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We moved to Weston-super-Mare about 5 years ago and, whilst not a village, I agree there is so much to do here you’ll soon wonder why you didn’t move sooner! We don’t have children so can’t speak for schools, PTAs etc, but we find that whatever your interests or budget you’ll soon find like-minded others. When working in London all I seemed to do was get up, commute, work, commute, cook a meal, TV, bed then start all over again. Here it’s home before 5.30 pm, eat then off out again. We just don’t stop from one day to the next and love it. When you know where you’re going to live check out the social media for that area – there are usually local community groups of some sort and also Nextdoor. Start following them and also any specific to interests you and your family may have to get a feel for what is going on, even subscribe to the local paper or parish mags. Follow people, groups, pubs etc on Twitter & FB then when you’re ready start to get in touch, interact online then arrange to meet up in real life – that’s what we did and you’ll soon fit in. Hope that helps.
Bristol would definitely be worth considering. Why not book a few days holiday and try it out?March 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm in reply to: Leaving London with two small kids – where to go, when, how? #16293
Hi Ulrike. I too think Bristol or any of the areas around there would be a great place for you to move to and wish you well in your search. I now live in Weston-super-Mare which is easily commutable to Bristol but with good transport links if you don’t drive. The College here has been awarded Outstanding status and voted the best in the South West. They are opening a new law school shortly and they are working towards University status. There is also the groundbreaking NSETC – a school for 14-18 year olds specialising in STEM subjects and at least one Outstanding primary school although as I don’t have children I can’t comment from first-hand experience, only friends who are parents. There are some great community groups where you’ll quickly meet new people. Look online too for Weston-super-Mum’s blogs etc. The town is in the process of being regenerated and the new Junction 21 business district will bring in new business to the area. The town centre area is very flat with a huge promenade and lots of cycle paths.
If you prefer city life then definitely Bristol or Bath are well worth considering!
DebbieDecember 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm in reply to: Property wanted for new life in the country – Somerset or Devon #6442
I think the others have summed it up nicely but you may be interested in Knapps Farm http://www.knapps-farm.co.uk/ Nr Shepton Mallett who farm alpacas & run holiday accommodation and Ashwood Llamas in N Devon http://www.ashwoodllamas.co.uk/. I’m sure they could give good advice.
Plenty of riding communities around with Exmoor and Dartmoor. We stayed for a week near Watchet – Roadford I think it was and the horses were going up and down all the time. Also Exford has a big riding community. May I suggest you check out local hunt meets if you haven’t already done so.
Good luck with your search.
We moved to Weston-Super-Mare last year and love it here. 2 hrs 20 mins on direct train into Paddington and a great base to explore North Somerset, Exmoor and the bright city lights of Bristol are only 30 mins away. House prices very reasonable indeed and lots of young people with plenty of clubs, bars, cafes etc to choose from. Also excellent for artists and crafty people. Just over 3 hrs by train to Heathrow. What’s not to like 🙂
Hi there – I’ve posted your question on the NOW Bath facebook site & will let you know if I get any responses.