The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Outdoors

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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Top 5 books to get lost in nature

29 May 2016

I recently met lovely Laura Willan, one half of the couple behind Kent’s first Wealden Literary Festival. Laura’s passion for the environment and husband Andrew’s love of books led them to mastermind this festival which is a celebration of both those things – and taking place this 18 & 19 June at beautiful Boldshaves Garden, Woodchuch. There was much discussion on the countryside, landscape and our relationship with the natural world.

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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 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 And no, I’m not referring to my rummaging around the back of the kitchen cupboards for some out-of-date pistachios to accompany an early evening G & T. I’m talking wild foraging – the search for foliage, flowers, fruit and fungi out there in its natural habitat.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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A CIRCULAR WALK AND PERFECT PUB LUNCH AT THE GOUDHURST INN

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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The Muddy Kent half-term survival guide, Feb 16

9 Feb 2016

It’s half term already.  I know, it’s hard to believe.  Five minutes ago, we were picking pine needles out of the carpet – now it’s time to figure out how to keep the little darlings amused for a whole week again.

Lucky for us, there’s loads of fun stuff going on across the county and beyond.  Indoors, outdoors, crafty, sporty, musical, you name it.  So, time to get planning. 

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