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Didiusfalco Sat 27-Feb-16 17:45:59

Posting here for traffic as i noticed a few Ashby folk on the 'sneering' journo thread. Dh's job is relocating to the East Mids and because of the motorway network Ashby de la Zouch looks like a good option. So, one damp Sunday we went to have a look round. I feel umcertain about it and have a few questions, but would welcome any observations from people in the know.

Are the schools as good as they sound, are there any to be avoided or any parts of town to avoid?

Is the nearest a&e department in Burton?

Is the nearest train station Burton and what is the transport like for getting out of Ashby de la Zouch?

Is there a park with swings etc for children within the town - i cant seem to find one?

Is there much going on for children? Would teenagers be bored?

Are there paths that you can walk on out of town to open countryside?

Would you recommend living there?


Waxlyrically Sat 27-Feb-16 18:07:41

Hi I live nearby so will try and answer

Schools have served my children well. But there is an odd system of middle and upper schools for secondary which I'm not over keen on. Town small market town with no really bad areas imo.

Nearest a& e is Burton - only 20/5 mins drive

Stations Burton or Tamworth

Is a park in the centre near the leisure centre

Fine for children and teens and there are 4 cities close Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham

Plenty of access to great countryside/ paths / cycle routes


(& of course great carveries!)

PickleSarnie Sat 27-Feb-16 18:11:03

My DH used to live in Ashby. It's nice enough and I've heard it's improved recently. You'd be fairly equidistant from Tamworth and East Midlands Parkway stations both go to London. The former on Virgin and the latter on East Midlands.

Where abouts is his job going to be?

ghostyslovesheep Sat 27-Feb-16 18:11:31

Come to Tamworth - it's ace and has LOADS of parks and green stuff

we have a Snowdome

We are right in the middle of Nottingham/Birmingham/Solihull/Coventry

Schools are okay (nothing amazing but nothing awful --bar one--)

Ashby is nice but a bit small - lots of countryside but not much to it

Tamworth has loads of shopping and night life

I do like where I live - can you tell :D

Didiusfalco Sat 27-Feb-16 18:14:20

Thanks wax I was hoping someone might come across from the other thread!

I do love a good carvery wink

Didiusfalco Sat 27-Feb-16 18:16:22

Ghosty what are the schools like in Tamworth? I heard the secondary schools were a bit iffy - is that true?

Didiusfalco Sat 27-Feb-16 18:18:21

Sorry ghosty saw that you said they were mostly okay - what's the awful one?!

ghostyslovesheep Sat 27-Feb-16 18:19:29

there are no outstanding schools but QEMS and Rawlett are good - my kids go to a bog standard ok comp and are doing fine - both achieving well

You can look at the Grammars in Birmingham if need be or lots of people apply to near by Polesworth

I work in education - have done for years so I don't tend to look too much to OFSTEDs etc to judge schools

There are some nice primary schools as well

Schmoozer Sat 27-Feb-16 18:20:42

The middle, senior school thing is history now is Leicestershire, thank goodness !

ghostyslovesheep Sat 27-Feb-16 18:21:05

The one I would avoid is Landau Fotre Ammington - it's not got a great rep

Schmoozer Sat 27-Feb-16 18:21:29

I think ashby is lovely, beautiful little castle, outdoor pool,
Very nice,

Didiusfalco Sat 27-Feb-16 18:23:20

Would DH recommend it pickle?

Job is in Nottinghamshire which is an option, but looking for motorway access to the south also, which is partly why we're considering Ashby. The schools in Nottingham also look quite variable?

PickleSarnie Sat 27-Feb-16 18:59:06

He really liked it Didi We didn't stay there because I needed a train station v close to be easily commutable.

It's really close to the Peak District which is lovely. Used to go on lots of lovely long walks in the days pre children <wistful sigh> We're on the other side of Leicestershire now in Market H arborough. Which I love. I think the Northamptonshire side of Leicestershire is a bit prettier tbh. But probably not hugely commutable to Nottinghamshire I suppose.

Foxsox Sat 27-Feb-16 19:03:47

Ashby still have the Middle school system.
Ivanhoe is the feeder middle school & has a good rep, Asbhy school is also held in high esteem locally.

Tbh though if DH job is Notts there's massive scope for areas which are close to the motorway.
Where else have you considered.

JT05 Sat 27-Feb-16 19:05:27

I'm currently living in Leicestershire and out of choice I'd go to Market Harbrough. Nottingham and Leicester City schools are not very good.

Best Leicestershire school is in Oadby - The Beauchamp school.

DH commuted to Nottingham for year didn't take too long!

Shakirasma Sat 27-Feb-16 19:09:30

I had no idea you were in Tamworth Ghosty! I'm just down the road from you in Atherstone, I'm always nipping over to Ventura and we love the snowdome.

Didiusfalco Sat 27-Feb-16 19:12:02

Thanks Pickle we also went up to Melbourne, which I thought was lovely, but possibly a bit too small.

Other areas? I dont know Fox do you think there are better options than Ashby?

ghostyslovesheep Sat 27-Feb-16 19:15:33

Yeah Shakirasma it's been my home for 15 years now - I do like it a lot - good shopping and lots of sporty stuff - I run in the Castle Grounds a lot - lovely park

I like Atherstone a lot as well

Didiusfalco Sat 27-Feb-16 19:19:23

Thanks JT05 Ill have a look at Market Harborough. I dont really want to go to Leicester proper, however good the Beauchamp school is, lived there before pre-dc (although apparently not long enough to gain much insight in to the East Mids!)

JT05 Sat 27-Feb-16 20:00:02

The MH schools are good as well!

PickleSarnie Sat 27-Feb-16 20:16:33

MH rocks! I love it. Gorgeous villages round it too if you prefer rural. When I win the lottery tonight, I'm buying a massive house in one of the Langtons.

Didiusfalco Sat 27-Feb-16 20:24:27

MH does look lovely, but when I've looked at the journey its nearly 60 miles to work as opposed to 25 miles from Ashby, so unfortunately I think it's out.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 27-Feb-16 20:32:40

Ashby has a good night life, I've lived in Tamworth & it can be a bit rough. They cleared out Birmingham to Tamworth and Redditch in the 60's. It was more like Lichfield until they knocked all the lovely Tudor houses down.

Ashby is a bit more monied. Bit more cafe society. Just needs a waitrose really.

Waitingfordolly Sat 27-Feb-16 20:33:22

How about Quorn or Barrow - both great villages, or possibly Loughborough?

Fourormore Sat 27-Feb-16 20:36:36

Bingham would be good for Notts job. Straight down the A46 onto M1. Great schools. Voted best place in UK to raise a family.

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