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Bicester - worth a stop even with the kids in tow?
Yes, it definitely is worth a visit imo. Saying that Clarks in Somerset or the Swindon outlet isnt hugely helpful if you're going to be stopping by while driving back down the M40
I love Bicester. I don't live a million miles away so have been lots over the years. There's quite a lot to entertain the children - fab outdoor play area if the weather's ok - nice eateries, etc. The shops can be very hit or miss. Hopefully when you go they will be full of fantastic bargains....but be prepared if they're just full of tat - it can happen.
However, it is only minutes from J9 of M40. If you're looking for a pitstop en-route from north to south than it sure as hell beats Cherwell services.
I went about a month ago and swore never to go again! It use to be more high street outlets at good prices. Now it is proper designer like Prada, Gucci etc. still very very very expensive! They have pushed the rental prices up and forced out high street shops like Monsoon.
Also, I swear it is the busiest place on earth on a Saturday!