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A Snapshot into...Yeovil

  • August 16, 2021

Yeovil is a town and civil parish in the district of South Somerset, England, with a population of 45,000. Yeovil’s house prices are a steal, particularly when comparing them to other areas in Somerset and the South West as a whole. The average price for property in Yeovil stands at £250,517, according to Zoopla. It is just 40 miles from Bristol, just off the A37, whilst the A30 and A303 are close by; has good public transport links as well and is only a short journey away from Durdle Door in Dorset or Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Yeovil is big enough that it has most of the facilities a city would offer, with good supermarkets, the popular park Nine Springs and a major hospital which is one of the country’s leading coronavirus vaccination hubs. As with most places in Somerset and South West, the sense of community is strong and the people of the town are friendly. Despite being a large town, Yeovil can have the neighbourhood feel of a small village.

Yeovil Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the organisation responsible for running Yeovil Hospital. It provides acute care for a population of about 180,000, people living in South Somerset, North and West Dorset, and parts of Mendip. Yeovil Hospital is situated next to the town centre and has good road and rail links. All services are provided on one easily accessible site with a multi-storey car park providing plenty of on-site parking.

On average:

  • 44,145 people are admitted to the hospital.
  • 46,453 people attend the emergency department.
  • 43,600 x-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic tests and scans are carried out.
  • 1,509 babies were born in the maternity unit.

Facts about Yeovil

  • In the 70s there was a lion that used to live in Yeovil. Allegedly, Tara the lion used to live out the back of her owner's shop, The Cooker King. Alan Lovell, the owner of Tara, used to apparently be seen walking his lion around Yeovil, when apparently the 'Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976' came in which meant he could no longer do so.
  • The town is built around the 14th century St John the Baptist church, and there are numerous historic buildings, cafes, restaurants, and shops.
  • The football club in Yeovil are nicknamed "The Glovers", it is a reference to the history of glove-making in the town of Yeovil, which became a centre of the industry during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • The UK’s first motor car with internal combustion engine was found in Yeovil; they were one of Britain’s first automobile producing companies. 

Cost of Living in Yeovil

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre

£475.00

One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre

£450.00

Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre

£700.00

Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre

£750.00

Transportation

1ltr Petrol

£1.29

One-Way Public Transport Ticket

£2.00

Monthly Public Transport Ticket

£35.00

1km Taxi Journey

£1.33

Entertainment

Meal out for two in a local pub

£11.00

Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses

£35.00

Cinema tickets for one person

£9.00

One-month gym membership

£31.00

Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend

£10.00

Beer 0.5ltr bottle

£2.95

Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle

£0.97

Cappuccino

£2.57

Time It Takes to Travel by Train from Yeovil to Cities in the UK

City

Time it Takes to Travel

London

3 Hour 36 Minutes

Bristol

1 Hours 40 Minutes

Cardiff

2 Hour 56 Minutes

Manchester

5 Hours 44 Minutes

Newcastle

6 Hours 16 Minutes

Birmingham

3 Hours 42 Minutes

Liverpool

5 Hours 13 Minutes

Edinburgh

7 Hours 59 Minutes

Education in Yeovil

According to the government website, Yeovil has 54 primary schools and 14 Secondary schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit https://bit.ly/3m1Bgt4.

The Yeovil College University Centre is focused on offering quality higher education to the people of South Somerset and the surrounding community. University Centres are typically smaller than the more mainstream universities, and generally exist as part of a college. The arrangement also means that University Centres tend to offer unique qualifications to the larger universities, as study is underpinned by the unique facilities and resources of the Centre.

Yeovil Campus is a BU teaching base dedicated to BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing students at Bournemouth University. Since opening in 2004, more than 1000 student nurses have studied at the campus with many working locally in a variety of nursing and health visiting positions.

Things to do in Yeovil:

Cary Alpacas

Cary Alpacas have a small herd of alpacas, based in Somerset, UK. They breed alpacas with a relaxed environment in which they can develop their unique characters and invite the public in to come and meet them!

Ninesprings

Ninesprings is a country park situated in the South East of Yeovil, Somerset, the United Kingdom. It is the largest country park in South Somerset, spanning over 20 acres. It is a beautiful park with several small waterfalls with seated areas and bridges to explore!

The Octagon Theatre

The Octagon Theatre is South Somerset’s premier arts and entertainment venue. Owned and managed by South Somerset District Council the venue welcomes over 130,000 visitors a year for a range of fantastic live performances from top quality production companies. The theatre’s programme offers something for everyone with performances for children, world-class comedy, stunning opera and dance, captivating drama and fantastic live music.

Ready2climb

Ready2climb provides adventurous activities including rock climbing, bouldering, caving, minigolf and inflatables.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Fleet Air Arm Museum will thrill the whole family. Get up close and personal with Europe's largest collection of Naval aircraft and see the first British Concorde. You'll 'Fly' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal where two enormous projection screens show aircraft taking off and landing.

Relocating to Yeovil

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Yeovil, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

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