Banbury is a sub-regional destination, built around the Castle Quay Shopping Centre, and with a high proportion of independent and specialist retailers in its open and picturesque retail core. Significant retailers include Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Next, H&M, Monsoon and River Island.

The proposed redevelopment of Bicester Town Centre, anchored by a significant new Sainsburys store with a cinema complex and a variety of shop units is progressing rapidly. Work is expected to start in 2010 and the redevelopment of Wyevale Garden Centre (Known also as Bicester Avenue) has provided a retail location for outdoor and garden leisure. Stores include Laura Ashley, Antler, Cotton Traders and Hobbycraft.

Bicester is also home to Value Retail’s Bicester Village Designer Outlet, a major shopping destination bringing visitors from across the Home Counties and Overseas. Recently expanded, the third and final phase of its development has seen expanded floor-space and multi-storey parking. Stores include Coast, Jaegar, Bally, Molton Brown, Karen Millen, Cath Kidson, Radley and French Connection.

For those visitors looking for a more rural place to shop there is the small but vivacious village of Kidlington. Kidlington is the second largest village in the country, but it still manages to preserve that village feel with its modern shopping centre still containing many independent traders. The village also has a good number of caf├ęs, restaurants and pubs in or near the centre.

Further Information

Bicester Village

Castle Quay, Banbury

Wyevale (formerly Blooms of Bicester)

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