The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Surrey Edition

Category: Kids

Get em outdoors!

5 Apr 2017

As a draconian, evil mother who tries to limit my kids’ screen time (boo! hiss!), I’m all for getting children active in the fresh air, moving something more than just their thumbs. But it can be hard to get kids motivated to get outside, so I asked the sporty types at Athletix Kidz – a Surrey-based athletics play programme for kids aged 2 ½ to 7 years old – for their top tips on how to get kids moving.

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Muddy meets Mr and Mrs Twit

29 Mar 2017

Squeals of excitement when we heard The Twits were coming to The Rose Theatre in Kingston this Easter. Roald Dahl’s funny story of this spiteful and vindictive couple who live together in their windowless house with the Muggle-Wumps, a family of pet monkeys who they’re not very nice to, has long been a favourite in the Muddy Surrey house.

So when I was lucky enough to get down and dirty with Robert Pickavance and Jo Mousley – aka Mr and Mrs Twit – I couldn’t help but hurl a few quick-fire questions at them. And they didn’t disappoint.

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We’re going on an egg hunt

27 Mar 2017

Right, hold onto your hats, here comes the Muddy Guide to the best Easter egg hunts and trails these holidays. And for those days when you don’t want the kiddos stuffing their faces with chocolate there’s my super duper guide to all things fun for small people right here. Pour yourself a big gin and repeat after me: “I can do this.”

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt – Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey – 1 to 17 April

Take the family back in time and join the first ever Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around the home and gardens of Henry VIII.

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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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