BICESTER HOTEL, GOLF AND SPA LATEST NEWS
The most recent news and stories from Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa.
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- The Health Club has recently installed new foot spas as an addition to the range of wet facilities for members and hotel guests. We think they're going to be a great success.
- The Forest of Wellbeing Spa have introduced CULT51 to their range of products available to buy.
Cult51 is a revolutionary 3D, luxury night cream that goes beyond anti-ageing. Its potent power works with your skin's own natural processes of renewal to restore and reveal its most youthful and luminous beauty. Put a stop to different day, night, eye, contour and serums in favour for a more powerful and innovative cream with over 51 anti-ageing advantages in one.
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by up to 52% in 28 days.
Increases the skin's Oxygen up take of the skin by up to 45%
Proven to diminish the appearance of age spots by up to 25%CULT51 retails at £125
Read the 51 claims of CULT51
- The Forest of Wellbeing Spa at Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa has introduced the international anti-ageing spa specialists, Germaine de Capuccini. Renowned for its research and development, the products and treatments all feature unique ingredients that are results-driven and produce fabulous results for skin tone, texture and specifically for fine lines and wrinkles.
Found in some of the best spas around the world, Germaine de Capuccini brings its treatments to Forest of Wellbeing Spa. For tired, dull and lifeless skin, Timexpert C+ is the prescription. It utilises the power of Vitamin C to combat dull, dehydrated skin, intensely repairing skin's luminosity, vitality, tone and texture. A potent anti-oxidant Timexpert C+ is supremely hydrating and regenerating, helping to restore radiance and balance to the skin’s equilibrium. To tackle the first signs of ageing the Excel Therapy 02 line helps to oxygenate and hydrate the skin. It’s one of Germaine De Capuccini’s top selling lines and helps to strengthen the skins defenses preventing the process of premature ageing.
For the ultimate in anti-ageing, Forest of Wellbeing has also introduced Timexpert Rides. This tackles fine lines and wrinkles and helps to 'fill-out' expression lines. An advanced anti-ageing treatment it utilises the scientific ingredients ‘Pro-Collagestine Fill’ which works to fill in and plump out lines and wrinkles from underneath. The treatment also includes Micro-Dermoxineand Soy Proteins, working to minimise the length and depth of lines and wrinkles. Forming the basis of a luxury homecare range, Timexpert Rides should be your treatment of choice for fines lines and wrinkles.
Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa are launching this exciting new product range in September this year, further details on the launch date will be announced shortly. In the meantime if you want to know more call the Forest of Wellbeing Spa directly or ask to go on their mailing list for special offers and promotions.
- At Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa we are once again proud to announce that we have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence Award 2013 from Trip Advisor.
- Major changes to Bicester town centre transport network will happen at 6.00am on 31st March 2013 with the main alterations involving changing St John’s Street/North Street from one-way to two-way roads, preventing access to Roman Way/North Street from Banbury Rd/Buckingham Rd roundabout and turning ban amendments to/from Bucknell Rd. Further information can be found at: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/bicesteraccess or download the Oxford County Council leaflet - Bicester Town Centre Access Improvements
How are you celebrating the International Day of Happiness?
The United Nations (UN) has declared March 20th as an International Day of Happiness. The UN’s aim is to focus our attention on the fact that economic growth and the measurement of prosperity must go beyond material wealth and should include the well-being and happiness of people.
To celebrate this day, 10 Consulting and Vision Coaching have joined together to offer a unique opportunity to local businesses to win a day of well-being (for a team of 8 people). This amazing offer is in partnership with the Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa and will encompass a mix of well-being training and luxurious leisure activities.
Why is well-being in the workplace so important?
Recent research undertaken by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)*, found that happier, more positive people tend to perform to higher levels. It also identified the importance of managing stress to ensure the right balance of just enough to push performance, but not too much where confidence and performance are adversely affected. If that doesn’t convince you then what about the fact that the state spends £13bn per year on health-related benefits, with employers facing an annual bill of around £9bn for sick pay and associated costs.**
With these facts in mind, 10CV have designed a suite of workshops specifically intended to help businesses promote well-being and high performance in the workplace. Here’s what previous participants of these workshops have reported:
90% said they were feeling more positive, felt happier and more in control of their work performance.
