Would you consider moving home simply to be in a place you think would be good to raise the kiddos? I have to say that it definitely informed our own decision to move here. We wanted a wilder life for our children, where they grew up knowing the difference between sheep and polar bears. When we go on walks now Juno still shoves rank stuff she has found in her mouth, but it is less South London’s famous fried chicken bones and more slightly poo-ey chicken feathers. It seems a bit better, for some reason.
I’ve collaborated with Linden Homes to bring you this post about some of the UK’s top spots to raise kids:
Choosing where to raise a family is a decision almost every parent has to make. Different parents have different priorities – some will choose the area with the best schools whilst others will decide upon an area based on the neighbourhood and standards of housing.
There are a number of family friendly locations in the UK; full of parks, museums and child friendly restaurants. Here are the top 8:
1. Cheltenham – Gloucestershire
This area is known for its low crime rate and excellent schooling. It also holds a number of children’s festivals throughout the year which the entire family can look forward to.
This area presents families with the ability to give their children a classical English childhood. There are plenty of woodland areas and the beaches are beautiful – the schools in the local area are also very good.
3. Stamford – Lincolnshire
This comprises of a beautiful market town which families love to visit on a weekly basis. Housing is also reasonably priced in this area.
This area is known for its Roald Dahl museum which children of all ages love to visit. It is also easy to commute to London so is ideal for working parents.
This was named one of the most child-friendly places in Europe due to the wealth of parks and playing spaces available for children and families. It also has a large amount of historical value to it, which is ideal for educating children.
6. Tunbridge Wells – Kent
Tunbridge Wells is ideal for parents with very young children due to the large amount of parks in the area. Also the schools – public and private – are all well regarded.
This town has the largest number of schools in the UK – the good schools at that. This is just one reason why parents flock here. There are also a number of parks and museums which are perfect for keeping children entertained during school holidays.
8. North Yorkshire
With a very low crime rate and affordable housing, it is thought to be the safest place to bring up children.
However, with the new homes in Manchester currently being built and at an affordable price, it is predicted that many families will soon be packing up their bags and flocking to the city of Manchester.
It is yet to be seen if this city will make it in the top eight family friendly locations in the UK in the future.