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Top places to live in Berkshire Wokingham

Move to Wokingham and you'll be healthier, wealthier and more beautiful – two out three ain't bad. This pretty market town is a big hit with families for the excellent schools, buzzy town and surrounding countryside. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

Wokingham town centre red brick former town hall and weekly market

WHY? 

Your starter for 10, Wokingham frequently pops up in surveys as one of the best places to live in the UK – good for wellbeing and your wallet. It’s a pretty market town that’s undergone a big regeneration project, with good transport links, excellent schools, a high street of independent and small chain shops, surrounded by countryside. Tick, tick, tick.

EAT

A mix of high street and independents but among the Pizza Expresses and Zizzis, there’s London export Gail’s Bakery and the Sodero Lounge. Grazing boards are a go-go at Sit and Sip, Bar 56 and gin palace The Leafy Elephant. The Dog & Duck and The Walter Arms hit the spot for gastropub food and a glass of Gavi. For serious fine dining, head to nearby Shinfield and tickle your Michelin star tastebuds at L’Ortolan.

SHOP

It’s got a boutique vibe. Bush Walk has two stunning jewellers: Rococo Jewellery and Strange The Jeweller and interiors shop Maison Rustic, while Peach Place has seen a record store, Oliver Bonas and Waterstone’s pop up. On the fringe of town is Holme Grange Craft Village with its eclectic mix of businesses selling everything from sweets to sewing classes and Muddy Award-winning Gilded Hair. If you need a high street fix, head to nearby The Lexicon Bracknell and give your credit card a battering in Fenwicks.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Ditch the bucket of fizzy pop for a cocktail at the boutique Everyman Cinema. For outdoors fun at Swinley Forest you can play in the tree canopy at Go Ape Segway or cycle the forest trails or stuff your face in the café. Coral Reef pool is also a hit with the kids and it’s disco light slides. For rural stomps, there’s Dinton Pastures Country Park, Popes Meadow, and Castle Bottom. Plus, there’s the Nirvana Spa and Wilde Theatre at South Hill Park.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Better than a lot of prime locations in Berks. Average house prices are £497,361 with detached homes going for £644,210, semi-detached £434,419 and terraced properties fetching £377,136. David Cliff and Richard Worth are good local agents.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

You’re surrounded by great schools. Waverley Prep consistently appears in The Sunday Times Top 100 for its superb academic record. Princes William and Harry attended Ludgrove (a full boarding prep) and Reddam House is popular for a solo school run, teaching kids from age 0-18. If you’re happy to travel a bit further, there’s Lambrook, Eagle House and Wellington College The town has a number of good primary schools and state seniors The Holt and Bohunt are both rated outstanding.

BEST KEPT SECRET

The 1971 film Blind Terror starring Mia Farrow was largely filmed in Wokingham. Not only did the crew hack off the town mayor by telling him to move along, a local snapper was also allegedly kicked by Mia at Wokingham Train Station.

COMMUTE

Wokingham ducks under the magic hour commuting time at a doable 45 minutes with trains travelling into London Waterloo. Reading’s a 10-minute rail journey. Jumping in the car? You’re only a few minutes away from the M3 and M4.

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