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July 2024 | Events & Local Area

How to explore your neighbourhood

The boxes are unpacked, clothes hung up and keys sorted. The next step is to discover the neighbourhood in and around Manor Lakes. But where do you begin?


When you first move to a new area, leave the car at home and take a walk and discover your local area on foot. It’s a great way to get acquainted with your neighbourhood, its streets and its inhabitants – human and furry! Walking is also a great way to get your kids excited. If their new school or a park is within walking distance of your home, make that your first outing. If you start taking regular walks, you’re also more likely to bump into neighbours who’ll tell you about the area and point out interesting places to see.


Next step is to get to know the sections of your neighbourhood that make you feel at home. On your first few days out, discover what’s essential to your way of life. Where are the nearest supermarket, grocer and baker? When are they open and what’s the best way to get there? What is the best route to get to school?


Enjoying a regular jog, cycle or walk before work helps you feel like a local. People see you, and you’ll become part of the community quicker. You’ll soon start recognising people you see out and about. Then, before you know it, you’ll be stopping to chat and making friends.


Getting to know your neighbourhood is good not only from a practical point of view but also your mental health. Feeling connected to the community in which you live reduces the sense of isolation and loneliness, which in turn reduces stress levels and depression.

So why not find out what community groups you can join. Maybe a local gardening group, sports club, book club or neighbourhood watch group where you have a chance to meet and make friends.

The bottom line? The more you put into your neighbourhood and community, the more you receive back.