Wokingham houses for sale & rent - so much to offer
Wokingham has a lot to offer anyone who is lucky enough to move there. With a huge amount of history and a fantastic, relaxed feel, it is a real English gem. Wokingham houses for sale have a real character and this makes the area one of the most desired places to live in UK.
Wokingham is to be found in west Berkshire, east of Reading, and it is a true market town, small but with centuries of fascinating history behind it. It took its name as a town from a Saxon leader called Wocca, and if you take the name reasonably literally, ‘Wokingham’ means ‘home of Wocca’s people’. A long-standing market town, it received the first charter to hold a market in 1219. It then went on to gain permission to hold three annual fairs in 1258. Wokingham currently has a small population of around 30,000 people and it is twinned with Viry-Chatillon in France, and Erftstadt in Germany.
Education and employment
There are 57 school settings in Wokingham and places are hotly contested among any of them. There are a number of outstanding (Ofsted rating) primary schools in the town, with The Hawthorns Primary School and The Colleton Primary School being just two examples. In the secondary phase, there is Bearwood College, which has 86% of its students gaining five good GCSEs or equivalent. The Luckley-Oakfield School is a real success, with 98% of students achieving five good GCSEs or equivalent. The Reading Blue Coat School is an independent school, and has 100% five good GCSEs or equivalent. This educational infrastructure makes Wokingham houses for sale a really great option for families.
The Office of National Statistics has reported that 81% of the Wokingham population is in employment. Recent figures show that just 0.7% of the local population are claiming unemployment benefit.
Things to do and see
One of the things that makes houses for sale in Wokingham so desirable, is the incredible amount of things to do and see in the area. There really is too much to go into here but we thought we’d pick out just three things about Wokingham that make it unique.
Wokingham still holds onto its market roots, and to this end holds a general market every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It’s a bustling, busy marketplace, with plenty to see and buy. This really makes the town come alive on these days and the market days have to be experienced to see just how vibrant and exciting it is.
The Dinton Pastures Country Park is a real highlight in Wokingham. Here you can take a stroll or go for a run, in one of the top parks in the country. It’s is a real asset to the town, and while it is very popular it never feels busy.
The Wokingham Winter Carnival is another highlight. It happens in November and the Market Place is taken over by Christmas lights and a true carnival atmosphere. The carnival itself is one of the most amazing in the country, and always leaves the locals feeling happy and joyful, and definitely in the mood for Christmas.
There is a lot to do in Wokingham, but one of the main reasons why people choose to live here is the fact that it is semi-rural England at it’s finest. High employment, outstanding schools and a history that goes all the way back to Anglo Saxon times makes it a fantastic piece of England that everyone should see at some point in their lives.
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