Tomorrow sees the start of something new- the first ever British mud week. Sponsored by Nomad Direct, suppliers of the world’s first cordless pressure washer (which you may need if you decide to get involved!), the general idea of the week is to encourage the British public to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Although we have our fingers crossed for good weather this June, we all know you can never be too sure when it comes to the British weather, and so the chances are there'll be plenty of mud around to get involved with!
People are being encouraged to complete mud-themed challenges for charity and get their families involved in the great outdoors, and schools are also being encouraged to take part, with downloadable packs, full of ideas, being available on their website.
The website also lists a number of ideas of ways you could get involved with mud week, if you work with or have young children, I can only imagine the idea of a week spent rolling in the mud will go down a treat!
One of the more extreme ways of getting involved in the week would be to sign up for the 'Oblivion mud runner'. One of the UK's toughest challenges, the run is a 6-mile endurance challenge held in Herefordshire, this is an extreme test of fitness, strength, endurance and co-ordination. Taking place on the 28th and 29th June, it brings a nice close to mud week, although it's definitely not one for the faint hearted!
Don't panic if the idea of a 6-mile endurance run doesn't float you boat, there are many other ways you can get involved. Taking the theme of mud a little less literally, why not be mud-inspired and bake some mud themed yet utterly edible treats?! Mississippi mud pie is on the mind this week, as are a host of chocolatey treats; why not get baking and get involved in the mud week that way? If you'd prefer to take the 'mud pie' a little more literally, why not just get out in the garden and see what pies and sculptures you can create out of mud?! A great one for the kids, or the arty adults among you, as if you can get the right mix of water and mud you can be all set to create some pretty impressive sculptures.
If you're looking to get your office or workplace involved in the week, why not initiate a 'wellies to work' day, similarly, schools could be encouraged to do the same! The British mud week takes place over the same time as one of the muddiest festivals around- Glastonbury, so if you're enjoying staying inside in the dry, think of all those happy campers spending a week in the mud!... or if you're off to Glasto, don't forget your wellies and enjoy the week!!