Last week Baby and I were invited to the press launch of the Christmas festivities at Bicester Designer Outlet Village. At first I was a little reluctant to accept, as although the event sounded great, it would mean Baby being up past her bedtime for the first time. However, Mr Hubby was out for the evening and so I thought it would be good for us to have a little outing.
We headed north to Bicester Village, which is not very far from where we live. The Village really is destination shopping at its finest and being only an hour from London, it is THE place to go shopping this festive season; not least because it has been transformed into a fabulous winter wonderland. You will also find the very best designer shops such as DVF, Westwood, McQueen plus many more.
Bicester Village believe that behind every gift is a story worth telling; they are inviting their guests to ‘Step into the Story‘ and inspire them to create their own stories associated with the gifts they buy. The village had become a real life fairytale; featuring larger-than-life story books, winter animals, stunning lights and lots of fabulous festive touches. I hadn’t felt festive until we arrived, but it didn’t take me long.
After I left my car with the valet (I know!), I went to meet up with my stunning friend Nat from Style Me Sunday. After a reception of seasonal food and drink in a pop up terrace, we were treated to story time by The Oxford Story Museum. Baby wasn’t sure at all about the amazing singing story teller! I think she was wondering why she wasn’t in bed! There was also a comic book artist, crafting to create snow globes, crackers and decorations.
Then it was time to go shopping! We had a voucher to treat ourselves with and there were also gifts for us in some of the shops. These included an amazing umbrella from Lulu Guinness, passport leather holder from Smythson, a cosmetic/washbag from Kipling, a business card holder from Jaeger, socks from Paul Smith and a scarf and lanyard from Tommy Hilfiger.
The atmosphere was amazing and there were so many helpful staff on hand to help us whenever required. If you love all things designer, then this is the place to be, as there are savings of up to 60% of the recommended retail price.
You can experience the event yourself when Bicester Village is running a similar event for the public on the 6th November. Black Friday comes to the Village on 28th November, when you can enjoy shopping until midnight! Throughout the festive period guests will be treated to entertainment on Monday and Thursday afternoons.
Bicester Village is raising money for the Oxford Children’s hospital. If you visit the village during the festive period, follow @Bicestervillage, take a picture and tag #BicesterGiving. For every tweet Bicester Village will donate £1 (up to £5000).
I am so grateful to Modus and Bicester Village for inviting us to such an amazing event!
I am linking up with the following fabulous bloggers and their lovely linkys.
Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for #OrdinaryMoments (o.k… so this isn’t ordinary, but I hope you will let me off Katie!)
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Disclosure: We were given a gift voucher to spend and the gifts mentioned above. However, this has not influenced this post in any way.