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Best Places to Live: Wokingham

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Wokingham was ranked 10th most desirable city to live in according to Halifax’s Quality of Life survey, which was released at the start of this year. The survey looked at the various factors that can influence the standard of living, such as the quality of life, wellbeing, leisure and environment. Therefore, we’re taking a close study of Wokingham and why, year after year, it is among the top 10 of the Halifax survey.

With its position in within the Berkshire landscape, Wokingham offers its residents an ideal blend of the best of both rural and urban life right on their doorstep. Restaurants, shops, cafes plus an array of events and community organizations, means there’s something for everyone to do in the town.

The annual food and entertainment festival, Wokingham Festival, perhaps is one of the few local festivals that are free and bring people together and get people talking with one another. In addition The Wokingham Music Club provides gigs that cater to all tastes in music. The month of May marks a month long celebration of culture and arts, Wokingham Culture Month, with many of the events run by groups that have regular monthly or weekly activities.

Wokingham is also home to an award winning winery with stunning Stanlake Park Wine Estate, providing tours of the vineyard and winery, and tastings from their English Sparkling Wine. Another area of interest is Wokingham Theatre where you can take in one of the eight major productions the community theatre company puts on each year.

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To experience the outdoors that surround Wokingham You can go to Dinton Pastures Country Park. The 450-acre park is home to seven lakes with two rivers, woodlands and meadows are available throughout the year and is home to the annual Park Run if you’re feeling more active. Also, there’s the exotically named California Country Park with Longmoor Lake with walking trails along its banks for a stroll. Take a break at the nearby cafe Jackson’s.

To cap it all off to top it all off is Nirvana Spa, the incredible elegant day spa that provides the most diverse of treatments. The spa has a garden with a tepidarium and crystal treatment Suite, Thermal Suite wellness suite, rasul area and restaurants.

It seems that in terms of lifestyle, well-being, leisure and environment, Wokingham deserves its top place in the top ten.

What is it that makes living in Wokingham so great?

The rural lifestyle

The secret to Wokingham’s enduring success is the perfect combination of beautiful landscapes and the benefits of a big city nearby. The surrounding villages provide the perfect blend of rural ambience without taking any benefits that a city can provide. The area is perfect for many outdoor pursuits and activities, particularly in the open spaces, parks, and lakes for all the people of all ages. From picnics to mountain biking, paint-balling and more there are many exiting activities in this area that will help you escape from boring day-to-day routine. There are a variety of sports clubs, cricket clubs, and fitness centers in the town, offering excellent facilities.

Transport links

Wokingham provides excellent transport connections that connect connecting Reading and London Waterloo straight from Wokingham station. Commuters can also easily travel to Paddington through a speedy connection in Reading. Twyford as well as Fleet stations offer great services for those who commute from villages around Wokingham with fast links to central London. With easy connection to the main roads, Wokingham is only a few minutes away from both the M3 and M4. The A329 gives access to the M4 and M3 with the M3 accessible at the junctions of 3 and 4.


The educational system in Wokingham has been recognized as one of the best in Berkshire. One of the top schools are Polehampton the Church of England’s junior school, that is the top government-funded primary school in the Wokingham borough, as per a new comprehensive guide. The school in Twyford was ranked first in this year’s Real Schools Guide 2019 along with a long list of schools that are highly rated. It is crucial to have a schooling factor, especially when families are contemplating moving and there’s no doubt that Wokingham is one of the best in this field. The area has been awarded multiple times with awards for its family friendly. Factors such as low crime rates and excellent schools, as well as housing and sporting clubs play an significant roles particularly for families.

Where to see

For those with an appreciation for the arts and like being a participant in various cultural activities will be happy to know how active the cultural scene of Wokingham is. Residents of the town have access to the local theatre, various festivals, market and many other activities. Classic automobile shows and sports events are just a few of the events towns around organize to attract locals and offer unique spectacles. Wokingham also offers high-end entertainment and dining options, including award-winning country bars and restaurants that will satisfy even the most demanding customers. The highly acclaimed Nirvana Spa is nearby, with spa facilities that are superb in an award-winning setting. There are a variety of golf clubs too, with Sand Martins in Finchampstead providing golf courses on beautiful grounds.