The May Bank Holiday is nearly here, so take this great opportunity to walk amongst carpets of colour with my guide to 5 of the prettiest local bluebell landscapes – and, just as importantly, the best place to refuel after…Read more
Sevenoaks is blessed with quite a number of good school options, and here’s a corker for you. St Michaels Prep School nestled in the calmness of Otford down a rural lane. For some reason, even although I know this corner of Kent pretty well, I hadn’t even heard about this idyllic prep school until recently. And I was really impressed with what I found – a truly special school. Fancy a look around?Read more
Looking for a gorgeous holiday stop for families or larger groups? Hang on, I’ll just get out my magician’s hat and wand and, er… abracadabra! The best rental properties across 18 counties, conjured up by your in-the-know Muddy editors.
The Coach House, Ascot
Pass me a kaftan and a glass of fizz (make that a bottle), I feel the need to waft.Read more
Do you want to break free? Go on, unplug yourself from the vacuum cleaner, put on your fake Freddy moustache and inflatable breasts and release yourself from the confine of your county. You’re bound to get at least half an hour down the road before someone arrests you.
Urban Festival, Southbank, London
Breakdancing battles, dance residencies, workshops, lots of free family events, workshops and parties at the South Bank Centre’s Urban Festival showcasing the best in street culture from 1 – 17 April.Read more
A new Muddy Guide to the Best Schools today, and it’s a goody – Kent College Prep in Pembury. I had a good look around a couple of weeks ago, part journo-nosing, part with a mum’s head on, and here’s the verdict…
An all girl prep school which takes children from rising 3-11 years in a beautiful rural setting (75-acres of it) overlooking the Pembury countryside.Read more
HILLVIEW SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, TONBRIDGE
Hillview School for Girls is an all-ability secondary school (aged 11-18 years) with academy status in Tonbridge. It’s girls-only (there’s 1, 200 of them) up until Sixth Form where it is mixed (34 boys in Y12 & Y13). The school is found down a surprisingly suburban street, surrounded by houses, and is made up of a collection of modern red brick buildings and a funky new science block.Read more
Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the week before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).Read more
Well hellooo there bum cheeks! You made yourselves known after a two-hour bike trail in Bedgebury Pinetum this weekend. Someone get me a bag of frozen peas! Okay, so I’m half joking – we quite enjoy a family bike ride in the Muddy family and obviously I have buns of *cough* steel. But mine had ever so slightly gone into hibernation over the last few months, how about you?Read more
Looking for an action-packed kids’ birthday party that doesn’t leave you reaching for your hipflask/valium? Gadzooks, I think I have it! What’s more it will win you major brownie points and is good value for money. Praise be!
My youngest Muddy is on the whole a fun-loving gentle soul, but boy does he love action/army/battles. Oh and Nerf – big-time (so does my daughter for that matter). He asked about paint-balling but, as this was his 8th birthday, he’s too young (apparently one bruises like a peach!).Read more
One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.Read more