The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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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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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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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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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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Get your Mothering Sunday Sorted!

9 Mar 2017

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the week before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).

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8 Mar 2017

Mr Darcy Loses The Plot at Theatre Royal Margate, Wed 8 March

Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the parchment. She is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in *very* tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Now left to his own devices, Darcy embroiders his own storyline whilst his creator stitches her quilt. When Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a different tune.

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It’s International Women’s Day!

8 Mar 2017

Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is all about forging a more inclusive, gender equal working world (#BeBoldForChange). To which we at Muddy say: hell yeah! To mark the occasion, we’ve picked our favourite trail-blazing, commotion-causing women from the creative industries. Ladies, we salute you and your wonderful work…

The artist: Loubaina Himid

Zanzibar born and British raised, Loubaina came to prominence in the ’80s as a pioneer of the Black British Arts Movement.

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Your SS17 style: SORTED

6 Mar 2017

With London Fashion Week giving a serious nod to all things hyper-feminine I’ve asked Sarah Gillmore one of my fave local stylists for her top tips on realistic and practical ways we can work the SS17 obsession with big sleeves, florals and ruffles into our wardrobe. Luckily, Sarah says, there’s lots of ways we can incorporate femininity fash without the need for flouncy dresses and skirts (I’m more of a jeans and pumps kinda girl).

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