80% said they were managing their stress and energy levels better and consequently had a better work/life balance.
When asked to be part of this day, here’s what our hotel partner said: "As an environment devoted equally to business, learning, health and well-being, we are delighted to be associated with 10CV and the International Day of Happiness."
Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa is a venue where you really can mix business with pleasure. The tree-lined approach, ample parking and easy access bring an instant sense of well-being, while our friendly staff and home-cooked food enhance the experience. All our meeting rooms are spacious, air conditioned and flooded with daylight, while the main rooms command views over the golf course and lakes.
With the morning workshop and lunch over, the winning team can adjourn to the hotel’s spa to swim; relax in the hydrotherapy pool, steam room, jacuzzi or sauna; or sample the treatments on offer. The fully equipped gym and scheduled fitness classes are a great way to combine fitness with relaxation, as is the 18-hole golf course.
"Wellbeing for high performance in the workplace is an ethos which is common both to 10CV and the Bicester Hotel," said Carol Barford, Sales and Marketing Manager. "This synergy is based on the shared belief that a balanced approach to work is essential for happiness and success. We support this through our environment and facilities, while 10CV helps people achieve work/life integration through their suite of well-being workshops. We are happy to work with 10CV, as our services closely complement each other."
To win this fabulous experience, worth a total of £1,995 for a team of 8 people, your company will need to:
1. State why Wellbeing in the Workplace is important and how winning this prize will help raise your business’ performance (max 500 words).
2. Explain why your team would enjoy the day’s experience at Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa (max 100 words).
3. Create a slogan promoting Well-being in the Workplace that communicates your team objectives.
4. Submit all materials by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m. on April 29th 2013.
5. The winning company will be required to contribute to an article about their day’s experience.
The winning company will be informed by email on the 30th April 2013. The day of Well-being will be held at the Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa on June 21st 2013.
* Edge Magazine, Driving Leadership & Management, The Smile Factor, Jan/Feb 2013
- We're pleased to announce the winners of our Facebook competition for 2 pairs of tickets to the Glam Rock Evening on Saturday 13th October are Sharron Walton of Bicester and Andrew Adamson of Grays in Essex. Well done to you both.
- A recent article by Judith Woods from The Telegraph
Kiss me, Kate! Yes, yes, both cheeks if you want to be European about it. Mwah! Mwah! Right, now we’ve established that we’re soul mates – bessie mates – let’s link arms and hit the shops. Welcome to Bicester, sister!
When the Duchess of Cambridge announced during her tour of the Far East that she "loves" Bicester Village, I felt an instinctive kinship I don’t normally experience when I think of the House of Windsor or, indeed, log on to Party Pieces. But when it comes to chic designer outlet shopping, we are as one, which is a good thing because if we don’t stay joined at the hip, we may be swept apart by the tide of Japanese tourists.
It is a wave now destined to become a tsunami, given this endorsement from our royal style icon. By rights, Bicester’s outlet shopping village, nestling in the Oxfordshire countryside, ought to have featured in the Olympic opening ceremony by way of a snapshot of modern Britain.
As well as the 4x4-loads of Home Counties ladies, there are Arab matrons in burkas carrying Agent Provocateur bags, Chinese coach parties descending on Cath Kidston en masse via a dedicated bus from Victoria Coach Station, Italians snapping up bargains in Gucci they can’t afford at home, and above all, an air of concentrated consumption. Not, it must be said, in a Primark, rip-it-off-the-hangers-and-leave-it-on-the-floor sort of way, but beneath the veneer of civilisation we are all hunters and gatherers.
Forgive the zeal, especially as I’ve only been once. And I don’t actually like shopping very much. But Bicester Village was – is – a revelation.I visited with a friend who needed a proper frock and hooker-ish heels for an event at the Savoy. I arrived, slack-jawed with wonder at the pristine New England clapboard fixtures and fittings, agog at the olde-worlde street furniture, amazed by the ease and comfort (and speed) with which I parted with my money. Did I bag a bargain? No idea, as I have no concept of how much a designer beaded cardigan is supposed to cost, and I was too intoxicated by the experience to care.
