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.
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.
A mix of high street and independents. Among the Pizza Expresses and Zizzis, you’ll find Pán Restaurant – one the most of exciting restaurants in Berkshire serving Asian tapas. We’re also loving new kids on the block Hamlet, Chalk and RYND. Grazing boards are a go-go at Sit and Sip, Bar 56 and gin palace The Leafy Elephant. You’ll also fine London export Gail’s Bakery and the Sodero Lounge. Looking for a gastropub food and a glass of Gavi? Our favourite right now is The Greyhound in Finchampstead and The Dog & Duck in Emmbrook. For serious fine dining, head to nearby Shinfield and tickle your Michelin star tastebuds at L’Ortolan.
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. On the fringe of town is Holme Grange Craft Village with its eclectic mix of indies selling everything from sweets to sewing classes and Muddy Award-winning Gilded Hair to get your do done. If you need a high street fix, head to nearby The Lexicon Bracknell and give your credit card a battering in Fenwicks.
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 simply 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 £522,2461 with detached homes going for £646,948, semi-detached £445,563 and terraced properties fetching £372,538.
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, Leighton Park 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.
There are a few Wokingham trains that duck under the magic hour commuting time, but on average give yourself 1hr 16mins to chug 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. Expect to pay £4,418 for annual pass, rising to £5,768 including zones 1-6.
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