MON 22 - SUN 28 JAN
BOOK NOW: Mandala Living’s Health & Wellbeing Mindfulness Course, around Winchester, starts third week in Jan
An 8 week course teaching the fundamentals of mindfulness to reconnect with the body, settle the mind and deal with stress. Meditations will vary each week and include mindfulness of the breath and body, walking meditation, energising and grounding practices and meditations to rebalance and heal the body. Kate Rowlandson is an Advanced Zen mindfulness and meditation teacher, trained by a Zen Master in the rigorous lineage of Rinzai Zen. She also has a wonderfully gentle, grounded and humorous style of teaching. [Read Unicorn Gin & Mindfulness: Muddy Hants reviews Mandala Living’s course]
Josie Eastwood Fine Art’s Little Picture Show, The Drove Barn, North Houghton, Sat 27 Jan – Sat 3 Feb
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].
BOOK NOW: Travels Along the Spice Route, Cooking Demos with Gee Cartwright, London and Hants, Feb & Mar
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.
Yoga for Beginners, Ebb 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.
Guildford Gag House Comedy Club, The Star Inn, Guildford, Sat 20 Jan
If you’re after bit of a laugh to brighten up a bleak winter, the Gag house Comedy club could be just the thing to make your January a whole lot funnier. The first event for the year features Paul McCaffrey, Naomi Cooper, Jack Barry and Tom Toal. gaghousecomedy.com
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: 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!
gillnethercottcentre.org.uk, 6.30 – 8.30pm
BOOK NOW: An Evening with Levison Wood, The Anvil, Basingstoke, Sun 25 Jan
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.
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Sadler’s Wells, London, now until Sat 27 Jan
Matthew Bourne’s productions are always stunning and this is no exception. He transposes the story of Cinderella to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Award.
Sadlers Wells, Rosebery Av, London EC1, sadlerswells.com