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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

  • Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    It’s freezing! Definitely the only excuse you need to catch up on some sofa time. On our watchlist this week: Benedict Cumberbatch’s cowboy “career-best”, on-demand opera, award-winning BBC comedy, and more.

    • 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.

Travel

Home

  • 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

    • Swanbourne House School, Swanbourne

      Swanbourne House School, Swanbourne

      This bucolic, rural prep school on the Bucks/Beds border has had quite a year, with a new, dynamic, sometimes controversial head teacher. Twelve months on, here’s my update.

    • Ashfold School, Dorton, Mid Bucks

      Ashfold School, Dorton, Mid Bucks

      Muddy says: This bucolic co-ed prep school for day pupils and boarders in the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire is family-oriented with a deserved reputation for its all-rounder offering.

Instamuddy

  • It’s Christmaaaas! The Muddy elves have put together our biggest Christmas Reader Treat 🎁 to date: 16 luxury gifts and experiences to be won over 16 days (because, hey, why stop at 12?!). Enter as many Reader Treats as you like until midnight 16 Dec - and unlike a normal advent calendar, you can enter them all at once without spoiling the fun (or crashing from a sugar overload). 
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So want to know what’s behind the first door? Of course you do! On the first day of Christmas Muddy gave to me… a £1000 stay for two with tasting menu and Champagne at fairytale @thornburycastle 🏰 - aka @thetimes Romantic Hotel of the Year (swipe to see how dreamy 😍). Hit the link in bio to enter now!
  • It’s not often that I post something truly personal on Muddy as Ed-in-chief but I think my 20 year anniversary qualifies as an exception! So here’s the moment we sealed the deal at Cardiff Castle all those years ago. Happy anniversary Shermy. All the love coming at you, now and always. ❤️💕💋
  • 🌟 GIVEAWAY! 🌟 You know we love an indie biz at Muddy and these playful bead bracelets made my @stackingsisters are the new kid on the block, created by three Oxfordshire sisters. We’re giving away a ‘stack’ of three - in a choice of gold, silver or black - with each available to personalise with up to 8 letters. Wear together or gift to your besties as a cute stocking filler! 
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TO WIN 
🌟 Follow @muddystilettos and @stackingsisters 
🌟 Post your fave emoji in the comments 
🌟 Share the love by tagging 3 friends 
🌟 For an extra entry save this post (tap the bookmark) and share to your story 
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T&Cs: comp closes 12 Dec 2021 | Once notified the winner will have 24 hours to claim prize | Competition not associated with Instagram
  • 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 🎁

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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