Planning a kids trip to London this Easter? Debbie, a.k.a Ms Muddy Sussex, has curated all that is cool in the capital (and just outside).Read more
To most of us — raised on Friends and Central Perk and Rachel-Ross’ will they won’t they-ing — brunch culture holds a special appeal: an easy amble to your neighbourhood cafe for flat-whites, poached eggs and papers.
All this disappears in a puff of petrol fumes, when you motor your life and worldly possessions from SW1 into deepest Hampshire.
It’s not that this fine county lacks cafe culture: Winchester, Alresford, Southsea… shrines to the bean one and all, but a short, easy amble?Read more
Something for the mini-bookworms amongst us. To celebrate World Book Day, Clare Maltby, Children’s Manager of Winchester’s P&G Wells has chosen her very favourite books for small people. If you haven’t popped into this wonderful indy bookshop tucked away in Kingsgate Village, read my review then trot down next time you get a moment. The children’s section is chokka with beautifully illustrated tomes, plus there are story sessions on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.Read more
Like a wood-pannelled, Edwardian curiosity shop, the UK’s oldest booksellers P&G Wells hides in the higgledy streets of Winchester’s Kingsgate village.
This quiet Cathedral of the mind has tended to the intellect and imagination of the city’s great, good (and let’s hope slightly wicked) people for over 250 years: it is one of Wykham’s very best kept secrets. The children’s section is particularly special — more on this later.Read more
Half-term planning’s done and dusted, no time to draw breath though Muddy Readers things to do, things to see…
Gangsta Granny, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, Thur 23 – Sun 26 Feb
Friday nights with Granny means only one thing for Ben: cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake. Boring! But, oh how very wrong he is. David Walliams’ best-selling children’s book (yes, he of Little Britain fame) has been adapted for stage to huge acclaim.Read more
Hands up who’s tired of grey, February skies? My children would agree. All this SATs pressure and limited daylight means only one thing, endless sofa bouncing. So before the little dears trash every inch of the house, get them outside quick. Need pointers? Read on.
Tree Climbing, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, Mon 20 Feb
Get those classroom-bound kids outside, after a day climbing trees they’ll be fit as fiddles and bouncing with confidence.Read more
Hidden away in a corner nook of The Crown Inn, I am nibbling crunchy scotch eggs with a glass of Pietas Red to hand. Life is sweet. The space wins an easy ‘dix points’ for atmosphere and decor; it is not loud, it is not kitsch — never segueing into rustic theme-park territory — but understated, modern and thoroughly British: all cow-print rugs, exposed flint, vintage maps of Hampshire and a delicious wood fire, much needed on this bone-cold Thursday lunchtime.Read more