The races, in turn, form a part of Wakes Week,
a custom going back to 1697, which likewise includes well true blessing, a bake-off and a witch hunt all developed to reinforce the already powerful community spirit. Nearby mainline station: Sudbury Driving time to station: 13 minutes Train time to London: 1hr 18 mins London station: Liverpool Street Lovely Lavenham in the heart of rural Suffolk is lauded as Britain’s best-preserved middle ages village.
The half-timbered medieval cottages in Water Street, Lavenham, draw travelers from around the world. Among those, De Vere Home, which included in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, was sold a number of years ago for not much less than 1 million. Another noted structure, the renowned Guildhall, developed in 1529 with the wealth made from Lavenham Blue broadcloth and today owned by the National Trust, is grey-and-white-striped eye candy.
Fans of character homes may be ruined for option here, however purchasers will pay a premium to reside in this jewel in Suffolk’s crown. Nearby mainline station: Warwick Parkway Driving time to station: 27 minutes Train time to London: 1hr 16 mins London station: Marylebone Shakespeare buffs would do well to settle in partially timber-frame and thatched Welford-on-Avon, only 6 miles from the Bard’s birthplace and Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
The yearly fte plays out around the maypole, at 65ft among the tallest in England;
the bowling club takes pleasure in all the advantages that come with large six-rink indoor and outdoor greens; other ball-sport enthusiasts can make the most of the football field or join the cricket club. Thatched cottages at Welford on Avon, Warwickshire.
Beyond the convenience shop (called, of course, The Maypole) post workplace, butchers and dress firm, citizens can stroll, cycle or trip in the surrounding agrarian countryside. Lorentz Gullachsen can vouch for the advantages of long-distance commuting from this town. When the advertising professional photographer moved to Welford-on-Avon in Warwickshire, he ‘cried with pleasure when I discovered the river and the idyllic vale that runs a couple of hundred backyards from my home’.
He believes his journey is discomfort free because Chiltern Railways ‘is one of the best operators around and I can get from home to the centre of London in simply under 2 hours’. Close-by mainline station: Worthing Drive time to station: 13 minutes Train time to London: 1hr 22 mins London station: Victoria Forever fundamentally linked with the popular Gifford family’s racing stables (horses click-clack through the town on an almost everyday basis), Findon is sited within the South Downs National Forest and is rupturing at the seams with centers.
The town boasts a butchers, a hair-and-beauty salon, a shoe store and an antiques emporium and there are no fewer than two dining establishments and 3 clubs, consisting of acclaimed The Weapon Inn. The strong community spirit was characterised when a homeowners’ buy-out secured the future of the post workplace and town store in 2017, which are now run by volunteers as a co-operative.
Nearby mainline station: Chichester Drive time to station: 11 mins Train time to London: 1hr 30 mins London station: Victoria For a heady mix of history, the sea, cruising, fishing and fulfilling town life and a smattering of thatch, Bosham (pronounced Bozzum) ticks the boxes. Among the earliest sites in Sussex to be touched by Christianity St Wilfrid preached here in 681 part of the Holy Trinity Church is featured on the Bayeux Tapestry.
Low tide landscape of Bosham Harbour with private jetty.
Badminton, bingo and bridge are just three of the myriad activities run in the town hall. The community has its own football club, as well as a cruising club, the earliest in Chichester Harbour. Neighboring Bosham Quay Meadow (National Trust) provides beautiful vistas and the Bosham Stroll Art and Craft Centre has two floorings of imaginative outlets and a coffee shop.
For the remainder of the year, when this 750-resident town is peace and peaceful personified, anyone living here gain from the volunteer-run grocery store/post office/cafe in the United Reformed Church (winner of the Daily Telegraph and Countryside Alliance Best Town Store 2014), a bar, medical professional’s surgery and village hall. Equally, active homeowners can enjoy marvelous surrounding countryside and water meadows, part of the Cranborne Chase AONB, the very first AONB in Britain to acquire International Dark Sky Reserve status.
Newbies must anticipate a warm welcome, too. Tom Hitchings, chairman of Broad Chalke Parish Council, thinks it isn’t just commuters who gain from town life, but the settlements themselves. Due to lockdown, a number of people who utilized to ‘surge previous my house on the method to catch the 6. 45am from Salisbury are working from house.
Village life is changing and it’s enhancing the neighborhood and its spirit as a result’. Close-by mainline station: Moreton-in-Marsh Drive time to station: 17 mins Train time to London: 1hr 24 mins London station: Paddington Honey-coloured structures predominate in this northern gateway to the Cotswolds, where the town hub is the large green, which plays host to live music occasions, village ftes, farmers’ markets and even a classic vehicle program.
Cotswold cottages, Broadway, Worcestershire. In reality, busy Broadway is likewise a foodie heaven, with Hamiltons, a vital stop for sweet fans, the deli offering fresh and natural food, Russells Fish & Chips having scooped awards and John Barleycorn’s offering products sourced as locally as possible. Broadway’s pubs (some dog friendly) are centrally situated and the lauded Lygon Arms can declare Oliver Cromwell as a previous visitor.
The golf course is among the top 20 in the South West and, naturally, racegoers will take advantage of a worry-free, 25-minute drive to Cheltenham on Gold Cup day. Close-by mainline station: York Driving time to station: 23 minutes Train time to London: 1hr 48 minutes London station: King’s Cross Stillington rests on the previous Oswaldkirk interstate, between York and Helmsley, within what was, till 1630, the royal Forest of Galtres.