The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Culture

What’s on this week

26 Apr 2017

Weekend? What’s a weekend? There’s a ton of fun to be had every night. So we’re mixing it up and bring you all the cool, quirky and fun stuff to do that keeps you warmed up for the weekend. Here is your curated guide, right here.

Justine Cardamon – Pinocchio, South Hill Arts Bracknell, Weds 26 – Thurs 27 April

Pinocchio is a childhood classic given a creative dance-fuelled makeover for South Hill Park’s Lift Off Dance Festival.

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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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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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6 awesome things to do this week

13 Apr 2017

It’s not all about bunnies, chocolate and egg hunts… there’s loads of weird, wacky and wonderful things to do. So book ’em up peeps, and enjoy a fortnight of four-day weeks.

Wow Circus, Prospect Park Reading, until Mon 17 April

Judging by the amount of chocolate I’ve already consumed, I’m starting to looking like Nellie The Elephant so it could be time to pack my trunk and replace her at the circus.

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Muddy Book Club: April’s Best Books

11 Apr 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her April picks, so clear space on your Kindle or bookshelves pronto. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – what are you reading right now? What’s been abandoned on your bedside table for months? Bookish musings in the comment box below please!


Ice Cream For Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams

Being a grown-up is a bit boring sometimes I find – responsibilities, bills, remembering to put out the bins, blah blah blah.

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A guide to grown up fun

5 Apr 2017

Time out, I hear you cry. Whether you have kids or not, grab your coat cos it’s time to kick up your heels, order a cocktail and have as much as you possibly can with your clothes ON!


Improbable Fiction, Mill at Sonning, until Sat 6 May

Writers block? It’s a curse I tell you, but rarely do we struggle to find the words here on Muddy particularly after a couple of wines.

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The Muddy Guide’s flirty dozen

29 Mar 2017

Now that I’ve had a few days to acclimatise, I am loving the lighter evenings. Spring has sprung, I’m raring to go. So let’s hop to it and bounce into the weekend. Boiiiing… Boiiiing…

The Thing That Came From Over There, New Greenham Arts Newbury, Fri 31 March

Inspired by the Horror movies of the 1950s, The Thing That Came From Over There is a fast-paced rollicking ride, mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths.

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Cool stuff to do this weekend

22 Mar 2017

The Lipsinkers, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor, Sat 25 March

Camp, cult and brilliantly bonkers… The Lipsinkers are transporting their unique and radical drag show to Windsor with its mix of showbiz insanity and queer political spoof. Forget Ru Paul and Danny La Rue, this show’s weird, wild and very naughty. There’s even an after hours session –DJing disco and smokin’ hot burlesque.

The Firestation Arts Centre Windsor,


Windsor Antiques & Collectables Sale, Sat 25 March

Ooh I love a good rummage at an antiques fair and the thrill of the salesroom.

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