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Living in Yeovil: The local area guide

Yeovil is a bustling market town and civil parish that is situated in South Somerset, and is part of the Yeovil parliamentary constituency. Yeovil was mentioned in the Domesday book, and the name means 'town on the river', as the River Yeo flows through the town as well as through north Dorset. The town has thrived through many different ages, including the Roman times, and the market itself has more than 800 years of history, ever since King John granted the Market Charter.

Yeovil is full of open spaces, scenic countryside views, and county parks. Ninesprings is the largest county park in South Somerset and can be found in the south east of Yeovil, spanning over 20 acres. Nature lovers will appreciate the sight of wildlife, and may even spot the rare Water Vole, a semi-aquatic rodent.

The Grade I listed building of the Church of St John the Baptist is located in Yeovil, and was built at the end of the 14th century. There are two bells that are placed within the tower, one of them being recast from 2,042 kg to 2,264kg.

Demographics

Yeovil is divided into different wards but the entire Yeovil urban area has a population of approximately 30,378 people. In the wider area of South Somerset, there are roughly 161,243 inhabitants, with 51% being female. 90.5% of people in South Somerset were born in England, followed by 1.6% in Wales, 1.5% in Scotland, 0.4% in Northern Ireland and 0.3% in Ireland. 97.4% are English speakers, 1.1% speak Polish, while 0.3% have Portuguese as their mother tongue. 65.9% are Christian, 24.7% have no religion and 0.3% are Muslim.

In terms of occupations, skilled trades tops the list as most common with 16.6% of the population, followed by professional at 14.5%, associate professional and technical at 11.1% and elementary at 10.9%.

Education

For primary education, Huish Primary School is an excellent choice for children aged 5-11, and has been rated highly by Ofsted. Oaklands Community Primary School, Preston Church of England VC Primary School and St Gildas' Catholic Primary School are other good options for schooling.

The Park School is an independent school that offers sapling (for 3 – 5 year olds), junior school, senior school, sixth form and day or boarding school. Other notable secondary schools include Fairmead School, Razzamataz Theatre Schools Yeovil and Preston School. Yeovil College offers students options for further education and has a range of different courses from arts, design & media to English & history.

Transport

Yeovil is a very well connected town in general. There are two railway stations in Yeovil town, Yeovil Junction and Yeovil Pen Mill, the former being the busier of the two. The stations are managed by South West Trains, and depending on the time of day it is, London can be reached from Yeovil Junction in less than 2 and a half hours.

A number of different buses and night buses also take you in and around South Somerset. The A37 and A30 roads also connect to Yeovil and South Somerset.

Amenities and shopping

The Quedam Shopping centre in Vicarage Walk is a very popular destination for fashion lovers and is home to stores such as BHS, H&M, Holland & Barrett, Topshop, Primark and Marks & Spencer. The Somerset Farmers' Market is a very popular place when it comes to hot food offerings and a range of other locally sourced food. The market won an award in the “Taste of the West” Hospitality & Retail Awards in 2015.

The Great Lyde is a gastropub that serves lovely home cooked food, while The Quicksilver Mail is a classic pub with en-suite bedrooms available too.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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