The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Kids

Muddy eats: Cuttlefish, Oxford

28 Mar 2017

There are so many places to eat in Oxford, but seafood is not a speciality well-catered for in our city of spires. Let me therefore present you with a fabulous fishy on a dishy in the form of Cuttlefish, a restaurant just over the Magdalen Bridge up St Clement’s St. ‘Over the Magdalen Bridge?!’ I hear you cry, horrified hands to face á la Edvard-Munsch. Yeah, like, totes, because there you’ll find all sorts of delights including my fave indie cinema Ultimate Picture Palace, the Jaqueline du Pre theatre for musical concerts, loads of cool bars like Kazbar and Cafe Coco on Cowley Road, the groovy young-persony Pegasus Theatre just off Iffley, and – tada!

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Wychwood School, Oxford

20 Mar 2017

Into the centre of Oxford we go – literally a hop and skip from St Aldates – for the latest Muddy school review.



What? Where?

Wychwood is a small day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18, now in its 120th year, with a teeny tiny 110 pupils. A mere 10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford, it’s based around two super-compact red brick mansions typical of the buildings up the Banbury Road on a 1.25 acre site.

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REVIEW: St Edward’s School, Oxford

12 Mar 2017

Oxford is blessed with a huge number of school options, and here’s another for you. St Edward’s School, nestled in the calmness of Summertown on the Woodstock Road. Fancy a look around?


What? Where?

St Edward’s School (called Teddies by locals) is a co-ed boarding and day school for 680 children (13-18 years), one of the very few city-based boarding schools in the UK.

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Muddy eats: The Astor Grill, Cliveden

20 Feb 2017

I’ve been a naughty blogger. I went on a lovely family walk around Cliveden a month or so ago that is really worth you knowing about, but *sob* haven’t yet posted it. Sorrrryyyy! However, now’s the time to remedy that, particularly as I’ve just had a fantastic meal at The Astor Grill in Cliveden so I’m thinking you can perhaps combine both exploits. And maybe a third now I think about it – Cliveden is due to open its awesome new spa in May.

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Muddy Best Schools: Bloxham School updated

13 Feb 2017

I visited Bloxham School back in February last year, and since then exam results have come in, kids have joined and moved on, facilities have improved and all that jazz. So here is an updated review of the school, along with details of Open Day on Sat 4 March 2017 if any of you are considering it as a possible contender for your kids. Here’s what I thought of it when I went around.

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HALF TERM 2017 – Outdoor fun for families

10 Feb 2017

Want to get the kids off their devices and into the fresh air? Here’s my pick of the best local heritage properties, gardens and grounds.

National Trust options

At Stowe Landscape Gardens (above)  near Buckingham, there’s a fun take on their kids’ trails with different choices for kids to make: will they pick the naughty path, the path of goodies or choose to be a hero?

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Half Term courses – book em in, boot em out!

3 Feb 2017

For once we’re out of the starting blocks earlyish on Half Term, and rather than an exhaustive calendar of stuff to do, plus lots of scrolling through this and that, we’re scaling it back and really curating hard so that you can clearly see the very best in courses, day out locally, day trips away, adult stuff to do (nothing X-rated I’m afraid *sniff*) and suggestions for rainy days. All the top tips will be up on the blog in the next few days AND also accessible from the KIDS drop down menu at the top under the Half Term category.

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The Bull on Bell Street, Henley

31 Jan 2017

Is there anything more fun than an image overhaul? The Bull on Bell Street in Henley, above, has just had quite the facelift, and so who better than the wrinkle-free and fragrant Sarah Prior, ex Berkshire Muddy editor, Henley resident and all round oinking foodie to report on its shiny new look?

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Muddy Best Schools: Aylesbury Grammar School Sixth Form

25 Jan 2017

It has slowly dawned on me, as my own oldest child heads towards GSCEs *gulp* that he has choices – not just in terms of what subjects to take now (my tip: the ones with the least revision), but where he can head afterwards. In my day, back when mullets were the vogue and Simon Le Bon was plastered across the common room, it was rare to move schools for Sixth Form – it was never offered as an option to me.

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