Nothing beats a cheeky bit of retail therapy and Oxfordshire offers plenty of exciting places to shop and explore. From glamorous boutiques, independent stores, big brands and outlets, there’s a variety of shopping centres, markets and villages to fill all of your shopping desires and needs. Who doesn’t like to treat themselves on holiday? Take a break from relaxing at Hardwick Parks to visit the fabulous shopping centres listed below.
The Oxford Covered Market
A hidden gem in the famous university city, the Oxford Covered Market is a historic market dating back to the 1770s! With a long-standing heritage and culture, many stalls in the market are family owned and have been passed down through the generations, making it an amazing place to visit if you want to support local business and get a taste of history. The market offers a unique range of local produce, handcrafted items, independent businesses and plenty of food to choose from too! Home to over 40 traders selling a variety of goods, from food to fashion to flowers, the Oxford covered market is the perfect place to browse, especially on a rainy day!
Offering 800,000 sq ft. of shopping mall, Westgate Oxford is any shopping lover’s dream. Spread across 3 levels including a roof terrace and featuring prestigious global brands as well as the best of the British high street, you really can shop ’til you drop here. The bold architectural design of the mall makes it a stunning place to visit and the variety of stores mean you won’t get bored easily. Proudly boasting more than 100 shops and restaurants and kitted out with an array of bars on the rooftop terrace, Westgate offers amazing chances to eat and shop as well as enjoy views across the whole city. If that isn’t enough, why not try Westgate Social Street Food for some truly tantalising dishes. With a range of resident and pop up street traders, you can guarantee to find something to fill up on when you’re all shopped out.
If you’re looking for something a bit different from a modern shopping centre, why not visit Thame, a historic market town in the heart of Oxfordshire. Granted a market charter in 1215, the market has been returning every week since then come rain or shine. The markets even celebrated their 800th birthday with a special visit from Princess Anne herself! Come visit the historic Tuesday Charter Market and you can be assured of a vibrant day full of unique gifts, clothes, homeware and more. The second Tuesday of each month also hosts the Farmer’s Market where you can find fresh local produce at an amazing price. Look out for the specialist markets that visit Thame as well, up next is the French Market visiting the 4th and the 5th of October and bringing with it local craft, food, drinks and many other French goodies.
If the sun is shining and you’re in the mood to find a bargain, Bicester Village might be just up your street. An open-air shopping centre founded in 1992 on the outskirts of Oxfordshire, Bicester Village offers a luxury shopping experience at a discount price! Packed with world-renowned brands to browse through, there is plenty to peruse at Bicester Village and with savings of up to 60% on luxury brands, what’s not to like! This amazing outlet centre will have you saving money all year round and there’s also plenty of restaurants, cafe’s and pop-ups to explore as well.
Shop ’til you drop and then rest your sleepy head at Hardwick Parks Holiday and Touring Park! Park your tourer or motorhome or pitch your tent on one of our 196 pitches available or if you don’t fancy camping, choose a static holiday home with all the little home comforts you could need in life. Book your stay with Hardwick Parks today.