Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire
Buckinghamshire is the quintessential English county with pretty villages, beautiful woodlands, and rolling countryside. The Thames flows through picturesque market towns on its way to London. Buckinghamshire has a rich heritage, from the battle scars of the Civil War to the golden age of steam, home to powerful families and famous individuals.
Home to the world famous Pinewood Film Studios, Buckinghamshire has been used as the backdrop for many well known TV series and films from Bridget Jones to Bond, Harry Potter to Inspector Morse.
Get out, about and active in Buckinghamshire with the fun and adventure available across the county. Whether you want a leisurely stroll through gardens or golf courses, or the exhilaration of a zip-wire or off-road driving, Buckinghamshire can meet your every need.
But it’s not all about the countryside; the theatres in Aylesbury and High Wycombe offer top West End productions, comedy and music and if you’re in need of retail therapy boutiques and small shops add much to the attraction of most market towns and an abundance of farmer’s shops and breweries offering locally produced food and drink. For the complete shopaholic try the centre:mk in the far north of the county, with over 240 shops it is the biggest shopping centre in the region!
The county was given the title of ‘Royal County’ by the Queen in 1958 in recognition of Berkshire’s royal links. Windsor Castle is probably the most popular attraction for visitors while locals appear to prefer the Thames, Chilterns and Downs.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty the Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence. If roller coasters are more your thing, then Legoland, Windsor is a short hop away.
The largest town in the county is Reading, where you can find plenty to do. Its centre boasts a wealth of shopping and cultural opportunities. With a large university, the town has an excellent nightlife; stylish restaurants have appeared alongside a spread of clubs and bars. Reading is also renowned for its festivals.
Oxford and Oxfordshire have a lot to offer to visitors and there is a reason why people return to the county again and again. From the ancient University of Oxford to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds there is so much rich history and culture for you to explore. Whether you want to discover an ancient civilisation at a world famous museum, wander around some of the most famous landmarks in the UK or relax with an afternoon tea, you will find something to do for all occasions and all members of the family.
Oxford University is the oldest University in the English- speaking world. Countless famous figures and great minds have studied here, and visitors can walk in their footsteps, seeing the same views that they had. The University comprises 38 independent colleges, and their quads and buildings can be found all over the city. Students give the city an energetic vibe – you will find a great social life here!
The county has so much more to offer than the city of Oxford alone. The world famous Henley Regatta takes place every summer, one of the highlights of the rowing calendar. The Cotswolds meanwhile offer a peaceful retreat and its mellow stone towns and villages are a delight. For the shopaholic, the world famous Bicester Village is the largest designer outlet in England.
Where ever you are in the BBO Hub Area, you never far from fast trains into London, excellent motorway links and easy access to London Heathrow. You can find nightlife, sporting adventure, culture and heritage right on your doorstep, with more affordable housing than that in the capital.