Wokingham area guide

Where is Wokingham?

Situated in the county of Berkshire, South East England, Wokingham is a historic market town that is bursting with character and charm. With its community spirit, fantastic transport links and plenty to see and do, it’s no surprise that properties in the area are highly desirable.

Located under 40 miles from London, Wokingham is a great location for those looking to enjoy an easy commute into the capital. It takes around 24 minutes to reach London Paddington.

What is the population of Wokingham?

Wokingham has an estimated population of around 164,980 and this number is set to increase over the next five years.

The area is extremely popular with families due to its fantastic schools and transport links.

Average house prices in Wokingham

Properties in Wokingham are always in high demand. Last year, the overall average price of properties in the area came in at £497,634.

The vast majority of sales in the area were for detached properties, which fetch an average price of £641,702. Terraced properties generally sell for around £350,000 and semi-detached properties go for around £433,304.

Property sales in the area tend to increase by five percent each year.

What is it like to live and work in Wokingham?

The town’s great community feel is one of the many reasons why people decide to lay down firm roots here. Situated 33 miles west of London, conveniently located between the M3 and the M4, Wokingham is a great place to live and work.

It’s particularly popular with those working for the major international companies on the M4 silicon corridor due to the easy accessibility to the M3 and M4.

With an attractive high street and bustling market, which runs every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well a farmer’s market once a month, the area is always a hive of activity.

As well excellent shopping facilities, the area is home to a leisure club, theatre and lots of open spaces, including play areas, golf courses and various other sports facilities.

Travelling in and around Wokingham

Wokingham is renowned for its reliable transport links, so you’ll never have to worry about getting around town or travelling further afield.

Getting around by train

Wokingham has its own railway station, offering services into London as frequently as every 10 minutes. There are also several trains that use the route via Reading, running into Paddington several times an hour. This makes the area ideal for those who need to commute into the capital and require a service that they can rely on.

Getting around by car

Wokingham has the luxury of being close to a number of motorways and desirable locations such as Farnborough, Reading and Maidenhead – all of which can be reached by car quickly and easily.

Central London is also easily accessible by car via the M4 in just over an hour – providing traffic is steady, of course! Maidenhead is also just a 25-minute drive away, while Bracknell can be reached in just 15 minutes.

Getting around by bus

If you’re looking to make short journeys in and around the town, there is a regular bus service, with buses travelling as far as Twyford in 25 minutes and Reading in 55 minutes, as well as local services running throughout Wokingham. All bus services in the area are run by Thames Travel.

Wokingham education

Wokingham has lots of high performing schools, which is one of the main reasons why the area is so popular with families. The area’s best performing schools include The Holt, The Piggott, St Crispin’s, The Forest and Oakbank.

Wokingham’s best primary schools include Whiteknights Primary School, St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School, Sonning Church of England Primary School, The Hawthorns Primary School, Aldryngton Primary School, Hillside Primary School and Hatch Ride Primary School.

Amenities in Wokingham

Wokingham has been voted by many as one of the best places to live in Berkshire, partially due to its many amenities.

Offering the perfect balance between city and countryside living, the area allows residents to enjoy the best of both worlds, with plenty of wide-open spaces, outdoor activities and parks, as well as gyms, sports clubs, markets and shopping facilities.

Eating and drinking in Wokingham

Wokingham certainly isn’t short of fantastic places to eat and drink, including plenty of spots to enjoy your favourite pub grub, fine dining experiences or a light bite to eat during a busy day.

Some of the top restaurants in the area include Cozze Ristorante, a well-known Italian restaurant that serves up traditional Italian plates, Cote Brasserie which is renowned for its steak frites, tuna Niçoise and moules marinières, and The George and Dragon at Swallowfield, where you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxed country feel and lots of pub favourites.

Shopping in Wokingham

There are many shops dotted around the town centre, including many well-known high street shops and independent boutiques.

The recently-built Lexicon shopping centre is located in nearby Bracknell and is home to a wide range of well-known high street stores and restaurants, including Marks and Spencer, the Body Shop, Next and Fenwick’s.

