Weekend round-up #14: Punting and princess dresses in Oxfordshire

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It was my Dad’s 60th birthday not long ago and I organised a long weekend in Oxfordshire for his present, sorting a host of activities in the local area. This included a visit to Blenheim Palace with afternoon tea, a boat trip in Henley and a day in Oxford. The plans were set for this weekend, and although I couldn’t join them on Thursday due to work commitments, I managed to just about make it up to Wallingford in time to join them for dinner on Friday night at a local Thai restaurant.

thai starter wallingordthai green curry

On Saturday my mum and dad spent the day at Blenheim Palace so K and I had the day to ourselves. We decided to explore Wallingford village and found this antiques arcade which was packed with the most amazing selection of furniture, vintage clothes, jewellery and home ware. I found a vintage prom dress which reminded me of Belle’s dress from Disney’s Beauty and The Beast but without an occasion to wear it (or a willing Beast) I sadly had to leave it in the shop…

wallingford antiquesbelle dress vintage disneyretro kitchenalia bird cage antique vintage sofa

After a bit of window shopping we stopped for tea (and a Rocky Road) in one of Wallingford’s coffee shops. It was a quirky little place with upcycled tables and a trunk filled with cushions ‘For your bum…’. My tea was served in the prettiest of china cups, probably bought from the antiques arcade over the road – why does tea taste so much better in a teacup?!

tea shopcafe decorvintage tea cup

On Saturday evening we drove to Aldershot for my friend Lucy’s cocktail and cake flat warming party. She had a lot to celebrate having just got engaged and recently bought the cutest Cocker Spaniel puppy! We met at drama school, along with our friend Heidi, and it was so lovely spending time with them both as it doesn’t happen often enough.

tea partycocker spaniel puppyfriends

Sunday was spent enjoying Oxford city centre with my mum and dad, and K had his first attempt at punting. Turns out it’s far harder than it looks and we spent most of the trip praying he didn’t fall in the water!

punting oxfordpunting oxfordpunting river oxford

After our slightly hair-raising punting experience we went on a walking tour of the city. Our guide showed us round a few Oxford University colleges and gave us a brief introduction to the history of the city which was really interesting. We ended the day in one of Oxford’s many book shops that had a basement filled with 3 miles worth of book shelves (we learnt that on the tour)!

oxford universityoxford walking tour

Sunday evening we said goodbye to my parents and K and I went for a roast dinner. I love my weekends up in Oxfordshire; K is based there during the week and it’s nice to spend the odd weekend up there instead of Bournemouth. I hope you all had a good weekend too! Next weekend is a bank holiday and I cannot wait!

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2 thoughts on “Weekend round-up #14: Punting and princess dresses in Oxfordshire

  1. Happy belated birthday to your Dad.I am sure he enjoyed his visit with you. Ha! You are so right – that dress does look like Belle’s gown. I had no idea that UK students had a prom night. In the US it is for seniors (12th year) students and their dates.

    • Thanks! Yes we have one. Each school is different some have one at 16 but we had ours after 6th from when we were 18. This dress could have come from the USA though as I think prom nights are more if a recent thing in the UK and this dress was pretty old. It was gorgeous! X

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