At first glance, Fordham is the quintessential Cambridgeshire village, with its pretty thatched cottages, duck pond and historic public houses. It is also home to a thriving community and some of the region’s lesser-known treasures – such as Fordham primary school – rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Michelin-guide featured restaurant and the boutique Hat Shop, perfect for browsing for that special event at the world-famous Newmarket racecourse. There are weekly events for all ages at Fordham’s Victoria Hall, a Georgian manor house and gardens. Fordham Abbey is also home to the UK’s first Sake brewery and centre for Japanese Culture, while Fordham Woods are a designated biological site of special interest due to the rare flora and fauna there. Everything you need is on your doorstep, from the local Co-op to the traditional butchers. When you don’t want the hassle of cooking, or want an impromptu evening out, local pubs The Crown and The Chequers provide traditional pub food – the latter also providing takeaway Indian meals – and both run regular community events. For special occasions The White Pheasant – featured in The Good Food Guide and The Michelin Guide – is well-known in the region for fine dining using local seasonal ingredients. And of course, Scotsdales Garden Centre is literally on your doorstep, with its beautiful arrangements of plants, flowers and gifts as well as its Sunflower café. When you need to venture further afield, you couldn’t be better placed…
Newmarket is under five miles away with its thriving town, its world famous racecourse and its train station where you can catch regular railway services to Cambridge, Stansted Airport, Norwich, London King’s Cross, Peterborough and Ipswich. Ely is less than 10 miles away, with its iconic cathedral, pretty scenery and numerous shops and eateries.
The beautiful architecture and world-class shopping, culture and leisure facilities of Cambridge are less than 20 miles way – perfect for days out or daily commuting. The Park and Ride on Newmarket Road takes the hassle of parking away and makes visiting this wonderful city even easier. Cambridge is also home to major employers, such as Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, occupied by organisations such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Abcam and CRUK.
When you need the car, the A14 (approximately three miles) and the A11 (approximately six miles) are all within easy reach of Fordham, taking you directly north, south, east or west. Fordham also has shared cycle routes which link to national routes taking you into Cambridge, Ely and the wider network.
For days out further afield, Thetford Forest is just over 20 miles away with its excellent walking and bike trails, and the brilliant shopping and eateries of Bury St Edmunds are also less than 20 miles from your door.
Rayners Green offers you the peace of village life with an abundance of things to do when you are ready for a change of pace. It is the perfect place to grow.