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The local area guide to living in Bestwood

Bestwood is part of the Hidden Valleys area and has seen many changes throughout the years. Once a small hamlet, sustained by agriculture and framework knitting, the town has grown significantly to offer all the amenities of the modern day. Over recent years, a lot of money has been spent on facilities in the area, making it an even more attractive place to live.

The town is also just a 15-minute drive from Nottingham and just a stone’s throw away from High Street towns like Arnold. It’s towns like Arnold and the big city that supplement Bestwood’s offerings. Boasting some of the best in shops and transport infrastructure, this area of Nottinghamshire is a popular spot for all ages.

Information about the local residents

Information on local residents was last recorded in 2011. At this time, Bestwood had a population of 16,753. Of the residents, 71.7% were aged between 16-74 and there were 11.9% retirees. Bestwood’s population was, and still is, ethnically diverse. At the time of the census, 76.7% were of White British ethnicity, while just over 10% were Mixed White and Black Caribbean, African, or Black Caribbean.

When it comes to employment, 36.2% of residents were in full-time jobs, 15.2% in part-time jobs and 4.5% were self-employed at the time of the census. The unemployment rate was 8.8%, slightly higher than the Nottingham average of 6.4%. As always, occupation varied here in Bestwood, with the largest group of people in Caring, Leisure and other Service Occupations (13.4%). Elementary Occupations and Skilled Trades Occupations were also popular work categories.

Nearby schools

Whether your children are primary school age or studying for their A-Levels, there are plenty of schools in and around the Bestwood area. At the heart of the town is Robin Hood Primary, a school rated “good” by Ofsted in its latest inspection. Other “good” primaries within a one-mile radius of Bestwood include Southglade Primary and Henry Whipple Primary School.

When it comes to secondary school education, academies lead the way in Bestwood. The local academy schools include Big Wood School and The Oakwood Academy. Nottingham Free School also provides education for pupils aged 16-18, as does the Redhill Academy, which was rated “outstanding” in its latest Ofsted inspection. About the school’s sixth form achievements, Ofsted assessors noted, “The sixth form is good and improving rapidly. Achievement in vocational courses is outstanding.”

Getting around

Like the majority of towns in Nottinghamshire, Bestwood boasts a range of fantastic transportation options. Even if you don’t own a vehicle or drive yourself, it’s easy to get around. If you commute to the city for work, you’ll have the option to drive (approximately 15 minutes), catch the tram, or ride one of the local buses. For transportation around the town itself, you can walk, drive, or take advantage of one of the comprehensive bus services.

Even though Bestwood doesn’t have its own train station, there are two other stations located nearby. Bulwell and Hucknall Stations are just a few miles away and easily accessible by car, bus, or tram. Holiday travel is made easy too with not one, but two airports located nearby. East Midlands Airport is situated just 15 miles away and boasts routes across Europe and to holiday hotspots like Orlando. Birmingham Airport, approximately an hour away by car, offers an even larger selection of destinations.

Local shops

While you won’t find much in terms of high street shops in Bestwood, you will find plenty of supermarkets. Residents have the choices of bigger brand supermarkets like Asda as well as smaller, well-placed grocery stores like Co-operative Food and Costcutter. The nearest collection of high street stores is a 10-minute drive away in Arnold. Here you’ll find a range of shops including Peacocks and Boots.

For a better selection of shops, why not head to Nottingham? Just four miles away, the city boasts a huge range of chain stores and independent shops – guaranteed to fulfil all of your shopping needs. It’s no wonder Nottingham is rated as one of the UK’s best places to visit for shopping. The shopping centres here include intu Broadmarsh, which boasts more than 55 stores, and intu Victoria, with more than 100 shops and restaurants.

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