If you thought the summer of festivals was over, then you’d most certainly be wrong. And if you live anywhere near Guildford, I also have to ask if you’ve had your head under a rock these past few weeks, because this weekend (Sept 10-11) is the Always the Sun Festival, at Stoke Park in Guilford.
So this is your polite Muddy reminder to get your flippin skates on and buy your tickets if you haven’t already, cos it’s shaping up as a biggie peeps.
Okay so everybody needs things like water, money for the bar and your ticket. Oh, and maybe wet wipes. But here are the other 15 things you’ll need if you’re heading to the Always the Sun festival in Guildford this weekend. It’s September, people, so we’ve covered all bases – from suncream and hat (and the sun is scheduled to shine) to wellies and raincoats (because it wouldn’t be the first time we’d been let down by the British weather!)
Nothing screams summer quite like a spot of culture under the stars. Here’s our guide to the best shows and films in the beautiful parks and gardens in Surrey. You pack a picnic, I’ll bring the Pimms! Oh, and it might be wise to bring a blanket and a brolly too! This is Britain, after all!
Hatchlands Park, East Clandon
Much Ado About Nothing Sun 7 Aug
Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men for their production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy.
Spring has sprung. The daffodils are here, and the bluebells are on their way. But there’s a definite feeling that something more is to come – like perhaps some warmer weather. In the meantime, if your garden is anything like mine, you may need to perform a little surgery to bring it back to its best. And the lovely Andy Mills, head gardener at Painshill, the 18th-century landscape garden in Cobham created by Charles Hamilton, is just the chap to advise us on what we should be doing.
Kids are arguing over the Xbox controller. Already? Aaaargh!! Well here’s a half-term saviour that gives you a fun excuse to get them out of the house and into the fresh air for an hour or two. Best of all, Treasure Trails are nationwide so you can use them at home or take them on holiday.
Like the most brilliant ideas, it’s very simple – self-guided themed walking treasure hunts. There are more than 20 Treasure Trails available covering towns, villages and rural areas across Surrey – including Box Hill, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Kingston, Oxted, Reigate, Richmond and Wimbledon (and over 1,000 across the UK).
The worst of winter is behind us, dry January is but a hazy memory and spring is flirting with us, brazenly flaunting the yellow frills of her daffodils. Now seems a good time to get your butt off the sofa and out into some fresh air.
I read something recently that said millions of Brits are living a “mushroom” existence during the winter, with loads of people admitting they don’t leave the house at all some weekends.
I recently stumbled across a fabulous place for a day out with the family. How is it, I have not found it sooner? I love a good wander around a garden, as my family know only too well. And when you add a cafe that serves good coffee and cake, you’re on to a sure-fire winner in my book. But as it’s been under my radar, I thought maybe it’d been under yours too.
Apparently, people, Surrey has a witch. Or had one, at least.
And while my darling mini Muddys may think it’s me, they’re actually *hmph* quite wrong about that.
You see this witch is no modern day screeching mother (moi? never!), but the rather enchantingly named White Witch of Waverley. She was, I’m told, a friendly witch and herbalist who lived in a cave near the village of Frensham, near Farnham, many centuries ago.