Moving to south Oxfordshire and help needed!

(39 Posts)
lozwp Mon 03-Jan-11 21:27:49

Hiya all, I'm new to mumsnet and would love some help deciding where to move to in south Oxfordshire. (I've seen a few threads about moving to Oxfordshire on here, but I'm not sure they apply to the area we're looking at). My husband has just got a job in Abingdon and so we'll be moving there in February, but we have no idea of the good and not so good places to live confused.

What we're looking for: we'd like to live in a town within about 15/20 minutes drive of Abingdon (if not Abingdon itself) and we have a 1 year old daughter so somewhere with nice parent/toddler groups and parks etc would be fab. We are only looking to rent, but I doubt that has any influence on the area, no? I've had a look on a few estate agents websites and the areas that keep popping up are Didcot, Sutton Courtenay, Dorchester, Berinsfield, Clifton Hampden, Culham and of course Abingdon. Does anyone know about these areas? Or suggest other areas to watch out for?

Any advice would be hugely appreciated!smile

CrowmarshGibbon Thu 28-Mar-13 17:54:55

Hi Ruth,

I can't advise as to where is best in Abingdon, but would recommend you start a similar thread in Mumsnet Oxfordshire as well, as you may get some useful responses there, too.

HungryHippo00 Sun 24-Mar-13 20:58:46

Hi everyone,
I realise this thread is old now but we're moving to north abingdon and wondered if anyone has advice on good/bad places.we've seen houses we like in peachcroft and long furlong so particularly interested in those areas. We have a 16 month old so are looking for a nice place for her to grow up.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Alistiki Fri 05-Oct-12 07:49:44

I've lived in Didcot for 3 years and absolutely loved it. In fact I miss it so much that with a friend, I have set up a new facebook group for Mums in Didcot - it's a closed group for mums only to share experiences, discuss events in Didcot, etc.. so if you want to talk there - it's very new but please join and invite your friends:
It will be especially useful to people moving to Didcot to help them find their bearing.

Hope it is useful to some of you!

lozwp Fri 11-Mar-11 12:22:31

I have just checked out that localtots website and it's fab! Thanks Ladygrovemum!!!

lozwp Fri 11-Mar-11 12:18:48

Lol, thanks ladies!

MrsAlwaysRight Wed 09-Mar-11 15:48:33

lozwp glad you found somewhere you are happy with

nottheeurowinner their lardy cake is lush!!

<waves at> LadygroveMum (assume from your username that we probably live fairly close to each other!

nottheeurowinner Tue 08-Mar-11 21:17:33

Steventon also has the most fab bakery (yum)

LadygroveMum Sun 06-Mar-11 22:36:45


Just to let you know that has details of all the activities and baby/toddler groups in Abingdon


lozwp Sun 27-Feb-11 12:07:49

Thanks Saracen!

And thanks to you too Checkmate...I shall keep them in mind!


Checkmate Wed 23-Feb-11 22:12:59

Welcome to the area! (I just saw this, managed to miss this thread before now)

There is a really nice toddler group "Link" every other Wednesday morning (and every other Thursday afternoon) at Christchurch on Northcourt Road.

We also like going to drop in storytelling sessions at Mostly Books in Stert Street, and I joined a book group there to help me meet people when we first moved to this area.

Saracen Tue 22-Feb-11 22:39:20

Fantastic! I'm really happy for you.

lozwp Tue 22-Feb-11 12:10:59

Hi ladies,

I just wanted to say thanks again to everyone for all your advice - it really did help an awful lot! We opted to live in Abingdon so that we didn't have to get another car and found a house in North Abingdon just 15 mins walk from my hubby's work. We moved in last week and are really happy with the house and the area! I'm hoping to get out and about to some groups next week so maybe I'll bump into some of you.


twofalls Sat 05-Feb-11 20:01:07

Hi monmolly. Only just seen your message as it dropped off active conversations. I am home Thursday and Friday so could meet on a Friday. My sil lives in spring road and has only been here a little while. She has a 15 month old too and would like to meet more people too. Can you pm me - if you click on my name it should give you the option to send me a personal message.

Do you live in one of the townhouses or a normal house? I am in a town house. My dh teaches guitar so you may know the house if you have ever passed during lesson time!

monmolly Fri 28-Jan-11 21:21:24

Hi Twofalls,

I have only just seen your message, can't believe that you are also in St Amand's drive, we must def meet up... I don't work at the moment, but would not be able to do anything on a Monday, as Molly is at nursery on Monday and Thursday, (she goes to the one in Culham (near the Science Park)... I go to Busy Bees music group on a Wed, only just started that, but will be doing some other groups hopefully during the week as Molls seem to need the interaction...

I have also been to some of the other villages, and liked Steventon as well... we are very confused where we want to buy now, but we are very open to any suggestions that you or anybody may have...

What about the schools, i know that generally they are good...

