DH just got a job in Bath. We are moving from london to Somerset in August to stay with family while we look for a place to buy.
We want to be Southern Bath so we can get back to see family easily. We have a 5month old DD but wouldn't want to move again for primary schools so near goodish ones (I know a lot can change in 5 years re. schools so not that worried!).
Any suggestions for nice family type places? Have read oldfield park is a bit studenty, Twerton is a bit rough and Bear flat is probably a good bet for families but is this right?
We are 1/2 a mile from Bear Flat! It is not studenty - too far from the direct Uni bus service (and too expensive!) Definately a good area for families and only 10 minutes walk into town - not much fun pushing a buggy back up the hill though.
Oldfield Park is MUCH cheaper and has a good local shopping area, good schools and lots of buses. It is rather studenty, but they are a pretty well-behaved bunch AFAIK.
Hate to generalise, but South Bath areas to avoid include Twerton, Southdown and parts of Odd Down.
Can anyone tell me whether Bradford-on-Avon is family-friendly? We're considering moving there from London, but there doesn't seem to be a huge amount for littluns (and their tired mothers...) to get up to!
BoA is very close to Bath, so you could take advantage of the various groups here. There's also a small pool - which might not be amazing but is nicer than the municipal pool in Bath (in fact a lot of parents from Bath go there rather than the Bath pool).
I get the impression that there are a lot of young families in BoA and imagine that there's plenty to do. The one place I have heard of (went to a wonderful fete they ran one year) is here. It's probably about 10 minutes away (if that) by car.
Have a look on Wilts council's website for the Family Info Service, too.
Thanks Thandeka. I have 3 DCs, they are 5, 4 and 7 months. Just found out today though that ds1 (who needs a Y1 school place) has not got into the same school as DD so I am feeling rather woeful... Hopefully it'll work out. Keep in touch Thandeka, we might be neighbours soon! How old are your DC?
I would keep your options open on where to live. Bath is so small you can get across it quickly the main pain is parking so if you can find a property with parking that's a bonus. The not so great areas are pretty obvious when you see them. Oldfield Park is studently but Moorland Road is great for local shopping, near the hospital has Chelsea Road, Larkhall good local community, Bathampton good Ofsted rated primary as does Bathwick and Camden. Bath is also heaving with children's groups/ activities/parks. I love Bath.
Yes, the schools are far apart, ds1 isn't going to go to the one he got, we are going to home school I think until he gets a place at dd's or another nearer school. Not ideal but hopefully we won't have to wait too long.
Am hideously tired but I love having 3. Won't be having any more though!
Have you got any further deciding where you in Bath you should move?
Also - the local primary school in Combe Down which for so long has been a very very good school, has just had a terrible ofstead report and was very close to falling into the special measures category.
Oldfield Park used to be a lovely place to live but is over run with students now and is not the nice place it once was - parking is awful as well.
I'll be moving to Bear Flat on the 25th. I'll be a bit hectic for that and the following week but will be around after that, you'd be more than welcome to come by for a sit down and a coffee in between your house searching!
Want a nice life? Don't move to social housing in Farmborough. Some families think they 'own' the place.Jealous types. Locals couldn't care less about newcomers. Got sensitive kids? forget it. They'll get bullied. School not interested.