Continuing our series about the great places that we are based, this time we look at Wokingham. As estate agents, we have a lot of knowledge about our local area. It’s what makes us so good at buying and selling houses, and letting properties. As we take a look at the last in our series, please let us know if we’ve missed anything on our round up!
Wokingham ranks very highly on the UK Vitality Index, highlighted as an area likely to outperform London in commerce and industry in the future. It was seen by commercial property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton as a town with a healthy and robust economy that would support business growth.
It also topped the report’s productivity table, most entrepreneurial rankings and best environment for new business start-ups. It was seen as naturally entrepreneurial because of the small business population, knowledge economy and highly-skilled workforce.
Wokingham railway station is at the junction of the Waterloo to Reading line with the North Downs Line, meaning great links to London for employment, business or pleasure. It’s also close to the M4 and M3, major roads in and out of London.
Due to close transport links to Reading, being only 25 minutes away from Reading by car, the town will also benefit from Crossrail. This new high frequency, high capacity railway for London and the South East, is due to arrive in 2018 and promises the biggest improvements in decades, including shorter journey times to London and new and improved stations.
If you like your football and follow the Royals, there is also a football bus run on Reading FC match days to the Madjeski Stadium.
Wokingham has four great state secondary schools; The Emmbrook School, St Crispin's School, The Holt School, and The Forest School. There are also several private schools including Holme Grange School and Reading Blue Coat School, the oldest school in Wokingham Borough which was founded in 1666.
Things to do
There are some wonderful public spaces in Wokingham, such as Barkham Road Recreation Ground and Waverley Park, as well as a the local nature reserve, Holt Copse & Joel Park.
If you are a sporty type, the Wokingham Half Marathon is held every year or you could catch some cricket - Wokingham Cricket Club, founded 1825, recently relocated to a new, bigger ground in Sindlesham in 2012.
Wokingham Music, Food & Drink Festival is held every August. Showcasing local musicians, local food producers and also wines, beers, and ciders from Berkshire and surrounding breweries.
What have we missed out? What do you think makes Wokingham a great place to live? Contact us today!