The shop assistants were beyond helpful, fetching unbidden accessories I didn’t want but, you know, I really needed. The thoroughfares were free of cars, free of stress. The loos were high calibre.
Because oddly, despite being all about the, as Kate would put it, "contained" shopping, Bicester is more – oh, so very much more. It’s about the relaxing stroll, the egalitarian browsing, the unhurried cup of coffee on an ergonomically designed bench. And the female pair-bonding. Above all, the bonding.
Only a fool would go to Bicester with her husband or boyfriend. It will not end well. How could it? If he gets grumpy and bored in Ikea, imagine how much worse will he behave in DKNY where there aren’t even hinges to look at?
The whole point of destination shopping is that those two words strike fear in men’s hearts, conjuring up terrible (although possibly not inaccurate) Hieronymus Bosch visions of unfettered consumer frenzy. Mine was so panicked by the prospect that he offered (yes, offered) to look after the children, which was, as any mother knows, The Greatest Gift of All. Apart from a Bicester Village discount card.
But before you may enter the Xanadu of 130 boutique-style shops tarted up to look like Cape Cod, offering up to 60 per cent discounts on high-street prices, you must be invited; only a saddo would pitch up alone. In fact, I’m not sure it’s allowed. No, you must wait and watch and strain to hear the apparently casual remark: "I’m going to Bicester at the weekend, fancy coming?"
This, ladies, is the equivalent of a homemade friendship bracelet lovingly woven from embroidered threads. It’s an affirmation at cellular level that You Are the Chosen One, the one who is cool enough to be considered a fun companion, and discreet enough to be a fitting confidante for a voyage of retail discovery. Especially if the discovery is that you’re both actually a size 16.
Which is why designer outlets are no place for minors. There are things that impressionable young minds just shouldn’t be exposed to: the wild cackling, the mild hysteria, the dread sight of mummy and her BFF trying on Vivienne Westwood puffball minidresses "for a laugh".
No wonder Bicester features alongside Stratford-upon-Avon on tourist itineraries.
Vegas may be yield its tawdry secrets at the touch of a smartphone, but the changing rooms in Missoni will always remain sacrosanct, ladies. What happens in Bicester, stays in Bicester.
- This months Champagne Business Card Draw winner is Mr Steve Trigg MSc BA (Hons) from New Scotland Yard, London – Congratulations.
- Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa are proud to announce that we have maintained our Trip Advisor rating of 4 and have therefore been awarded a Certificate of Excellence Award again for 2012.
We were awarded the rating for the services and facilities provided for guests and we would like to thank everyone that has helped us achieve this rating. We value all feedback given and appreciate hearing about our guests experiences with us.
I joined the gym in October 2011 because I had promised myself that when my 3 yr old started nursery I was going to use the free time to improve my strength and fitness. I have found the benefits totally addictive! (I'm finally getting my waist back). Matt has been great, not only has he done a really fantastic job of tailoring my programmes always keeping me challenged , motivated and interested, his own enthusiasm for fitness is contagious, he is definitely in the right job. I love the professional yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere throughout the health club and find it easy to spend my time here. As for me being member of the month...
OMG I really didn't expect that!
A FEW WORDS FROM THE GYM STAFF:
When Cindy and Joe joined the club in October, it was back to basics to improve Cindy's basic fitness and strength levels, which meant 6 weeks of very simple exercise. Cindy stuck at the initial workout and was keen to progress at her first review. Cindy has approached everything with an open mind and allowed herself to be educated with regards to lifestyle, exercise frequency and intensity.
Cindy's open mindedness and determination has allowed her to enjoy her 4 days a week in the gym and has even snuck in to do some extra cardiovascular training or swimming on her rest days. Cindy even admitted to us in her most recent review; "I feel guilty if I miss a session, I really enjoy coming here".
We are now onto our fourth training programme together and her dedication has really shown as her techniques and total fitness are really excelling.
Congratulations Cindy, you are very deserving of member of the month.
