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The Local Area Guide to living in Bearsted

The pretty village of Bearsted is located two miles east of Maidstone and harbours an ancient past. Although there have been attempts to modernise it, the village retains its historic feel and look. The locals here are fiercely proud of their village's heritage - with around 59 listed buildings, mainly surrounding the picturesque village green - their attempts at preserving their rich history have certainly been successful. This makes Bearsted somewhat of a treasure trove of historical delights.

Information about the local residents

One thing is certainly evident, those who arrive, tend to stay forever, and the 2001 and 2011 Census figures support this. Within the 10 year timeframe, the population grew slightly. In 2011, the number of residents was 8,010, whereas in 2011 the figure was 8,209.

There are many reasons why people tend to relocate to Bearsted. The chief of which is its attractive proximity to London and Dover. This makes Bearsted the ideal home base for professionals seeking a quieter pace of life and lower living costs. Bearsted also lures in many families who come to the village for its outstanding educational institutions.

Nearby Schools

Education is a major driving force in this village as Bearsted (and the surrounding area) boasts a number of exceptional independent and state schools. Although some of the schools are not situated in the heart of Bearsted, they are all easily reached by car.

Primary schools such as St John's Church of England add to Bearsted's outstanding reputation as a hub for high-quality education. The school was awarded an Ofsted rating of 'Good' and astoundingly, 97% of pupils (there are approximately 80 pupils on its roll) achieved Level 5 or above in Maths, Reading and Writing. This impressive figure is well above the national average of 78%. Hollingbourne Primary School and Roseacre Junior School are two further primary schools that illustrate excellent pupil achievements.

At the secondary level, there are four grammar schools (Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, Maidstone Grammar School, and Oakwood Park Grammar School) which were all awarded an Ofsted rating of 'Outstanding'. State schools like Valley Park Secondary School were also deemed 'Good'.

Getting Around

Due to the location and size of the village, many rely on either their car or the train to get them from A to B. There are also two Arriva buses - 19 and 9 - which conveniently transport you from Bearsted to Maidstone.

As Bearsted is situated halfway between Dover and London, the connections to the Big Smoke and Europe are more than satisfactory. Trains from the historic village to the capital are numerous - with journey times taking roughly over an hour. The three railway stations: Bearsted Train Station, Maidstone East and Maidstone Barracks, ensure that professionals are always on time for work.

Dover and the Le Shuttle are also easily accessed from the A20 which passes through the village. The M20 which is situated a mile away, providing users with rapid routes to France and beyond - perfect for that spontaneous trip abroad or that all-important business trip!

Local Shops

In this leafy village, you'll find delightful historic pubs, independent shops and the village's only Indian restaurant - The Rose Inn.

If you wish to mingle with the locals while participating in a sport, Bearsted is home to several clubs: tennis, cricket, bowls and rifle. There is also an exclusive private members club - The Bearsted and Thurnham - which you can join for a small fee.

Residents can stock up on products from the local Tesco Express or Co-Operative, or visit the local Farmers Market (Bearsted Country Market) every Saturday to snap up exquisite hand-picked produce and snack on tasty homemade cakes and pastries. If you seek the latest fashion fix, hop on the train to nearby Maidstone, a mere 5-minute journey, and visit Fremlin Walk - housing all your high street favourites like Topshop, H&M and Zara.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.