The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 20 – 26 Jan

18 Jan 2017

A Mexican take on Morrissey, a live comedy ‘box set’, soulful singing, a musical to book for Valentine’s week, family-friendly laughs, art, free fish and chips and more in this week’s Muddy Guide.

Mexrrissey, Brighton Dome, Thurs Jan 26

A Mexican band playing Morrissey hits – this has to be seen! I must admit I’m a long-term Morrissey avoider – the woe… the ego… but my husband’s own comedy stylings of various hits while we’re cooking have convinced me to enjoy old Mozzer by proxy.

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See Sir Elton’s jaw-dropping photo collection

16 Jan 2017

Sir Elton John is not known for his understated taste. Remember how he arrived at his 50th birthday in a van to accommodate a giant wig topped with a galleon and his 15-foot feather train?

You might then expect his art collection to be a little on the garish side but err no – not when it comes to photography at any rate. I’ve just been to see The Radical Eye at the Tate Modern (on till early May), which is comprised entirely of his personal collection of Modernist early 20th century photography and all I can say is ‘wow!’ Beauty, elegance, subtlety, and all in black and white.

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Special Muddy Deal on a Forest Holiday

16 Jan 2017

In a dry January, when the weather has turned totally pants and summer seems an age away, we can take solace by gorging on potential holidays. Here’s a set of lovely cabins from Forest Holidays that are great for family or friends time in the UK with ingredients for a break that’s luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish and with enough tree cover that the weather’s not going to matter too much.

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Early Bird Muddy Summer Festival Guide – Book now!

12 Jan 2017

The festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – has anyone managed to score Glastonbury tickets in years? But the good news is lots of the local events still have availability, plus most of them are family friendly.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s on 13 – 20 Jan

11 Jan 2017

Twelve things to see this coming week, or book ahead, from children’s theatre and fairy walks to comedy and poetry slams, Bowie photos, ballet a history tour and a chance to catch the Sherlock finale on the big screen.

The Bear, The Hawth, Crawley, Wed 18 & Thurs 19 Jan

Have you ever tried to give a polar bear a bath, or clear up its poo?

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The Golden Globes digested – your catch up viewing!

9 Jan 2017

Hollywood’s awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, celebrating the best in TV and movies. I don’t know about you but when I scan the lists of nominees and winners for these things (after I’ve gawped at the red carpet frocks), I make a mental list of cultural catch-up viewing. Too much brilliant stuff to watch, not enough time, so to make it easy for us all – here’s our top Golden Globes picks and where to find them courtesy of Hero at Muddy HQ.

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Is this the new Girl On The Train?

8 Jan 2017

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life‘ so begins The Girl Before, a psychological thriller by J.P. Delaney, out this month and already destined for the silver screen in a film directed by Ron Howard.

I was given an advance copy by Nash at the lovely Much Ado Books which has a shelf full of such things for members of its friends’ club. 

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 6 – 12 Jan

3 Jan 2017

Back to work blues, miserable weather… I always start the year booking up treats to cheer myself up. Heaps on this week and beyond from ballet and a Shakespeare screening to a Bowie-themed fringe show and a new Turner exhibition. Learn a new skill at African singing or photography workshops and keep kids amused with performance and space sessions, a family magic show and more.

Moscow City Ballet, Chichester Festival Theatre,  5 – 8 Jan

Here’s a new year cultural treat for you.

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Chic sleeps and Sunday roasts at Rathfinny Wine Estate

3 Jan 2017

Ever keeled over on a settee hugging a bottle of Pinot Noir? No, me neither <cough>. Anyway, here’s a much more sophisticated way to sleep with wine. Rathfinny vineyard perched in the South Downs has some gorgeous cosy-yet-stylish accommodation in the Flint Barns on site. It’s perfect for either a house party, or a rejuvinating break with country walks. You can simply make a day of it if you prefer, building a visit round the regular Sunday roast on offer.

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Funky new Brighton cafe

1 Jan 2017

I’m not saying I’m a jinx but my two favourite Brighton & Hove cafes have closed in the last year. Farm just down from Wagamama did the BEST carrot cake (and believe me I’ve done extensive research) while little Pic-nics up an alley off the Hove seafront was my go-to place for a big breakfast with fluffy scrambled eggs and delish seasoned mushrooms – OK that one’s just changed – now the Hove Beach Cafe, but has lost something of its cute beach hut style.

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