Why live in Hungerford?

on 27 January 2017.

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Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere. It's good, comfortable living with a touch of class. But if you were say, considering leaving London, or moving to the South East from another part of the country for work, or to be near family, what would be the convincer? It has good road and rail links for sure and is comfortably within commuting distance from London, but that would be true of anywhere an hour from London. So what else would make you want to make this place your home?

For starters, it's gorgeous. A handsome country town comprised mainly of Georgian and Victorian architecture, Hungerford prettily straddles the Kennet and Avon Canal in the North Wessex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.bridge street shopping hungerford west berkshire sml Commercially the town is a great mix of rustic and swank, primarily populated by independent traders selling original and useful items you will not find in the larger shopping centres. Hungerford has long been a centre for the antiques trade and the town is crammed with interesting and unusual shops, arcades and yards selling treasure from yesteryear. Bridge Street, just before the canal, is known as the Bond Street of Berkshire, with its upscale boutiques, jewellers and interior design shops. And if you just want a pint of milk, there is both a supermarket and several convenience stores in the middle of town.

With five state primary schools within a three mile radius - all rated as Good by Ofsted - the town is a natural fit for families. There are some eight secondary schools, a mixture of state and independent, all within a ten mile radius,

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giving you plenty of choice for the next stage. Crime is low and employment high. It's a healthy, wholesome place to live; a five minute walk from the town centre brings you to the Marsh and Hungerford Common where both dogs and children can run free. And when you're feeling less wholesome, there are some great pubs..

 

A good selection of restaurants, cafes and a lively local arts scene which includes its own literary festival, a long summer arts festival and a year round calendar of music and films in the local Croft Hall mean that you will never be short of things to do on evenings and weekends. The town is superfast broadband enabled and has a large number of people who run their businesses from home. Not all pretty rural communities are so fortunate. Estate agents and those who relocate here agree that in Hungerford you get a lot for your money. Come and have a look.

Free books hidden around Hungerford
As part of Independent Bookshop Week – 24th June to 1st July – the ever-inventive Hungerford Bookshop are busy wrapping books in plain brown paper then hiding them around town to highlight the event

An audience with Stewart Hofgartner
Hungerford’s most colourful and arguably, most knowledgeable antique dealer will be sharing experiences from his extraordinary life and taking questions from the audience at the Hungerford Historical Society AGM on Wednesday 28th June at 7pm in the Corn Exchange.

Ben Waters, Saturday 15 July HADCAF
In a twenty five year career in which he has established himself as one of Europe’s supreme boogie piano players, Ben Waters creates a rollicking sound influenced by the rock and roll greats.

Wessex Male Choir, Saturday July 1st HADCAF
There are few things more stirring than a choir going at full pelt and Hungerford gets the chance to listen to one of the finest when the Wessex Male Choir comes to town on 1st July

HADCAF 2017
The reliably wonderful Hungerford and District Arts Festival has now published its 2017 programme which runs from Friday 30th June to Sunday 16th July, and what a line-up.

 Go Batty Walk - HADCAF
We’re all mad for a bat and on 4th July the people of Hungerford get the opportunity to have an expert-led stroll along the river on Eddington Marsh to see and hear various species with the aid of high-powered torches and bat detectors.

Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers
A huge hit on the festival circuit, Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers are a six-piece band from Oxford, playing a mixture of bluegrass, Americana and roots music.

Fabulous literary line-up
The month of June sees a trio of riveting author events come to town courtesy of the ever-reliable Hungerford Bookshop and Arts for Hungerford.

Tasting in Tuscany
Since the 11th Century the Borgo di Castelvecchio or ‘village of the old castle’ has been dominated by the structure that bears its name.

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Hungerford Townsite, review and preview
TOWNSITE has become the go-to destination for everything local.

Townsite Goes to Marlborough
After a year in the planning, Townsite Marlborough has just gone live! The success of the Hungerford Townsite prompted Marlborough residents and businesses to ask us when we could do the same for their gorgeous and quintessentially English market town.

Walks in around Hungerford
Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience. Throughout the summer, we will be publishing details of some of the best and favourite walks in the town and its surrounding villages and countryside