The rise in independent craft and micro breweries over the past few years has been phenomenal. Do you remember the days of heading to your local pub, to be met with a row of taps featuring all the large brand, run of the mill beers and lagers? Not any more. Nowadays, a lot of pubs are likely to feature a great selection of craft beers from local brewers. There are tap takeovers from breweries, as well as collaborations which promote the smaller outfits. My local area of Reading in Berkshire is not short on breweries. The last few years has seen a rise in numbers of smaller brewers opening in Berkshire. The great thing about these breweries, is that they are opening their doors to the public to sample their beers and tour their facilities. Which brings me nicely onto three excellent Berkshire Brewery Tours I have recently visited.

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Ticking off the bucket list in Saariselkä, Lapland

When you’re planning a bucket list holiday, you want to take away a bunch of great memories that you will never forget. Treat the trip as a once in a lifetime experience and do as many exciting things as you can at your destination. Lapland is one of those destinations – a winter wonderland full of exciting activities that will leave you with a desire to head back for more. We recently spent a week staying in and near the town of Saariselkä, Lapland and certainly ticked off those bucket list activities. One of those experiences was to sleep in a Glass Igloo – you can read all about that here.

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Throughout my adult years I had wanted to visit the South Cornwall coast. Being a fan of spending time near the sea, it has always made sense to visit. With sandy beaches, beautiful coastal walks and pretty harbour towns, it seemed like an idyllic part of the UK. However, being a five hour drive from my hometown of Reading, with some notorious traffic hot-spots along the way, I kept putting it off. Then one day, a musician I liked announced a show in Cornwall that I simply could not miss, so a plan was formed.

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