Leisure & Recreation
The town has a number of leisure centres. Didcot Wave, with its leisure pool, beach area and flumes, gym and sports facilities, and Didcot Leisure Centre where there is a sports hall, squash courts and exercise studio, are both within walking distance of Bradbery Gardens. Hadden Hill Golf Club, a beautifully designed 18-hole parkland course, is less than three miles to the east, and the many large open spaces nearby range from formal gardens to the delightful Millennium Woods and the Mowbray Fields Local Nature Reserve. For longer walks the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is just eight miles to the east.
Located between the M40 and the M4, around 18 and 10 miles away respectively, and within 60 miles drive of Heathrow Airport, the development is less than four miles from the A34 and 16 from the centre of Oxford. Buses between Oxford, Didcot town centre and Wantage pass along Didcot Road, around 300 yards from Bradbery Gardens, while trains between Oxford, a 15 minute trip, and London Paddington, a journey of 50 minutes, stop at Didcot Parkway Station, 20 minutes’ walk away.
There is a pharmacy within DidcotCommunity Hospital, half a mile to the east of Bradbery Gardens, and a small shopping area a little further on that includes a Co-op food store, petrol station and post office as well as food takeaways. In the town centre, the Orchard Centre houses more than 30 shops and businesses with many high street names, including a Sainsbury’s supermarket, as well as refreshments and occasional live music at the Wildwood Kitchen. In addition, there is a Tesco superstore on the eastern edge of the town.
Education & Health
The Stephen Freeman Community Primary School, less than a mile from Bradbery Gardens, was described by Ofsted as providing outstanding care for pupils. The two single sex secondary schools, St Birinus and Didcot Girls’ School, combine for sixth form teaching. There is a nearby medical practice, Woodlands, and a dental surgery adjacent to Didcot Community Hospital.
Drayton, three miles away, has a Waste Recycling Centre that accepts most household materials and packaging as well as electrical items, garden waste and textiles.
Arts & Entertainment
The Cornerstone, Didcot’s new multi-purpose arts centre, presents a mixture of entertainment including drama, comedy, music and children’s shows. As well as the live performances, it incorporates a bar and café, and is the venue for a range of classes and workshops from acting to yoga. In addition to an eclectic choice of bars, cafés and restaurants, the town’s attractions range from a Cineworld multiplex to the fascinating Railway Centre, where there is a museum, a maintenance workshop and a working steam railway.