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You may not be familiar with Welford Park, a privately owned country house and estate in Berkshire, situated on the outskirts of Newbury, but if you are one of the millions of people who tune into the Great British Bake Off every year, then you will certainly recognise the house and grounds, as this it where the famed Bake Off tent is located every summer for filming of the show.

A long time ago, by chance, I moved to live in the town of Reading, Berkshire. I was a 22 year old graduate living with my parents in a tiny North Wales village, working in a local pub and looking for a career direction. I had applied for a job in Manchester, the position had been filled but the company had another office in Reading where the same role was vacant. I was… Read More

Overview The National Trust is a conservation organisation which works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces in the UK. The trust owns 350 heritage properties including historic houses, gardens and monuments which can be visited for a fee, as well as many sites of natural beauty which are open to the public free of charge. A few years ago I decided that I would buy an annual membership, and have… Read More

Who Killed Jack Diamond? ‘Jack Diamond has been murdered. He was found face down in the river next to Reading Abbey last night.’ Fancy yourself as a budding detective? Well, if you are in the Reading (Berkshire) area on Saturday 5th or Saturday 12th August, I urge you to click the link here and grab yourself a ticket to take part in an elaborate timed, live action, murder mystery treasure hunt that… Read More