There are a number of high performing schools in the local area that cater for children of all ages. The village has two schools – Shinfield Infant & Nursery School and Shinfield St Mary’s Church of England Junior School – both 15 minutes’ walk from Cutler’s Park. Whiteknights Primary and Geoffrey Field Infant schools are both less than two miles away, while Lambs Lane Primary and Grazeley Parochial CE Primary schools are around three miles away. For secondary age pupils Oakbank School is just a few minutes’ drive from the development; independent schools nearby include Crossfields School and Leighton Park School. Post-16 education providers include UTC Reading and Reading College. The University of Reading is around two miles from Cutler’s Park.
Around 10 minutes’ drive from the development, Reading town centre is a popular destination for visitors from throughout the area. Its two shopping centres – Broad Street Mall and The Oracle – are home to a wealth of well-known department and chain stores. Both centres also offer a wide selection of eateries, from traditional cafés and coffee shops to restaurants and bars.
Reading’s principle shopping street – the pedestrianised Broad Street – offers a mixture of big name brands and independents, while a short walk away on Friar Street, the Harris Shopping Arcade hosts a range of specialist and nice retailers. A regular street market and a farmers’ market also take place in the town centre.
Wokingham, six miles from the development, has a busy town centre with a number of high-street stores and independent shops along Peach Street, Market Place and Denmark Street. For greater retail choice, The Lexicon shopping mall in Bracknell boasts a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants, can be reached in 20 minutes by car from Cutler’s Park.
Shinfield’s location close to Reading means residents can take advantage of that town’s many leisure, entertainment and sporting amenities, in addition to those available in and around the village.
Sports facilities within easy reach of the development include Lodden Valley Leisure Centre, which has a swimming pool, gym, sports hall and fitness studios; the Ryeish Green Sports Hub and Spencers Wood Recreation Ground (all around two miles away).
Dinton Pastures Country Park, home to Dinton Activity Centre offers a range of activities, from fishing and boat hire to adventure golf and paddleboarding. It also has a play area and a café, and can be reached in 15 minutes by car.
Those more culturally inclined will delight in the work of the Shinfield Players, a thriving community group that presents plays, musicals and pantomimes in its theatre on Whitley Wood Lane. Wokingham Theatre also stages regular productions, while The Hexagon in Reading is a popular venue for live music, comedy, dance and family entertainment. The town also has a mulitplex cinema that shows the latest blockbuster movies, and an independent – Reading Film Theatre – that screens arthouse and world cinema.
Locally, there are several traditional pubs that serve food, including the Black Boy on Shinfield Road, The Swan at Three Mill Cross (five minutes’ drive away), and The George and Dragon in Swallowfield (around four miles from the development.) Shinfield is also home to a Michelin star fine dining restaurant – L’Ortolan – less than a mile from Cutler’s Park.
Transport links locally are excellent. The A33 (for Reading, Basingstoke, Winchester and Southampton), and the M4 (for Swindon, Bristol, Cardiff, Slough, Heathrow Airport and London) can both be reached within five minutes by car.
There are three railway stations around 10 minutes’ drive from the development – Earley, Winnersh and Winnersh Triangle – and trains for Woking, Bracknell, Clapham Junction and London Waterloo stop at all of them. Frequent fast trains run from Reading to London Paddington with a journey time of less than 30 minutes and regular services connect the town with Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford and Birmingham, among many other destinations.
Local buses stop within walking distance of Cutler’s Park and a new bus link is planned to further serve the development.
Local area information, including retail, leisure or other amenities is intended as general guidance only. References to schools and other educational establishments are included to illustrate their proximity to the development and should not be regarded as a guarantee of eligibility or admission. Travel times are approximate and by car unless otherwise stated.