The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: What’s On

The Muddy Guide

19 Apr 2017

This weather is awesome! Let’s get out and have some fun, shall we?

Folk Weekend Oxford, Fri 21 – Sun 23 April

Fiddles at the ready, it’s time for the 6th Oxford Folk Weekend – invading the city centre with concerts, family ceilidhs, playing the spoons workshops, shanty singing and a whole lot of do-si-doing (or, um, have I moved into country dancing?). Anyway, plenty for the folk loving family to enjoy, plus the chance to bring out last season’s plaid shirts again.

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Superflashy Newsflash!

22 Mar 2017

Our ear is firmly to the ground and these are the rumblings we’re hearing this week…

Big Feastival line up announced

The line-up for 2017’s Big Festival celebrating music, food and family fun has been released into the wild. The event will be held once again on founder and Blur star Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds on August Bank Holiday weekend (25-27August), with Olly Murs headlining.

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The SuperDuperNewsFlash!

6 Mar 2017

Hello and welcome to the Muddy o’clock Superduper Newsflash. Your headlines today:

Stonor Wonder Woods have reopened!

The fabulous Wonder Woods have just reopened for Spring. Weeeeeeee! (sorry, just had a go on the 50m zipwire there). The Wonder Woods cater for kids from 0-15, so if you have kids, grandkids or friends over, here’s your solution. BTW, more news from Stonor Park too – Gifford’s Circus is setting up its stall there from 13-17 for the first time, a great result given that Stadhampton is no longer a venue.

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Grab the remote! Two unmissable TV shows tonight

28 Feb 2017


Tonight, I will be downing tools, turning off my phone, and commandeering the sofa, remote and wine from 9pm – 11pm as not one, but two, fantastic TV shows arrive on the small screen.

First up, at 9pm on BBC1 is The Replacement, a three-part thriller.

I was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of the first episode and, believe me, it is edge-of-your seat stuff.

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The Muddy Guide – Thurs 23 Feb to Weds 1 March

22 Feb 2017

It’s with delight, pleasure and a little shiver of excitement that I must inform you that, at the end of this Muddy Guide week to view, we’ll be changing seasons. So with a spring in our step (see what I did there?), let’s go gambolling (and again, see?) to help our social lives fully bloom (OK, even I’ve had enough of this now).

Sheridan Smith, Funny Girl, MK Theatre, Tues 28 Feb – Sat 4 March

 Sheridan Smith is approaching acting royalty these days and it’s a great chance to see her up this way – or at least across at Milton Keynes in Funny Girl, starting next Tuesday.

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Half Term Saviour

10 Feb 2017

Muddy tenticles cover the South of England and who better to unearth the fun stuff for families than our brilliant regional Muddy editors? Whether you’re day tripping or planning for longer, here are some of the treats in store for you.


Meet The Bugs, Beale Park, Lower Basildon Wed 15 Feb

Bugs large or small give me the heebie jeebies, but kids love ’em.

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Half Term Muddy Guide: The 9 best day trips

10 Feb 2017

Didn’t quite make it to Zurmatt this half term? Nope, me neither! But who cares, for we have delights aplenty in Blighty and not just out on our doorstep. Here are 9 great options if you fancy a day trip out.

Warwick Castle

Half term week for schools in Warwickshire is 20 – 24 Feb fact fans, so this week is a grand tim for Bucks/Oxon families to head up to Warwick Castle during its relatively quieter week.

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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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Feb Half Term: What to do with the kids on rainy days

10 Feb 2017

On the off-chance the sun doesn’t do its stuff, no worries, Muddy has it covered –  there’s always Vitamin D drops and  loads of brilliant stuff you can do with your little darlings indoors. Here are our top picks for the week ahead.


1/ Think, Make, Do, Cyber, Bletchley Park, Mon 13 – Sat 18 Feb

Every day this week, drop-in workshops, games and activities at Bletchley Park bring the world of the wartime codebreakers  bang up to date with a look at online safety, asking you how secure your own password is and sharing how you can spot the tell-tale signs of a phish.

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