The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Sussex Edition


Wouldn't you though?

Calling all bargain-hunters! New online fashion boutique The Second Wardrobe has plenty of cut price pre-loved treats in store and you can even try your luck with an offer on the asking price.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s – we have a winner!

23 Oct 2016

It was a lovely comp – two tickets top tickets for the opening night of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Brighton’s Theatre Royal staring Georgia May Foote from Strictly and Corrie as Holly Golighlty and Downton Abbey‘s Matt Barber as Fred.

But there could only be one winner and Cat James was the first name out of the hat. Congratulations Cat, enjoy your night.

If you weren’t lucky don’t fret, the play is still on till Saturday, see for more information.

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Ten horror films to see if you dare

21 Oct 2016

It’s not really Halloween unless you watch a scary movie, is it? Here’s our choice of horror films we should all watch at least once – but probably not alone.

The Exorcist (1973)

A possessed child is always a good starting point for creating a jump-out-of-your-seat horror film. The movie is loosely based on the exorcism of Roland Doe in the 1940s. The possessed girl is Reagan MacNeil who lives with her mother in Georgetown.

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Spooky Sussex Halloween accessories

19 Oct 2016

Getting in the Halloween mood? If you’re partying this season get ready to thrill with these spooky centrepieces and accessories from Sussex suppliers and the Muddy Boutique, all available online.

  1. There’s a touch of the night about this deluxe phone case, £41.75 from the Muddy Boutique 
  2. This Mexican Day of the Dead inspired Sugar Skull ring, £35, from Tatty Devine is also available as cufflinks.
  3. Caramel goo-filled chocolate eyeballs are £4.99, from Montezuma’s, who also have skull shaped chocolate and vegan halloween treats.
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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 20 – 27 Oct

19 Oct 2016

Why should kids have all the fun? If you’re unencumbered, or can get a babysitter for a night, sneak out to some of these events (there’s a few to book ahead too). If you’re looking for more family-friendly things to do, check out my bumper Half Term Guide for heaps of ideas.

Introduction to French Patisserie, The Cookshelf Cook School, Eastbourne, 23 Oct

Want to cook dainty French pastries?

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Muddy reviews: Rehearsal for Murder, Worthing

18 Oct 2016

If you’ve ever enjoyed reruns of Columbo and Murder, She Wrote you might want to check out Rehearsal for Murder, a traditional whodunnit penned by the same team and on at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre this week.

I was less fond of Murder, She Wrote (I mean how many murders can happen around one woman before all her friends and aquaintances have either been bumped off or run for the hills), but I did love Columbo with his scruffy mac and his ‘one more thing…’ killer questions.

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We have a winner!

17 Oct 2016


You entered in your droves for the chance to win an amazing stay for two, with dinner, worth £1,000 at beautiful, historic Thornbury Castle (and who can blame you?).

So, who will be laying their weary head here?


Drumroll please…  It’s Claire Williams

CONGRATULATIONS Claire, we’re getting in touch. Enjoy your prize, you lucky devil!

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Great art in the great outdoors at Cass Sculpture Foundation

13 Oct 2016

Forget browsing quietly in a gallery, shuffling with the crowds or praying your kids will last five minutes before loud declarations of boredom. Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood, near Chichester takes the whole thing outdoors, putting the discovery back into art and giving you and yours room to roam.

I’d been meaning to get to this world-class site for a while and it didn’t disappoint. Some of the works are on a large scale, some interact with their environment, taking on moss or refracting light.

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Why it’s actually good for you to be ‘lazy’

13 Oct 2016

We all do it, don’t we?  Take on too much and then get stressed out about it — it’s far too easy to be busy all the time.  Muddy Berkshire editor Sarah has been chatting with Laurence Shorter, whose new book is all about the delights and benefits of being lazy – well sort of.  Feet up and read on…

Laurence Shorter is an author, leadership coach and stand-up comedian and his latest book, The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life (Orion Books, £14.99) is a charming and lighthearted look at a serious problem.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 14 – 20 Oct

13 Oct 2016

Colder weather means comfort eating in my book and I’ve some great reasons for you to tuck in this week with a fundraising meal and restaurant discounts. There are also appearances from TV’s Steve Backshall and Strictly stars; walks following autumns colours, a new costume trail or ghosts, Battle of Hastings commemorations and some theatre for pre-schoolers.

Check back next week for the bumper Half Term guide.

RNLI fish supper at The Gallivant, Camber Sands, near Rye, Oct 16

Not that you should need any reason to tuck into good food but knowing your noshing is all in a good cause helps.

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Planning a party? New wedding and events barn at Bolney

6 Oct 2016

I went along to the opening of new wedding and events venue Chapel Barn on an organic farm at Bolney just recently and thought you’d like to see some of the pics. With music and Sussex suppliers from near and far showing off their wares on the day (yay, free ice-cream!) it was a bit like attending a wedding without having to sit through the speeches.

The barn itself is 16th century and is licensed for civil ceremonies.

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