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Feel like exploring somewhere new? Muddy tenticles cover the South of England and who better to know the cool stuff that’s hard to unearth than our brilliant regional Muddy editors (all national journalists in their own right) who are constantly scouring their counties for the best arts and cultural highlights? Whether you’re day tripping or planning for longer, here are some of the treats in store for you.
An Evening With Opera’s Young Stars, Cliveden House Taplow, Sun 12 Mar
Who needs a dramatic set design when you’ve got Cliveden House?
I’m a vintage chick, I admit it. Give me those 50’s lipsticks, and a retro seat on which to park my Muddy posterior, charge me a vintage champagne in antique crystal glasses and you’ll have friend for life. There’s lots going on in the county this week, but theres also a definite nod to the good old glamourous days.
Big Chef, Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes, 10.30am- 12pm, Friday, 10 March
Stanwick Lakes – fresh air, brilliant scenery and home to numerous species of wildlife.
Well it seems you enjoyed the first round of the Muddy Book Club, so here’s some reading list inspiration in our second Muddy Book Club post (without the wine, sadly – although there’s nothing to stop you pouring yourself a glass while you peruse this. We won’t tell anyone it’s 10am). We’re an extremely *cough* cerebral bunch, as you know, so read on for our current literary obsessions. We’d love to hear what you’re reading today – share the literary love in the comment box below.
Happy Spring! Happy second day of the month! And happy days to one very lucky Muddy reader who is about to float off with a luxury weekend at Another Place The Lakes in Ulswater, The Lake District.
Thousands of you entered this one – I guess everyone needs a holiday! – but the winner is (*drum roll*)…
Congratulations to you lady. I’m not gritting my teeth honestly, just smiling very very hard.
It’s up to us Northamptonshire types to make up our minds this week. Do we go out, do we stay in? If Storm Doris didn’t put you off there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to keep you and yours fit and healthy (wrap up warm though). On the other hand, our theatres are putting on rather a good show, what. Decisions, decisions…
Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age, Castle Theatre, 8pm, Thursday 2 March
It’s all about growing up and growing down.
It’s almost March, and I don’t know about you, but I’m still paying off the excesses of last Chrimbo (I really don’t remember ordering proper Champagne in the restaurant that time, doh). In a bid to counteract me sitting at home and feeling sorry for myself, Muddy contributor Lucy Banwell has curated the best free days out in Northants. No excuse Mudsters, wellies on!
A long walk or cycle around this ancient woodland near Corby is good for the soul, the waistline and the wallet!
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.
Muddy Oxon/Bucks was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of the first episode, and she said it is edge-of-your seat stuff.
Not sure you want reminding but Pancake Day has crept up on us – it’s tomorrow, Tue 28 Feb – the one day of the year when it’s totally acceptable to throw food round the kitchen. For 24 hours us amateur chefs will be stocking up on eggs, flour, Nutella, bananas and lemons to entertain our friends and family. I’m no masterchef – don’t take my advice for gawd’s sake unless you’re after a gloopy mess – but Muddy Cambs enlisted the help of crepe chef connoisseur John Fenton from Cambridge Crepes to share his flippin’ good recipe plus a few tips on how and when…
- 250 grams plain flour
- 4 eggs
- 250 mls semi-skimmed milk
- 230 mls water
- half teaspoon salt
- 4 tbsp of melted butter
Whisk together the eggs and plain flour.
As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…
Someone had a very bad day at the office.
So we’ve told you the best seaside cottages, but beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (me obvs) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer.