rural social events
Spring is in the air and planning for the big countryside festivals is in full-swing; in fact we’re adding more dates to the countryside calendar each week as the events organisers announce the dates, so that you can plan for the year ahead. We’ll also be adding to the Who’s Going? page so that you can arrange to meet up with other members at events across the UK and Ireland.
Although many of the countryside shows and agricultural events happen in the summer time and early autumn, the springtime is a great time for point-to-point events if you’re looking for an outdoor date idea. Point-to-points make a fantastic first date idea as you can get to know each other through a shared interest and in a public place. You don’t even have to be a horse lover to enjoy a day out at a point-to-point as there is a fantastic atmosphere at the events.
Our countryside calendar contains a link to every point-to-point in the UK and Ireland, so you don’t need to go anywhere else to start planning an equestrian date
We have been working hard updating our Countryside Calendar with details of lots of country shows, equestrian events and other countryside social events for 2012. Why not take a look to see what’s going on in your region?
If there’s something you think we have missed, drop Jo a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best of luck to Team Muddy in the Round the Island Race this Saturday!
Very jealous – I’m sure they’ll all have an amazing time!
We are in the process of putting together some more muddy social events for 2011 and are currently looking for a selection of good country pubs across the UK where we can host our Pub Grub Nights.
When it comes to choosing venues, we know that local knowledge is really important and often go on recommendations from our members. With this in mind, we thought we would ask if you can suggest any good pubs in your region.
We often get emails from people asking when we will next be holding an event in their region/county/back garden so now’s your chance to get us to put on an event in your neck of the woods!
The things we look for in a pub are:
• Good country pubs – think roaring fires and real ale, rather than trendy wine bar/gastro pub
• Reasonably priced food – good quality, heart-warming food with decent portion sizes that doesn’t cost the earth
• Seating – we would need to seat at least 20-40 people in one room
• Location – it needs to be relatively well connected by road (and ideally rail as well)
• Accommodation – if there’s a pub B&B that’s perfect, otherwise there need to be some hotels/B&Bs in the local area for those who wish to stay the night
If you have any suggestions, we’d be really grateful if you would drop us a quick line at email@example.com with a link to the pub’s website or any contact details you have.
Thanks to everyone who came along to our second Mud Lovers Ball on Saturday – we hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did!
Thanks to everyone who has got in touch with their feedback on the night – we’re glad you enjoyed yourselves and also very impressed that so many of you have already planned (or in some cases already been on) a date with someone you met at the ball…we love success stories so keep us posted!
Some of your feedback from the night:
“I just wanted to write to say thank you for a fantastic evening. The venue was great, the band were particularly excellent, the food was lovely and everything ran really smoothly. I really liked the table quiz idea which served its purpose of allowing us to talk as a group and that the men moved round the tables [...]. I had a brilliant time and met some lovely people and will probably be meeting up with one particular member again!”
“Just mailing you to thank you for putting together a fantastic evening, i`m sure it was helped by a lot of hard work behind the scenes and also the beautiful weather, we all had a great time, i have since had a date with one of your guests(Sunday evening) [...] PS The band and singers were brilliant!”
“The ball was brilliant – very well organised indeed. Makes a change to have a good venue, good food, good music and excellent company – normally you only get one of those things! Well done to you and your team!!”
“Thank you to all the team for such a well organised and hugely enjoyable time.”
“Just a quick note to say thankyou for a great night at the Muddy Ball, we three lads from Shropshire had a whale of a time and enjoyed it loads. It was a great night and good meeting loads of people who were all enjoying themselves.”
“I just wanted to email you to thank you for organising the ball. It was a lovely evening and a really good venue. I thought the food was lovely and all the staff had worked so hard getting everything ready. I also enjoyed the walk the next day.”