Monmolly xx

littlerats Tue 25-Jan-11 12:52:06

Hello - I can agree that Abingdon is a great place to live. We moved to Abingdon just over a year ago from East Oxford - and it's so much nicer. We in North Abingdon (at least I think it's the north - just behind the Boundary House) and our road is all retired people and a few young families. I have one DS who is just two and I work full time in Oxford and the commute is fine (about 20mins in the car or 30m cycle). There does seem to be lots of kids, Abbey Meadows is great as is the sports centre. Haven't got any mummy friends here though as I can't make any of the toddler group stuff. I've found that generally though, not just Abingdon, that it's difficult to meet other mums if you work as all baby/toddler stuff seems to take place during the working day.
I'd definitely recommend Abingdon over Didcot - we looked at both when moving and although both seemed fine, Abingdon won for me. I have never lived in Didcot though, so don't really have much hands-on experience. It does have a good shopping centre and swimming pool.

lozwp Thu 20-Jan-11 15:54:40

Hi Goldberry, thanks for the heads up on Steventon. It sounds lovely!

Goldberry Wed 19-Jan-11 09:33:49

Can I recommend Steventon - it's a lovely village. We lived there until we moved down the road to Sutton Courtenay, where we are now (we wanted to stay in Steventon but couldn't find a house at the time). Sutton Courtenay is nice too, but Steventon is really friendly, has a lovely big village green, nice pubs etc. It's handy for Didcot and Abingdon.

lozwp Tue 18-Jan-11 10:48:31

Hi twofalls, thanks for the heads up on the S-N traffic and Abbey Meadows - it sounds lush (that's my time living in Wales showing! smile, fab word!).


twofalls Mon 17-Jan-11 14:33:29

South to North is pretty bad unless you leave before 8AM and then it is OK. School run time is horredous which is why we choose Caldecott.

Abbey Meadows is a lovely park by the river. We pretty much camp out there in the summer! It has a playground, play fountains, a crazy golf course, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, loads of ducks and you can do a lovely circular walk up the to lock, over the weir and back down the other side of the river for a pint in one of the pubs. Pretty much all pushchair friendly.

lozwp Mon 17-Jan-11 14:04:46

Hi monmolly and twofalls,

Thanks both for your lovely messages! It sounds like we have a lot in common between us!

My hubby's workplace is in South Abingdon and yeah because I keep hearing about the awful traffic getting from N to S we will be looking to live in South Abingdon. Are you saying that going from S to N isn't too bad? That could be useful info for me re work.


p.s. What's Abbey Meadows?

twofalls Mon 17-Jan-11 11:14:41

I also live in St Amand Drive monmolly <waves>. What a small world! I have a 10 month old and a nearly 4 year old. DD1 goes to Caldecott school which IMO is excellent and doesn't deserve the bad press.

Do you go to St Helen's Toddler Group? It's on a Monday morning and is excellent. Which days do you work?

Lozwp - where is your DH's workplace? If it is North of Abingdon, the traffic getting from North to South is awful unles you leave before 8. If it is to the South however, South Abingdon is easy to get out of.

I really like living in Abingdon. Abbey Meadows in the summer is lovely and there are so many places to walk/cycle. I am very happy here. The shopping does leave a lot to be desired but I am hoping the precinct revamp will happen!

Good luck.

monmolly Fri 14-Jan-11 13:21:42

Hi Lozwp,

We are in a similar situation to you. My husband got a job in Abingdon and we moved from London 2 months ago... I am enjoying it, but have to make an effort to meet people.. so just joined mumsnet today to do that!

I have a little girl who is now 16 months and is into everything. I have her in nursery 2 days a week, but am in the process of getting to know local toddler groups...

We moved to South Abingdon, St Amand Drive, and it's very nice... we have not seen a bit of trouble here and you can walk into town it's only 5 mins! a lovely walk by the river...

I believe that North Abingdon is very child friendly, and we may look there once we decide to buy something.

If you are renting in Abingdon, a note, don't hang around if you see something you like... the places go like hotcakes... it took us ages to find something...


lozwp Wed 12-Jan-11 12:33:57

To everyone who has taken the time to write a comment to this thread...

Thanks again sooo much for your sharing your thoughts and experiences! I can't believe I got so many replies and the detail to which you have gone into! Before this thread, we had no idea of even where to begin looking and we now feel we have such a better idea of where to start and what to expect - and that's such a nice feeling!

I shall let you know how we get on...


lozwp Wed 12-Jan-11 12:24:18

Hi ladies,

Thanks for your comments. I have lived in London, Cardiff, Manchester and now just outside Hastings (I can't wait to settle properly up your way now!) and I think you're right- every place has a more run down/dodgy feel about it. But like you say, housing is usually cheaper and the feel of places quite often change with time.

I really do think we are going to have a tough time deciding as there seem to be an equal number of pros/cons to Didcot and Abingdon. I can't wait to see them after hearing so much about them on here!

Thanks again - it's all really helping! smile

ox11mum Wed 12-Jan-11 08:34:26

That's interesting KitKins, because when I was looking to buy in the area I considered South Abingdon as it is much more affordable than other areas in Abingdon, and was put off by so many people telling me how rough it is!

On the other hand, I really don't think Didcot is that bad. Yes there is one area in particular (around Queen's Road) that you could call rundown/dodgy, but every town has one, and it's not as horrible as some people make out (a bit like Saxton Road really!).

Lozwp I was in your position a couple of years ago. Good luck whatever you choose! smile

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