Shopping is the nation’s favourite leisure-time activity. For those who can’t resist this year’s colour or a massive discount on last year’s look, living in Science Vale could be your smartest lifestyle choice.
Didcot and Wantage are home to a range of independent traders and national chains. Didcot’s main shopping area, The Orchard Centre, will double in size when its extension opens in early 2018. The extended centre will offer more food and clothing shops alongside restaurants and bars.
For more variety and a greater choice of high street chains, Oxford or Reading are close by. Or make your way to the designer outlet village at Bicester (approximately 30 minutes by car) for discounts on luxury brands such as Prada, Gucci, and Alexander McQueen. Bicester Village is one of Europe’s top outlet shopping locations.
More flavour, fewer food-miles
Foodies will also find much to tempt them among the area’s artisan bakers, cheese-makers, and brewers. Local award-winners include Grove’s Marco Polo Bakery (Great Taste winner) and Dunsden’s Loddon Brewery (National Business Award). For local food so near you can almost count the food-miles on your hand, try the farmers’ markets at Didcot, Wantage and Abingdon or the farm shops at Steventon, East Hanney and Frilford.