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  • Review: Cottesmore School, Pease Pottage

    A quintessential prep and pre-prep on the Sussex/Surrey border where fun is taken very seriously and children are meticulously prepared for the UK's leading public schools.

  • 15 stunning circular Sussex walks

    Strike out on one of these lovely circular walks taking in the hills, mills, forests, fields and coasts of Sussex.

  • Sussex festivals to book now!

    Never mind Glasto. The local festival scene right here in Sussex is scorching hot and with events already selling out for spring/summer 2021, now's the time to get booking!

  • 7 fun things to do in the garden with kids

    Make a mini golf course, plant a jam jar garden and measure a tree with your bum! Cabin fever begone with these cool gardening ideas kids will dig.

  • Half-term hack: the best online courses for kids

    Run out of ways to entertain the kiddos? Check out Muddy's list of the best online classes and workshops that you can do from anywhere across the country, just in time for half-term.

  • The most Instagrammable spots in Sussex

    Daily walks getting a bit monotonous? Keep yourself motivated to get outside and hone your photography skills to boot by doing it for the 'gram.

  • Harrow School online – your prayers answered?

    Combining Harrow's heritage with leading online tech, Harrow School Online offers co-ed learning for ages 16-18. We spoke to the new head for the full lowdown.

  • Ten reasons to take that bike offroad

    And all the kit, confidence and know-how you need to get started. Instant coolness, a brilliant workout and lots of fun, guaranteed.

  • FREE specialist fitness class for tweens and teens

    The brilliant online FitLife Academy focuses on fun classes for 10-15 year olds. Try for free and, if they like it, use our Muddy exclusive deal to keep them active (and out of your hair) all month!

  • Where to see snowdrops in Sussex

    Nothing brightens up winter like the sight of carpets of snowdrops, jolly little white heralds of better days to come.

  • Review: Cumnor House Sussex

    This day and flexi-boarding pre-prep, prep and nursery has a privileged and spacious village-like campus, unique features, excellent academics and an ethos that focuses first and foremost on children's happiness, confidence and wellbeing.

  • Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

    Parenting can be a little fraught when you're essentially under siege in your own house. So we decided to talk to our young people to find out what they think we could be doing better.

  • Shred with the gnar! Where to go mountain biking in Sussex

    Put the Muddy in Muddy Sussex with some offroad action at these great mountain biking hotspots. Plenty for beginners, heaps for the more experienced too.

  • Skippers Hill Manor, East Sussex

    A warm and caring prep school set in 22 acres of countryside that brings together outdoor learning and wholesome values with a forward thinking curriculum and focus on 21st Century skills.

  • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

    If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

  • 10 of the best subscription boxes for kids

    Running on empty when it comes to entertaining the kids? Royal Mail comes up trumps with these brilliant subscription boxes – time to sit with a gin and wait for the postman.

  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • Children's books

    10 books for younger kids

    Kids have had a lot on their plates: no school, no play dates, and slim chance of a summer of fun in the sun. Here's 10 great book for ages 5-8 to create a fictional escape route from the madness.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • Easter activities SORTED!

    Are you in Half-Term recovery mode? Now the kids are back at school (praise be), plan for an easier Easter with Barracudas Activity Day Camps – I reckon your ankle-biters will love it.

  • Your ultimate Autumn Walks guide

    Grab your kids, your besties, your dog and anyone else who is free to join you on our first Autumn Walks initiative with Joules - and win coats and wellies for the whole family!

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