The weather may be busy prevaricating about what it’s doing – warm, cold, sunny, rainy – but don’t let that stop you from getting out there and enjoying what’s on this week – from a bring-it-to-the people pop-up opera in a brewery to an über-cool Pop Art exhibition on tour from London. Just don’t forget to pack your all-weather gear.Read more
Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to getting even taller… And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – literary musings in the comment box below please!Read more
We’re halfway through Race Week – and here are the runners and the riders for a good time for the week ahead, from a St Patrick’s Day at the races (and night at the bar) to middle-aged laughs and Shakesperian tragedy.
St Patrick’s Thursday, Cheltenham Races, Thu 16 March
St Patrick’s Day comes a day early at Cheltenham this year to make way for Race Week’s Gold Cup finale on Friday.Read more
It’s countdown to Mother’s Day on Sunday 26 March and that means, quick, there’s still time to organise something worth getting out of bed for (however tempting staying in bed sounds, but, alas, this is a family day). Here are a few ideas to ponder for you and your family, you and your mum, even you and your mother-in-law (yeah, you can polish that halo).Read more
Having survived (or suffered in my case) World Book Day, let’s celebrate all things literary with some reading list inspiration in the form of our the Muddy Book Club (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.Read more
There’s a whole lot going on this week, as Cheltenham Race week kicks off. Also on the menu – macaroons, kitchen sink drama and a wine and cheese movie night.
Peter Hook and The Light, Gloucester Guildhall, Thu 9 March
Back in the day, if you wanted to tie your street cred to a band, it didn’t get much cooler than Joy Division and its later incarnation New Order.Read more
Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is all about forging a more inclusive, gender equal working world (#BeBoldForChange). To which we at Muddy say: hell yeah! To mark the occasion, we’ve picked our favourite trail-blazing, commotion-causing women from the creative industries. Ladies, we salute you and your wonderful work…Read more
It’s International Women’s Day on Wednesday, so sisters, let’s show ourselves and each other some love. Taryn Brumfitt’s brilliant documentary Embrace is doing the rounds of the country at the moment – at the Bristol Odeon on Wednesday and at The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham on Thu 16 March – and is a brilliant exploration into body image and how we women let it plague us. Back in February when it was Maidenhead, the lovely Rachel from Muddy Berkshire wrote a great ‘on my soapbox’ piece, which she’s kindly shared with us. Have a read and be inspired – and remember size doesn’t matter!Read more
February’s over, there’s a sniff of spring in the air (just don’t look at the forecast), let’s go out and have some fun. In this week’s guide there’s singing, dancing, cycling that feels like dancing, fine dining, art, an International Women’s Day meditation (*om*) and more.
Rebel Soul Music Club, The Retreat, Cheltenham, Thu 2 March
Feeling inspired by The Voice and reckon you’ve got one on you?Read more
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 editor-in-chief Hero was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of the first episode and reports that it is edge-of-your seat stuff.Read more