxed atmosphere in which you can enjoy your meal. Tables are set with high quality table linen, cutlery and glass to make sure you have your meal in a pleasant atmosphere. They stock famous brands of wine from different regions (Turkey, Italy and France). On private occasions, it is their pleasure to provide a single table and decorate your table as you like. We are pleased to provide a large table for your parties and you can order special meals, desserts and cakes. A selection of hot and cold "mezes" (starters), are served with freshly baked bread. Great care is taken over the presentation, as it should always be remembered that in Turkish cuisine, visual appeal is very important. Traditional Turkish "raki" (an anis-based drink), and famous brands of Turkish wine are served with the delicious dishes. Traditionally dinner ends with desserts, fruits and finally, a cup of Turkish coffee.

Copper Kitchen Bicester –
Copper Kitchen is run by local residents Kush and Keryn. They strive to provide excellent quality food cooked with fresh local produce at affordable prices served in a pleasant and relaxing rustic atmosphere. Kush insists on using local fresh produce to both maintain the quality his regular customers have become accustomed to and delight any new customer who visits. The team regularly updates the Copper Kitchen Menu which can be downloaded according to the fresh produce they have obtained that day. Copper Kitchen can also cater for your events giving you peace of mind to concentrate on enjoying yourself. They cater for birthday or anniversary, party/business entertainment, society and club celebrations, regular club meetings, wedding receptions. Copper Kitchen is located conveniently in central Bicester and within walking distance from Bicester North and Bicester Village railway stations. For those wishing to drive, Copper Kitchen is situated within 5 minutes’ walk of the Sainsbury's and Market Square car parks.

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Top Things to do in Bicester

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Garth House Bicester -
Over many years Garth House had suffered slow but accelerating decline and had fallen into a state of some disrepair, with the roof causing particular problems. Although the house stretches over three floors, the top floor had suffered significant water damage and was unusable. However, 2012 saw a change in the fortunes of Garth House. The Town Council decided to have the house completely re-roofed, making it wind, water tight and weather proof. With appropriate planned maintenance, this should protect Garth House for generations into the future. However, although now safe and potentially usable, the top floor does not meet modern usage standards so will be refurbished in the future to provide office space and storage space. In 2014, Garth House was fortunate to benefit from a considerable government grant that allowed some innovative refurbishment of the Town Council used part of the building. Bio Regional was the partner to Bicester Town Council in this project. This means that part of the house has been brought up to modern standards of insulation and double glazing, without compromising the period features. Garth Park is the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ as far as parks and open spaces are concerned in Bicester! It boasts magnificent award-winning formal gardens, picnic benches, a stunning traditional bandstand, areas of informal open space, children’s play area and a well-used skateboard park.

Bicester Heritage -
Bicester Heritage is creating a revolution in historic vehicle ownership. The unique location is the UK’s only hub for historic motoring excellence and is the national centre for a £5.5bn per annum industry that employs over 34,000 skilled people. Founded in 2013 Bicester Heritage has gone from a standing start to a home for over 40 specialist businesses and growing, with a collective turnover of over £40m, making it the largest player in the industry and set to grow exponentially with a global reach. The unique ecosystem of businesses based at a beautiful 420-acre former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station acts as ‘marina-like’ cluster, promoting skills and expertise, employment, qualified customer footfall, shared business incubation and aggregate growth. Collectively, Bicester Heritage is all about driving the future of the past. The former RAF Bicester site on which Bicester Heritage is now based is of national historic importance. Neglected for the best part of 40 years, it was added to Historic England’s ‘At Risk Register’ in 2008 and designated the most ‘at risk’ of all Defence Estates in the UK. Since Bicester Heritage’s tenure, over 92% of the buildings have been delicately restored or re-activated for modern business use, with the site now held as a national exemplar of constructive conservation by Historic England. The time-warp base is truly unmatched in evocative character, with even the paint colours being correct to 1930s British Standards. An active airfield and test track complete its dynamic operation. The location of Bicester Heritage of course, is key. Bicester is one of the fastest growing towns in Europe with unrivalled connections via road, rail and air, situated in close proximity to the globally known City of Oxford and within 90 minutes of upwards of 30 million people.



Bicester Today

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The historic shopping streets, particularly Sheep Street and Market Square, have a range of local and national shops together with cafés, pubs and restaurants. Sheep Street is now pedestrianised, with car parks nearby. There are weekly markets on Fridays in the town centre along with farmers' markets and an occasional French market. A £70 million redevelopment of the town centre, originally planned to start in 2008, was delayed by the onset of the credit crunch; Sainsbury's pledged to develop the project itself in January 2009. The development, since named Pioneer Square, is now complete and opened on 9 July 2013, offering a Sainsbury's supermarket, 7 screen Vue Cinemas and many smaller retail units and restaurants such as Nando's and Prezzo. There are further plans to construct a new civic centre adjacent to the new buildings, as well as talk of improving the Market Square at a later date. South of Bicester, beyond Pingle Field, is designer outlet centre Bicester Village Shopping Centre, and beyond that is Bicester Avenue Home & Garden Centre, one of the largest garden centres in the UK.

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