The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Property Flirt

28 Mar 2017

Shall we celebrate spring and all this glorious spring weather with a goosey gander around a gorgeous family home (aka poking our nose into someone else’s property). Yes, I think so too. We’re sashaying over to Sevenoaks for this month’s Property Flirt, and Pigeons Green is a gorgeous reason to do just that. And, yes, that is it’s real name.

Usual rules apply – look at the pics and description, guess the price, put your answer in the comments box below and the winner gets a romantic break with Tom Hiddleston in the Bahamas.

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What’s on this Easter?

27 Mar 2017

The excuse to eat our own body weight in chocolate is back again. It’s come around fast, as it always does, but begads we’re prepared for you, Easter hols! Muddy Stilettos will not be defeated by children or boredom (or, um, both) and so here, for your delectation, is the definitive, comprehensive, curated, totally indispensable Muddy Guide to the Easter holidays.

Leeds Castle Easter Quest, 1- 17 Apr

Sling the stilettos and grab your welly boots!

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Cool camping

22 Mar 2017

Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search, as chosen by the people in the know –  the regional Muddy editors.

STAY IN…BERKSHIRE

Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury

If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.

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Try this: Flow yoga

22 Mar 2017

Flow Yoga is everything we love on Muddy – it’s a hidden gem of a studio, run in the back garden of husband and wife founders, Lucy and Ben, so you’d never stumble across it unless you’d heard about it from word-of-mouth. Tucked away on Woodbury Park Rd, a suburban street in Tunbridge Wells, I wondered if I might have got the directions wrong, until I followed the trickle of people in stretchy jogging bottoms and saw a discreet sign telling me I was in the right place.

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The Muddy Guide

22 Mar 2017

Shakespeare Week Quest, Leeds Castle, 20 – 26 Mar

Across the nation we’re about to celebrate Shakespeare Week (aimed at giving primary school children a great first encounter of the works of William S). And at Leeds Castle they’re joining in the fun with this timely quest to challenge your knowledge about the Bard. No, sorry, no Joseph Fiennes present this year – just couldn’t resist a chance to use this piccie with a chest:shirt ratio that even puts Simon Cowell in the shade.

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ALERT: anti-ageing Power Facial

20 Mar 2017

I’m as keen on a facial as the next 40-plus woman (no botox ever having perked up the Muddy visage). Even keener when it’s a salon’s ‘signature treatment’ and called the Power Facial (I’m thinking dramatic action movie voiceover here) suggesting this is the one that really delivers. And now I’m adding mustard (metaphorically, because that’s how keen I am) because rather than trudging into London or off to the sticks to try it, it can be found at No.

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The Muddy Guide

15 Mar 2017

The Crucible, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Tues 14 – Sat 18 Mar

Wow, this production looks goooood. The cast is superb for a start – it stars Charlie Condou (Coronation Street), as the witch hunter, Reverend Hale, and Victoria Yeates (Call the Midwife), as the falsely accused Elizabeth Proctor. Gripping, chilling, powerful, intense…if you like those things, you’re in for a treat. Did you read the play at school?

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CULTURE: Can you guess the connection?

13 Mar 2017

Soooo, did you get it? Well, one is an illustration of one of the best known characters from the Mr. Men series. And the second is an oil on canvas piece called Magnolia – and the same local, Kent artist, Adam Hargreaves is behind them both… (but you knew that, right?)

The Fairfax Gallery, in The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, (and winner of the Muddy Award for Best Gallery in Kent, as it happens) is currently displaying the third solo exhibition, that includes 16 new paintings, by artist Adam Hargreaves following on from his last sell out show in 2013.

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Muddy Best Schools, Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge

13 Mar 2017

HILLVIEW SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, TONBRIDGE

What? Where?

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. 

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Best quirky stays: Book ’em up!

10 Mar 2017

Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay.  The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!

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