The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Sussex Edition

Category: Culture

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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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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Muddy reviews: sexy Cinderella story – Nell Gwynn

8 Mar 2017

It’s International Women’s Day this Wednesday, so a fitting week to see a play about Nell Gwynn, which is on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal till Saturday. You may know her as the orange seller-turned actress who became Charles II’s favourite mistress. What’s also notable is that Nell was one of the first women to appear on stage at a time when female parts were traditionally played by men. She and her fellow pioneers helped inspire stronger roles and a following generation of women playwrights.

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Five take-away points from this year’s Oscars

27 Feb 2017

As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…

Someone had a very bad day at the office.

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New! Muddy Book Club: February’s best reads

23 Feb 2017


Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy HQ’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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Muddy Guide: What’s On 23 Feb – 3 March

23 Feb 2017

Mardi-gras celebrations or learning how to fillet a fish? Kids’ theatre or an Oscar night film quiz? Plenty going on this week and some fun to book ahead in your trusty Muddy Guide. Entertaining kids for the school hols? You’ll be wanting my half term guide.

Hastings Fat Tuesday, Fri 24 – Tues 28 Feb

The five-day Hastings Fat Tuesday music festival is the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration. 

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