To mark the last weekend of my summer holiday, which conveniently coincided with the bank holiday last weekend, Rich and I headed to Oxford for a couple of days of exploring. On the Saturday we mooched round Oxford; exploring various streets and shops, looking round Christ Church College (which inspired the Great Hall in Harry Potter films!) and stopping for a bite to eat at St Aldates Tavern. We then drove to Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace, where we stayed in a lovely B&B right in the centre of the town. We arrived right in the middle of Woodstock's bank holiday weekend celebrations, with a mini music festival staged right outside our B&B! The street was buzzing with activity and a great atmosphere - we sat outside for dinner, alongside live music 'til about 10.30pm. It was a really mild evening, and despite wearing thick jumpers when the sun went down, it felt like we were on holiday!
Anyway, the next morning we went to Bicester village (Rich is still convinced it is pronounced Bi-ces-ster) for a bit of retail therapy... we hoped. I was left pretty disappointed, and although very nearly convinced myself into buying a Michael Kors bag, left with nothing for myself. We did manage to buy a sweet present for Rich's niece-to-be, who is due in just over a month, from The White Company, and Rich spent a small fortune in Superdry - he was contented at least! Afterwards we went to the sweet little town of Burford on Kat's recommendation, and after a little walk around went for lunch in one of the many pubs, sat in a gorgeous beer garden in the sunshine.
We had such a lovely weekend - we just wish we could afford to go on jaunts like this every weekend! Saying that, we're thinking about a weekend away in the October half term (teacher holidays dictate) - any suggestions?