3 reasons why you should move to Northwich

PUBLISHED: 00:00 14 April 2020

Witton Street, Northwich

Witton Street, Northwich

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A one-stop shop of the people, places and properties in this delightful up-and-coming town.

Brunner public library on Witton StreetBrunner public library on Witton Street

Not every town is lucky enough to have more than £80 million pumped into it as part of a major regeneration plan, but not every town is Northwich.

The historic market town has been injected with a new lease of life to shake off its sleepy status, with a hit of trendy architecture, modernisation and community hubs that are proving a plus with commuters wanting a hint of country living to constrast their city work-life.

Not only is the town an idyllic spot for its close proximity to outstanding countryside spaces including Delamere Forest and Tatton Park, its local heritage is a biggie. The swanky new Barons Quay shopping centre is laden with high street favourites and chic eateries, and when the sun hits just right its new waterside space is a haven for summer picnics and friendly hang-outs. And the town’s calendar is one to note – if it’s not the monthly artisan market shining a light on local makers, it’s the annual events and festivals that bring the wow factor. And just a few miles down the road sits the pretty Blakemere Village, a picturesque hub perfect for a nosy and a good wander. It’s time this central Cheshire location is plonked firmly where it belongs: on the list of recognition.

Witton StreetWitton Street

CULTURE AND COUTURE

Bumbling through the town centre, there’s a feel of old-meets-new with independents nestled alongside picturesque buildings, churches and old pubs. And one thing seems certain – things are on the up.

A good place to start is Abda, a quality coffee shop, fusing Middle Eastern and western flavours to create a special palate (thanks to owner and coffee consultant Abda Obeid-Findlay’s Sudanese heritage). For a touch of retail therapy there’s fun, fabulous fashion at Bella Boutique, and mum-and-daughter-owned White Ribbon Boutique for exclusive ladies’ fashion at affordable prices. If you want a zero-waste home, refill your old plastic containers at Weigh of the World, with everything from beans and baking ingredients to washing-up liquid and toilet cleaner. And for a sugar rush, be sure to pop to Northwich’s only dessert bar, Pretty Princess Cakes and Bakes, for cakes, bakes, waffles and shakes.

Barons Quay shopping centreBarons Quay shopping centre

BARONS QUAY

The much-awaited arrival of Barons Quay has taken the Northwich scene up to a whole new level. You’ll be spoilt for choice with its handful of highstreet stores, but for some time out, head to The Coffee House, the latest addition to a small group of independent coffee shops changing the way people eat, drink and socialise.

Alternatively, try Barons Quay Social for nibbles or simply to relax at the bar or on the terrace. You’ll find streetfood and entertainment at the Northwich Artisan Market, held on the second Saturday of each month. And for the kids, The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm has branched out with the launch of family eatery and indoor soft play Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest, to make eating out with children a fun and new experience, while next door there’s plans for swimming centre Puddle Ducks to open a pool for babies, toddlers and children.

High Street, NorthwichHigh Street, Northwich

BAG A PROPERTY

The Northwich postcode is home to an interesting mix of property, be it country homes in rural areas, attractive village locations or new developments and options for first-time buyers. Situated in the heart of Cheshire, with its rich and varied history, former links to the salt and ICI industries and two rivers that meet in its centre, plus a picturesque marina and beautiful open countryside, the market town is a vibrant choice of hometown. ‘There’s some exciting progress happening around Northwich as we move into a new era,’ says Edward Mellor Estate Agents’ area valuer Stephen Nixon. ‘The town is instantly recognised for its distinctive swing bridges and the Bull Ring with its timber-framed black and white buildings, and the £80 million Barons Quay retail and leisure hub is an integral part of the town’s regeneration. Northwich and its surrounding areas are a perfect base for commuters, with great access to two airports and several major centres throughout the North West via the motorway and rail network.

There are outstanding educational facilities and some fabulous landmarks including Delamere Forest, the world-famous Anderton Boat Lift, Marbury County Park, Arley Hall and Gardens, and the award-winning Lion Salt Works.’

Why I moved here

LISA RUSSETT

I was living in Widnes and my fiancé in Crewe, but we were getting married and wanted a nice place in the middle, so we decided on Northwich. We absolutely love it. There is enough going on that you’re always entertained, but you’re also in the countryside so can go on lovely walks.

Why I’ve stayed here

Kirsty Wernham

I’ve lived in Northwich for about 14 years, having grown up originally in the south. Northwich feels like home; the people are friendly, it’s a good size town for day-to-day things, is surrounded by countryside but is also close enough to motorways to easily head off elsewhere or for a night out in Chester, Liverpool or Manchester.

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