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.
Abbey School was the first Berkshire school to go under the microscope for the Muddy Best Schools Guide. To make sure you are fully in the loop in terms of developments and updates, here are the latest facts, figures and insights. Obviously you’ll want to enjoy the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalism again *ahem*, but they also have a couple of open days coming up – April 28 and May 5 – so you can check them out for yourself.
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, firestationartscentre.com
Windsor Antiques & Collectables Sale, Sat 25 March
Ooh I love a good rummage at an antiques fair and the thrill of the salesroom.
Ahhhhhh! Just one week to go until Mothering Sunday, and I’m screeching in (as usual) with arrangements for my own Mum (sorry Ma Muddy). Restaurants reservations can be a bit of challenge, but there’s always something you can do to make your mother feel a bit spesh on Sunday 26 March. Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…
Family Sunday lunch – don’t worry, you don’t have to cook it
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you don’t have to cook a roast or tidy up.
HARRIET HOUSE SCHOOL, FRILSHAM, NR NEWBURY
What? Where? We’re really excited here at Muddy, because this is the very first nursery we have ever reviewed for the Muddy Best Schools Guide. Harriet House is set in a rural location in the village of Frilsham, West Berkshire, close to Newbury and Pangbourne. You’ll find it down a long sweeping drive (impressive, right?), with grazing sheep and cows in the surrounding fields.
ELSTREE SCHOOL, WOOLHAMPTON, NR NEWBURY
What? Where? Elstree’s location is a cracker, situated in the West Berkshire village of Woolhampton, it is close to Newbury and within easy reach of Reading (about 30mins). If you live in London, the school’s five minutes from Midgham station with a GWR route into London Paddington. The School’s focal point is a gorgeous Georgian mansion surrounded by 150 acres of parkland and playing fields.
Nicola Dick-Cleland (above), Head of The Junior School at the prestigious Abbey School in Reading is a trained psychotherapist, so who better to ask about the ever-increasing pressures on children and the gnarly subject of extra-curricular activities than her? Read her thoughts below and please feel free to comment underneath the feature – it’s a fascinating subject and I’d love to know what you think.
1. Extra curricular shouldn’t be extra
Adults tend to think about school life in two parts – academic and extra-curricular – but if you think about it in terms of developing a child’s breadth of character they’re not separate at all.
LaplandUK, Whitmoor Forest, Ascot, tours from 9am to 5pm daily until Christmas Eve
So you’ve heard that LaplandUK is up and running again for Christmas and you want to know if it’s worth the money. My verdict having been a couple of years ago when the mudlets were 6 and 7 is that after seeing their little faces at various moments throughout the day and wanting them to believe in the magic for as long as possible, is that it is worth the cost… just!
Ladies Lunch with Allium Design, The Vineyard, Newbury, Mon 7 Nov, 12pm to 3pm
Join the hotel’s house florist, Karen from Allium Design who will share her love and knowledge of blooming bouquets and also the trends for the coming season. Included is a three-course lunch with matching wines. Tickets £60.
Henry I of England, inside St James’ Church, Reading, 2 – 19 Nov
You’ll no doubt have heard earlier in the year that a geophysical investigation took place in the ruins of Reading Abbey where it’s believed Henry I was buried.
SUNNINGDALE SCHOOL, NR ASCOT
What? Where? Sunningdale is an absolutely idyllic prep boarding school for boys from 7 – 13 hidden in 25 stonkingly lovely acres near leafy Ascot. It’s a tiny school of just 110 kids, nearly all of whom board, and it’s proudly non-selective. The main building is an attractive red brick Victorian villa and has the feel of a family home for the very good reason that it is!