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New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

Muddy says: Since first opening its doors as a theatre in 1856, New Theatre Royal has hosted a wealth of top calibre talent and is a community hub of culture and entertainment.

Festivals

New Forest Activities

Muddy says: Embrace your inner adventurer, year-round, while also hanging out in the beautiful New Forest. Offering everything from archery to kayaking, a top choice for intrepid families.

Courses

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Riverside Lifestyle

Muddy says: A beautiful holiday let in the Hampshire countryside that also offers yoga, painting and their own homespun products for visitors.

Cottages

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Jewellery Moves

Muddy says: Gather your dearest girls, be they friends or family, to make professional pieces that will tell their story for years, nay generations to come. Your teacher, the Royal College of Art trained Fiona Dowling, is a calm and deeply knowledgeable guide to the art of jewellery making.

Accessories

Nadia Waterfield Fine Art

Muddy says: This light-filled, converted barn in mid-Hampshire is a special venue; perfect for stolen mornings discovering world-class and emerging artists.

Art Consultants

Gee Cartwright Cookery

Muddy says: Hampshire's kitchen-demo-dynamo runs sell-out sessions in Stockbridge and Wandsworth teaching everything from cooking with spices to filling the freezer.

Cookery Schools

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Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Stockbridge

Muddy says: A friendly, approachable consultancy with a profound knowledge of contemporary art. Shows are limited to three per year giving Josie time to really understand her clients and "truffle hunt" for them; finding the best works from the very best artists.

Art Consultants

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The Myers Touch

Muddy says: Is it a kitchen designer? A supperclub? A super cool event space? Yes, yes, yes - The Myers Touch is so much more than a kitchen designer.

Cookery Schools

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Sian Storey Art

Muddy says: Bringing a rainbow of colour to the natural world, talented artist Sian Storey captures creatures and flowers in her beautiful vivid paintings.

Artists

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Chewton Glen Hotel, The New Forest

Muddy says: We love this super-luxe yet family-friendly hotel where tradition meets 21st century edge — a hard balance to maintain, but this New Forest institution manages it with aplomb.

Courses

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Knackered Mother’s Wine Club

Muddy says: Life's too short for bad wine and author, journalist and wine expert Helen McGinn of the Knackered Mother's Wine Club is here to make sure you drink well.

Courses & workshops

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Flora’s Kitchen

Muddy says: Step into the kitchen and cook up a storm as Flora imparts her gourmet know-how in her specialist cooking school, taking you from cooking zero to foodie hero.

Bespoke gifts

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Hampshire Pop Up Studios

Muddy says: Featuring the absolute best of Hampshire's crafters and creators, the Hampshire Pop Up Studio events are a must visit.

Accessories

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The Point, Eastleigh

Muddy says: Bringing a bit of that showbiz sparkle to Eastleigh, The Point opens its doors on a regular basis to amazing theatre shows, dance performances and other cultural pursuits.

Café

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Coastal Gallery

Muddy says: This colourful spot in the New Forest exhibits exclusive contemporary art and sculpture from local and London-based artists, while also selling high-quality, unique gifts.

Art Galleries

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Michael Turner Studios

Muddy says: This New Forest-based sculptor has made a name for himself creating incredible pieces of nature-inspired art that are popular the world over.

Art Consultants

The Wykeham Gallery

Muddy says: A leading contemporary art gallery, and yet another reason (if needed) to visit Stockbridge.

Art Galleries

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Victoria Hamilton Lifestyle

Muddy says: Honest, knowledgeable & heartfelt fashion advice on which colours and shapes will make you look (and feel) fantastic; if you want your personal style to shine through, Victoria's your woman.

Courses

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The Gin Stall, Andover

Muddy says: With 150 artisan gins in its online store and a pop-up presence at weddings, markets & fêtes across Hampshire, we like The Gin Stall's style. Muchos.

Bartenders

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Trudy Simmons: Business coach

Muddy says: We love business productivity coach Trudy Simmons' warm, arms-open-wide approach and her intuitive ability to nail a clients' priorities. If you're starting out on your own or simply need a re-boot, her Crazy Daisy Clarity Club comes with our big ol' stamp of approval. Let's get to work.

Business coaches

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Berry Bros & Rudd Wine, Basingstoke

Muddy says: Our award-winning wine merchant is a grape-lover's dream; all Champagne, fine wines, spirits and the very best, phew-the-kids-are-in-bed, easy-drinking bottles. 

Caterer

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Season Cookery School, Lainston House

Muddy says: Super whizzy training kitchen combined with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and zero high-octane, hell’s kitchen faff. Want to polish up your wooden spoon skills? Then this is the place to do it.

Cookery

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White Space, Alresford

Muddy says: A joyous, soaring event space. Holding The Muddy Hants Awards Drinks here for fifty people worked perfectly, although there is room for many more. The acoustics are a dream, no need for a microphone, and the clean background creates striking images.

Culture

Lymington Seafood Festival

Muddy says: Brush up your wannabe-Michelin skills with demos from The New Forest's finest chefs then stumble-sway gently to live jazz, folk, and a sea shanty or two. Be there or be a fruit de mer!

Culture

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