Living in Corby, Northamptonshire
If you’re looking for a new home, the (almost) new town of Corby in Northamptonshire may be the ideal place for you.
While the town has a long and varied history, huge investment and expansion has seen it develop vastly in recent years. The town was named Britain’s number one ‘most thriving community’ in a report published by the Sunday Times in October 2019, cementing its status as a growing town.
Corby benefits from a number of large employers in the town, as well as increasing leisure facilities and strong travel links with the rest of the country. With the average house price in the area £185,000, below the national average, and new housing developments in place across the local area, it’s a perfect time to invest in a new home here.
You will find the majority of amenities needed for daily life within Corby. There are a number of banks, post offices, dentists, GP surgeries, supermarkets and a library located throughout the town, serving to the needs of local residents. The nearest hospital, Kettering General Hospital, is less than 10 miles away.
Corby is home to many well-known employers, including Staples, RS Components, Joules Clothing, Avon Cosmetics and Weetabix. The town has an employment rate of 77.3%, placing it above the national average.
Those living locally can find work within most industries, including sales, culinary, manufacturing, education, customer service and administration. Due to the town’s good transport links and location within the East Midlands, it is commutable to many cities, including Northampton, Leicester, Peterborough and London, opening up even further career opportunities in the near distance.
The sense of community is strong in Corby with a number of clubs and centres available in the town. Most of the estates within the town benefit from their own local leisure centres, and these are used for local meetings, entertainment functions and for club meetings.
There are over 100 sports clubs in Corby and the surrounding areas, covering sports from netball and rugby to gymnastics and boxing. There are also a number of charitable organisations within the area which welcome new volunteers, allowing anyone and everyone to find a new hobby that interests them.
Corby sits in close proximity to a number of major roads, including the A6 (providing travel to Leicestershire), the A43 (providing travel south west towards Northampton and North East towards Stamford and Peterborough) and the A14. The A14 in a westerly direction offers access onto the M6 (providing travel to Birmingham and beyond) or in the easterly direction heading to the A1 providing access to the North, or towards Cambridge and beyond.
Until 2009, Corby was one of the largest towns in Europe not to have a railway station. Fortunately, the opening of the train station a decade ago has allowed for easier travel to and from Corby. Frequent services run to Kettering, Wellingborough, Luton, Derby and London St Pancras. London St Pancras is within easy commutable distance being reachable within 90 minutes by train.
Stagecoach run a regular bus service, offering transportation throughout Corby and surrounding areas. The X4 service also offers hourly travel to Northampton and Peterborough.
The town conveniently lies within one to two hours' drive of four international airports: Birmingham, Luton, Stansted and East Midlands, making travel abroad easier.
Corby is home to a number of pre-schools, providing daycare for young children through the week. There is also a number of highly regarded primary schools within the local area too.
There are four secondary schools in Corby, with The Brooke Weston Academy, being one of the secondary schools in the town that is rated outstanding by Ofsted. Corby is also home to a number of acclaimed educational facilities, and for special and bespoke learning requirements.
Tresham College provides further education and part-time courses for those looking to enhance their learning. Available courses at the college include music, business, performing arts and motorsport.
Corby benefits from a number of sports and recreation facilities. There are a number of gyms within the town: this includes Corby Health & Fitness, run by Corby Borough Council, which holds a number of exercise classes, boot camps and sports facilities available for use by clubs and residents. Corby East Midlands International Pool offers an Olympic swimming pool, complete with diving facilities and child’s pool.
Corby Tennis Centre also offers tennis courts for use on a pay-and-play basis, as well as coaching. Local skatepark Adrenaline Alley offers facilities for BMXing and skate-boarding and is the largest skatepark in the country. Residents can also make use of the nearby Priors Hall Golf Course, Gravity Trampoline Park and the weekly park run at West Glebe Recreation Ground.
The town also benefits from access to a number of parks for walking and other outdoor activity, including East Carlton Country Park and Rockingham Forest.
One of Corby’s most popular facilities is the Savoy Cinema, located in the town centre and showing a mixture of new releases, National Theatre performances and old favourites.
Another hotspot is The Core at Corby Cube, the town’s theatre, which hosts regular entertainment. Past performers at the Core have included Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr and Brian May, while the theatre is also well-known for its amateur dramatic productions and tribute act performances.
The town is host to a number of dining facilities, ranging from big chain names like Nando’s and Prezzo’s to local restaurants, cafes and country pubs. A variety of local bars and clubs also provide the town’s nightlife.
Those looking for a leisure activity with a difference may appreciate Trapp’d, an escape room business founded in the local area, which is sure to provide visitors with a thrill!
Corby’s cultural side is shown in a number of annual festivals and events, such as the Mardi Gras which sees different art installations pop up across the town each year. The Highland Gathering has also been held every summer since 1968, and sees Corby celebrate its strong links to Scotland with a weekend of highland dancing, bagpiping and other Scottish traditions.
Willow Place shopping, found in Corby’s town centre, hosts around 150 stores, mixing together big-name brands like Boots, Primark and WH Smiths with independent and small retailers.
The town's Old Village holds a further selection of independent retailers to be enjoyed by local residents and visitors.
Further afield, residents can benefit from wider shopping options, with Rushden Lakes, Leicester Highcross and Fosse Park all within reachable distance.
The earliest history of Corby was in the 8th century, when Danish invaders settled in the area. The connection is still reflected in Corby’s community today, with one of the town’s estate based on the area settled and called ‘Danesholme’ as a tribute.
In 1568, Elizabeth I granted Corby a charter that exempted landowners from tolls and due. Since 1862, a Pole Fair has been held every 20 years to celebrate the charter.
In more recent years, the town has become known for its steel. The creation of a large steel plant in the 1930s attracted workers from across the UK towards Corby, predominantly from Ireland and Scotland. Corby’s Scottish heritage is remembered today, with the town fondly known as ‘little Scotland’. The steelworks also manufactured steel tubes to helping Britain’s efforts in the Second World War.
There are many sites of heritage within the local area. Rockingham Castle, a former royal castle and hunting lodge, is open over the summer for visitors, as well as hosting a number of historical fairs and heritage days.
Corby also has its own heritage centre, located in the Old Village, where residents can learn about the history of the area in detail.
One of Corby’s most interesting sights is the Corby Cube, located in the town centre. The large, glass building, in the shape of a Cube, is home to the town's main library, theatre, registry office and other council services.
There are a number of developments under construction, making it a great time to move to Corby.
Priors Hall Park, an expanding area located on the edge of the town and set in 965 acres of parkland has many new residents settled into life in Corby. The parkland continues to grow with the addition of open spaces, cafes and other community amenities. Larkfleet Homes and are building new homes here at their Gretton Valley site, with a number of one, two, three and four-bed homes available.
On the opposite side of Corby, you will find the Oakley Vale estate. This developing area already boasts its own shopping area and primary school and is continuing to grow. Allison Homes’ Oakley Rise site, based in the heart of Oakley Vale, has two, three, four and five-bed homes available.
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