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      13.10.2001 18:50
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      Having lived and worked in Burton for the last 3 years, I think it's time the world (well, the Dooyoo world) got to hear about it. Burton is famous for one thing - beer! With Bass breweries located close to the town, and Marstons further out, the smell on occasion is horrendous (but the beer is good!) The number of pubs in the town reinforce the importance of beer in the town's heritage. Visitors interested in the history of brewing would be well-advised to visit the Bass Museum (a short walk from the centre of town), a review of which has already been posted on this site. But it's not all about beer. The area around Burton is a manufacturing heaven, with factories for (amongst others), Marmite, Pirelli Tyres, Toyota... and many distribution warehouses. On reading this, you're probably thinking that Burton is an industrial wasteland - with no nice features. You'd be wrong. Leisure facilities are scattered throughout the town, with 2 good-quality health clubs and a swimming pool/fitness complex in Shobnall. There are also several parks, one of which has the picturesque River Trent running through it, and features an "Art Trail". (follow signs for the library, and the walk commences there). There are 3 main indoor shopping centres, the biggest of which is Coopers Square (opposite Sainsburys in the town centre.) I would advise visitors to the town to park in this carpark (Pay and Display), since it is fairly central, and there are good signposts for other attractions. The shopping area is much like any other smallish town - plenty of chain stores like WHSmith, Boots, Marks & Spencers, and some smaller individual shops. You'll also find some great pubs for a lunch-break, just outside Coopers Centre. Entertainment is provided by the "arty" Brewhouse Arts Centre (at the near end of Sainsbury's Car Park), and by the newly opened Showcase Cinema complex. This new co
      mplex boasts several screens, including a deluxe theatre, where drinks and meals are served to your chair (£7 per seat). Within the new Showcase complex, there are also a couple of restaurants and a KFC (which I can't classify as a restaurant for obvious reasons!). There are several nightclubs in Burton, but it's only fair to say that some people can get a little rough - maybe I'm only saying that because I worked in Accident & Emergency... Again, if you head for Coopers Centre, most of the clubs and pubs are just round the corner, in the main pedestrianised shopping street. For a great Chinese Meal, head for Rubys (on the Derby Road - Towards the A38) - it's a bit pricy, but well worth it. And if you want the rural life, a couple of miles drive will see you in the outlying villages, with some lovely walks and some great, friendly pubs - I recommend Hatton for the pubs, Tutbury for art/crafts and walks, but if you head in any direction, you'll hit some lovely villages. So that's Burton in a nutshell. A pleasant place, despite the industrialisation, and well worth a visit.

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