The Royal County of Berkshire has been luring Londoners away from the capital for centuries with its mix of luscious countryside, bustling towns and picture-postcard villages. Whether you’ve just arrived or you’ve been around for a little while, it’s worth having your finger on the pulse of your adoptive home and making sure you don’t miss out on any of its attributes, goings on or dazzling attractions.
- If you’re keen to look into the past of the county – perhaps you’re a history buff or a keen genealogist – then you won’t want to overlook the Berkshire Records Office where almost nine centuries of history is held in the form of documents and photographs. Perhaps you have ancient links to the county just waiting to be uncovered and celebrated.
- Visit South East England has a dedicated Berkshire page and sometimes the best way to get the most out of where you live is to try to see it like a visitor or holidaymaker instead of a blasé, seen-it-all-before resident. This is also a very useful resource should you be expecting guests and are therefore required to think of interesting local things to do.
- To stay abreast of local news, opinion, sport and entertainment, bookmark online paper, Local Berkshire [localberkshire.co.uk], The Reading Chronicle [readingchronicle.co.uk], the Windsor & Eton Express [windsorexpress.co.uk] and the Windsor Observer [windsorobserver.co.uk]. There’s a number of other local papers serving the county, all of which can be found online easily.
- Rambling as a pastime was injected with a degree of cool some years ago when prominent fans of the activity like Janet Street-Porter began coming out of the rambling closet and talking about what once had been considered a terribly passé and slightly embarrassing hobby. There are few better ways to explore your surroundings to the fullest and you can find out about the nine different Berkshire rambling groups