The Phoenix Festival 2019

Last weekend my family and I headed down to Cirencester town centre for their annual Phoenix festival. A two day music festival which is the only completely free festival based in the Cotswolds. The Phoenix Festival is most famous for showcasing local bands and tribute acts, and this year was no different with both a ‘Rolling Stones’ and ‘Tina Turner’ tribute performing this year. Although it’s a free festival, it is run solely by volunteers and relies on donations, which you can do so via charity buckets, buying festival merchandise (such as programmes) or using their contactless card machines. Or […]

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The Phoenix Festival 2018

Last weekend my family, friends and I headed into Cirencester town centre for their free annual music festival: The Phoenix Festival. A two day event held in the Abbey Grounds, Cirencester showcasing local bands and tribute artists. The festival is run by volunteers and relies solely on donations, fundraising and sponsors. Entry is free but they encourage you to make a donation when you enter or leave the site. Which we did. 🙂 This year’s headline acts were Abba and Queen tribute acts. Unfortunately I missed out on Abba as my future sister in law and a good friend of […]

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Review: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at The Barn Theatre Cirencester

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a play I’m very familiar with, having studied it for my GCSE drama course. So when I heard it was playing at my local theatre The Barn Theatre in Cirencester), I jumped at the chance to see it, and took my friend from work along with me. The play tells the story of Little Voice (LV), a northern girl with a talent for impersonating singers. With her father dead and her mother turning to alcohol and sex as an outlet, Little Voice’s only escape is her music. A record collection left to […]

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Lunch at LBs Cafe (formally the Swan Yard cafe)

When I posted my Cirencester town guide I spoke about Swan Yard and Blackjack Street which are a couple of little side streets in the town, the former was home to the Swan Yard Cafe which was one of my favourite cafes. It closed a few years ago, changed hands, got a new menu, new layout and a new name, and, I didn’t go back after that. I had nothing against the place, the layout and decor looked great and I hadn’t even tried the new menu which sounded great too, but I didn’t go back. I don’t like change […]

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Bar snacks at The Waggon and Horses, Cirencester

A couple of week’s ago Ryan and I met up with my family in one of our local pubs, The Waggon and Horses for a few drinks after work. I was starving, so decided to try one of their bar snacks; chicken in a basket. When I ordered the dish I expected chicken nuggets or some other breaded chicken but was presently surprised to receive chips and two chicken breasts with the skin on, yummy. There were two options for the dish, spicy or non-spicy. I went for spicy and quickly found out the spicy part was the chips. They […]

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The Phoenix Festival 2017

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 […]

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