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The local area guide to living in Butleigh

Five miles from Glastonbury lies the small but delightful village of Butleigh. This village has a long history as well – part of the original Hundreds of Whitley, tracing its inception to prior to the Norman conquest in the 11th century. Local activities include the world-famous Glastonbury festival which is just down the road. Additionally, you can visit the beautiful Glastonbury Cathedral, Butleigh Cross, Somerset Rural Life Museum, not to mention some of the best walks through the countryside that Somerset can provide.

Butleigh is the quintessential country village – along with the farmers comes a warm reception from the locals and you are far more likely to experience sheep taking up the roads than cars during rush hour!

Information about the local residents

As per the 2011 census, Butleigh comprises of 823 residents – which makes the parish very sparsely populated. For every 2 hectares there is only 1 person who lives in Butleigh. The average age of the residents around Butleigh is over 61 at 36.2%, with 51-60 year olds at 14.9% following closely behind. These demographics show that Butleigh is an ideal area for those who are looking for a quiet place to retire to.

Of the local industry, the Education sector is the most prominent taking up to 19.3% of the entire market. Only 1% of the residents are unemployed, and the reason that the figure is so low is because the majority of the populace are pensioners, leaving the amount of those in retirement at a huge 16.3%.

Nearby schools

Schools in Butleigh’s surrounding areas amount to 11 with five primary schools, one infant school, two secondary schools and two private schools. There is also a great local primary school in the village itself; the Butleigh Church of England Primary School with 86 pupils enrolled. The primary school is over 150 years old and has always been recognised as a caring and welcoming place where children are valued and provided with outstanding support and resources. The inspection reports from Ofsted have declared all of the state-funded schools as “Good”. You can be sure that your child will receive a high level of education throughout all levels of their academic studies.

Getting around

There are 11 bus routes travelling through Butleigh. For train journeys you will need to make the journey to Castle Cary Station (around half an hour away by car). Castle Cary has 3 platforms, going to London Paddington, the Bristol-Weymouth line and to Penzance respectively. You can reach Butleigh from the M5 and then down the A39.

For those looking to travel internationally, your nearest airport would be either Bristol Airport or Exeter International Airport which are 27 miles and 50 miles away respectively.

Local shops

For all of your retail needs, Butleigh and the surrounding areas provide a range of shopping venues. You can shop designer brands at Kilver Court Designer Village around 11.5 miles away from Butleigh, and at Clarks Village 3.3 miles away. The latter comprises of many food outlets such as Pizza Express, Frankie & Benny’s and Prezzo. For a bit of independent art, food and beer, head towards the Frome Independent Market some 22 miles from Butleigh for a different experience from the many farmers’ markets and shops around Butleigh.

For those seeking a meal out that isn’t in a “Designer Village” but is more faithful to the rustic aesthetic of the Butleigh parish – try the brilliant Rose and Portcullis pub.

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