Panel of Experts Name Stroud as the Best Place to Live in the UK

According to a recent Sunday Times Guide, Stroud has been ranked as the best place to live in the UK. Voted for by a panel of experts who use a range of measures to rank the best towns in England, Stroud has come out on top.

Measures include assessing local amenities and facilities on offer, education, access to services such as high speed internet, air quality, community spirt and culture. The criteria for judging has changed slightly since the pandemic, focusing on towns and cities that were ‘big enough to have everything you need in walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.’ In the past, slightly bigger places such as Bristol and York have been recognised as the best places to live however with the pandemic and the changes in working and home life, the judges thought it was appropriate to focus on ‘community, countryside and convenience,’ to reflect what is going on in the world right now.

More information on the winners and who else did well in the guide can be found on The Times website.

Where is Stroud?

With a population of just 32,670, Stroud is a small town in central Gloucestershire, South West England. Stroud is an idyllic place to live with it being surrounded by the stunning Cotswold Area of Outstanding Beauty.

What Makes Stroud So Special?

A combination of factors led to Stroud being named as the best place to live in the UK. This included the fact that Stroud has a range of excellent schools, good transport links and convenient access to the countryside and lots of green space. In addition to this, judges praised the fact Stroud offers a real community and a ‘unique independent spirit,’ with it’s weekly farmers’ market and bustling local food scene. The local community and the countryside has made Stroud the ideal place to live during the pandemic.

In addition to the food scene, Tony Davey, chair of the Stroud and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce said the town also boasts a fantastic music and arts scene while it’s the blend of individual and unique people that make the town what it is.

Looking to Relocate to the Countryside?

The pandemic has made many of us reassess where we call home with recent data from places like RightMove highlighting that there has been a rise in homebuyers looking for new homes outside of the city; in villages, towns and in the countryside.

For this reason, Stroud in Gloucestershire could be the perfect place for families, couples and professionals alike to consider when debating a move from the city to the countryside.

With it’s excellent transport links, culture and education; this small but unique town has something on offer for everyone.

If you are family with children looking to relocate, why not read our How to Move Successfully Guide to help you manage the move.

Discover Wycliffe Prep School and College, 3 miles from Stroud

As part of the guide, Stroud was recognised for the education and schools it has in the town. Based just 3 miles from Stroud, Wycliffe Independent School is proud to be a part of this.

If you live in or are considering a move to the Stroud area, Wycliffe could be the perfect fit your family life. We welcome pupils from the age of 3-19 with full and flexi boarding from the age of 7. Wycliffe embody the spirit of Stroud itself; encouraging independence and a pioneering spirit inside and outside the school. Our approach to learning aims to promote individuality and confidence while our extensive extra-curricular programme aims to develop each pupil as a whole.

Discover how Wycliffe Independent School could help transform your child’s education at each stage.

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