The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Sussex Edition

Wouldn't you though?

I just LOVE these hand painted organic silk scarves handmade by Brighton-based Daubs & Dashes founder Georgia and inspired by her own travels. You might just squeak an order in for Mothers' Day or shortly after.

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Get holiday inspired!

27 Mar 2017

Regular readers will know I’m a keen globe-trotter with a background is travel journalism. So, I thought I’d give you a heads up on a fun holiday showcase happening in Sussex and Kent this Saturday 1 April and give you my pointers on a few of companies taking part.

Baldwins Travel have eight branches across Kent and Sussex, they’re a good independent travel agency who I’ve known about for years because they really know their stuff and are always popping up winning awards.

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Yarn bombing on Hastings Pier

26 Mar 2017

If you live around Hastings, or are heading there over Easter, be sure to catch the yarn bombing fun on the pier.

Schools, community groups, clever knitters and artists have produced a brilliant temporary exhibition of seaside-themed art with pirates, mermaids, gulls, crabs, even fish and chips rendered in wool.

It’s up until just after Easter but it’s bound to look better the earlier you go, before it gets too rained on.

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Cool Camping

23 Mar 2017

Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search. There are spots in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and further afield as chosen by the people in the know –  us regional Muddy editors.


Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury

If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.

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Win! £500 worth of Winser London clothes

23 Mar 2017

Cotton Striped T Shirt £59 & Cotton A Line Skirt £89; Cotton Textured Polo Shirt £79 & Cotton Milano Pencil Skirt £79

Bored to the back teeth of being cocooned in jeans and huge jumpers? Yup, us too. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce a brand new competition to reboot your wardrobe for Spring. Fancy a whopping £500 gift voucher to spend at chic, elegant womenswear brand Winser London?

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Muddy Eats: Asian Feast Night at Limes of Lindfield

23 Mar 2017

If you’re vegetarian, have a meat-free loved-one to treat, or even if you just enjoy trying new food, then I heartily recommend one of the monthly Asian Feast Nights at Limes of Lindfield.

They’ve been on my radar for a while so as my husband is 99% vegetarian (he makes occassional forays into fish) I took him along to one for his birthday in February.

The night is built around an Asian tasting menu – Limes’ head chef/owner Patcharee is from Thailand – and it’s more than vegetarian, it’s actually vegan and gluten free.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 24 – 30 March

22 Mar 2017

An Indian choir, drive-in cinema, The Stranglers revisiting the 70s and 80s, kids’ shows, a big bike ride and ideas for mums – from tea on Mothers’ Day itself to book ahead theatre tickets.

Tea Fit For a Queen, King John’s Nursery, Etchingham, Sun 26 March

King John’s Nursery in Etchingham, East Sussex was a finalist in our Muddy Awards last year for best cafe so you know they’re going to pull the stops out for Mothers’ Day.

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Breakfast in ‘Broadchurch’

20 Mar 2017

The first award-winning series of Broadchurch opened with a shot of distinctive honeycombed sandstone cliffs with a child’s body at the bottom. I may not have guessed who done it, even by the final episode, but I immediately recognised where

Broadchurch is largely shot in West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, a few bays down from Lyme Regis and close to Bridport.

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Seen this? Murder at Ridgeview (sort of…)

16 Mar 2017

Have you seen this unusual new promotional mini movie teaming Sussex talent?

It’s a collaboration between Muddy award winner Ridgeview Estate at Ditchling and Gresham Blake tailors’ Brighton branch (which incidentally created the suit Sussex’s Rag’n’Bone Man was wearing when he recently triumphed at the Brits.)

It stars gravel-voiced Ray Winstone – best known for playing gangster types, and it was penned by famous crime writer and Brighton resident Peter James (who also has a cameo).

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 17 – 23 March

15 Mar 2017

Theatre for kids, teens and adults, music, vintage shopping, an Irish slanted race day and a giant dog walk – all on this week and all in the Muddy Guide. Plus things of a fishy and fairytale theme to book ahead.

Abigail’s Party, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 20 – Sat 25 March 

If there were a Desert Islands Discs for TV, Abigail’s Party – the Mike Leigh play about the 70s drinks party from hell – would be in mine.

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Eastbourne’s new art cafe

14 Mar 2017

When I heard something arty was poised to shake up Eastbourne I had to go and check it out.

The new DC1 gallery and cafe at 67-69 Seaside Road has been opened by the Devonshire Collective, which also has new artists’ workshops in the town. (The name Devonshire comes from the Devonshire Ward in which it’s based). The cafe/gallery a smart modern space with exposed brick and sci fi looking air con units and it will be displaying a rolling programme of exhibitions.

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