Top places to live in Worcestershire Evesham
Riverside lounging, fab fruit and veg (especially the asparagus), pleasant historic centre and close to the Cotswolds. Archers-country Evesham nestled in the glorious Vale of Evesham - ticks many boxes. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Known as the fruit and veg basket of the UK (it’s truly called this) Evesham lies in the centre of the famous horticultural Vale of Evesham. Love historic towns? You’ll be happy here, with its sprinkling of timbered buildings and Gothic bell tower – all just an apple’s throw from the Cotswolds. In Spring there are dazzling displays of blossom from the acres of plum and apple trees and all year round you’ll find stuff to do with an energetic events calendar. Plus there’s a respectable amount of indie eateries, shops and cafes in the area to keep ex-urbanites happy. The town sits right on the banks of the River Avon. Try your hand at paddle-boarding or take a boat trip from the award-winning Abbey Park, where you can picnic to live music events on Sundays in summertime.
If you love character if has this in shovels. The old centre has rows of period property or head to the suburbs of Greenhill in the north, Elm Road and Broadway Road, and Hampton. If you want pretty property, nature, riverside gardens and a slower pace of life this place is relocation-gold.
There’s a strong Italian vibe here with Flavours on the high street, a Sicilian family run Pizzeria and Gelateria, or grab your espresso and panini from Buongiorno Cafe. If you love a good rustic pub there’s plenty of choice here, try The Fleece Inn for roaring open fires for winter and apple orchard for summer sun, or town centre Royal Oak with it’s great menu. The Evesham Hotel also has a well regarded restaurant (top tip: try out its brand new spa which has a luxe heated pool).
The shops are mainly centred around two long roads, and there is a sprinkling of independents amongst the chain stores. Have a browse around Vine Mews, a lovely cluster of little independent shops, and its vintage heaven at Twyford Antiques with 25 dealers and two floors of one-offs to browse and buy. Try the Evesham Farm Shop for lovely local produce or pick up a unique handmade bracelet, ring or pendant from Wolfhard Silver. But from Evesham you are also within a 20 minute reach of the brilliant shopping centres of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Broadway, which is boutique heaven.
Fancy taking an alpaca out for a spin? Cotswold Vale Alpacas does alpaca treks, parties and weddings! One of the town’s gems is The Heritage Centre at The Almonry. This 14th century building, once the home of the Abbey’s Almoner, houses a wealth of info and artefacts to peruse. Within 25 minutes you can be in the Cotswolds, yomping up to Broadway Tower from the pretty town of Broadway, walking the glorious gardens of Hidcote or taking a jaunt to animal-tastic All Things Wild.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Properties in Evesham have an average price of £249,711. The majority of sales in Evesham during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £352,634. Terraced properties sold for an average of £190,975, with semi-detached properties fetching £231,158. If you want period, the old, quite genteel centre has rows of period property (including Georgian), especially to the north and, across the Avon, north of Port Street (I like Burford Road’s townhouses and terraces). The fanciest suburbs are Greenhill in the north, west between Elm Road and the Broadway Road, and Hampton.
For primaries Swan Lane and St Andrew’s CofE are both rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. Bengeworth has some “outstanding” features. St Egwin’s CofE Middle is rated ‘good and improving, The De Montfort School is ‘good and Prince Henry’s High is ‘outstanding’. Want to go the independent route? Bowbrook House School has a pupil to teacher ratio of 1:12 for ages 3 – 16 set in stunning grounds.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Want to meet the world’s first and only Asparamancer?! Jemima Packington can predict the future using nothing more than a handful of asparagus by tossing the spears into the air and interpreting how they land. No… really. Find her at the Asparagus Festival celebrated here between April and June each year (Evesham’s thought to be the biggest producer in the UK). But back to Jemima. She has made dozens of accurate predictions in recent years, including the demise of Gordon Brown, the credit crunch, and Oscar glory for British film The King’s Speech. Just don’t ask her for next week’s lottery numbers…
Crisscrossed by the A44 to Worcester and Oxford but also handily near the A46 to the M5 (20 minutes away). The town boasts its own train station and trains are hourly to Worcester (22 minutes), and Oxford (around an hour).
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