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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

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

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

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

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

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…

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”

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

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

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

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

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!!!

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

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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Escape Rooms

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that escape rooms are having a moment right now. Just like gin is the new vodka, escape rooms are the new zombie run and Reading is right there in the heart of the action with a selection of venues and...

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Reading Prison

This morning, IR has been incredibly excited to receive a visualisation of what the Reading Prison space could look like, courtesy of a David Cooper at Barton Willmore. It opens up the space to both the art and culture of today, plus the history found in the nearby...

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Valentine’s Day

It's February and that means Valentine's Day is nearly upon us! Even if you aren't big into the day itself, we have so many fabulous local businesses on our doorstep, it's worth keeping a few ideas in your back pocket for the next time you want to treat someone, just...

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Murder Mystery in Reading

A Dish to Die For… #WhoKilledAmeliaCook Like, seriously...who killed her? Can you help solve Reading's latest murder mystery? The team behind A Melody for Murder are back with their latest murder mystery and here are three reasons I think you should join the...

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Fragrance Workshop at Humos

This is a Guest Post: This week's Independent Reading post comes from guest blogger, Tara Tunstall. She was invited down to Humos, the new aromatherapy fragrance bar in Caversham to try blending her own, signature scent. (You might remember their Joy reed diffuser...

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