The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Kids

Muddy review: Mr Popper’s Penguins, Assembly Hall Theatre, T.Wells

28 Sep 2016

My mini muddies tend to ask me the most tricky of questions on a Monday morning before I’m mainlined to a caffeine source. Last week is was ‘What’s past the planets?’ (er, no idea) and ‘Where are my red school sports socks?’ (er, definitely no idea). But this week was different. ‘What’s your favourite bird?’ Easy! A penguin. No contest. There’s something about this intelligent, flightless, waddling bird, survivor of the harshest of winters that simply warms the heart.

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Is single school education best? (discuss)

27 Sep 2016

The single sex versus co-ed school debate. People feel strongly about it don’t they?!

As someone with an older brother and therefore constantly around boys as a tween, I loved the escape of my all girl’s school, where I could parade my dodgy hair and spots in peace. But I know even from my own friends that many of them are vehemently against single sex schools, thinking them an anacronism, a throwback to the Fifties, a bit weird.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: Kent College, Pembury

2 Sep 2016


So this is my first all girls’ secondary review on the Muddy Best Schools Guide. And I’m going to come clean from the start here. Kent College was my old school – yup I’m a K.C. girl – Respice Finem and all that. When I started the school, age 11, my father was in the United Nations, peace keeping in a country where there was no local Secondary School to go to, so I had to board too.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: Saint Ronan’s School

31 Aug 2016


What? Where? Saint Ronan’s is a bucolic prep school, set in a stonking 249 (frankly gorgeous) acres of Tongswood Estate, in Hawkhurst and perfectly positioned for Cranbrook, Goudhurst and just over the border in East Sussex (or further afield if you don’t mind the drive or live in one of the villages served by the useful school minibus service).

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Ask the expert: 8 great illustrated children’s books

27 Aug 2016

With a new school year on the horizon it’s the perfect time to fire up your mini muddies imaginations with this list of the best illustrated books compiled by Holly Millbank founder of Fat Fox a fab new independent book publishing company – based right here in Kent. Come now, let the wild rumpus start!

Publisher, Holly, also mum to three young children, says:

‘I love how the imagery in a book – from highly colourful picture books through to black and white sketched young adult novels – work intrinsically with the story – bringing the words and the sentiment of the book to life.’

‘I feel that a visual narrative is so important, that we have in fact recently even published a young adult book that has beautiful sketches on almost every page which is very rare in the YA market.

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Family fun at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham

25 Aug 2016

Crikey, the summer holidays have screamed by. Before I know it I’ll be hosing down the kiddies before waving them off at the school gates and kicking my heels in delight. But there’s a teensy bit of me that is already mourning all the many things I promised myself I’d take time off work to do with them this summer. So this week a friend and I took our sons to The Historic Dockyard, in Chatham, and fulfilled a promise I’d made, oh, about 18 months ago: Batten down the hatches – let’s go!

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Muddy Bumper Summer Survival Guide

3 Aug 2016

Why does the mind always go blank when you’re trying to plan a day out with the kids? Perhaps it’s all the gin we drink to survive… (Or, maybe that’s just me?) Anyhoo… what with August being the only month of the year when the Mini Muddies are off school every single day, we all need some ideas when it comes to entertaining the bratlets. And like your very own fairy godmother, I’ve put together the following itinerary… You can also check out the Muddy weekly guide to keep updated on what’s happening every seven days… No need to thank me, (just buy me a Jeroboam of sparkling rosé).

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 28 Jul – Wed 3 Aug

28 Jul 2016

Summer Skate and Scoot Camp, Revolution Skatepark, Broadstairs, Mon 1 Aug – Fri 5 Aug

Salvage the forgotten knee pads and helmet from the back of the cupboard and get your mini adrenaline junkies over to Revolution Skatepark for their fantastic summer camp. Kids of all skateboard and scooter levels can burn some pent up energy while having a great time. Instructors will be at hand to teach some basic tips, new techniques and even some tricks.

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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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