The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Activities

The Muddy Guide: Thurs 21 – Wed 27 July

21 Jul 2016

Whitstable Oyster Festival, Whitstable, Thu 21 Jul – Sun 31 Jul

The 32nd Whitsable Oyster Festival sees over 80,000 people descend to the seaside town for 10 days of great food and live performances. Such a fab festival with so much cool and quirky stuff going on – including outdoor cinema screenings, mud tug of war, street parades, arts & crafts and live music. The Harbour Food Fair will also be at hand hosting a brilliant array of global and local traders to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 14 – Wed 20 July

13 Jul 2016

“Kill The Cardigan”, Image and Style Workshop, Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Tue 19 Jul

If you’re interested in sharpening up your work wardrobe WellStyled is launching a unique training course to help women kill the cardigan and learn how to dress to impress. Style Coach and Personal Stylist, Siobhan Young, will be running a three-hour Women in Business Workshop to help you hone your professional style and “dress like you mean business”.

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Medieval madness at Leeds Castle

29 May 2016


And I thought the biggest battle this Half Term would be between my Mudlets – over who has the master controller for the Wii computer or who was ‘breathing too loudly while eating breakfast’. But no, there’s been some proper legitimised, fighting going on over at Leeds Castle. Fully armoured knights battling it out in a real jousting competition, combat displays and try-it-yourself archery.

If you, like me, find your weekends filled with household chores, taxi-ing the kids round and, if you’re lucky, a hangover headache recovery period, then you probably don’t find the time to visit Kent’s historic castles as much as you’d like.

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Muddy gets creative: with Japanese tie dye

4 Apr 2016

Have you heard? Crafting, not cocktails, is the new cool. I’m not saying that champagne martinis in your local bar is totally *out* but the new way to unwind with the girls is by getting creative. Yup, there’s real figures that show, not only are ‘Stitch ’n Bitch’ sessions around the UK on the rise but so are pottery, crochet, baking and jam making classes. That’s right, folks, granny hobbies are in – in a big way.

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Muddy Tries: Food foraging and Wine day

1 Apr 2016

I have discovered a new passion. Foraging. And no, I’m not referring to my rummaging around the back of the kitchen cupboards for some out-of-date pistachios to accompany an early evening G & T. I’m talking wild foraging – the search for foliage, flowers, fruit and fungi out there in its natural habitat. I know, it comes as even more of a surprise to me than you. I’m the person who made their seven-year-old son wear marigolds to clear up the apples that had fallen on the orchard floor surrounding our house because, you know, they were a *tad* mouldy.

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Muddy day trip: taking the treasure trail

31 Mar 2016

Kids are arguing over the Xbox controller. Already? Aaaargh!! Do not despair. I’ve just found something totally cool and different to do with the Mini Muddies in the hols and it’s so cheap it’s almost free. It not only gets you out and about but allows you to explore some of our great county’s wonderful towns in a really fun way. It’s self-guided themed Treasure Trails and it screams ‘holiday saviour’ if not for this Easter, then definitely one to keep up your sleeve for the epic summer holiday break *hyperventilates*.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 25 Feb – Weds 2 Mar

25 Feb 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 Feb – 22 May

My fabulous, finger-on-the-pulse colleague Muddy Berks gave me the heads up on this one and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Having been at the forefront of fashion, beauty and portrait photography since its launch in 1916, British Vogue has an enviable and unrivalled archive of outstanding imagery.

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Lesley’s stay young secrets!

23 Feb 2016

What does Lesley Joseph listen to before a big night out? Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell of course! She stole the show as Dorian on TV’s Birds of A Feather and continues to do so now the girls have reunited over 15 years later for another series. She’s also playing one of my all time favourite characters – song-belting, gin-swigging Miss Hannigan in the theatre tour of Annie, The Musical

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Top 10 films

23 Feb 2016

We’re big film fans here at Muddy Kent and we’re very much looking forward to this year’s offerings. Whether you’re looking for a bit of chick flick and chill (Ms Bridget Jones), or something for the rabble (a new Jungle book!) we’ve got you covered. Muddy intern Daisy Ward gives us her recommendations for the coming year. Check them out.

1. Deadpool

The long-awaited Deadpool (it’s taken Ryan Reynolds 11 years to get this to screen) based on the comic character of the same name is finally in cinemas this week.

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14 Feb 2016

Have you ever got back from a walk and thought ‘Pah, I wish I hadn’t bothered?’ Me neither. This is what I remind myself on Sunday mornings when Walk War erupts in our house. It’s a simple deterioration: Grown ups declare we’re going for a walk. Mini Muddies have nuclear melt down. But when we are all prised away from screens / toys / sofas and the hats, gloves and boots are finally on there’s a shift in the air (and I’m not just talking about the aroma of Mr MK’s welly boot socks).

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