Day trips

  • Beautiful bluebells

    Walk amongst carpets of colour with my guide to the prettiest local bluebell woods and forests near you

  • Muddy reviews: Brighton’s i360

    I heard about the recent opening of the shiny new i360 in Brighton — the world’s slenderest building — otherwise known as, ‘that big tower with the doughnut up it’. And as it’s a perfect day-trip away for us Surrey folk I hurried to chat about it with Muddy Sussex, aka Debbie who knows all there is to know about […]

  • Day tripper: A walk and a splash at Box Hill

    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 […]

  • Medieval madness

    If you’re looking for a day out this Half-term, and you don’t mind travelling a little further afield, then I have an idea. And it’s a good’un. Knights in shining armour battle it out on beautiful horses in real jousting competition, archery, and combat displays – what’s not to like. My gorgeous Muddy sister and editor […]

  • Architecture: Watt’s Chapel

    I fancied writing a post on Surrey’s hidden churches. There are a couple of cute little chapels I vaguely know about, hiding down local country lanes. But then, I thought, no, not hidden churches, but hidden “treasures”. Because Watts Chapel, in the small village of Compton, near Guildford, is quite the hidden treasure, not known to […]

  • Day tripper: Chobham

    Do you know your Chobham from your Cobham? Be honest. I know I’m not the only one. I confess that until recently, I thought they were one and the same. But then they’re not a million miles apart (12 actually), both demographically and geographically. But while Cobham has been nicknamed the Beverley Hills of Britain (with more […]

    • FOUR GO TO PAINSHILL, COBHAM

      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 […]

    • DAY TRIPPER: A WITCH, HER CAULDRON AND A WALK ON THE WEY

      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 […]

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