Health Club Manager
January 2nd – March 26th
A competition to lose as much weight as possible in 12 weeks to help those that need it with the encouragement and support that will help them lose those pounds.
• Monthly Nutritional seminars held at the club
• One to one programme and exercise advice
• Regular weigh in slots to ensure progress
• Specialised 'Last chance training' classes
• As much encouragement as is needed
Results of the weight loss success will be displayed within the health club. There will be prizes for those most successful.
- We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Head Chef Susan Hart. Her promotion and appointment was announced at the Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at a local venue on Sunday 15th January 2012.
Susan's team also won the "Team of the Year Award" for outstanding effort throughout the year and coping with one of the busiest Christmas seasons since the hotel opened some three years ago.
Susan has been with the hotel since its opening in the role of Sous Chef, having previously worked at another Hotel in the local Oxfordshire area.
Susan has been covering the role of Head Chef now for some two months over our busiest period of the year and customers have been delighted resulting in some great feedback.
We are delighted with Susan's appointment and wish her lots of luck in her new role.
Susan is a hands on head chef who plans the menus for every day and for special occasions. For weddings she is happy to meet the bride and groom if they need to discuss any special wedding menu or dietary requirements. For conferences, golf society days and any banqueting requirements the menu selection will be designed specifically for the size and needs of the party: a hearty meal for winter golf days; tasty salads in the warmer weather.
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- Click here to read our latest online members newsletter with details of all the activities for Christmas at Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa.
- Congratulations to Jan McConkey who has won two free tickets to our Murder Mystery Dinner. Well Done. The answer was Hercule Poirot.
- Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa are proud to announce that we received a Trip Advisor rating of 4 and have therefore been awarded a Certificate of Excellence Award for 2011.
We were awarded the rating for the services and facilities provided for guests and we would like to thank everyone that has helped us achieve this rating. We value all feedback given and appreciate hearing about our guests experiences with us.
- We are delighted to announce that we have just been awarded four star status by Visit England the country's national tourist board.
We were awarded the 4 stars for the services and facilities provided for guests, for the quality of the welcome, service and hospitality of the staff, the food and for our cleanliness.
- This months winner of our monthly Champagne Business Card Draw is Diane Briers from Hampshire who has won a bottle of Moët et Chandon – Congratulations, Champagne has been shipped today.
- This month 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.
- The Boys On Bikes Charity Cycle Ride from Land's End to John O' Groats was succesfully completed in 11 days reaching John O' Groats on the 20th October 2010. The ride was recorded on our blog 'The Bicester' and a collection of photographs are available to look at on our 'Boys On Bikes' page.
- Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa recently had a visit from James White of B4 Magazine. James came to review the hotel and facilities for the magazine, aimed at the business community of Oxfordshire.
You can read the review on the B4 website here
It is also available on this website as a pdf to download here
- The Gym team successfully overcame the 'Bog of Doom' and the 'Hills of Hell' to complete the 11 mile Hell Runner event in Hampshire on Sunday 15th November.
We will be entering more events in 2010 so watch this space for further details.
- We were blessed with bright sunshine for the family fun day on Sunday 16th August 2009. There was plenty to see and do, with the Fire Engine and Brawn Formula 1 car generating particular interest and not just from the children! All the activities on the day were well received including laser clay pigeon shooting, remote control cars, bouncy castle, penalty shootout, try golf, and the highlight being the members verses staff tug of war which the staff narrowly won. We would like to thank all those who attended, all the stallholders, and also staff for helping out on the day. We managed to raise a grand total of £166.81 for Save the Children, look out for the next members social event coming soon!
- Bicester Country Club hosted their 2009 Summer Ball on Saturday 18th July 2009 in the Orangery and Windsor Suite. 162 guests enjoyed a Pimms and Canapé reception with a longest drive golf competition provided by Bang and Olufsen of Oxford, photography by Studio 8 of Oxford and entertainment from Roaming Magician Mick Cairns and Caricaturist Paul Raymonde. A three course meal followed by a balloon raffle held in aid of the captain’s charities Macmillan Cancer Support and The MS Trust raised over £600.00 to be split between the two charities with prizes including a Serenata mobile phone provided by Bang and Olufsen of Oxford and £250.00 to spend on a day out shopping with lunch at Carluccios courtesy of Bicester Village.
