Live the Life
Located in Northwest Wiltshire, Chippenham is a thriving market town. It lies 20 miles east of Bristol, 86 miles west of London and 4 miles west of The Cotswolds. It can trace its roots back to Georgian times when it was given the nickname “Little Bath” and it has a wonderful history that is well worth exploring.
It’s a lively town with a compact town centre and busy market on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s a real community feel here, and if you’re looking to live in the countryside but still be well-connected, it could be the ideal place to live. Longleat, Bowood, Dyrham Park, Corsham Court and Lacock Abbey are all located nearby, and Bath is only ten minutes away by train.
Things to see and do
Chippenham has stunning parks, lovely play areas for children and modern shopping centres. John Coles Park is a particular highlight and has a fantastic SplashPad for the children to play in in the summer months.
There are lots of events in the town to enjoy, from Pancake Races on the High Street in March to a Folk Festival every May, a bi-annual North Wiltshire Festival in July to a Children’s Fun Day in August. If you’re a fishing fan you won’t want to miss the Chippenham Open Challenge Fishing Match on the River Avon in September, which runs alongside a Beer Festival. There’s also an annual Eddie Cochran Festival, Classic Car Rally, antique fairs and much more. Chippenham is a town that has a full programme of community events for you to enjoy, whatever your interests are.
The town has all the main amenities you could need, banks, libraries, plenty of good pubs, restaurants and cafes. There’s also a museum and a medieval Yelde Hall which is the perfect location for theatre productions. If you would like to grow your own fruit and vegetables, there are six allotment sites in the town.
Chippenham is a wonderful place for nature lovers. Why not go to feed the ducks at Derriads Pond, off Drake Crescent? It’s a haven for wildlife, as is Baydons Wood, which is a great place to visit as you do the riverside walk at Pewsham. It was created in 2000 and comprises of oak, ash and field maple trees. It’s home to frogs, wrens, badgers and rabbits.
There are several outstanding and good schools in Chippenham. These include St Mary's School (Snr) and St Margaret's School (Prep), Malmesbury School, Stonar School, Queen's Crescent Primary School and Sutton Benger Church of England Aided Primary School.
Wiltshire College is one of the biggest public funded Further and Higher Education colleges in the UK. It has a campus in Chippenham and offers a range of part-time, full-time, university level and apprenticeship courses.
Getting to Chippenham
Chippenham is only ten minutes from junction 17 of the M4. You’ll need to join the A350 and follow the signs. If you’re travelling from Bath, you should follow the A4 heading east.
Chippenham railway station is in the town centre and offers frequent trains to London Paddington, Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Portsmouth Harbour. When the fully electrified mainline opens in 2019, Chippenham will only be an hour away from London.