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 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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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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