Guests were entertained by five piece band 'Sticky Jack' and Black Cat Promotions DJ Barrie with non-dancers choosing the casino tables or bucking bronco provided by Rodeo Dan. Breakfast baguettes finished the evening for most at 2am although 4 golfers including Director of Golf Jamie Herbert tried to play golf shortly after dawn!
- Bicester Country Club held their annual PGA Pro-Am on Thursday 16th July 2009. With the weather proving kind until after the last group finished, the Golf Course held its own against 37 of the best Professionals in the B,B&O area. Pictured above is the winning Professional Mark Booth having shot a fine 3 under 68. Mark held off challenges from two local Professionals, Dusan Gavrilovic who was a junior at the original Chesterton Golf Club now Director of Golf at Studley Wood golf Club who shot a 2 under 69. In third place was Bicester’s very own Golf Course Manager Jamie Herbert who shot a 1 under 70 to tie with Paul Simpson from West Berks.
The team event was won by Matt Collis from Blue Mountain G.C. Matts team had pulled out at the last minute so frantic race was on to find 3 Bicester members to fill in. What a result that was, Brian truby, Ryan Birch and Laura Watkins won with a fine score of 14 under. Second was Bicester’s Head Professional Peter Thompson with his team on 13 under, Peter’s team consisted of Darren Broderick, Drew Blackburn and Wayne Dobbins.
- Over £7,000 was raised for Watford Mencap at Warren Clarke's Celebrity Golf Day held at Bicester Country Club on Wednesday 8th July 2009. Seventeen celebrities played on a rare July day when the rain held off. Pictured above are Warren Clarke with the main sponsor's team from St James's Place Wealth Management. Also pictured are Event Organiser Sarah Bridgeworth of Deliver Events with Kenny Lynch, Warren Clarke, Dennis Waterman and Gareth Hale and Barry Fitzpatrick chatting with Aston Villa Football Manager Martin O'Neill in the buggy.
- Funding raised by The Co-operative Bank's Oxford Corporate Banking Centre for The Oxford Children's Hospital (CHOX) passed the £20,000 mark after a golf event held at Bicester Golf and Country Club.
The CHOX Charity Golf and Spa Day proved to be a great success with over £5,000 raised for the charity.
The Oxford Corporate Banking Centre supported the event, which this year had wider appeal with the option of a Spa Day for non-Golfers.
The money raised will go towards the ongoing need to invest in the latest equipment and to maintain a high standard of care, not only within the Children's Hospital but through the whole of Children's Services within the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital.
The event included a three course meal, auction and a prize presentation for the top three teams, with former Radio 1 DJ Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart acting as compere and later joined by actor Warren Clarke.
Penny Hambridge, Children's Development Officer, Charitable Funds; said; "We are delighted that The Co-operative Bank is continuing to show its commitment to local children by fundraising for the Children's Hospital in Oxford. The support we receive really is phenomenal, especially at this difficult economic time and helps to make a real difference to thousands of children across the South."
Steve Bateman, senior business development manager, says: "We are delighted to be helping to raise money for such a worthwhile charity and really pleased we have now surpassed the £20,000 mark. The golf days have proved to be a great success over the past few years and Bicester Country Club proved a superb venue for this event."
The winning team (pictured above L-R Tom Jennings, John Farragher, Steve Bateman, Penny Hambridge, Ed Stewart & Graham Payne) was Bicester Country Club's own team led by Director Graham Payne with Duty Manager and Fitness Instructor Tom Jennings winning the individual prize.
- The 80’s themed evening was a great success and everyone got into the spirit with the fancy dress. The highlights of the evening were Martin’s fancy dress outfit, Reas' skimpy costume and the high volume of fluorescent leg warmers and sweat bands. Look out for details of the next Members social evening coming very soon.
- The health club staff turned into Smurfs for Red Nose Day and the beauty girls dressed in their pyjamas to raise money for Comic Relief. We would like to thank all members and staff for donating a total of £378 which was a fantastic effort.