Our area guide to Wokingham provides you with brief overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links through to shopping and going out.
Wokingham Property and Architecture
Wokingham is a quintessential old English Market town much of its history can be seen in some of the fantastic architecture throughout the town. The historic town hall stands on the site of the original Guildhall, with further examples of historic buildings including the Old Rose Inn, which was constructed in 1848 coupled with the Parish Church of All Saints which combines elements of construction from the 12th, 15th and 19th centuries.
The town’s period property stock is typically concentrated around the central areas of Broad Street, Peach Street, Denmark Street, Shute End and the many tributaries of the same.
However much of the town has been developed within the last 80 years and moreover from the 1960’s onwards. Examples of more recent housing can be found in such areas as The Lilacs, The Woodlands and Hampshire Way to the west and south west whilst in areas such as Cranford Pines to the North off of the Old Forest road you will find examples of brand new speculatively built modern accommodation.
Wokingham Shopping and Entertainment
The mainstay of the ample array of amenities within the town can be found in and around the area of Broad Street including local independent stores and boutiques as well as a number of national high street chainstores such as WHSmiths, Boots and Marks & Spencer together with various newsagents and a post office.
The town is well served by a vast array of pubs and restaurants offering a large variety of cuisine spanning from your typical ‘pub grub’ through to Indian, Italian, Chinese, Mediterranean and seafood, amongst others, ensuring that all palates are catered for.
Whilst the larger local Supermarkets include Morrisons off of Woosehill, Waitrose off of Rectory Road and Tesco off of Finchampstead Road.
Wokingham Leisure and Parks
Despite its nearness to the capital the district is renowned for its woodlands, rivers and private isolated villages. The town is well served with several open spaces which house all manner of facilities including children’s play areas and football pitches, together with various golf courses.
There are a several country parks within the borough, Keephatch Park is situated on the north eastern border of Wokingham and offers a 9 hectare local nature reserve, and to the south west you will find Heathlake, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest owing to its 7 acre acid lake which encourages the growth of several rare plant species.
To complement the range of outdoor activities on offer in and around Wokingham there is a Harpers Gym within the St Crispin’s Leisure Centre which provides a 50 station Fitness Suite, Sports and Aerobics Halls together with Squash and Tennis Courts as well as the Carnival pool. Virgin also have an Active Health Club in the town centre.
Local Train Stations
Wokingham Railway Station
Wokingham Local Authorities
Wokingham falls within the Wokingham Borough Council boundary which is responsible for delivery services throughout the area.
Local councils are responsible for all council services and duties which include social services, housing, education planning, refuge collection and much more.
Council Tax Rates for Wokingham Borough Council
Not everyone pays the same level of council tax and there are a range of ways in which you may qualify for a reduction in the annual charge for more information with regards to possible discounts please visit the Directgov website.
Schools in and around Wokingham
Schools in Wokingham fall under the Wokingham Local Education Authority.