The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: family-friendly

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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Muddy Review: First Hippo To The Moon

23 Feb 2017

With David Walliams’s beautifully bonkers First Hippo To The Moon bursting into three Berkshire theatres over the next couple of months, I thought you might like to get the Muddy lowdown from Sussex editor Debbie, who was lucky enough to have the fancy pants Eastbourne premiere on her patch.

Like a good poo joke? Bet you know a child who does.

I went along to the opening performance and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty.

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Your essential half-term Muddy (survival) Guide

9 Feb 2017

Half term is looming large, so in the interest of keeping our sanity, here’s my bumper Muddy guide to the coolest activities, day trips and top notch theatre to keep your kids entertained and save you from tearing your hair out. We can do this without the need of group therapy… but wine is essential! It’s always essential. For those of you without kids and don’t give a damn about half term, I have curated an ‘adult only’ guide (not that kind of adult only, keep it clean)  just for you.

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Muddy Eats: Perfect pizzas at the Henry VI in Eton

13 Jan 2017

Sharing your name with England’s youngest ever king (who, by the way, also founded Eton College) puts a ton of royal expectation on a pub. One doesn’t want to let the side down – or ‘orf with their heads’.  The Henry VI is back after a full refurb, creating a warm, unpretentious, family-centric experience – and I have to say they’ve nailed it. He’s a stunner, right?

Situated on the High Street in the shadow of Windsor Castle and short walk away from Eton College, this handsome establishment really stands out – demanding an audience.

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Get your skates on!

23 Nov 2016

Pop-up ice rinks are back for the winter and whether you’re Olympic standard or a ‘cling on’ like me, they’re great for a family day out, or a fun slippy-slidey Christmas party, and there are several in Berks and beyond. Check out my round-up of all the best ones and I’ll see you in A&E, I mean, on the ice.

Windsor on Ice, Alexandra Gardens, Windsor, 28 Nov – Jan 3

There are two rinks here.

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Bumper half term Muddy Guide

12 Oct 2016

What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster? Is it a monster?! No, it’s October Half Term! Ok people, it’s nearly upon us, so time to hide the X-Box controls, pack some snacks and head for the hills (or the museum, or the theatre, or the trampoline park… you get the gist). I’ll continue to add to the guide over the next couple of weeks, so keep popping back for more inspiration.

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Muddy eats: The Crown at Bray

11 Sep 2016

Determined to eventually eat in every restaurant in Bray, Hero from Muddy Bucks & Oxon ticked The Crown off her list recently. As it’s in our neck of the woods, it seemed only right to share the love. Shame she didn’t share her pudding *humph*. Check out her review…

Another day, another brilliant place to eat in Bray. Only two to go after The Crown (*dabs mouth with napkin*) – Heston’s The Fat Duck and the Roux brothers’ triple Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn, for when I discover a spare £400 in my purse.

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