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Gotta Have It

Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

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Muddy Awards 2022

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  • 13 lovely local vineyards to visit

    13 lovely local vineyards to visit

    Sunshine, glorious countryside and home-grown tipples – now that’s what we call a Muddy outing! Taste and explore this English Wine Week (18 – 26 June) at these brilliant vineyards around Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

    • Review: Stag on the River, near Godalming

      Review: Stag on the River, near Godalming

      With a fairy tale riverside setting and a reassuringly rustic vibe, the Stag on the River near Godalming is becoming a popular feast-and-stay destination in Surrey. We packed our bags for the night.

    • Review:The Greyhound, Beaconsfield

      Review:The Greyhound, Beaconsfield

      Can they really pull it off? Seriously good food but fun decor and passionate staff. Read on for my verdict on this rising star of the Bucks gastro scene

    • Review: The Victoria, Oxshott

      Review: The Victoria, Oxshott

      A destination pub if ever I met one, The Victoria in Oxshott is worth going out of your way for – fabulous food, excellent wine list and a gorgeous country pub setting.

    • Plant power! 13 local vegan & veggie eateries

      Plant power! 13 local vegan & veggie eateries

      Permanently plant-powered or just trying to cut down your meat consumption? Try one of these local joints that put veggies front and centre and deliver on flavour.

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    • Kate & Wills: Welcome to Windsor

      Kate & Wills: Welcome to Windsor

      It’s official – Team Cambridge are moving to Windsor. To help Kate, William and the kids settle into their new home, here’s our in-the-know intel on life in the Berkshire ‘hood.

    • Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists!

      Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists!

      Your nominations have been totted up and the results are in! Click on your county to see your amazing Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists in your area and VOTE to crown your faves.

  • Kids

    • Has the IB finally overtaken A levels as the smart choice for kids?

      Has the IB finally overtaken A levels as the smart choice for kids?

      The International Baccalaureate is admired by universities, respected by companies and gaining traction in the UK with online school Kings InterHigh offering the first ever fully-virtual IB from Sept 22. What’s the fuss about? We ask Head of Sixth Form Alessandro Capozzi

    • The Beacon School, Amersham

      The Beacon School, Amersham

      Leading single sex prep school in the UK, The Beacon has an impressively inclusive, family feel to it, with a focus on pastoral care and turning out well-rounded boys.

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  • Choosing a family holiday is never easy – you want culture and great food, your other half wants to sunbathe, the kids demand a waterslide, and your teens want to ignore you! The good news is that @disneycruiseline will tick all of those boxes, and then some. Even better, it’s introducing brand new European travel routes for 2023 and Muddy has the inside track. Link in bio.
  • ☀️ Scorchio! ☀️ What is it about picnics and the British? As soon as the sun breaks through, there’s something almost primal about our desire to loll around on a blanket, nibble unpronounceable deli bites and knock back chilled rosé all afternoon. Enter awesome online grocer @ocadouk with £500 of vouchers to spend online on tomato salads, creamy desserts, platters of fruit, BBQ bits - whatever you like! - just check out the spread at the Muddy picnic if you need foodie inspiration… Head to the link in bio to enter.
  • Happy birthday Sherm - no-one will ever rock a safari suit better 💓💓💓
  • Hey Barbie, wanna go for a ride?! Check out Ryan Gosling as Ken in Greta Girwig’s upcoming Barbie film… The bleach! The abs! The double denim! The underwear! 😱 We think it’s ace casting alongside Margot Robbie - let us know what you think in the comments 💖

Fashion

  • The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

    The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

    Whether you’re heading to the beach, on a chic city break or sipping Pimm’s at a garden party – here’s how to do it in style with Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown’s picks, all new-in at Next.

    • Win a designer beach bundle worth £400!

      Win a designer beach bundle worth £400!

      Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

    • 5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

      5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

      Threadbare boxers begone! The style gods have spoken (aka Gucci and Harry Styles) and pyjamas for men are in – here are five sets that hit the spot.

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People

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • Muddy meets: Sir Matthew Bourne

      Muddy meets: Sir Matthew Bourne

      The newly reimagined production of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! has its last hurrah in Woking from next Tues 19 April. Muddy caught up with the king of dance theatre himself.

    • The Guilty Feminist on tour!

      The Guilty Feminist on tour!

      Love the podcast? Good news – its creator is coming to Oxford this month. We grabbed the super-talented Deborah Francis-White for a Muddy chinwag.

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