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Reading Twilight Trail

Reading Twilight Trail

Hello again, I bring more festively themed words to you today! Last week we had the gift guide, this week we have something wonderful to do with the family this Christmas. The Twilight Trail will take place at Forbury Gardens from 8th December 2020 until 3rd January...

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Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

(Sings) "Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?" Too soon? Ok, maybe it's a little early for Christmas songs for some people but it's definitely not too early to start thinking about how we can support our local businesses this Christmas. Within this post you will find...

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Reading Fringe Festival Returns!

Reading Fringe Festival Returns!

Good afternoon and what a sunny afternoon it is! I come bearing fantastic news for those who have not yet heard...Reading Fringe Festival 2020 will go ahead!!! The fantastic team behind Reading Fringe Festival have secured funding to proceed with a digital version of...

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Keep It Up!

Keep It Up!

Some ideas from Independent Reading to help you #supportlocal while staying at home.

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Caversham

Caversham

There was a time when Caversham was part of Oxfordshire rather than Berkshire. With its close proximity to Reading, the 'Ding of course became its natural home and we're lucky to count it as part of this wonderful town today. If you're new to the Reading area, you...

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Indie Eats at The Castle Tap

Indie Eats at The Castle Tap

Eek, the first "organised by Independent Reading" event is coming soon and it'll be on the 10th October! We've teamed up with the wonderful team at The Castle Tap and four of our favourite, local food traders to put on an evening of epic-deliciousness proportions. You...

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Reading Fringe 2019

Reading Fringe 2019

It's one month to the day until Reading Fringe Festival 2019 launches, which means it's high time you checked out what's on and booked your tickets. We promise there is something for everyone, from family-friendly events, to strictly over-18s and Reading-focused...

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Refresh Health Club

Refresh Health Club

Hello, hello and welcome to the very last day of May! Today brings the third and final instalment of IR's "A Day in the Life Of..." series. For this final adventure, we meet Babs, the force behind Refresh Health Club in Caversham. Over to Babs... Babs Afolayan,...

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TimeTrap Escape Rooms

TimeTrap Escape Rooms

Welcome to the second in the IR "A Day in the Life Of..." series; today we learn more about the team behind Time Trap Escape Rooms and what it takes to run such an exciting business. Katie and Andrew, the brains behind TimeTrap Say hello to Katie and Andrew, the...

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The Forensic Experience

The Forensic Experience

Have you ever watched a crime drama on TV and had a moment when you imagine that you have the potential to be the ultimate detective and solve crimes instantly? (Don't pretend you haven't...) Well, IR has found the perfect experience for you and it's right here in...

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Rendezvous in Bratislava

Rendezvous in Bratislava

Hello and welcome to 2019! I hope January has been kind to you so far and that you’re looking forward to packing a lot of fun-filled adventures into the year. To start you off on the right foot, I’d like to share with you an interview I had with Miriam Sherwood, the...

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Khinkali Making at Geo-Cafe

Khinkali Making at Geo-Cafe

Update to the post. Since the time of my Khinkali experience, the Georgian Feast team have been in touch to announce that the café they are residing in is now known as Geo-Cafe with immediate effect. It's still the 10 Prospect Street site in Caversham. It's November,...

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It’s a Halloween Party…

It’s a Halloween Party…

And you're invited! IR is over the moon to invite you to the Halloween party of the year and we have an exclusive discount code to share with you too! Elysium Experiences, the people who brought the Prohibition Party to Reading earlier this year are hosting......

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Guest Post: “The Jolly Regulars”

Guest Post: “The Jolly Regulars”

This month's summer guest post comes courtesy of Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, who recently undertook a voluntary community project called The Jolly Regulars.  The Jolly Regulars is a series of interviews and portrait photos of 37 regulars (age 3 - 80) from...

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Reading Fringe

Reading Fringe

Good morning and happy Monday, one and all. IT IS FINALLY HERE...IT'S FRINGE WEEK! To celebrate the opening of the week that contains all of the weird, wonderful and down-right amazing shows that make up the Fringe, I would like to share with you the musings of...

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Creative Writing Club for Teens

Creative Writing Club for Teens

Hello and welcome to the first in this summer's guest post series! The first guest post comes all the way from our neighbours in Wokingham.   For this blog entry, guest author Alex Baker will be taking the reins. Alex is a volunteer at Wokingham Library when he...

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Rosie’s Chocolate Factory

Rosie’s Chocolate Factory

A few weeks ago I found myself in the incredibly fortunate position of being invited along to Rosie's Chocolate Factory in Wargrave to try out making some yummy chocolates of my very own. I wasn't quite sure exactly what to expect but excited nonetheless because,...

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Artisan & Farmers Market

Artisan & Farmers Market

Hands up, who's been to a market recently? OK, so your hand's still up...who's been to a market in Caversham recently? I'm going to hedge a bet that there are few of you who think you have the market scene in Reading nailed but haven't actually been over to...

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1 Month Until Reading Fringe!!!

1 Month Until Reading Fringe!!!

Yes, you read that correctly, there's just one month until Reading Fringe kicks off...that means you have only a few weeks to decide how you're going to organise your life to take in as many of the fantastic performances during those few days as you possibly can. (It...

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Floating Point

Floating Point

Since the inception of IR last year, there have been several requests for coverage of Pangbourne as there are a number of independent businesses operating there. Here's the first instalment... Last week I was invited to join 2017 Muddy Stiletto award winning, British...

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