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  • Hats, horses and the heat

    Inside track on the hats, the heat and my steady decline from warm glow to hot mess.

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

    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 […]

  • Your essential half-term Muddy (survival) Guide

    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 […]

  • A happy cheese-free Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (eek) and it always conjures up a certain dread. Part of me doesn’t want to be told that Mr Muddy and I should be gazing into each others eyes on demand, the other part longs for him to want to lavish me with gifts and whisk me off my feet […]

  • The Muddy Guide: 15-21 Dec

    A morning with Father Christmas, Cobbs Play Barn, Hungerford, Mon 19 & Tues 20 Dec Enjoy a tasty brunch, then let the mudlets burn off some energy in Cobbs Farm’s Play Barn before heading over to meet Father Christmas in his grotto. They can tell him all about the orange and piece of coal they’re […]

  • Get your skates on!

    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 […]

  • Bumper half term Muddy Guide

    What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster? Is it a monster?! No, it’s October Half Term! Ok people, it’s nearly upon us, so time to hide the X-Box controls, pack some snacks and head for the hills (or the museum, or the theatre, or the trampoline park… you get the gist). I’ll continue to […]

  • The Muddy Guide

    House a mess, kids running wild (searching for Pokemon), washing piling up… ah, we must be knee-deep in school summer hols! Screeching in a tad later than usual, it’s your slightly dishevelled Muddy Guide. Remember I’m (trying) to update and add to the weekly guides. If you know of anything utterly amazing that you think I’ve omitted, feel free to […]

  • What’s On: Thurs 28 July – Weds 3 August

    Throughout the Summer don’t forget to check back into Muddy as I’ll regularly be updating and adding to the weekly Muddy Guides, and if you know of anything utterly amazing that you think I’ve omitted, feel free to let me know: or just leave a comment below. Right, shall we do this people? Let this […]

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

    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 […]

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