A DAY OUT IN WOODSTOCK
We are excited and celebrating the arrival of the 12th of April.
Step 2 out of lockdown will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, and we can hear everyone cheering as we type this. All the independent businesses of Woodstock are ready and waiting.
Just 10 miles from Oxford on the edge of the Cotswolds, it dates back to the 12thcentury and offers a wealth of beautiful old pubs and restaurants, friendly cafes and up-market shops, as well as being home to the stunning Blenheim Palace.
Start your day with a slap up breakfast, perhaps a full English at The Star or a delicious eggs benedict in The Kings Arms. Mooching round town you’ll find independent clothing and lifestyle boutiques such as Loft and Sassy & Boo, as well as some beautiful lifestyle shops. Martha’s Attic (its so easy to spot with its incredible outdoor display) is popular with the rich and famous for its shabby chic home furnishings, while No 5 Park St, quietly located near St Mary Magdelene Church, is a great place to pick up a gift or two - though you may prefer a florist’s bouquet from the intoxicatingly scented Wild Grace Flowers or a piece of jewellery handmade by the talented Libby Rak. Woodstock is also home to Ellie Sanderson Luxury Bridal Studio who has brides traveling from hundreds of miles away to see her collection.
For a full run down of who is who, pop on to Wake up to Woodstock and meet some of the counties best Indies
Woodstock is also full of wonderful antique shops and art galleries, check out Iona House Gallery and the recently opened Darl-e and the Bear, while for modern art Dantzig is a must-visit.
The kids will love letting off steam in the garden at the Oxfordshire Museum, where they can wonder at the full-size replica of a Megalosaurus while you take a break in the garden café. Indeed, Woodstock offers a range of coffee shops, and the Woodstock Coffee Shop on the main drag serves a mean almond croissant.
For a spot of lunch there are plenty of good pubs and restaurants to choose from, with a variety of menus. If you fancy eating al fresco the Black Prince serves hearty pub grub on the riverside next to the town’s water meadows, or you might prefer to take a panini from Hampers deli into Blenheim Estate before walking it off with a stroll round the lake in the stunning park designed in the 18thcentury by Capability Brown, taking in what has been described as the finest view in England.
If that’s not worn you out and you’re up for staying after dark, indulge in the buzzy atmosphere of The Woodstock Arms or a cocktail or two in The Crown, or choose from The Feathers’ selection of over 400 gins. Eat Indian at Daba, Chinese at the Chef Imperial or a more formal Italian at The Galleria. And if you still don’t want to leave, Woodstock has numerous hotels and bed and breakfasts, not to mention private AirBnBs.
Not just a brilliant place to visit but it is an incredible place to live and thats where we come in, Woodstocks number one Estate Agents. We offer market appraisals, Lettings, professional property advice. We have been in the town for a long time so we really are the place to come to if you need property advice.
Whilst we have been open during the Pandemic, we have missed our nieghbours and cant wait to see Woodstock jumping once again.
Simon and the team