The Bicester


A blog from Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa

Perfection has just got better…

February 22nd, 2013

Set in more than 100 acres of rolling Oxfordshire countryside, Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa has always been the perfect setting for a country wedding.

Now, with its recently added hotel, banqueting rooms, health club and spa, the venue has everything you could wish for to make your wedding day even more special.

Weddings showcase

Seeing is believing, of course. And our annual wedding exhibition, held over the May Bank Holiday, is an exciting chance for us to showcase what we have to offer.

This year’s exhibition will be more sensational than ever. Live make-up demonstrations; discount vouchers for bridal treatments; competitions; bridal gowns to try on and purchase; and an array of exhibition stands catering for all your needs.

You will be able to view one of the rooms set up for a typical wedding, as well as meeting and discussing your requirements with a member of our team.

And if you would like a personal introduction to what we can do for you on your special day, why not arrange an exclusive tour of the venue, complete with canapés and bubbly, for yourself and your close family? We will be taking bookings on the day…

Do come along to the admission-free wedding exhibition on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May between 11am-3pm.

Unable to make the exhibition but want to look round another time? Call us directly on 01869 241204.

Positive Changes – Personal Training

August 3rd, 2012

Well, I am up to my 25th hour with my Personal Trainer here at the Gym in Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa.  I can’t believe that I could barely do three minutes on the cross trainer without wanting to collapse, yesterday, I was chatting away whilst on the cross trainer and realised that I had already done 20 minutes when I looked down at the panel. The difference it has made to my life is incredible, I feel so much better about myself, people have commented on how much better I look and how happy I look.

Last weekend I went to an engagement party in London and danced the whole night away, the only thing hurting me was my feet, dancing in high heels just isn’t the same as it was thirty years ago. I thought back to January this year when I was at my office Christmas party, I wanted to dance but hadn’t done so for so long, so I got up and danced for about 15 minutes, my mind was there but my body just wasn’t going along, I started to feel dizzy and actually went to the bathroom and was sick.  I didn’t want anyone to know, how on earth you could tell people I am so unfit I can’t dance for 15 minutes, but this was the truth.  You get to a stage where you don’t think anything can be done, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux, walking up a flight of stairs was difficult, the doctor even suggested having surgery, a gastric band. This is a drastic action I thought, I must be able to do something, just a little something.  I considered going to the gym and did try but I just couldn’t seem to push myself and motivate myself.

Sometimes it takes a major event in your life to give you that push and motivation to do something about it, I knew deep down I had the willpower. I now have two personal training sessions a week, am strict with what I eat, Matt Woods my personal trainer put together a food plan for me and weights me once a week, this alone is an incentive, you don’t want to go backwards, we all have a relapse at some time and I did put 2lbs on during my holiday, but soon took this off, I have now lost about 19lbs since May, it’s not rapid weight loss but more a way of life and a gradual improvement.

I have noticed that I am getting more attention from men in general, its funny as soon as you look better, feel better, people see you differently, my social life has taken a turn for the better and keeping busy definitely helps. I can not recommend having a Personal Trainer enough, we all say I cant afford it but ditch the take- away, ditch the expensive meal out, ditch the magazines, stop reading about what other people do and do it yourself, spend your money on yourself and invest in your health and your future, I am. I will add frequent updates on here.

Write to me and tell me if you were in a similar situation

Cycling miles for Sport Relief

March 20th, 2012

Friday 23rd March is almost upon us and Bicester Health Club are doing their bit for Sport Relief!

From 9.00am members are welcome enjoy Tea and Cakes in the reception, probably best to enjoy after your gym workout, studio class or swim!

You can also come and support the team for the of the 12 hour Bike challenge.

Our Target

Our target is to reach 300KM in 12 hours, so maintaining an average speed of 25kph throughout, which will be no easy tasks. The gym, reception, administration and management staff are all putting in a shift on the bike to help us achieve the distance which is the equivalent of traveling from Bicester to Plymouth, so it is no easy task!

Who’s involved

Nigel The Health Club Manager will be starting things off at 8.00am and hoping to get us off to a flyer!

We will then have a mixture of fitness instructors and staff of varying fitness levels throughout the day until the challenge finishes at 8.00pm.

The bike will be set up in the Health Club and Spa Reception area and all donations are welcome.

We are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the great cause that is Sport Relief.

It’s not quite a challenge of Epic David Walliams proportions but still a great charity event to raise important funds for projects around the world.



Thanks for the honesty – iPod recovered

March 20th, 2012

A member of Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa Health Club was very happy this last week when her iPod nano was handed in.

It is very pleasing to know that our club has members with a high degree of honesty and integrity.

Easter school holidays

March 20th, 2012

Lots of FREE activities for our junior members this coming Easter holidays !

Combat-Kids, Football academy, Tennis camps and Flipper-Fun Aqua sessions!

Notices are up on display in the club!

