The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Category: Culture

Your guide to colourful fun in Herts and further afield

9 Mar 2017

WOWzers. Literally. Women of the World unite, with an explosion of creativity and colour. In this week’s guide there is fun to be had with paintings and flowers and loads of good things to inspire you to get out and celebrate life and spring. Now is the time. Give yourself permission to have a ball.

WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, South Bank Centre, Fri 10 March

Hello, look who it is.

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The most independent booksellers in Herts

2 Mar 2017

To celebrate World Book Day, rather than dress up as Hermione, I talk to the two main independent bookshop owners in Herts. Sheryl Shurville is the owner of Chorleywood Bookshop and also the Gerrards Cross Bookshop in Bucks. She has been a bookseller for 16 years. Paul Wallace is the owner of David’s Bookshop in Letchworth and has been selling books for 22 years. While other bookshops have had to close their doors, these two seem to have the Midas touch.

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The Oscars: 5 unmissable moments

27 Feb 2017

Hot off the press from Muddy HQ: 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 realised 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?

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New! Muddy Book Club: February’s Best Reads

22 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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Early bird Muddy summer festival guide. Book now!

16 Jan 2017

The music festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – we haven’t managed to score Glastonbury tickets for years – but the good news is lots of the local events still have availability and most of them are family friendly.

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Fun things to do (and book) this week 12-18 Jan

11 Jan 2017

Well, this week I feel that reality has hit us all. We can’t still pretend we’re in holiday mode – or can we? Back to school, back to work, and when it comes to eating and drinking, it’s less of this and none of that. To lift your spirits, I can recommend getting out for a treat or two.

La La Land, Letchworth Broadway, Welwyn Garden City cinema and general release

This musical trousered seven awards at the Golden Globes, the most ever won by a single film, and those gongs included best director for Damien Chazelle, best actress for Emma Stone and best actor for Ryan Gosling.

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