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 the most of the situation. We booked a hotel for the night to enjoy a leisurely break. We arrived to Oxford on the train late morning on a Saturday and headed to our hotel to drop off bags, before heading out to explore for the day. Famed for its colleges, universities and stunning architecture, there is something for everyone in this city. For fans of the arts, architecture, shopping and nightlife, the city is a vibrant hub where history meets the modern day. Here are my recommendations for a perfect weekend in Oxford.

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Carters Steam Fair

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 keen. In recent years, typical fairground rides have become more extreme and intense than I am comfortable with, so I tend not to visit as much. So, when Carters Steam Fair comes to town, it’s something that is far more tailored to suit my enjoyment levels. Here are my thoughts on the vintage fairground experience of Carters Steam Fair, which comes to my hometown of Reading twice a year.

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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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