The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Wouldn't you though?

It's all abut the statement sleeve for SS17 and this lace beauty from Hungerford-based White Coco is hitting this totally wearable trend and dramatically reducing the chance of twinning . Winner!

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What’s on this weekend

26 Apr 2017

It’s May Bank holiday. What have you got planned? If the weather could just sort itself out, there’s some fab festivals, fayres, and family days out. Pack a Kagool, picnic and hope for the best

Lego Star Wars Day, Legoland Windsor, Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May

In a galaxy far far away… well, not so much a galaxy but I guess Legoland can feel otherworldly at times.

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How to be happier at work

24 Apr 2017

After reading this alarming piece about the rise of the ‘sad desk luncher’ (which reveals 64 percent of employees recently surveyed by BUPA break for less than 20 minutes each day) at Muddy HQ this lunchtime we made a stand. Downing tools, we trooped outside to sit in the sunshine and decompress. As we nibbled on our salads – OK, scoffed crisps, we chatted about the modern way of working. Insanely long hours, overflowing inboxes, endless to-do lists, being glued to our mobiles and desperately seeking a mythical notion of work/life balance – sound familiar?

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Heston’s smoking hot!

24 Apr 2017

When Heston’s people call your people to invite you round for a barbecue in the funky new garden at his pub The Crown At Bray, you’re not going to say no. Yes it was a bit nippy, all right he was flogging his swanky new barbecues, but as you can imagine, this was no ordinary grill up… This was the pimped up daddy of all barbies.

When I arrive half the garden is swathed in a super-stylish marquee (blasted British weather), there’s a funky outdoor bar and a big open kitchen which is smokin’ as the chefs fire up Heston’s new toys to road test The Crown’s new menu. 

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Beautiful bluebell woods in Berkshire

20 Apr 2017

Barmy about bluebells? April through to May is the best time to see carpets of blue in Berkshire’s woodlands. I’ve drawn up the hot spots for you to enjoy as they are out now and only last a few weeks.

If you think there is a horrific omission, a crime against nature no less, let me know and I’ll put it on the list and if you visit any of the places I suggest, please let me know your thoughts! 

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London’s calling! The city’s best Spring exhibitions

19 Apr 2017

London’s museums and art galleries are the best in the world, in my opinion – and they’re one of the few things I miss about living in the city. However, it’s not exactly hard to jump on a train for a day of culture and this is the ideal time for a jaunt, just as museums open their major Spring exhibitions. (Brucey bonus – most London museum gift shops are absolutely brilliant these days – perfect for unusual gifts and stylish interiors bits).  

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The Muddy Guide top 10

19 Apr 2017

Sun’s out and there’s loads of funky stuff on. So grab your lightweight coat (it can feel a bit chilly) and let’s go have some fun.

Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Rivermead Leisure Centre, Sat 22 – Sun 23 April

You don’t need to be an art expert to be an art lover, so a fair’s a great place to look at loads different works and buy something original without getting the heebie-jeebies.

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Muddy eats: Henry And Joe’s, Newbury

16 Apr 2017

We love a pop-up at Muddy. It usually signals something a bit different (not experimental) but the opportunity to try something new and exciting. Pop-up restaurants have been around for some years in London and other major cities, but they struggle to gain much traction in the rural towns. It’s a shame because they shake things up, and get you out of your culinary comfort zone.

Before we all start drowning our sorrows (although, a cheeky prosecco would be nice), Henry & Joe’s is a Friday night pop up in Newbury.

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Discover your inner Kelly Hoppen

15 Apr 2017

I’m going to put it out there, I’m rubbish at anything that involves arts and crafts. Oh, I like the idea of it – being handy with a sewing machine, running up a pair of curtains, printing fabric, trying to create something unique on canvas but it always looks crap and the disapproving looks of my old art and textiles teachers come flooding back. *Shudder*.

It was something of shock that I decided to hop onto a block printing lampshade course.

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Muddy reviews: The Glass Menagerie, London

15 Apr 2017

Want to break free? Dig out your PVC mini (lose the ‘tache) and bust over the border, the lights of London town are winking. Kent’s Muddy editor Debbie, did just that and popped in to the Duke of York theatre to see The Glass Menagerie. And the verdict’s in. Over to you, Debbie…

If you’ve ever had a relative nag you about settling down, or a friend who is an unsubtle matchmaker, you’ll get an extra layer of cringe from Tenneesse Williams’ The Glass Menagerie

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Muddy review: Seussical The Musical, South Hill Park

14 Apr 2017

You often wonder with a classic like Seussical whether it is a nostalgic trip down memory lane for the parents and the kids are just tagging along. But Seussical the Musical – a complex mash up of the Dr Seuss stories (mainly Horton Hears A Who, Horton Hatches The Egg and Miss Gertrude McFuzz), has you at hello.

Regardless of whether you’re familiar with the stories or not, the bold and bonkers set design and brilliant costumes bring an explosion of colour and anticipation to the Wilde Theatre stage at South Hill Park.

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