The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Kids

Muddy reviews: The First Hippo on the Moon

16 Jan 2017

Do you like a good poo joke? I’ll bet you know a child who does.

The stage production of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon blasted off at, appropriately enough, the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne recently and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty. It moves this week to G Live in Guildford. Our Muddy Sussex editor, Debbie was at the Hippo launch, and here’s what she had to say about it.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide #3: Cumnor House School for Girls, Purley

3 Oct 2016

What? Where? Cumnor House School for Girls is an independent prep school on Woodcote Lane, within Purley’s gated Webb Estate. As independent schools go, first impressions are pretty impressive. Woodcote Lane is wide and tree-lined, and there’s a driveway into the school that curves around in front of the main school building. There have been later buildings added, but they blend well with the original building. There’s a country feel to this school, despite its suburban location.

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Muddy best schools guide #2 – Cumnor House School for Boys, South Croydon

26 Sep 2016

What? Where? Cumnor House Boys’ School is an independent prep school for boys aged 2-13 in South Croydon. There is also a Cumnor House Girls’ School (see my review on that next week), and two nurseries on separate sites – one on the same road as the main school site in South Croydon, the other just down from the girls’ school in Purley. Both nurseries are co-ed.

The main school is divided into the Pre-Prep (for boys in Reception to Year 2), the Lower School (for Years 3-5) and the Upper School (Years 6-8). 

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Muddy best schools guide #1 – Downsend School, Leatherhead

20 Sep 2016

What? Where? Downsend School is a selective independent prep school in Leatherhead for boys and girls aged 2-13. The main school – for years 2 to 8 – is on the Leatherhead Road. There are three pre-prep schools on three different sites – one just down the road from the main school in Leatherhead, the second in Ashtead and the third in Epsom.

The main school is divided into the Lower and Upper Schools, which are in separate buildings but connected. 

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A room for two

1 Sep 2016

Ripley: a pretty village just off the A3 with what seems like more than its fair share of great places to snarf down a good bit of grub, including Muddy Awards finalists Drakes restaurant and Pinnocks cafe. The Talbot Inn, is the latest to join their ranks after a recent potted history.

The pretty 250-year-old inn has recently gone under the scalpel for major facelift surgery, and has come out looking pretty darned spiffy – in a stylish and tasteful manner.

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Day tripper: A walk and a splash at Box Hill

17 Aug 2016

Looking for somewhere to take the bratlets these summer holidays that won’t break the bank and gets them outside taking in a bit of fresh air and sunshine? (Okay, if they’re at all like my tweenie they may be glued to their smartphones for a bit of Poke-hunting – Grrr!)

But right now I’ll take that. So, I give you *drum roll* Box Hill, near Dorking. Okay, okay, I know it’s hardly a little-known destination as far as Surrey days out go, but I went recently after a long absence and I figured that if it had fallen off my radar, it may have fallen off yours as well.

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Muddy review: Children of Eden at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill

5 Aug 2016

Ok, so whenever I see a stage production that involves kids – whether it’s in the West End or at my kids’ school – I cry. Most of the time I don’t even know the kids on the stage, so imagine how I might be if my own kids were up there.

Last night it was no different at the opening night of Children of Eden, a production by YESOS, the youth musical theatre group of Redhill and Reigate.

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Get your teenagers working!

27 Jul 2016

This is just a quick post to tell you about a very cool website that recently launched in Surrey. Parents of teenagers, you are going to love me for telling you about it! This’ll get their lazy butts off the sofa and out earning some dosh so they’re not always snarfing your last tenner.

The website is called Job Squeak (love that name – jobs for pipsqueaks, no?) and it has just launched in the Redhill and Reigate areas.

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