The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Try this: ground-breaking new hypnosis

20 Apr 2017

Havening takes hypnotherapies into a brave new world where simply rubbing your arms promises to reduce anxiety and depression by altering the way memories are stored or recalled. What’s more, although there are only a handful of Havening-trained therapists around the world, Tunbridge Well’s own, Chris Meaden, is one of them. Could the latest hands-on Havening technique really cure your anxiety for good?

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Don’t miss your 20% off new Champneys Eastwell Manor Spa, Ashford!

20 Apr 2017

What do you get when you cross an extra from Star Trek with the masquerade ball from Fifty Shades Darker? Me in a Champneys Collagen Gold Facial mask, that’s what. Read on if you wanna see… And be one of the first to sneak a peak inside the massive multi-million pound, super-duper revamp of Eastwell Manor Spa Hotel, Ashford, now that Champneys have officially opened the doors…Even better Champneys are offering Muddy readers an exclusive 20% off Spa Days at Eastwell to be used within 6 months (by end of October). Stampeeeede!!

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Woof! The Idiot’s Guide to Owning a Dog!

12 Apr 2017

Meet Woody – the impossibly cute new member of the Muddy Kent house-hold. I’d been desperately flirting with the idea of getting a family dog for a while but fully aware about what a commitment they are and slightly fearful of how I’d manage with work, two rabid – I mean to say *cough* rowdy – children, let alone any extra household creatures. But in the end we took the plunge on 1 April and we’ve not looked back since.

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Easter 2017

7 Apr 2017

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.

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Travel trend: how to cruise in serious style

6 Apr 2017

Take your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about holidays. Hey, I saw you roll your eyes and do that whole ‘Pah! I don’t do cruises thing’. But have you heard about the new kind of cruise – boutique river cruises, like this one (pictured) from L.A-based travel agents Uniworld? This is their Bordeaux, Vineyards and Châteaux cruise option, that takes you round South of France’s Bordeaux region, where you’re onboard a small, luxe riverboat (no big ocean faring vessels here) for a week of wine tasting and five-star food.

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Our new favourite London hang-out

6 Apr 2017

Last week saw an historic gathering of power players for a day of diplomatic discussions. EU leaders discussing the terms of Brexit? Nah, I’m talking Muddy Stiletto’s national conference, obviously! With your local superblog now boasting 18 (yes flippin eighteen!) regional editions, us editors convened en masse in the smoke to um, drink quite a lot of prosecco.

Our venue for the day was The Harcourt, a chic Grade 2-listed, five-storey Georgian townhouse which is a bar, restaurant, meeting and private dining space – and is now officially our new favourite London haunt.

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Muddy Best Schools:

2 Apr 2017

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…

What? Where?

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.

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See this: A Judgement in Stone

29 Mar 2017

As a child of the 80s, (you’d not seen a perm until you’d seen mine) the Ruth Rendell Mysteries were all over the telly box and Chief Inspector Wexford’s investigations were a must-watch in our household. So when I spotted the Assembly Hall Theatre was getting this brilliant stage adaptation of thriller A Judgement in Stone, I was excited, having read some pretty good reviews of this classic whodunit and seen the impressive cast list…

It arrives in Tunny Wells in May, but I asked my lovely colleague Rachel, Muddy Berks, for her review to give you the heads up before buying your tickets.

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Get holiday inspired!

28 Mar 2017

I don’t know about you, but as I’ve got older I’ve realised that time, rather than money, is a more precious, sought after commodity (deep, yes, I know). I used to think that hours googling holiday destinations would save me pennies, but now I’m not so sure that’s the case. And anyway if there’s an expert that can do the job for me, efficiently and get it right at no extra expense then I’m in.

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