The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Surrey Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Fancy some new spring arm candy? You can't add Ryan Gosling to the online basket, but you can get your mitts on this brilliant tote that comes with a clutch and a purse too. Taking you from daytime to playtime.

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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 reviews: Wonderland

3 Apr 2017

Apparently, Wonderland is “an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. You might think this is just the ticket for an Easter holiday outing with the kids. There’s even a bunny!

But, actually it isn’t. Sure, the bonkers characters are all there. And the magical underland. But gone is the 10-year-old Alice. She’s has been completely restyled for this modern take, and she’s now a single mother with a teenage daughter and an emotionally abusive ex-husband. She lives in a block of high-rise flats and, when we’re introduced, she’s lamenting the fact her ex has just remarried, her car has just been stolen, and she’s lost her job. Oh. And it’s her 40th birthday.

No. This is not, on the face of it, a storyline for kids. And yet, my 10-year-old daughter loved it.

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Super flashy newsflash

1 Apr 2017

LINE UP ANNOUNCED: Always the Sun Festival

Always The Sun has announced the headlining acts at the festival at Guildford’s Stoke Park in September. Irish mod rockers The Strypes are headlining on Friday 8 Sep, London electronic rockers Public Service Broadcasting (left) are the top act on Saturday, and on Sunday it’s former Bombay Bicycle Club vocalist Lucy Rose. Also confirmed are Dreadzone, Grapefruit Moon, Idles, Infinity Orchestra, Inheaven Meadowlark, Palm Honey, Sapphire, Tall Ships, TRAAMS, Trudy and the Romance, The UP!

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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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News flash: super happenings in Surrey

20 Mar 2017

We’re chomping at the bit this week on the Muddy HQ newsdesk as there’s so much brilliant stuff coming up in our ‘hood in the coming weeks and months – and, as you know, if there’s something chic, cool and stylish going down, we’ll be first to tell you. So put the below in your diaries pronto, and we’ll be back to give you the full lowdown on each one at a later date…

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Muddy eats: The Cock Inn, Headley

17 Mar 2017

As pubs go, The Cock Inn in Headley is not a pub you’re likely to forget in a hurry. And I’m not referring only to its, um, suggestive name.

The name – no doubt about it – will raise a snigger. Go on you dirty lot, get it over with. But there’s a lot more to get you talking about it too, from it’s pretty rural location in the Surrey hills to the good solid pub grub they serve up.

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