For more information please see Health Club Reception, or email


Dan Thomas Golf Blog

February 17th, 2012

Through out the 2012 golf tournament season I will be playing on several tours including The Professional Golfers Association Europro tour, The Jamega tour and the TP series tour, as well as playing pro-ams in any spare time I may have.

The first of these events starts at Wensum valley from the 25th-27th April. My main aim this year is to finish in the top 5 in the European Golf Tour Order of Merit. This will enable me to automatically qualify for the European Golf Challenge Tour the following year. Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa has fantastic golf and fitness training facilities which will enable me to do this.

My daily routine generally consists of a morning warm up session on the golf driving range working my way through my golf bag. Starting with sand iron moving to driver and then back to short pitching clubs. I try not to focus too much on what the ball is doing at first and just working on the key movements in my swing. Following this I hit balls focusing only on my pre shot routine and distance control including the flight and attempting to hit the golf ball as I would in a tournament. This helps focus my brain on targets.
Being away on tour a lot in the summer my fitness levels are tested to the limit! Therefore it is key that I add fitness and a healthy diet to my daily routine. The Gym at Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa is ideal. On my first visit I had a talk with one of the Personal Trainers about what I wanted to achieve. They then helped me to generate a personalised fitness program to suit my needs. Long drives come from core strength and with a combination of flexibility and speed the further I can hit the ball. With all the latest cardiovascular and weights fitness equipment available at Bicester I find it easy to do this by targeting exercises for my legs, chest, arms and back.

I certainly recommend to all who want to get more out of there game to find the time where possible to build there own daily “routine’s” as I have mine. I leave you with a simple thought.
“The fear of bad golf shots come from the fear of hitting bad golf shots! Dan

Elemis ‘Treatments on Tour’ SpaBus comes to Bicester Hotel, Golf & Spa

September 7th, 2011

To celebrate 20 years of success, Elemis takes its award-winning products to the people with the “Treatments on Tour” SpaBus, whilst also raising essential money to help vulnerable children through Mothers4Children Charity.

The Elemis Spa Bus is exclusively coming to Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa on Friday 23rd September form 11.00am-4.00pm. The Elemis SpaBus is an eye catching royal blue customised London bus that proudly bears the Elemis 20th anniversary livery and is flying the Union Flag. With beautiful spa interiors on both Lower and Top Deck, Elemis welcomes you on-board for MAXIMUM RESULTS in MINIMUM TIME.

Elemis has created five unique and luxurious 15 minute facial and body spa-therapies to choose from for just £10, each is performed by one of the professional ‘Elemis Angels’ either on an Intelligent Massage or Spot-On Shiatsu chair whilst you’re fully clothed for instant relaxation and rejuvenation. S This is the only opportunity for you to experience these exclusive Elemis spa treatments in Oxfordshire.

On entrance to the Lower Deck, the fully trained ‘Elemis Angels’ will carry out each spa-therapy so you’re in professional hands. Take a seat and put your hand out for a mini Exotic Hand & Arm Massage, attend a beauty workshop and have a 1-2-1 professional lifestyle and skincare consultations. You can also benefit from special promotions and Elemis offers during the day.

Head upstairs onto the Top Deck where the SpaPod treatment area contains two Intelligent Massage chairs and two spot-on Shiatsu Chair. You can choose from a Skin Booster Facial, Chill-Out Shoulder and Scalp Massage, Exotic Hand & Arm Massage, Sole Rescue Foot Treatment or Re-Charge Power Back Massage. Each therapy is 15 minutes of pure bliss to take you on a relaxation and rejuvenation journey – all guaranteed to relieve aches, pains and leave you radiant with a bounce in your step.

Pre-booking is essential for your 15 minute treatment, so please contact us on 01869 241204 or email We will also be combining the Elemis Spa Bus visit with a charity coffee morning to provide you with an exclusive opportunity to view the latest Elemis product ranges as well as enjoying our pink themed day. Coffee, tea  and cakes will be served through the day with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. Elemis UK aims to raise well over £50,000 for the Mothers4Children charity and are also donating £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care.

At the Forest of Wellbeing We offer a haven of tranquility in our exclusive health spa in Oxfordshire. We welcome you to come and invigorate your senses with a choice of our elemis facials and body treatments, in addition to our full range of Jessica and Lava Shells therapies.

If you are looking for spa days in the uk or for your perfect spa day in Oxfordshire then our central location is ideal, only 5 minutes from junction 9 of the M40.  All of our spa day packages offer full use of our luxury swimming pool and spa facilities including Tropicarium, Sauna, Steam Room, Hydrospa, Jacuzzi and experience showers. You can also experience total relaxation in our outdoor spa garden with exclusive hot tub facilities. For an overnight spa experience we offer a range of exclusive  spa breaks perfect for combining total relaxation with visit to Bicester Village, Oxford, Blenheim Palace or the Cotswolds.

