Our top stately homes and cultural activities - Bicester area
Top 4 cultural venues and events in the area
Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world. It is a Renaissance-style chateau, based on those in the Loire Valley, with gardens by the French designer Elie Lainé . It was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957.
Another National Trust property, Claydon House is something of an unexpected treasure. A graceful Georgian building, it boasts an extraordinary rococo interior and carefully maintained gardens. There are also mementoes of Florence Nightingale, who was once a regular visitor.
|Buckingham Festival (July)
Now more than 20 years old, the Buckingham Summer Festival is a week of outstanding classical music concerts. Established international soloists join with debut performers to deliver a vibrant programme of popular classics and less well known works.
|Bicester Jazz Festival
Bicester Village was responsible for the inception of the Bicester Jazz Festival, which is now in its sixth year. This well established and free event takes place in the town centre and in Bicester Village over the middle weekend in August.
Young musicians are encouraged to take part and there is entertainment for younger children. The event culminates in a wonderful free ’Picnic in the Park’ big band concert, suitable for the whole family, in the beautiful surroundings of Garth Park in Bicester.