The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Kids

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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How to stop the food fight

21 Mar 2017

Making sure your kids eat a balanced diet is hard. Is it five-a-day or seven these days? I’ve lost count. And if you have a fussy eater in the fam (guilty as charged, m’lud), the last thing you want to do is turn every mealtime into a battle ground. Add into the mix the occasional fish finger or chicken stripper dinner that (eek) hasn’t been made from scratch (who’s got the time?) and you’re left feeling a bit crap really.

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Polish your halo: Mother’s Day sorted!

19 Mar 2017

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.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: Harriet House School

15 Mar 2017


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.

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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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Muddy best schools guide: Elstree School

9 Feb 2017


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.

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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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13 things to do or book this weekend (12-18 Jan)

12 Jan 2017

Awards season has kicked off and like a spinning disco ball this week’s Muddy Guide has a liberal sprinkling of glitz and glamour. It’s a good time to get out of your PJs, the red carpet has been rolled out – a weekend of wonder (and a massive wine) awaits.

La La Land, general release in UK cinemas, Thurs 12 Jan

Yes, this is a gratuitous shot of Ryan Gosling.

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Is your child superhuman?

10 Jan 2017

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.

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