Homes and jobs are important to Bicester’s growth but so are opportunities for people to relax when the working day is over and whether it is shopping, sports or socialising, it is important Bicester is a place where residents can work, rest and play.
For years, the world famous Bicester Village has attracted millions of shoppers with its designer shops but the regeneration of Pioneer Square has made the town centre a shopping destination in its own right. Visitors can browse the shops, view the movies at the multiplex cinema or enjoy a meal and drink at various eateries.
Alternatively, those who prefer to spend their downtime working up a sweat can visit the Bicester Leisure Centre for a workout, swim or game of tenpin bowling. Or for those looking to take up a new activity, Cherwell District Council has helped to launch numerous sports clubs in the area and is currently working to deliver a multi-million pound purpose built sports village in Kingsmere.
Since 2012 Bicester has undergone a major transformation as part of a multi-million pound regeneration project to revitalise the town centre. The new town centre supermarket, cinema, multi-storey car park, shops and restaurants is soon to be joined by a new community building.
This new community building in the heart of Bicester will provide facilities for local people, such as a new, state of the art library, shops and restaurants, as well as office space for Cherwell District Council’s Bicester offices and a Travelodge. Work is already well underway and the building is due to open in 2016.
Situated on Queen’s Avenue, Bicester Leisure Centre offers a wide array of facilities. Whether a fitness fanatic or someone who enjoys spending their time in a relaxed environment within a leisure centre, Bicester Leisure Centre has something for everyone.
Not everyone wants to join or attend a gym but that should not be a reason to miss out on keeping fit. To address the issue and promote opportunities to people with all interests and abilities, Cherwell District Council offers a diverse programme of activities which take place in and around Bicester.