The Estate attracts many families because the lack of through traffic means that it is simply a great place for children and teenagers.

There is a strong community and occasional events such as street parties mean that families get to know each other well. Children spend much of their time at each others' houses.

Activities for children abound: music, sport, theatre, dance, shows … pretty much anything you could want within a couple of miles.

The Estate Community Centre has a variety of social events, trips and courses. It also houses UK Online centre with excellent IT facilities that are available for either no charge (or just for the cost of printing) and it is for residents' use.

Local sports facilities include tennis, bowls, open air swimming (pool or pond) jogging on the Heath or running track and, recently in the winter, an ice rink.

If all that seems too exhausting, the most popular local pastime is sitting outside one of the many local cafés chatting.