Shopping in the District
The market towns of Brackley and Towcester have retained their original character and purpose with a wealth of local and independent retailers who offer a welcoming and personal service. Behind unspoilt shop frontages, are family-run butchers, traditional toy shops, antique emporiums, gift shops, delicatessens, antiquarian book shops and much more.
On Fridays, a traditional weekly market is held in Brackley and an antiques and bric-a-brac market in Towcester Town Hall. A farmers' market is held in Brackley on the third Saturday and in Roade on the first Saturday of the month. Nearby Deddington and Banbury have a farmers' market on the fourth Saturday and the first Friday respectively.
Outside the towns and located in beautifully converted former farm and estate courtyards are several rural shopping centres that offer a relaxed alternative. They sell a wide range of products and services, from clothes, shoes, jewellery and gifts, to kitchen ware, crafts, furniture and artwork - and each of them also has the all important tea room!
Antiques are a District speciality and are available from a wide variety of venues including the Antiques Cellar in Brackley, which houses over 80 proprietors, Reindeer Antiques Centre, Potterspury and Lorraine Spooner Antiques, Towcester.
The District is within easy reach of the high street shops and shopping malls in nearby Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford. With over 130 designer outlet boutiques, the designer outlet at Bicester Village is approximately 20 minutes by car from Brackley.