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What’s On: The Muddy Guide 8-14 Jan 2015

Your January is going to be all about going to gym and drinking coconut water, right?  Yeah, mine too.  In case either of those is already losing its appeal, here are a couple of suggestions for perking up these chilly days.

Leisure Open Day, Luton Hoo Hotel, Sun 11 Jan

 luton hoo spa

If you’re going to keep that ‘go to the gym’ resolution, it’s got to be worth checking out somewhere properly luxurious to do it.  The leisure open day at Luton Hoo’s Country Club  looks like a chance to have a good old look at their facilities, try out some mini taster treatments, and enjoy smoothies, tea and healthy canapés with champagne.  Yup, you get to ‘go to the gym’ and drink champagne while you’re there – what’s not to like?  It’s free to go along, and it sounds like there’s lots to look at, including an indoor infinity pool and a heat therapy suite (which sounds like bliss in this weather).  They’ve got a competition going on that day to win a discounted membership, and staff on hand to chat to about what’s on offer.

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa, 10am-4pm, free. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum at Tring

 weird slug

I know it’s been on for a while – and has a while to go – but the exhibition of more than 100 photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Tring’s best-loved museum (the one with all the, er, stuffed animals) is definitely worth a visit.  The images are stunning – some of them really quite bizarre – and cover an incredible range of wildlife and styles.  And get this, it’s free – as is the whole museum.   If you’re going during the week, best to make it an afternoon: the galleries where the photos are can get used for school groups (oh, the horror) in the mornings.

The Natural History Museum at Tring, 10am-5.50pm, until Sun 8 Mar, free.

Bond in Motion, London Film Museum, Wed 7 Jan-Mar

 bond in motion

If you like a bit of Bond, James Bond, then this looks like it might be a fun day out.  Bond in Motion is a big exhibit of classic Bond cars – and other vehicles, including the Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me – which has just opened at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden.  The Aston Martin is there,  Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce, the lot.  No Daniel Craig in just his pants, mind you, but a girl can’t have everything.  Sigh.

London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, £14.50 adult, £9.50 5-15yrs and concessions, £38 family, pre-booking recommended.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Playhouse Theatre, London


Tamsin Greig in a musical version of Pedro Almodóvar’s classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown?  Sounds fab.  The Broadway show was nominated for a Tony, and the previews now it’s come to the Playhouse Theatre in London have had the critics cheering.  The sets and costumes look gloriously stylish and I’m curious to see how the film translates to the stage – and to being a musical.  Given that it’s all messy love lives and misunderstandings, it sounds brilliant.

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, opens Mon 12 Jan, tickets start from £24.50. 

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