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The Phoenix Festival

The day after Reading festival, Ryan and I decided to go to another festival, and this one was a lot closer to home – The Phoenix festival in Cirencester. It’s a two day event held in Cirencester’s Abbey Grounds and 2017 celebrates its 5th birthday. The festival focuses on local musicians – one of my favourite local bands, Subslider, performed Saturday afternoon – and tribute artists. This year’s headline acts were Los Palmas 6 (Madness tribute) and David Live (David Bowie tribute). The event has two main stages, an open mic stage, a DJ booth and a performer’s arena. It’s very Read More…

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Cirencester Amphitheatre and Querns Wood

Today I went on a walk through Cirencester, mostly to catch Pokemon on the Pokemon Go game for Android(!) 😉 but also to enjoy some time outdoors. I like walking but it’s been very cold lately and I haven’t been able to go out walking much. Thankfully today was a lot warmer and perfect for a walk.  I stopped off in town and had lunch in The West Cornwall Pasty shop, did a bit of retail therapy (I bought a pair of jeans from a charity shop for ÂŁ5 – bargain!) and took a walk around the outskirts of Cirencester Read More…

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Favourite places to eat in Cirencester

There are loads of places to eat in Cirencester! If there’s one thing we’re not short of it’s pubs and restaurants (as well as charity shops and mobile phone stores 😉 ). For breakfast Made by Bob If you have money to spend then Made By Bob in Cirencester Corn Hall is the place to go. Using fresh ingredients, everything is made on site – no reheating here – you can watch the chefs hard at work in the open plan kitchen. I usually have the home-made spicy beans on toast. I do advise getting there early though as it’s Read More…

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How we spent our Staycation

We had a Staycation last week, the weather was pretty good. Cloudy and not too warm on some of the days but the rain held off! 🙂 In my last post I wrote a list of things we planned to do with our week off, here’s what we decided on. Monday was mostly spent at home and at the gym. Ryan has a weekly training session on a Monday and I have an evening class so we planned around these and had pepperoni pizza for dinner. Ryan’s mum was admitted to hospital Monday morning after breaking her hip and leg; Read More…

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Cirencester’s bookshop cafĂ©

Cirencester bookshop Waterstones opened their new cafĂ© at the end of January and we visited for a coffee and a cake last weekend. Previously the space had been home to a Costa Coffee which we very rarely visited  (there was already another larger Costa Coffee in the town). We were presently surprised by the new cafĂ©, the staff were very friendly and helpful. Speaking with the staff we found out that the cafĂ© uses local produce from Cirencester’s Whiddetts Bakers and cakes from Chalford’s Lavender Bakehouse. I had a soya hot chocolate and a millionaire’s shortbread, mum had a black Read More…

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Cirencester : A Town Guide

Cirencester, Gloucestershire: The capital of the cotswolds. NB. I have also submitted a similar article at Cut Out + Keep. The best thing about Cirencester (or Corinium) is its history. It was the second largest Roman town and has a bunch of historical sites in the town and surrounding villages. On Cotswold Avenue is the site of a Roman amphitheatre. It’s still buried but retains its shape. It’s great for a walk and for taking photos from the top! The Corinium Museum in Cirencester is, as you’d expect, dedicated to the Roman history of the town but also national history. Read More…