Kids

  • Muddy Best Schools

    Sevenoaks is blessed with quite a number of good school options, and here’s a corker for you. St Michael’s Prep School nestled in the calmness of Otford down a rural lane. For some reason, even although I know this corner of Kent pretty well, I hadn’t even heard about this idyllic prep school until recently. And I was really impressed […]

  • Going away with the gang?

    Looking for a gorgeous holiday stop for families or larger groups? Hang on, I’ll just get out my magician’s hat and wand and, er… abracadabra!

  • Muddy Best Schools

    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 […]

  • Muddy Best Schools, Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge

    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, […]

  • Get your Mothering Sunday Sorted!

    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 […]

  • On yer bike!

    Well hellooo there bum cheeks! You made yourselves known after a two-hour bike trail in Bedgebury Pinetum this weekend. Someone get me a bag of frozen peas! Okay, so I’m half joking – we quite enjoy a family bike ride in the Muddy family and obviously I have buns of *cough* steel. But mine had […]

  • The best kids’ party EVER?

    Looking for an action-packed kids’ birthday party that doesn’t leave you reaching for your hipflask/valium? Gadzooks, I think I have it! What’s more it will win you major brownie points and is good value for money. Praise be! My youngest Muddy is on the whole a fun-loving gentle soul, but boy does he love action/army/battles. Oh […]

  • Want a weekend escape?

    One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah […]

  • Muddy Best Schools

    SUTTON VALENCE PREP SCHOOL, NR MAIDSTONE What? Where? Sutton Valence Prep School is a co-educational day prep school in Chart Sutton, just south of Maidstone, in a wonderful countryside setting, not far from the Senior School of the same name. The original building, above, is a grand red brick mansion and the rest of the school […]

  • SPECIAL MUDDY DEAL ON A FOREST HOLIDAY!

    Some of you may be doing dry January – *groan* – but the weather certainly isn’t. And the half-term break feels forever away. It’s weeks like this that I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he […]

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