Guide type: Area Guide
13th July 2016
Situated less than 25 miles west from Central London, Slough is fast-becoming one of the most popular residential pockets outside of London, and with new transport projects such as Crossrail and the Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRAtH), plus regeneration worth £450m, the desirability to live and invest in the area will only continue to rise.
The Slough Community Leisure trust was introduced back in 2000 as a non-profit organisation to work with Slough Borough Council to provide new services and facilities for the community. In its first seven years it invested more than £4m in upgrading Slough’s social infrastructure and now controls eight venues in the area, including health and fitness centres, entertainment establishments and conference buildings.
Slough runs a number of awards schemes to praise specific individuals, raise awareness for charities and community projects, and applaud local businesses in the area. The Slough Youth Awards, for instance, offers accolades within a number of different categories from the Young Artist Award and Young Environmentalist Award to the Young Entrepreneur Award.
Slough Business Awards is another community celebration, held every year to rate and reward the performance and innovativity in Slough’s corporate sector, from start-ups to micro-businesses, entrepreneurs and exporters.
The Slough Voluntary Sector Awards also rewards the achievements of Slough’s voluntary groups, with prize money going towards the charity or organisation to enhance their community programmes.
The award-winning Montem, run by Synergy Health and Fitness, is one of the region’s largest leisure centres, running more than 140 classes each week. Visitors can enjoy the centre’s state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool, and spa facilities including a steam room and sauna.
Boasting six badminton courts, a volleyball, netball and basketball court, plus an Astro Pitch for football and hockey, Herschel Sports is also a huge favourite with the locals, often used for hosting tournaments and holiday clubs for the kids and the whole family to get involved in.
As well as being home to 10 community centres, offering a number of family-friendly events, Absolutely Leisure – a subsidiary of Slough Community Leisure – is dedicated to providing affordable entertainment opportunities, as well as free activities for Slough’s disabled groups. From ten pin bowling and go-karting to ice skating and laser combatting, there’s something for both kids (and big kids!) to enjoy.
Every September in Bloom Park, next to the Grand Union Canal, Slough hosts its very own weekend festival, offering a myriad of activities from boat trips, fishing and falconry, to arts and crafts, arena acts and bungee jumping, with a variety of food stalls to suit all tastes. The festival attracts anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 attendees, and with the introduction of bungee jumping at last year’s festival, even more are expected at this year’s anticipated event.
Slough Borough Council manages nearly 630 acres of public open space, including Salt Hill Park, Herschel Park and Pippins Park, which all boast Green Flag status, offering the perfect spot for taking in the tranquil surroundings, whilst a number of on-site facilities are available to keep the kids busy, including tennis courts, skateboard areas and designated play zones.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking for an inviting new location to settle down in, or an established homeowner with a growing family, Slough is the ideal choice for anyone looking for a charming commuter town with an impressive community presence. To find out more about what it’s like living in Slough, take a look at our dedicated area guide.
Situated just 11 minutes’ walk from Slough station, which is expected to introduce Crossrail services from 2019, Skyline will comprise a fantastic selection of sleek studios, and one and two bedroom apartments – all superbly designed to meet Galliard’s exemplary specifications. Residents will also be just five minutes’ walk from the local amenities and shopping opportunities located on the High Street.
Set to launch on Saturday 19th November, Atria will provide a sensational offering of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, all highly-specified and expertly crafted to provide residents with a stylish, comfort-inducing residential experience. All apartments will come fully-furnished (at no extra cost) and with Stamp Duty paid. Residents will be just 10 minutes’ drive from Slough station (Crossrail 2019) for direct journeys into Central London in less than 20 minutes.