April 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm #7475
I’m an 58 year old early retiree looking to move west. I am considering both Devizes and Cirencester. Lots of good things are said about both places but mainly from a young parents point of view. Does anyone have any insights on either place as somewhere to begin a new life alone? I intend to join walking groups, U3A and, I hope, build up a group of welcoming friends. I will return to London to visit my sons several times a year but don’t feel that the train station/journey times to be an issue. any older persons perspectives would be so very welcome.April 22, 2014 at 8:08 am #7492
Hello Judith. We moved to Cirencester nearly 6 years ago. We are in our late 60’s/early 70s. We are very happy here. It is a particularly nice town. Good shops. Plenty of activities to join; Art Classes of all sorts. (check out the Brewery Arts website). Concerts , even a small theatre. No cinema yet but the Rural Cinema comes to the Corinium Museum about once a month. Thriving Church Communities. Open Air Swimming pool as well as large sports centre offering many activities. Cirencester Park is adjacent to the town and a wonderful place to walk. National Express direct to London several times a day, and of course Kemble Station up the road. I expect you have been able to find out about walking groups but let me know if there is anything else you want to know.April 23, 2014 at 6:34 am #7497
I’m currently spending a couple of days in Cirencester and am quite taken with the town. I will certainly look up the website too. Thankyou .April 23, 2014 at 8:50 am #7499
Good luck with it all Judith. Explore Black Jack Street and have a cup of coffee in Jack’s.
Sarah.April 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm #7501
I live between the two towns though know the Devizes area better. Have looked at lots of houses up towards Ciencester. My impression, which may not be accurate of course, is that Cirencester would offer more town-based entertainment/culture options and may have a slightly more mature demographic. Although I personally prefer the countryside around Devizes, Cirencester would give you so many options in the Cotswolds and there seems to be generally more ‘infrastructure’ up there which might make life a bit easier. Somehow Devizes seems more remote and overtly rural in the surrounding areas. I’ve looked at several houses around Cirencester owned by retirees who are wanting to move into the town. Devizes seems a very nice place. I would imagine house prices to be higher in Cirencester.April 25, 2014 at 8:23 am #7513
Dear Judith, I can report after one of my regular visits to Devizes yesterday that the regular Thursday produce market was in full swing and I am told visited by many people from further afield. Ordinarily the centre of town is a bit quieter with pretty pedestrianized roads and plenty of options in terms of coffee shops and, if you are early enough, you will see the brewery horses delivering their barrels of beer to the local pubs in town. I understand there are a number of retirement specific property options in Devizes and cannot help thinking you will be paying less not living in the Cotswolds but still in lovely surroundings. Their is a cinema in Devizes and park and I am told plenty of societies to join and a regular bus service. Hope this helps. regards MichaelApril 25, 2014 at 8:39 am #7514
I don’t know very much about Cirencester however Devizes is a great place to live. There is always something going on and lots to do locally and nearby. Market on Thursdays and a strong community spirit.April 26, 2014 at 7:18 am #7521
Thank you everyone for your comments. I visited both towns during the week and really enjoyed looking around both of them with my ‘ living here’ brain switched on. I’m planning to travel over again in May. At the moment Devises has the edge, now I need to break the town into areas that suit best. I liked Cirencester a lot too but there did seem to be a lot of Mummies in Wellies everywhere and not so much evidence of community. Visit 2 may give me a clearer view.April 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm #7532
We retired to Devizes nearly 3 years ago and love it here! It is very easy to make friends because so many people have lived elsewhere first and are new to the area. The U3A is very active and has several walking groups and even run walking holidays.You can see the groups onhttp://www.devizesu3a.org.uk/ I am also a volunteer for several things. It is easy to get to Bath and Salisbury. The main drawback is not being on the railway, but you say that is not an issue.April 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm #7533
I am based at the Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester due to open in July and would be more than happy to meet up with you for Coffee and discuss walking groups and local contacts that may be of interest to you .
I have a colleague at the hotel who relocated from London of a similar age and she is involved with a number of local activity groups . Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07833 049614
Sian PironeJuly 8, 2020 at 1:09 pm #21246
I’ve found this old post and wondered where you moved to in the end? If it was Devizes, I’d be interestd to hear your opinion as I’m in a similar position now, with similar walking interests and ddesire to meet people
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