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Josie Eastwood Fine Art’s Little Picture Show, The Drove Barn, North Houghton, Sat 27 Jan – Sat 3 Feb

Boy with zebra painting.

Ann Shrager, Zebra & Boy

Think that fine art is out of your price range? Think again. Muddy Award winning Josie Eastwood Fine Art’s Little Picture Show shows work from her 40 artists, ceramicists and sculptors with prices ranging from £200 to £1,500.  Norfolk artist Hannah Hann returns with her wonderful remote beach scenes;  vibrant market views from Kate Corbett Winders’ recent travels through India; Jane Muir’s funny little people ceramics are just some of the works on offer.  Read more about this brilliant art consultancy in our [Little Black Book best businesses directory].


Yoga for BeginnersEbb and Flow Yoga, Farnham, Mon 22 Jan – Mon 26 Feb

This comprehensive 6 week course for beginners will teach you all the essentials you will need to begin your yoga journey, instilling you with the groundwork and confidence to attend regular classes or begin a home-practice. The course is aimed at complete beginners who have never done yoga before.


An Evening with Wildlife Enthusiast, Johnny Kingdom, The Lights, Andover, Wed 31 Jan

One time gravedigger and wildlife enthusiast, Johnny Kingdom, has enchanted huge audiences on the BBC and ITV with his his passion for the UK’s animals and birds and his brilliance at transmitting that passion to the viewer, often with a wobbly camera — he has the gift of making the viewer feel that they are there with him, watching wildlife close up.


BOOK NOW: Ante-Natal Weekend Retreat with Born to Parent, Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall, 9-11 Feb

Born to Parent, based in South Wilts, has created a brand new approach to the classic ante-natal course – putting you in charge. Book now for their Ante-Natal Weekend Retreat at the Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall on 9-11 Feb. The focus will be on small numbers so that you get the core information during the day and in the evenings you can have private one-to-one discussions with Emily or Georgie. There will also be time for blustery walks along the beach, dogs actively encouraged to join you in the hotel and on the beaches, retail therapy in the village of St Mawes or relaxing spa treatments. The menu is designed specifically for pregnant women and the barman has a series of healthy, non-alcoholic cocktails up his sleeve (probably not literally).


BOOK NOW: Travels Along the Spice Route, Cooking Demos with Gee Cartwright, London and Hants, Feb & Mar

South East Asian Food Market

Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and pepper — it was the Spice Route that brought these wonders to our table. Take a culinary tour of Japan, Indonesia, India and the lands of the Middle East, with Gee Cartwright. Learn about the sensational flavouring these spices bring to our table and create dishes full of zing and aroma; is there any better way to soothe the soul during a gloomy British winter? Oh your mouth’s watering now? Places for these demos book-up quickly peeps. Take your pick between a morning in Gee’s own kitchen in Hampshire’s dreamy Test Valley, or jump at the excuse for a day in The Big Smoke and book a place on one of the Wandsworth Demos.


Producing Fizz in Hants’ Cool Climate, Gill Nethercott Centre, Whitchurch, Thur 15 Feb 

Bit of a wine buff? Then head to this talk by award-winning North Hampshire producer, Coates & Seely. Its La Perfide Blanc de Blancs 2009 was the Supreme Champion in last year’s UK Wine Awards, beating almost 300 other British wines. Holler!, 6.30 – 8.30pm


BOOK NOW: An Evening with Levison Wood, The Anvil, Basingstoke, Sun 25 Feb

Chased by African big game; shot at by gunmen; falling off a mountain (hmm, really? Really?); meeting the Dalai Lama & George Clooney…easy ladies — all in a day’s work for this best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter. If Sunday evenings aren’t the same without your Levison Walks fix, then go one better and watch him in person. Who knows, for once, the hubby might come too.


BOOK NOW: Epoch presents WAREHOUSE 30, The Railway Tavern, Winchester, Sat 10 Mar

Let me tell you a secret. Before I settled into my Muddy welly boots, stilettos were never really my thing (as I said, shhh!). No, I was more of an Adidas trainers and repetitive beats kind’a gal. And I’m not alone. Enter Winchester’s brilliant Epoch — the spiritual home of all us reformed-ravers. In 1987 a handful of DJ’s came back from Ibiza with a new sound, house music. They were hooked and by the beginning of 1988 the UK was raving to epic, euphoric warehouse parties every weekend; that was the start of the 2nd summer of love. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary, Epoch present WAREHOUSE 30 playing classic tunes that defined the scene: epic old skool dance anthems, uplifting classics and beats from the eighties, nineties and beyond. Dancing boots on Muddies.




Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, until 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


Modigliani, Tate Modern, until 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.


Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, until Feb 24 

Dinita Gohil as Viola. Pic credit: Manuel Harlan (c) RSC

The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night is set in Victorian Britain and sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, also stars Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew. Read Muddy’s review here.







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