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I'm Hero, founder of Muddy Stilettos, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable across the counties.

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Gotta Have It

With luxury designer Anya Hindmarch launching a bag for the big supermarkets, it's time to raise your shopper game. Check out these seven beauties.

Gotta have it

The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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Arts & Culture

  • 8 things to watch this week on the big and small screen

    8 things to watch this week on the big and small screen

    What to watch this week, you cry? From Lady Gaga serving looks in her murderously glam new movie to tension in the tent with the Bake Off 2021 final, here are your eight must-watches.

    • Best teen and young adult books for 2021

      Best teen and young adult books for 2021

      TikTok begone! Get your teens hooked on reading instead with these hot new YA releases, suggested by Muddy Award-winning Mostly Books in Abingdon.

    • 7 new releases to watch on TV this week

      7 new releases to watch on TV this week

      Sweeping fantasy, bouncy musicals, the second series of Tiger King…it’s all happening on the box this week. Get into something comfy, pop open the Pringles and settle in for a watch.

    • 6 reasons to watch The Colour Room

      6 reasons to watch The Colour Room

      This Autumn’s hottest new film release comes courtesy of Sky Cinema and it’s a corker! A period drama with real punch and passion, here’s why you need to make time in your diary or on your sofa to watch it.

    • Muddy meets: Phoebe Dynevor & Kerry Fox

      Muddy meets: Phoebe Dynevor & Kerry Fox

      The hottest new UK actress and the queen of indie film star in the new Sky Original biopic The Colour Room. They talk kissing protocol, brave film choices and 1920s girl power.

Travel

  • The best Black Friday travel deals!

    The best Black Friday travel deals!

    Staying in a gorgeous hotel or lying on a tropical beach never fails to make us happy, which is why we’re excited to bring you all the best discounts around the world. Just think of us as your BFF when it comes to BF!

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  • Wellbeing

    • The best luxury retreat in Oxfordshire?

      The best luxury retreat in Oxfordshire?

      A stunning 18th century manor house and a tailored schedule of fitness and wellbeing activities to boot – but did in:spa retreat leave Muddy feeling refreshed? Read the verdict.

    • 10 super spa days in Berkshire

      10 super spa days in Berkshire

      A little pampering goes a long way especially as we head into the colder darker months. Here’s the best spa days in Berkshire. And relaaax.

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life

    • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

      Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

      What better inspo for giving your career a shake-up than the story of a creative genius who defied her generation and became a living legend. We’ve found the best books that embrace the Clarice Cliff spirit…

    • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

      Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

      Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

  • Kids

    • Bloxham School, nr Banbury

      Bloxham School, nr Banbury

      Muddy says: Bloxham School is an impressive co-ed day/boarding for kids 11-18 in a pretty North Oxfordshire, with a reputation for all-rounder education.

    • Moulsford School, Moulsford

      Moulsford School, Moulsford

      A highly-regarded boy’s prep school in South Oxon in a stonkingly lovely setting on the Thames, with a strong reputation for sport and extracurricular activities.

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  • Who says screen time is the enemy? @playshifu is here to make games night a little more (whisper it) educational with clever augmented reality toys focused on STEM learning. Hit the link in bio for your chance to win up to £500 worth of games in time for Christmas, and grab a 20% discount code using MUDDY20 for all readers 🎁
  • The trees get chilly too, dontcha know! Loving these bright crochet trunks spotted at @waddesdonmanor_nt ❤️
  • Fowey - to rhyme which joy, and it really is - is more than just a yatchie harbour tucked into Cornwall’s south coast (although how gorgeous is this snap from @muddycornwall?) - it’s fast becoming a highlight on the Cornish foodie scene. Little wonder it made our pick of the Best Places to Live 2022 in association with property experts @struttandparker - see why at the link in bio.
  • Alexa, play Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones 🎶
  • Ohhh we’ve been waiting for this one! Stock up on the popcorn and tune into @skytv Cinema to watch the hottest British actress on the block, @phoebedynevor, star in the brand new Clarice Cliff biopic #TheColourRoom out TODAY, plus five more new releases to watch this weekend at the link in bio. That’s your Friday night in sorted.

Fashion

  • Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

    Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

    Madonna’s cone bra is now available to rent! It’s ethical, eco and everywhere… here’s where you can rent, repair and sell-on stylish clothes, from Christmas party outfits to eye-catching clutch bags

    • 6 of the best… trench coats

      6 of the best… trench coats

      It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

    • Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      With autumn being peak PJs-on-the-sofa season – hey, it’s raining again, let’s stay in!- it’s the ideal time to round up our favourites to buy now. Just add slippers.

  • Beauty

People

  • Meet gastro green queen, Romilla Arber

    Meet gastro green queen, Romilla Arber

    Welcome to the food revolution: With sustainability more important than ever, Honesty Group founder and writer Romilla Arber talks about her mission to be green.

    • My Favourite Places – Gyles Brandreth

      My Favourite Places – Gyles Brandreth

      The author and TV personality takes us on a literary tour of his favourite Hampshire places and reminisces about childhood holidays on the Isle of Wight

    • Grace Regan: My Favourite Places

      Grace Regan: My Favourite Places

      Introducing the awesomely cool, gorgeous and talented chef Grace Regan – owner of critically acclaimed London curry house, Spicebox, who lives in Margate. To celebrate her delicious vegan cookbook we got Grace to tell us her fave places to hang out locally.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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