The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Activities

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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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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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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Boiiiing! Jump In trampoline park tried and tested

19 Jul 2016

I don’t think I know anyone now who hasn’t been to a trampoline park (I even have a stash of those grippy socks in my drawer now). They’re such big business here, having arrived from across the Pond to transform the way us Brits play and get fit. And with our temperamental weather, they are indeed the perfect rainy day option. At the very least they’re a brilliant way to ensure those pesky kids actually get a good night’s sleep!

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Muddy visits: Cadbury World, Birmingham

10 Apr 2016

Yes, I’m well aware it’s not in Berkshire, thank you, no need to write in. But last week we were staying with some good friends who live about an hour from Cadbury World and they suggested we try it. I figured if it was somewhere I was keen to travel to with the kids, then my lovely Muddy readers might also consider it for a day trip. Besides, a day dedicated to chocolate – no need to ask me twice.

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A day at Norden Farm… on a unicycle!

31 Mar 2016

I rode a unicycle!

Ok, so this doesn’t have quite the same iconic weight as ‘I carried a watermelon’ but hey, let me have my moment. On Good Friday, me and the Mudlets spent the day at Norden Farm in Maidenhead experiencing its popular ‘Give it a Go’ day, part of the art centre’s month long ‘Jump In!’ festival which runs throughout the Easter school holidays.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 24 – Weds 30 March

24 Mar 2016

Visionary Painter of the Natural World, Stanley Spencer Gallery, 24 March to 31 October

This new exhibition opens today in the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham. I popped in to see the last exhibition with Mr P a few weeks ago and we really enjoyed it, it’s a gorgeous little gallery with a lot to see in a small, stylish space. And there are lots of lovely places to eat and visit in the village including Bel & The Dragon, the Deliciously French deli and the newly refurbished White Oakread my review – plus lots of walks too so you can easily make a day of it.

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The bumper Muddy Easter ‘What’s On’ Guide!

22 Mar 2016

Aggh! We’ve run out of time! The Easter holidays are upon us *clonk* there they are. And are we ready? Are we heck! Fear not because you will be ready my intrepid readers once you’ve sat down and read through this lot with a stiff gin cup of tea. My bumper guide is packed full of loads of ideas to keep the kids happy and you sane (well, not really but I think that’s expecting a bit much).

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