The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Sussex Edition

Category: Culture

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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Muddy Reviews: Peter Pan, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

20 Dec 2016

Another week another Peter Pan… it seems to be the panto of choice in Sussex this year and this Sunday I saw it in the seaside setting of the Pavilion Theatre in front of Worthing Pier. It’s on there till  8 Jan – but be quick if you want to grab a ticket most performances are nearly full.

I took along my youngest nephew (nearly seven) who had been in virtual quarantine for two weeks after a tonsil op but happily was recovered enough for the requisite booing and ‘it’s behind you’-ing.

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First Hippo On The Moon

20 Dec 2016

Like a good poo joke? Bet you know a child who does.

The stage production of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon blasted off at, appropriately enough, the Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne and is next on in Worthing 17-19 Feb and Brighton 4-6 July.

I went along to the opening performance and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty.

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We Have a Winner!

19 Dec 2016

Did you enter our The First Hippo on the Moon comp? More importantly, did you win?

Well, we’ve drawn two names out of the space helmet and the people who are going to be over the moon at nabbing a family ticket each are …..

Katie DeMarinis and Debbie Creasey

If you’ve missed out this time, fear not, there’s still plenty of time to catch the show.

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Fun antidote to the Christmas ads

14 Dec 2016

Tired of all those Christmas ads? Here’s a fun non-festive one from a few years back that you might have missed because it’s from Norway.

It’s for a finance company and a certain hot Hollywood A lister makes an appearance. The set up is along the lines of the film The Hangover but I suspect none of us will have quite this kind of a morning after during the party season.

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Muddy Reviews: Sunny Afternoon, Theatre Royal, Brighton

14 Dec 2016

I once got chatting to a British expat who had lived in Australia for nearly three decades. She told me that for the first few homesick years she would burst into tears whenever she heard The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset.

It may seem strange that a song with the opening lyric ‘Dirty old river…’ could have that effect on someone who could now spend her weekends on Bondi Beach but I wasn’t surprised; Waterloo Sunset is one of my own Desert Island Discs (I just know I’ll get the call from the BBC any day now…) and Ray Davies who penned it is a genius songwriter.

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Muddy reviews: Peter Pan, The Hawth, Crawley

13 Dec 2016

Peter Pan seems to be the panto of choice for Sussex this year, with Crawley, Worthing, Chichester and Hastings all staging the tale of the boy who never grew up. At the top of the county The Hawth’s Peter Pan opened in Crawley last week and I took an eight and a nine-year-old along.

Excitement was high even as we hit the festively decorated lobby with the boys searching for Peter on the poster and upon not finding him (the celebs having taken precedence) poring over the programme to seek the actor out.

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Win family theatre tickets!

4 Dec 2016

The new theatre production of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon is blasting off in Sussex in the lead up to Christmas and we’re giving you a chance to get your hot little hands on a family ticket for the show.

We have two sets of tickets for two families of four to give away, valid until 7 January 2017.

Eastbourne’s rather appropriately named Royal Hippodrome will be the first place on planet earth you can see The First Hippo on the Moon before it embarks on a UK tour that will also include Worthing in February and Brighton in July.

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Hurrah for Gin!

30 Nov 2016

Want an antidote to all those smug ‘Mummy’ blogs and over-optomistic parenting manuals? Well here it is. Brighton author Katie Kirby, who may be familiar to you through her Gin Bunny greetings cards, has turned her stick figure cartoons into a hilarious take on what it’s really like to bring up young kids. Pippa at Muddy Herts is a big fan and even ran a live Q&A with Katie up there recently (with G&Ts on hand of course!) Here’s her take on the book….

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Muddy bumper Xmas shows guide

28 Nov 2016

It’s panto time. Oh yes it is (come on, get in the mood!) And where is your ultimate guide to the best shows this Christmas? It’s behind you! Actually, no it isn’t. It’s in the list below. Don’t fancy a panto? There are other festive productions besides and even some ballets. So here’s my pick of the season’s best in Sussex and beyond.

Peter Pan, The Hawth, Crawley, Fri 9 Dec to Mon 2 Jan

This panto’s proving popular, with some performances nearly sold out already, so if you want to see it, get your skates on.

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