Your indispensable guide to local attractions

2016-07-14-Bignell-blog-AttractionsChoose Bignell Park Hotel and experience some of the best summer activities that the area has to offer right on your doorstep. Here are just a handful of some of the best local attractions:

Blenheim Palace

Explore the architecture and renowned gardens at Blenheim Palace in the summer sunshine. A World Heritage Site, this stunning baroque building is over 300 years old and the landscaped parkland is lush with greenery. Catch the miniature train to see the Pleasure Gardens and experience the beauty of the exotic butterflies at Butterfly House.

Bicester Shopping Village

Grab some bargains at the Bicester shopping outlet where you’ll find designer outfits at high street prices. The outdoor shopping area is brimming with a variety of British brands, eateries and cafes to keep you busy for an entire day. Why not make a visit to find a pair of dream Jimmy Choos or an elegant Gucci handbag?

Bodleian Library

A fan of Harry Potter? Visit Oxford’s Bodleian library where the movies were filmed! One of the oldest libraries in Europe, this 11 storey building contains 3.5 million items and is a reader’s paradise.  This summer there’ll be an exhibition on the best of Shakespeare’s plays.

Woodstock Open Air Pool and steam train ride

Take a dip in the outdoor pool to cool off when the sunshine strikes. Perfect for kids, this family-friendly lido includes a toddler’s paddling pool and grassed picnic area. Or for those kids who prefer a spot of travel opt for a steam train ride at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and have a picnic on the lawn.

Return to Bignell Park for a spot of afternoon tea at The Oaks Restaurant to re-fuel on freshly made scones, cakes, sandwiches and an assortment of hot drinks. Then finish off the day by putting your feet up in our two acre landscaped garden and outdoor patio area.

 

 

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Top 5 things to do in Bicester

Planning a trip to Bicester? Here are five fantastic shopping and sightseeing hotspots that you might like to visit:

Bicester Village

Home to over a hundred stores, Bicester Village is a fantastic Outlet shopping area set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. You’ll find high street favourites and boutiques as well as designer brands like Alexander McQueen, Dior, Gucci and Jimmy Choo in the outdoor outlet; perfect for shoppers looking for luxury fashion at a discounted price. There are also plenty of cafés and restaurants that make the ideal pit stop for a coffee, a quick bite or a fancy dinner, like Villandry Grand Café, Stone Ground Donuts and Pret a Manger.

 Blenheim Palace

Visit Blenheim Palace to add a touch of history, culture and opulence to your sightseeing trip in Oxfordshire. Built in the 1700s, the Baroque Style building was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is now the home of the Duke of Marlborough. Take a tour of the inside of the palace to view stunning architecture, tapestries and furniture and then head outside to experience the grandeur of the landscaped gardens. You can take a buggy tour of the parkland or follow a suggested walking track towards the picturesque waterfall called the Grand Cascades. See the Pleasure Gardens with a short trip on the miniature train, wander through the Marlborough Hedge Maze or marvel at the dozens of exotic butterflies found in the Butterfly House.

The Pitt Rivers Museum

Home to one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology from around the world, the Pitt Rivers Museum is just across the street from Bicester Village. There are new exhibitions held all year round as well as talks, workshops and special events. Plus there are lots of free family friendly activities too, such as family trails and half-term events that are held over the school holidays.

Tour the city of Oxford

Famous for its world-renowned university, the city of Oxford is lovely place to visit for the weekend and is just 10 miles south of Bicester. Boasting beautiful architecture, a selection of ancient colleges and museums, there’s plenty to see from the Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church College to the Bodleian Library. Why not book a river cruise down the Thames or hire a punt, pedallo or rowing boat for the afternoon to experience the very best that the water has to offer?

Minster Lovell Hall

Situated in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, you’ll find the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall. The 15th century Manor House is set beside the River Windrush and is a wonderful sightseeing spot that makes the perfect place to picnic with the kids. The children can play on the ruins, walk through the trails and stroll down the river bank.

Introducing our New Website

Let us introduce our super-convenient new website! Designed to make it quicker and easier to arrange your stay at Bignell Park, our mobile-friendly booking system features the best rates on our rooms and suites, news of our latest offers and info on our tailor-made packages.

Browse and book a room, view our seasonal discounts and find tips on the top attractions in the local area from shopping at Bicester Village to sightseeing at Blenheim Palace in one handy place. Better yet, you can make bookings on your phone or tablet even when you’re on the go, giving you the ultimate flexibility and freedom to plan your stay in seconds.

Check out the menu at The Oak’s Restaurant, explore galleries of our facilities and enquire about organising conferences and celebrations at our charming hotel too.

To mark the launch of our new website, we are offering a special launch rate! Book a one-night stay for two people in an executive double room (breakfast included) for just £99. This offer only applies to bookings between 1st February and 3rd April 2016. Book now using the promotional code WEBBB.

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