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Hello,

I am really fascinated by the beauty of Cornwall. I love music and I am very keen to listen to good brass bands playing. Can you please inform me if there are any brass band festivals organized in Cornwall and what interesting activities can one do?

Kind regards,
Maria
Maria 2/19/2011
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Robina Brown (Private Guide in London) 2/19/2011:
Brass bands used to be associated with the mines and many of those are now closed. Brass bands still exist in Cornwall and many of them play during the summer months at various festivals. Probably the best place to find out what is going on is the Cornwall
Tourist. If that doesn't produce any results, google 'Brass Bands in Cornwall' and you'll find lots of information on various brass bands in the area.
Cornwall itself has some spectacular scenery, especially the coastline. There are lots of little craggy bays just waiting to be explored. Because of the mild climate there are many wonderful gardens, plus historic houses. You can even try and follow in the steps of King Arthur. It is a fascinating place for a holiday.
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What are some of the best beers native to England that I would be able to taste? I love to drink beer though I have heard that English beer has a very different taste to it. Are there any inexpensive bars that offer a pretty wide variety of beers on tap that I can try?
Asher Ceross 1/31/2011
Anne Mark (Private Guide) 2/4/2011:
Most pubs, if you go in and explain that you are not familiar with English style beer(we call it bitter), will dispense a taster in a glass for you, so you can decide whether you want to order a pint or a half (pint) or try something else. Bitter should be drunk at cellar temperature, not chilled. Why? Because it has a lot of taste and some of that would be lost if it were served too cold. London's remaining bitter brewery is called Fullers, and they do tours there. It is in Chiswick, nearest underground station Turnham Green. Happy drinking!

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Robina Brown (Private Guide in London) 1/31/2011:
There are lots of breweries across Britain and they all brew their own beers. Some are big chains owning lots of pubs, others are small micro-breweries.
The British beer is called 'BITTER' and is sold as a half pint or pint. The other type of beer is 'LAGER', which is the lighter German style beer. Bitter should be drunk cool, not chilled, otherwise you lose some of the flavour.
Most pubs will have a selection of Bitters and Lagers for sale. The best thing is to go into a pub and ask for their local bitter. Then enjoy!
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