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    West Hill Park School

    Muddy says: A happy, romping countryside school, where children develop in a kind, secure, environment & gain regular scholarships to top public schools.

  • The Manor School, Abingdon, Oxon

    Muddy says: A highly-regarded day school in Abingdon with fantastic IPI reports (excellent across the board) for boys 2-7 years, and girls 2-11 years old.

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    Thorpe House School, South Bucks

    Muddy says: A small, friendly day school for boys aged 3-16 between Gerrard's Cross and Chalfont St Peter, set in 7 stunning acres and high on inclusivity.

  • Awful Auntie – Live on Stage

    David Walliams’ number one children’s best-seller has its first stage outing – but will it meet fans’ expectations?

  • Hampshire Collegiate School, Romsey

    Muddy says: A new Head, palpable energy, passionate teaching staff, stonking grounds and a fleet of boats moored just down the road. If you haven’t considered HCS yet, here’s why you should.

  • Bloxham School, nr Banbury, North Oxfordshire

    Muddy says: Bloxham School is an impressive co-ed day/boarding for kids 11-18 in a pretty North Oxfordshire, with a reputation for all-rounder education.

  • The Abbey School, Reading, Berkshire

    Muddy says: One of the top day prep and secondary girls' schools in the UK, The Abbey School in Reading is unusual for its central city location.

  • South Downs stargazing festival

    Catch astronomy events throughout Sussex during the South Downs Dark Skies Festival this February

  • Planning a kids’ party? AAAAARRGHHHHHH!

    Stop right there, Mudsters. We've taken the pain out of your kids’ parties and found these super-fantastic bods who'll only go and do the whole lot for you. And I mean the WHOLE lot

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    Sixth form swappers

    If your teen might benefit from a new academic start for A levels, here's the lowdown on what you should consider.

  • Moulsford School, Moulsford

    Muddy says: A highly-regarded boy’s prep school in South Oxon in a stonkingly lovely setting on the Thames, with a strong reputation for sport and extracurricular activities.

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    Autism, ADD, anxiety…

    Are our children in crisis? Psychologist Sarah Warley believes neuroscience can help. Muddy gets a crash course.

  • Ashfold School, Dorton, Mid Bucks

    Muddy says: This bucolic co-ed prep school for day pupils and boarders in the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire is family-oriented with a deserved reputation for its all-rounder offering.

  • The top 10 children’s books

    The very best stories of 2017 to inspire young, imaginative minds, as chosen by Banbury indie experts (and Muddy faves) Book & Ink.

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    Twyford Prep

    Facilities? Tick. Pastoral care? Tick.

  • Top 10 Picture Books for Xmas

    The cutest, loveliest, gotta-read-em books to inspire little ones, as chosen by The Woodstock Bookshop in Oxfordshire.

  • Muddy Xmas Gift Guide #2: Young Kids

    The sweetest, most gorgeous young children's pressies this side of Lapland, with brands you won't find everywhere else.

  • Cambirdge International School, Cherry Hinton Hall

    Cambridge International School

    Muddy says: A school with a huge emphasis on pastoral care, nurturing and a non-hothousy environment? Say hello to this bijou co-ed junior and senior school that reflects the international community of Cambridge.

  • Coastal cycle ride

    Try this roughly 12 mile run between Brighton and Worthing, through Lancing and Shoreham Harbour, with cafe pitstops

  • ‘Growth Mindset’: explained

    Are these the 2 most important words in education? Find out what this phrase actually means for your kids...

  • Surviving the summer

    If the thought of six long weeks with the nippers has you reaching for the gin at 10am, don't worry. Children's life coach Lisa Parkes is here to help.

  • Muddy Eats: The Green Welly, Ditchling

    Handily situated for post walk or cycle refuelling this new family-friendly cafe sits at the crossroads in dinky Ditchling, just down from the Beacon (and if you’re about to tackle that in the upward direction you’re really going to need to fill your boots here first!) It’s been up and running a few months and […]

  • Get your skates on!

    Time to polish up your double toe loops and triple Salchows – or maybe just try and stay upright? Outdoor ice rinks are starting to pop up all over the place. Here’s a round-up of the best places to skate in the West Country and beyond.  So put on your bobble hats and mittens and […]

  • Great art in the great outdoors – Cass Sculpture

    Forget browsing quietly in a gallery, shuffling with the crowds or praying your kids will last five minutes before loud declarations of boredom. Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood, near Chichester takes the whole thing outdoors, putting the discovery back into art and giving you and yours room to roam. I’d been meaning to get to […]

  • Muddy reviews: Flown, at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

    The first thing I thought as I settled down to watch Flown at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre was ‘how are they going to perform circus stunts in a space that small?’ This excellent show from Pirates of the Carabina (great name!), on until Sunday, is an intimate form of circus – not in a big top but […]

  • The Muddies get behind the wheel…ooh-er

    Would you let your 12-year-old behind the wheel?  I did, *gulp*.  Too young to take conventional driving lessons but raring to go, the Muddies’ 15-year-old cousin has been learning to drive through the Young Driver training programme – and loving every minute.  My two (a few years younger) have been green with envy, until I […]

  • Hastings’ new world-class skatepark

    Dedicated sessions for kids, girls and over-30s!

  • Visit the house where Jungle Book was born

    The new live action version of Jungle Book is out in cinemas this week  – see the trailer here. Whether it will be anywhere near as heart-warming with CGI remains to be seen but it’s bound to rekindle a love affair with the story, and here in Sussex we have the very place where it […]

  • Muddy review: Gangsta Granny

    “Will she fart?” That was the main preoccupation of my excited nephews when I took them to see Gangsta Granny Having not read the book myself, Granny’s propensity to tuck into cabbage and fart like a quacking duck was the key thing I knew about the story before I went, these plot points being important […]

  • Adventurous new flights from Gatwick

      From most places in the county a Gatwick flight is going to be a holiday clincher. But while flying from right here in Sussex is  handier than Heathrow, if you’re after something a bit more adventurous than a fly-and-flop in the sun, your choice is pretty limited. So, much excitement at Chez Muddy when […]

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