And, if you’re looking to refuel during a busy day of shopping, make sure you stop by Zizzi’s, Rosie’s Chocolate Factory or one of the many other eateries in the centre.

The best hotels in Wokingham

There are lots of highly rated hotels in Wokingham, providing the perfect resting spot whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure.

Popular hotels include Cantley House Hotel, Mayfields Guest House and Kings Cottage.

Top 10 things to do in Wokingham

Wokingham Theatre

Showcasing eight major productions every year, as well as short run plays and youth theatre performances, Wokingham Theatre is home to a 250-strong amateur repertory group. A great night out for theatre lovers, a variety of plays are showcased from September through to the end of July. Past shows include The Lady Killers, The Taming of the Shrew and Sense and Sensibility. All aspects of the theatre are run by volunteers.

Stanlake Park Wine Estate

Renowned for its incredible offering of wines, including sparkling wines and whites, the award-winning Stanlake Park Wine Estate opens its doors to the public to enjoy extensive tours of the winery and vineyard for as little as £20 per head.

In each area of the tour, you’ll get the opportunity to taste a different wine. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to leave the car at home!

Dinton Pastures Country Park

With seven lakes, two rivers, woodlands and meadows, Dinton Pastures Country Park is a 450-acre country park.

As well as plenty of green spaces to enjoy, the park is home to an exciting children’s playground and the Dragonfly Café. During the summer holidays, the Dinton Activity Centre on Black Swan Lake offers fun activity courses for kids up to the age of 17, including paddling and canoeing.

Nirvana Spa

If you love nothing more than escaping reality on a luxury spa day, then Nirvana Spa should be your first port of call. The ultimate place to relax, unwind and indulge in a catalogue of relaxing treatments, the spa attracts locals and visitors alike.

With indulgent treatments, six different pools, fitness facilities, a flotation pool and a spa garden, there’s no better place to escape reality. The spa also boasts a crystal treatment suite, thermal suite, wellness suite, rasul area and a highly acclaimed restaurant.

Treatments on offer include massages, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, prenatal treatments and more.

California Country Park

A great day out for the entire family, California Country Park boasts 100 acres of ancient lowland heath and bogland, that can be explored throughout the year. Oh, and it’s a great place for wildlife spotting!

There’s also an exciting adventure playground and a paddling pool that opens in summer.

Dinton Adventure Golf

Dinton Pastures Country Park is also home to an 18-hole adventure golf course, which is both fun and challenging.

As you move around the natural world-themed course, you’ll spot lots of lifelike animal models, including giant ants, squirrels and frogs.

The course is open every day during the summer months.

Monkey Mates

A favourite amongst Wokingham’s younger population, Monkey Mates is a warehouse filled with soft padding from ceiling to floor, ball pits, obstacle courses, games, toys and slides.

Ideal for toddlers and smaller children, Monkey Mates is open every day of the week.

Museum of Berkshire Aviation

Situated on the far side of Dinton Pastures Country Park, the Museum of Berkshire Aviation showcases a number of rare British aircrafts.

A number of the aircraft, such as the Fairey Jet Gyrodyne (1954) are the only surviving examples of their kind. Other aircraft on display include the Miles Martinet Target Tug from WWII, a Miles Magister monoplane trainer produced in the 1930s and a Handley Page Herald airliner from the 1950s.

Keephatch Park Nature Reserve

Situated on Wokingham’s east shoulder, step into Keephatch Park Nature Reserve and you’ll find winding paths, calming waters and stunning woodland.

Just a few minutes from the centre of town, this nature reserve is the ideal destination to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Loved by dog walkers, picnic lovers and families, this park will allow you to get up close and personal with nature, in truly special surroundings.

Pinewood Miniature Railway

Whether you love trains or you’re looking for a fun day out for your little ones, Pinewood Miniature Railway won’t disappoint. Featuring steam locomotives that run through quiet woodland on a 7 1⁄4-inch track, this popular attraction is open between April and October every year. It’s a great option for children’s birthday parties.


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