The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: What’s On

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, 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.

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8 brilliant things to do this weekend

15 Mar 2017

Welcome to the Muddy fun factory, if you’re running the Reading half marathon – good luck, hats off to y’all. If you’re not,  treat yourself to something cold and bubbly because we’ve got plans to make.

Meet Louis Sidoli, Castle Fine Art Windsor, Sun 20 Mar

Love neon? I do, I do. Elbows sharpened then, as we bowl down to Castle Fine Arts in Windsor to meet celebrated British artist Louis Sidoli.

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12 kick ass things to do this week

8 Mar 2017

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, the Muddy Guide’s a celebration of strong women, kick ass characters and having a good time. As Katherine Hepburn once said: ‘If you obey ALL the rules, you miss all the fun’. And we’re all about having fun…enjoy

 

Ladybird Book Exhibition, Reading University, Sat 11 Mar – Sun 2 Jul

The Ladybird book is a symbol of our childhood.

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9 awesome things to do this weekend – 2-8 Mar

1 Mar 2017

As we hurtle towards the weekend I’m feeling the need for fun, fresh air and an ice cold gin and tonic (or three). Who’s with me?

Seth Lakeman, The Hexagon Reading, Sat 4 Mar

The West Countrys certainly produced a few musical hotties. Chris Martin for starters, Ben Howard and Seth Lakeman (pictured) – the poster boy of folk. Let’s be honest Seth’s not really a boy, more a man… with, er, three kids.

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Holy crêpe! It’s pancake wars

23 Feb 2017

Pancake Day’s fast approaching and there’s a battle royal brewing as big as Trump V the rest of the world. The French crêpe is getting some serious competition from the American stack. I’m no cook. I know, shocker. But I do try and flip a pancake from time to time (usually ending in me flipping out by 5.37pm). The result? A burnt, crumpled uncooked mess. The kids walk off hungry and bored by the time offer up a vaguely edible example onto their plate. 

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10 top things to do this week (23 Feb– 1 Mar)

23 Feb 2017

Goodbye winter, hello spring. Get through the week and we will be rewarded with longer days, balmier temperatures (*ahem* a little create license here please). So here’s your Muddy fun factory. Pop your rosé into chill and go al fresco. PS you’re definitely going to need a coat.

First Hippo To The Moon, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sun 26 Feb

3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF! The beautifully bonkers David Walliams has done it again with the The First Hippo On The Moon – a space race story with large puppets, songs and plenty of poo jokes.

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9 cool things to do this week – 15-22 Feb

15 Feb 2017

Yippee! We’re over the hump of half term, so treat yourself to some time out – Muddy style. We’ve got theatrical trampolining and opera to a world-class exhibition in a greasy spoon and Michelin BBQ. Whatever floats your boat, the fun starts here.

Fisheye by Daniel Jamieson, South Street Arts Reading, Tues 21 Feb

Neighbourhood Watch stalwart Pam becomes a one-woman MI6 after someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, so she ramps up her operation from curtain twitching to hiding cameras in hand-knitted novelties and discovers that everyone around her is a thief, pervert or a terrorist.

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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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7 cool things to do this week (without kids)

9 Feb 2017

Brace yourselves folks, it’s half term week. Keeping the kids entertained is one thing, but keep the adults sane is far more important. Check out the cool stuff to do this week – oh and stock up on wine.

NT Live: Saint Joan, Corn Exchange Newbury, Thurs Feb 16

 

I’m a big fan of the cinematic live screenings of London’s best shows – and this one is no exception.

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9 fun things to do or book this week (1-8 Feb)

1 Feb 2017

Phew! January’s done and now we can really get our 2017 mojo. Whether you fancy a night of cocktails and clubbing, circus stunts or Shakespeare, we’ve got it all going on in Berks and beyond…

Bolshoi Encore Swan Lake, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sun 5 Feb

Toes pointed, arms extended and plié… Who am a kidding? Assume the coach potato slump, grab the Maltesers and watch the pros do their deliciously funky thing.

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