The crisp, cold air of winter with the sun hanging low in the clear evening sky. Very few sounds apart from waves lapping gently on the beach, a single fishing boat chugging it’s way along the shore and the distant hum of conversation and laughter coming from a nearby pub. Sometimes, evenings are made …

If you live a fair distance from a theme park or attraction, it’s likely that you will want to make the most of your trip. I find that for many theme parks it’s worth spending a couple of days exploring, especially if it’s not a park you can visit regularly. Alton Towers, deep in …

Do you like gin? If so, you’re in the right place. There has been a huge rise in the popularity of gin over the past few years, with craft gins and local distilleries popping up everywhere. You can’t seem to go into a bar without a huge display of gin on the back counter, …

Live music is one of my main passions. The buzz of seeing a band or artist that you love perform live is exciting, exhilarating and can leave long lasting memories. In terms of value for money, music festivals are a great way to catch lots of bands play. Whether you are familiar with a …

How many of you have realised in a desperate attempt to see the world, you completely ignore what’s on your doorstep? I, for one, am definitely in this group. As a young twenty something I settled in the university and commuter town of Reading, Berkshire. It wasn’t planned. A work opportunity and some quick …

[AD] I enjoy living near London. It’s always great to jump on a train for 25 minutes and be in our vibrant capital city. There is just so much to explore, and with constant new developments popping up, the decisions on what do are almost endless. One part of London that I haven’t explored …

As a Reading resident, Oxford is practically on my door step. I have often visited the city for nights out, concerts and walking tours. There has usually been a specific reason though, so I haven’t had the chance to fully explore the city. Recently, I had some concert tickets booked so decided to make …

Carters Steam Fair [AD] If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I am something of a theme park fan. Heading out to a theme park to ride roller coasters is a great way to spend a day. When it comes to fairgrounds though, I am generally not as …

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 …

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 …