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The Local Area Guide to living in Whickham

Whickham offers a happy compromise for those torn between village and city life. It provides all the small, friendly idylls of rural village life, while sitting within just a few miles of the bustling Newcastle and Gateshead city centres. Positioned on high ground sitting above the River Town, the village offers enviable views to its residents. With a strong economy and middle class atmosphere, Whickham draws a range of residents to its good schools and excellent transport links. Once a small coal mining and farming village, the town grew in the 1960s with a spate of house-building. However, you’ll also find stone-built cottages and historic buildings tucked in among these modern mid-century homes.

The town’s main street is lined with cosy pubs, popular restaurants, St Mary’s Church, and a handful of convenient shops. In terms of leisure, this town boasts both a cricket club and golf club. There’s an outdoor centre nearby with a climbing wall, archery range, and mountain biking course. It also offers two dry ski slopes for those wishing to snowboard or ski during any season. Former residents of note include inventor Lord W.G. Armstrong and Oliver Cromwell.

Information about the local residents

Low crime rates and an impressive range of properties for sale draw a broad swathe of residents to Whickham. Young families come for the abundant three-bed semi-detached homes and outstanding schools, while the village’s bungalows are popular with retirees. Many residents move to Whickham and stay for the long-term.

The Metro Centre shopping mall is nearby and is a major employer for Whickham residents - wholesale and retail is the largest source of employment within the town. Professional, administrative, and associate professional occupations were listed as the top industries in the Whickham North Ward.

Nearby Schools

Families benefit from a good selection of schools in Whickham, at both primary and secondary levels. The Whickham School and Sports College is one popular option. This secondary school has academy status, open since 1962. It currently serves around 1700 students between the ages of 11 and 19, with a range of qualifications including GCSE, A-level, and BTEC.

Front Street Primary is a relatively new school in Whickham, with a high quality of teaching and an ambitious head teacher. It was rated as a “good” school in its 2012 Ofsted report. Gibside School is a specialty primary for students with special needs in Whickham, and was rated “outstanding” for its ability to serve them effectively.

Getting Around

Positioned just four miles from Newcastle and three from Gateshead town centre, Whickham is within easy commuting distance of both areas. It’s not connected to the Metro system, but there’s a station just two miles away in Blaydon. A number of public buses serve Whickham, connecting it with Blaydon, Gateshead, Newcastle, and the Metro Centre.

The town sits in a quiet residential enclave, but there are major motorways within close reach. The A1/M1 motorway is just moments away for those commuting by car, connecting the town with larger cities like Newcastle as well as Scotland to the north and London to the South. The A694 and A692 roads are also close at hand. For those travelling by air, Newcastle International Airport is only a 15-minute drive.

Local Shops

Front Street is home to a number of shops and services for Whickham residents, including banks and estate agents. There are plenty of restaurants in the village, from fish and chip shops to Indian takeaways. Beauty salons, hairdressers, opticians, and a GP surgery are also available in the town.

The Intu Metro Centre mall is a 7-minute drive from Whickham in nearby Gateshead, serving as a popular shopping outlet for residents. It’s the largest shopping centre in the UK, with over 340 shops sprawling out over 2,000,000 square feet of space. Nearly every high street brand name imaginable is represented here, along with specialty shops, food outlets, and recreation facilities (including a cinema).

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