Living in Bromsgrove
What is life like in Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove is a green and peaceful town in the heart of beautiful countryside, making it a quiet and pleasant place to live for people of all ages.
From modern town centre apartments and town houses to quaint cottages and large family homes, Bromsgrove and the surrounding area has something to offer for everybody. And with easy access to both Worcester and Birmingham assured, living in Bromsgrove is perfect for those who work in either location.
Plans for additional housing are in place and could help to turn Bromsgrove into an even more popular place to live over the coming years.
Despite being only a small town, Bromsgrove is home to a vibrant arts scene with several great facilities making it easy for local people to enjoy the very best music, theatre and film on their doorstep.
Its church of St John the Baptist was a focal point of the town from its early days, with the building enjoying minster status. In 1200, the town was given the right to host its own market day, which changed many times over the next few centuries before settling on Tuesday from the late-18th century.
Through the Middle Ages, Bromsgrove became a hub for the wool trade, with cloth and other materials manufactured. This began to fall away by the 18th century.
Another key development came in 1841 when Bromsgrove railway works was established, providing employment for people in the town until it closed in 1964. Major restoration of the church of St John the Baptist took place in 1858 and it remains a key landmark in the area.
Entertainment, sport and days out
Several highlights of Bromsgrove are related to its fascinating past. All residents should take a look at the cottages used by nailers during the town’s nail-making years, while The Guild - once the home of the Bromsgrove Guild of Craftsmen - is another must-see.
The Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is also worth checking out, while the town’s performing arts centre, Atrix, hosts a number of plays, shows and other performances. Fans of the arts should take a look at the programme of events to see the full selection.
Football lovers can catch a game involving local side Bromsgrove Sporting FC, who play at the Victoria Ground, while Bromsgrove CC is the town’s premier cricket side.
Another good idea is to head into the countryside, with numerous beautiful spots found close to Bromsgrove. These include Lickey Hills Country Park and Chaddesley Woods National Nature Reserve.
Eating, drinking & shopping
Alternatively, people can look towards one of the local pubs for a tasty meal, with the Nailers Arms one of the most popular establishments. Other great options include the Ladybird Inn and the Wildmoor Oak.
Shoppers have an extremely pleasant environment in which to browse and buy in Bromsgrove. The town’s traditional high street is a bustling, vibrant retail centre that is packed with character and charm.
This area underwent significant redevelopment in 2014 when £2 million was spent on improving facilities. A host of major high street stores have a base in Bromsgrove, including New Look, Boots, Dorothy Perkins and Waterstones.
Plenty of independent shops and boutiques continue to trade in the high street alongside their more established counterparts. And on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday, a busy street market is held to further extend the range of goods on offer.
Schools & healthcare
Bromsgrove and the surrounding area is home to a good range of schools for children of all ages. Seven new schools have been built in the region in recent years, all of which boast state-of-the-art facilities, while existing institutions such as Waseley Hills High School have been upgraded.
Some 78.7 per cent of students in Bromsgrove District achieve at least five GCSEs between grades A* and C, compared with a national target of 53 per cent.
The Princess of Wales Community Hospital is the town’s primary healthcare facility, offering a range of treatments and medical care for people who require it. There are also several local surgeries and clinics for those with everyday ailments.
The town has its own railway station, with regular services to Birmingham, Worcester and Hereford. There is also an excellent local bus service with connections throughout the Midlands.