Austin Macauley 22 September 2015

Wokingham tops Family Hotspots study for second time

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Wokingham has been the named the best place in England and Wales for families to live.

The Family Hotspots Report used more than 70 different criteria, from education to green spaces to the affordability of property.

It is the second time the Berkshire market town has scooped the award. Winscombe in Somerset, Faringdon in Oxfordshire, Oakham in Rutland and Lower Earley in Berkshire made up the rest of the top five.

Mayor of Wokingham, Cllr Philip Mirfin, said: ‘We are very fortunate to enjoy excellent schools at every key stage, together with some beautiful open spaces and a safe town that has a genuine community spirit.

‘We pride ourselves in the arts and culture we offer and this ranges from our May cultural month through to family fun days, theatre in the park and large scale annual events such as the food festival, May fayre and winter carnival.’

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