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susiewong Wed 24-Feb-10 20:11:50

We are considering relocating from Scotland to somewhere south of Birmingham - a very scary for me since I've never even been to that part of the country yet! Can anyone recommend any specific towns/villages that would be good for family life (2 school age children) ? Or tell me where to steer clear of !
thanks

PfftTheMagicDragon Wed 24-Feb-10 20:14:23

Hollywood and Wythall are nice - smaller areas, decent schools but short distance to Birmingham. Technically Worcestershire but Birmingham postcode. I like it.

PfftTheMagicDragon Wed 24-Feb-10 20:16:13

as if by magic wikipedia!

assumetheposition Wed 24-Feb-10 20:22:11

Do you need to get to Birmingham everyday.

We are in Warwickshire - about 30 mins into Birmingham on the train, lots of nice villages and grammar schools.

PfftTheMagicDragon Wed 24-Feb-10 20:23:22

Looking again - do you actually mean South Birmingham or South OF Birmingham - because taht could make a difference grin

susiewong Wed 24-Feb-10 21:31:44

I mean south of Birmingham - don't want to be in city centre. DH's job will be in Wythall so needs to be 30-40 min commute from there. Thanks for the wikipedia tip - didn't realise you could get details of places on here. Will be very useful!

janeite Wed 24-Feb-10 21:34:02

Bournville or Harborne are both nice areas of South Birmingham. I don't know about South of Birmingham though, sorry.

janeite Wed 24-Feb-10 21:35:02

They are both a couple of miles out of the centre.

assumetheposition Wed 24-Feb-10 21:39:53

There are some lovely villages around Stratford but they are pricey. It's cheaper on the other side of the M40 but that might be a bit too far for you.

Leamington Spa is lovely but again, might be a bit too far.

Depends on your budget I suppose.

minkysmums Wed 24-Feb-10 21:40:40

Pershore, Worcestershire is around 40mins frm Birmingham its a lovely little market town. schools are good, especially Holy Redeemer RC primary school - google it I think it could be best in county. lots of kids clubs and a lovely theatre called Number 8. I dont know if Pershore is too far to travel, but its well worth looking at. Hope this helps and good luck with the move.

Openbook Wed 24-Feb-10 21:43:28

Warwick, leamington and kenilworth are great and worth the commute imo.

I'd recommend worcs proper. You could choose from Bromsgrove, Droitwich - both pleasant and convenient for M5 but a bit souless (esp Bromsgrove). Worcester itself is (mostly) lovely. Lots of great villages in and around the area if that's what you like. And lots of lovely, friendly mnetters! (I'm near Kidderminster BTW)

twooter Wed 24-Feb-10 21:44:14

knowle, or dorridge?

CMOTdibbler Wed 24-Feb-10 21:46:33

Pershore is lovely wink, and if you don't mind an RC school, then Holy Redeemer is outstanding. If you don't want RC, then the other first/middle schools aren't so good.

There are loads of facilities for a small town (pool, community cinema/theatre, youth clubs, good GPs), and the area is fab. House prices are very reasonable too

twooter Wed 24-Feb-10 21:46:38

how far does your dh want to commute? do you prefer small vilage or small town? there are gorgeous villages out there, and some great state schools

minkysmums Wed 24-Feb-10 21:55:11

Susie... will agree with CMOT about the other schools, but there are some really good local village schools such as Fladbury,Elmley and Cropthorne which are all apprx 4 miles out of Pershore and are all very good - small village schools lots of community!. Bredon hill middle school is very good and also Pershore High Sch and Prince Henry's in Evesham.

susiewong Wed 24-Feb-10 21:57:01

DH says up to 1 hour max but I think that would be too far (traffic jams, rush hour etc would make it so much more) so around 30 mins would be ideal. Not sure to be honest re town or village. As long as it has good schools and clubs etc for kids locally I don't mind driving for other (me!)stuff (shopping, outings etc). Budget for house should be £250-£300k (as long as we sell current house of course!)

Going down for my first visit in a couple of weeks to drive around so these suggestions will give me a great starting point. I am amazed at the number of replies already - thank you so much. I'm sure I will have 101 more questions as the months go on!

itchyandscratchy Wed 24-Feb-10 21:57:23

worcester's nice <biased>

CMOTdibbler Wed 24-Feb-10 22:15:44

What I like about Worcs is that you have a lot of choice of places to go and shop, things to do etc, and it's easy to get around. You have the choice of Worcester (which is lovely, but we didn't want to live in a city), Cheltenham, Gloucester, or into Birmingham. It's an easy drive to Cardiff or Bristol too

susiewong Wed 24-Feb-10 22:18:49

so is Worcester a city ? (sorry if thats a daft question!)

CMOTdibbler Wed 24-Feb-10 22:19:55

Yes - a small city, but it has a cathedral and university

susiewong Wed 24-Feb-10 22:20:40

DH is going to Evesham tomorrow for a look around - any opinions of there ?

CMOTdibbler Wed 24-Feb-10 22:23:20

Umm. We chose not to live there. Tell him to come to Pershore instead, and I'll buy him a coffee and show him around

TarkaLiotta Wed 24-Feb-10 22:24:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MarionCole Wed 24-Feb-10 22:24:42

Another vote for Worcestershire from this corner. Prices are far more reasonable than north Warwickshire and it's lovely.

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