The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: kids

Muddy reviews: The First Hippo On The Moon

24 Jan 2017

Do you like a good poo joke? I’ll bet you know a child who does.

The stage production of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon, now on a UK tour and at The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater this Saturday, has poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty. Our Muddy Sussex editor Debbie was at the launch night at, appropriately,  the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne.

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Special Muddy deal on Forest Holidays!

13 Jan 2017

In dry January when the weather has turned totally pants – bitterly cold with a forecast of snow – and half-term break feels forever away, I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he desires me),  cool city breaks with a Mr Muddy, gorgeous cottages in rugged climes for walking hols with my galpals and for family time in the UK, something luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish.

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Top 10 Xmas picture books

19 Dec 2016

The third in our series of best Christmas books comes from Waterstones in Yeovil. Yes, I know it’s a chain but Marcus and the rest of the staff there make the shop feel like an independent, promoting local authors and helping to organise the annual Yeovil Literary Festival an’ all, so I’m including them here on the blog. They’ve put together their list of fave picture books.  If you quote ‘Muddy Stilettos’ at the checkout in the shop (Yeovil Waterstones only), you can get 10% off these titles until Christmas Eve!

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Muddy Best Schools Guide #1: Sidcot School, Winscombe

16 Dec 2016

The Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Guide comes to Somerset! When a school goes under the Muddy microscope I spend a day there nosing around, meeting staff, chatting to the kids and generally doing a bit of Muddy journo ‘digging’. First off the blocks is Sidcot School, a non-selective, independent co-ed day and boarding school for pupils aged 3-18 set in 150 acres of beautiful North Somerset countryside …

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Get your skates on!

9 Nov 2016

Time to polish up your double toe loops and triple Salchows – or maybe just try and stay upright? Outdoor ice rinks are starting to pop up all over the place. Here’s a round-up of the best places to skate in the West Country and beyond.  So put on your bobble hats and mittens and head out onto the ice.

Rinks usually have seal or penguin skating aids or bob skates (which fit over the shoes) for younger skaters; some offer dedicated sessions with ice marshalls to build up confidence; and I discovered (‘scuse my ignorance) many ice rinks have wheelchair sessions, too.

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Muddy Guide: Thurs 3-Weds 9 November

3 Nov 2016

Stick Man, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 4-Sat 5 Nov

You wouldn’t think a show about a stick would be much cop but the story of the Stick Man who’s carried away from his family by a playful dog after going for a morning jog, and has all sorts of adventures on his way back home, is poignant and funny. The trio of actors from Scamp Theatre use everything from umbrellas to rubber beach rings to turn Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famous book into a brilliant kids’ show.

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