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The Wonders of Wokingham

On25/ 11 /16
Wokingham has some serious accolades to its name, frequently topping lists of the best places to live in the UK.

In September last year, the town claimed the top spot in the annual Family Hotspots report for the second year running. The report judges locations on a diverse range of criteria including education, affordability, local amenities and green spaces.

And it doesn’t end there. Wokingham also features in the top 20 of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live survey and currently occupies 11th spot in the Halifax Quality of Life Rankings.

So what makes Wokingham such a desirable place to live and work?

Work and Education

Wokingham offers a good variety of job opportunities, with an average salary of £27,632, over £5,000 above the national average. Local employers include The London Stock Exchange Group and the National Grid, whilst London is also within easy reach.

According to Chris Jobson of Michael Hardy Estate Agents “A high proportion of the residents work locally, many of them employed by Microsoft, Oracle or one of the other technology businesses for which the area is known”.

Wokingham also offers superb schools for all education stages. These include Ofsted rated outstanding schools such as The Holt School, a co-educational school for 11-18 yrs and Aldryngton Primary School.

Rail connections from Wokingham provide convenient access to both Reading and London with a fast service to London Paddington via Reading in 42 minutes. There are also direct trains to London Waterloo taking just over an hour.

In addition to the train lines, Wokingham offers quick access to the M4 and a good local bus network, giving workers and residents a number of different travel options.

Green Spaces

According to the Sunday Times survey, Wokingham “has plenty of greenery with pine forests and country parks nearby”.

The town is located near areas of outstanding natural beauty such as The Chiltern Hills and nature reserves including Highwood, where there are a variety of footpaths, a children’s play area and a pub backing onto the lake.

Community

Wokingham is credited with having a great community feel with regular leisure, food and arts events to bring people together.

According to Kate Lole, who organises the annual Wokingham Festival, "For those who want to be involved, there really is something for everyone”.

Taking a look at the town council website, there is certainly no shortage of activities on offer with concerts, theatre, walks and fundays all featuring. 

It seems that the local community are not shy in showing their support for these events with town team member Georgina Hustler commenting” “Everyone is so behind the town and loves being a part of it”.

Wokingham for Wellbeing

Increasingly people are looking for quality of life and Wokingham seems to have it in abundance. 

With easy access to London and beautiful countryside nearby, the town provides the ‘best of both worlds’ for many locals. London and Reading are there if you need them, but there are also plenty of good local job opportunities. 

Wokingham’s family friendly credentials are always going to be a big draw. However, there is also strong appeal for younger workers.

If you are interested in finding out about job opportunities in Wokingham, why not contact our friendly team at Bucks and Berks for an informal chat? We recruit for a wide variety of temporary and permanent positions in the local area.
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