Is Woking Right for Me and My Family?
Are you moving to Woking?
Great news! If you are moving to Woking we are your one stop shop for getting set up and settled in. Why, we hear you ask? Well, where do we begin? Our school has been in the town for more than 80 years and our staff are largely born and bred. This means we know what's what about Woking and we are here to share our expertise with you.
Location Location Location
When relocating with a family it is so important to make sure it is the right move for everyone. Woking offers a great balance of suburban living whilst having excellent transport connections to London and beyond. Woking is perhaps not known for its beauty, but there are many attractive, smaller villages nearby with family friendly neighbourhoods and train stations too. Access to the countryside is easy and there is no shortage of family friendly days out and activities.
That said, when moving to a new area, it can be hard to identify the exact area that meets your needs. How do you know when you have found one of the Best Places to Live Near Woking? Well, we can’t tell you what to do, but in case it helps, here are some of our favourites:
St John’s village
St John’s is perfectly placed – close enough to Woking that commuting is straightforward but far enough from the town that village life is easily achieved. St John’s has a butchers and a bakers, as well as a small convenience store. There is a lovely village green, community hall and delicious places to eat. The village sits on the Basingstoke canal and can take you into Woking or out into the Hampshire countryside.
Closest train station to St John’s: Woking
Hook Heath is closer to the centre of Woking than St John’s village but enjoys the same balance between suburban living and transport links. A family-friendly neighbourhood, Hook Heath is mainly made up of larger family homes with many occupants making their daily commute to and from Woking station on foot or bike. The recent addition of the Co-op on Wych Hill has given many Hook Heath families the added convenience of a shop within walking distance too. At the weekends, it is easy to get out and about on foot, with several public footpaths within a few minutes’ walk from Hook Heath and if you are a sports fan then having tennis club and a golf club right on your doorstep will surely appeal.
Closest train station to Hook Heath: Woking
Pyrford and West Byfleet
Pyrford is closest to West Byfleet train station, which is one stop closer to London Waterloo than Woking, but often on a slower service. Pyrford is another family-orientated village and has lots of green space to explore. Access to the Wey Navigation is simple and offers many child-friendly walks with parent-friendly pubs at the end! West Byfleet offers locals a good-sized Waitrose, pubs, restaurants and a library.
Closest train station to Pyrford: West Byfleet
Sutton Green in the borough of Guildford but is still within easy reach of Woking, if you want the fast line into Waterloo. It is situated in a green belt area and is small community with a lovely nursery and farm shop, village hall, recreation ground and a pub/restaurant. It is very easy to forget how close you are to Woking when exploring the green spaces surrounding Sutton Green.
Closest train station to Sutton Green: Worplesdon
Ripley village dates back to Norman times and the mixture of buildings and architecture lining its quaint high street make it a postcard-worthy English village. A lovely green and great community events for all the family make Ripley a stand-out location for many searching for a little piece of the English idyll. Although it is a little further from the town, Ripley does have a very well facilitated high street, with most of your daily requirements catered for.
Closest train station to Ripley: Clandon
Nursery and Pre-Prep
Greenfield school has been in Woking for nearly 85 years and we have always been a co-educational setting that welcomes children of all abilities and personalities. We come with a ready-made network of friends (for the children and for you!) that will make Woking feel like home in no time. Our PTA, FrOGS (Friends of Greenfield School), host many events throughout the year and our friendly parent body welcome new families with open arms.
Our recent relocation and expansions means that we have spaces in every year group - great news for families wishing for all their children to join the same school, at the same time. Find out more about our simple and friendly admissions process here.
There are so many fantastic schools in Surrey but it can be overwhelming if you don’t know the area. Woking is perfectly situated within the county to make some of the best schools in the country accessible to your children. If you have older children too, we would be only too happy to suggest schools that might best suit your brood. Are they sporty? Academic? Artistic? All of the above? There is plenty of choice and we can offer first-hand advice on the strengths of each school. Click here for a list of schools in the area.
Things to do
Woking is not just a great commuter town. The number of families living in the surrounding areas mean that, whether you are looking for parent and baby classes or things to keep bored teenagers entertained, Woking has something to offer. Here are some suggestions given to us by the parents and staff at Greenfield:
- Acrobatics - “Prime Acrobatics in Horsell is excellent” – Greenfield parent
- Adult Education “The Woking Adult Learning Centre runs an excellent range of courses all through the day and the evenings.” – Greenfield parent
- Airhop Guildford
- Annual events: Woking Fireworks, Diwali celebrations, Party in the Park and much more.
- Brookwood Cemetery – You could lose days in this poignant and beautiful cemetery.
- Brooklands Community Park - perfect for safe, unrestricted cycling.
- Brooklands Museum – the home of British racing. Recently upgraded, this is a must visit family day out.
- The canal (Wey Navigation)
- Craggy Island Rockclimbing in Guildford
- Dog walking - Horsell Common, Woodham Common and Pyrford Common Recreation Ground & Woking park good for dog walks and picnics.
- Greenfield Community - FrOGS – our fabulous PTA
- H.G.Wells got his inspiration for War of the Worlds.
- Ice Skating at Guildford Spectrum.
- Shah Jehan Mosque – Britain’s first purpose-built mosque. This beautiful building is home to a welcoming community of Muslims who are always pleased to welcome visitors to this extraordinary place of worship. See the website for open days and visiting times.
- Lightbox – Woking’s very own art gallery
- Little Angels Soft Play – fantastic soft play
- The Living Planet Centre – The World Wildlife Fund’s headquarters. Where better to take little crusaders, determined to save our planet?
- Mercedes Benz World – fun for all the family
- Muslim Burial Ground – Recently renovated, this tranquil memorial is a must see.
- Piglets Farm - soft play great for under 5's H.G.Wells – visit Horsell Common to see where
- Scouts and Guides
- Surrey Half Marathon – in 2019 Greenfield sponsored the kids race at the Surrey Half
- Theatre – Many fantastic national and local performers tread the boards at the New Victoria and Rhoda McGraw theatres.
- Wisley Gardens - perfect for weekend walks the greenhouse is great to visit in winter.
- Woking Park and Pyrford Common Recreation Ground have good playgrounds (There’s a zip wire in Pyrford)
- Woking Palace – Henry VIIs mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, resided at Woking Palace from 1466-1471
Disclaimer: The recommendations on this page have been sourced from members of the Greenfield community. Greenfield School does not claim to endorse any of the services provided by those listed and has no affiliation to any of the organisations or services listed.