Health clubs new additions

June 16th, 2011

Last week Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa had 2 new X Dream bikes arrive at the gym. These will be a great addition to the gym as they are the first indoor fitness product that accurately simulates the experience of riding outdoors.

This exercise bike is equipped with real feel gears, brakes, handlebars, pedals, cranks and seat sensors which enables each move the rider makes to be accurately portrayed within the experience.

The bike puts you into a virtual world via the attached computer screen. As you ride, the full experience on the screen is translated to the equipment!

It will work a full range of muscles in the upper body and lower body so gives you a more complete workout then a standard exercise bike.

To experience the X Dream bike, discuss gym membership, our health club facilities or personal training contact the health club or call 01869 241204.

B4 Business visit and review Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa

November 14th, 2010

Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa recently received a visit from James White of the Oxfordshire B4 Business Magazine. James came to review the hotel and facilities for the magazine, aimed at the business community of Oxfordshire, and enjoyed an overnight stay.

Some of his favourable comments included the following;

“Set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, The new luxury accommodation comprises fifty two bedrooms. Two of the rooms are bridal/executive suites. All rooms are en suite and decorated to a high specification, with views overlooking the luxurious courtyard or golf course. Ample allowance has also been made to cater for disabled guests with wide hallways, a selection of specially designed bedrooms and bathrooms, together with a lift.”

“Alongside Bicester’s new accommodation offering, there is a spectacular new Orangery, seating up to two hundred theatre style, and one hundred cabaret style. There are also flexible conference rooms, a further two meeting rooms, new kitchens, fine dining restaurant, brasserie and additional bar facilities. This enables the venue to cater for all types and sizes of functions, both in the corporate and private markets.”

“Leisure seekers can choose from the impressive gym, which includes a variety of cardiovascular and resistance machines, plus a large free weights area, exercise classes catering for both fitness and relaxation, or use of the poolside, which not only looks magnificent but has a Pool, Hydro-Spa, Steam Room, Sauna and Tropicariums to relax in.”

“Just a stone’s throw from junction nine of the M40, make sure you take time to visit Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa – the facilities are first class.”

Read our review for yourself by following this link

If you are looking for a venue for your conference or simply a place to meet business associates, and you haven’t tried us before, then why not take advantage of our great 25% off introductory conference and meeting rates offer.

Day 11, we made it!

October 20th, 2010

Day Eleven The bikes spent the night in a typical stone outhouse and were ready to go straight out on to the main A9 road and a sign post ’55 miles to John O’Groats’.  We’re on the home stretch now and not a moment to soon, I feel everyone is ready to get the job done.

Starting in the rain the road rises over brows of hills and then drops dramatically down to tiny ports at the mouths of rivers. One of the guests at last night’s lodgings warned of oily roads due to the cargo of fish being hauled along this route and it is evident that the large double length timber carriers of the last couple of days have given way to more compact (but still fast) lorries.

It is amazing how the light and conditions can change almost from moment to moment, bright sun becomes driving rain within no time at all.

After Wick the landscape flattens out and becomes wild with only the odd croft dotted amongst the bracken and heather. The upside of this – little but local traffic and looking around one can understand why, few people come here!

There is a last bête noir in the form of a long uphill pedal to the brow of the very last hill and from here the most amazing view out over the Pentlands Firth (very appropriate for me as I have connections with Pentland) due north to the island of Stroma in the foreground with Hoy and the other Orkney Isles in the distance.

It’s downhill all the way now. The boys wait for each other at this point and take their time cruising down together, savoring the reward that all their effort has given them.

We reflect on the many wondrous sights we have seen along the way, the many warm and friendly people we have met, the continuous support from those at home  and what ‘digging deep’ teaches us about ourselves and how best we can put that to good use in the future.

The bleakness of John O’Groats seems not as inhospitable as Lands End with an information centre, shop, derelict hotel and welcoming café – but still the raging wind.

Having enjoyed the moment, a hot chocolate and another donation from a man celebrating his 2nd wedding anniversary who comes from Chesterfield, we set off down south.

We think the journey will be quick and easy but road works on the Black Isle delay us considerably and driving snow as we pass through the Cairngorms and Aviemore make us realise how lucky the boys were.

Scotland doesn’t want to lose us that easily and we get horribly lost around Glasgow eventually joining the M74 passing Abington were we were a few nights ago.

We eventually cross the border and leave Scotland some 8 hours after we started!!

We arrive at Bicester at approximately 4 a.m. and Graham has got us all home safely after such a mammoth journey.

The boys have raised in excess of £3,500 for the Captains charity, Helen Douglas House, which, having seen the effort it has taken  I am enormously proud of.

But for me it was all about the camaraderie and being part of the team.

Thanks boys for letting us tag along and I hope you, the reader, have enjoyed this record.

Graham Payne

Celebrations at John O' Groats

Celebrations at John O' Groats

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