The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Activities

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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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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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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1 Dec 2016

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!

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5 Nov 2016

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.

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12 Aug 2016

Ratburger, Caversham Court Gardens, Fri 12 Aug

Voted the top children’s book of the year, David Walliams’ Ratburger has been adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions. One of his darker books, it’s a modern thriller full of irreverent comedy suitable for children aged 7+ and follows the story of 12-year old Zoe, a little girl with a profound love of animals and a dream of travelling the world, which keeps her going as she copes with her lazy stepmom, disgusting neighbours, her recently unemployed dad and the menacing Burt of Burt’s Burgers who is after Zoe and her pet rat.

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Phew! The Muddy Guide has landed

21 Jul 2016

The school holidays are nearly upon us (or for some, have already arrived). Oh dear, is that the sound of gentle weeping I hear? If you haven’t quite worked out how to get through six weeks (or more) of children around your ankles, in your hair, and up your bleedin’ nose, now is the time to take a deep breath and let Muddy Stilettos take the strain. I’m including some kid-friendly stuff in The Muddy Guide each week through the hols so keep an eye out on Thursdays when the new list comes out. 

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 23 – Weds 29 June

23 Jun 2016

Bedroom Farce, Theatre Royal Windsor, until Sat 25 June

Ooh, I do love a bit of fighting spirit, and even a flash flood a couple of weeks ago – flooding the corridors and front row of the Theatre Royal Windsor’s auditorium – can’t keep a good theatre down! They’ve bounced back with a vengeance, continuing their brilliant six-week repertory festival. You still have a couple of days left to see Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce, then next in line it’s My Cousin Rachel from 28 June to 2 July.

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What’s On Thurs 16 – Weds 22 June

17 Jun 2016

Watership Down, The Watermill, Newbury, Thur 16 to Sat 23 June

If, like me, you sobbed your way through the book as a child, be prepared to relive all those poignant moments, but well worth getting through a packet of tissues for, as it sounds amazing! Director Adam Penford has put together a great cast and creative team to tell Douglas Adams’ epic adventure story through movement, music and puppetry.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 14 April – Weds 20 April

14 Apr 2016

An Audience with George The Poet, Thurs 21 April, RYND, Reading, 7.30pm

He’ll never get that off you know. Those bloody Sharpies are the bane of my life. Anyway, George the Poet published his first collection of poetry, Search Party, last year. At just 25 he has taken his unique brand of spoken word performance and poetry to packed audiences everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cheltenham Literature Festival. 

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