Reasons to live in Chieveley

Reasons to live in Chieveley

Thinking of moving to Chieveley?   Here's three great reasons why you should!

1. Friendly People

The people of Chieveley are friendly, welcoming and sociable and there is a very strong community spirit in the village. In addition to the many clubs and societies the village comes together for big events - such as the village fete which is held in the beautiful grounds of Chieveley Manor.

However, Chieveley is most famous for its annual fireworks display, the oldest village fireworks event in the UK, regularly attended by over 2,000 people and organised and run entirely by villagers. 

Newcomers are always encouraged to get involved in village life and many do. Equally if you like to keep yourself to yourself then that's fine too and you'll be just as welcome.

2. Great Facilities

Chieveley enjoys great facilities. How many villages in modern times can offer the following;

  • Doctors surgery with 6 GPs and supporting services
  • Pharmacy
  • Well-stocked village shop
  • Bakery
  • Thriving pub with restaurant
  • Primary School
  • Village Hall (well-equipped and frequently used)
  • Recreation centre with children's playground, skate park, multi-user games area, football pitches, artifical cricket wicket
  • Floodlit tennis courts (belonging to Chieveley Tennis Club)
  • Church with welcoming congregation

3.  A Superb Location 

For beautiful countryside

  • Chieveley is surrounded by an extensive network of local footpaths and bridleways in lovely countryside for walking, cycling and horse riding
  • Chieveley is in the Downlands Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty which offers extensive walking and cycling. The Ridgeway recreational trail is within easy reach and boasts tremendous views of the surrounding countryside
  • The Kennet and Avon canal is 10 minutes away and is popular for boating, walking and cycling, as it the River Thames which is 30 mins away at Streatley or Pangbourne.

For culture

  • The Watermill Theatre - one of Britain's finest provincial theatres is just 10 minutes away in Bagnor. Most definitely not your average theatre, housed as it is in a charming converted mill and staging productions of international repute.
  • Arlington Arts Centre - 5 minutes away - hosts a variety of interesting and well-respected acts from the worlds of music, comedy, dance and theatre.
  • The Newbury Corn Exchange and Didcot Cornerstone Arts Centre (10 mins and 25 mins respectively) are two venues offering a wide selection of film, music, dance and comedy shows.
  • New Greenham Arts centre in collaboration with The Corn Exhange stages many exhibitions and performances throughout the year
  • And of course Oxford is within easy reach with all the history, culture and architecture it has to offer.

For local market towns

The historic market towns of Newbury, Hungerford, Marlborough and Wantage are all within 30 minutes drive.

For schools

  • The village has a toddler group, pre-school and well-supported primary school which is very much part of the community
  • Chieveley lies within the catchment area for The Downs School in Compton,  well-respected nationally for its pastoral care and consistently high results.
  • A number of good private schools are accessible from Chieveley and buses for some stop to pick-up and drop-off in the village

 For transport routes 

  • The cross roads of the south of England - Chieveley is strategically situated. London, the South Coast, the West Country and the Midlands can all be reached in an hour by car. The M4 and A34 are 5 minutes away.
  • Fast trains to London depart from Newbury, Didcot and Reading reaching Paddington in 30-45mins.