Biggleswade has an interesting history and during the 18th Century was an important coaching centre, courtesy of the nearby Great North Road along which stood many inns, some of which still remain today.
The town plays host to a mix of independent and chain stores with out-of-town superstores and a retail park. The Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre is close by, while additional sporting amenities include rugby and football clubs. Golfing enthusiasts will appreciate the John O'Gaunt Golf Club situated between the town and nearby Sandy; recently voted one of the top 100 golf clubs in the country.
The countryside surrounding the town is considered some of the prettiest in the UK, with winding country roads leading to quaint villages, traditional pubs and farm shops. Nearby Old Warden boasts some of the most picturesque scenery, with its traditionally thatched cottages remaining. Home to the quintessentially British 'cream tea' after Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford popularised the custom in the mid 1700's, the area has become famous for its enormous range of tea shops, golf clubs and stately homes in which to indulge the most traditional of pastimes.
Penrose Park is very well connected for business locally, nationally and internationally.
- Strong transport links to and from London and nearby Cambridge (only 40 miles north of central London and 20 miles south-west of Cambridge)
- The area is well served by the A1 between London and the North
- The railway station on the East Coast Main Line provides services from Biggleswade into Kings Cross station in as little as 35 minutes
- Regular bus services connect Hitchin, Sandy and Bedford, whilst Cambridge can be reached in approximately 35 minutes by car
Penrose Park will be complemented by the addition of a new lower school and community centre, in addition to the existing primary, middle and secondary schools in the area. In Biggleswade itself there are a range of private, religious and state-owned schools.
University options in the area are diverse, including the University of Bedfordshire, Bedford College, Cranfield University and De Montford University as well as further afield to the 40 institutions in London, which attract a student population of over 400,000 students from all over the globe.