Following on from our list of books for younger children last week, here’s five of the best new books for 13+ and young adults. One of the authors, Somerset-born Josh Martin, will be at Bailey Hill Books in Castle Cary from 6pm on Friday 17 March, pen in hand ready to sign copies of his fantasy novel Ariadnis.Read more
Late night sewing panic aside, World Book Day is actually all about fostering a love of reading in kids isn’t it? So I asked Claire over at the stupendous Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary to come up with a list of newly published brilliant kids books that will help do just that…Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Here you go, the fourth of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas: the top 10 fiction picks for kids 8-12. Don’t buy on Amazon, hop over to your local bookshop!
Star Wars Galactic Atlas
This is the must have Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages. We just love how big it is… no really, it’s huge!Read more
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!Read more
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 …Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
It’s safe to peer above the parapet, here comes the bumper Muddy Half Term guide to what’s on in Somerset. It might be coming up to Halloween but not everything involves a pumpkin – we’ve got a Shark in the Park and hip-hopping dwarves, tooRead more