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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

Coral is THE colour of 2019 so light up your life with our round-up of the brightest interiors trends this season. Plus, the best design shows to book now.

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

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  • Sleepover at The Swan, Wedmore

    Heartwarming food, luxury bedrooms (where dogs are welcome), killer breakfasts and nearby walks aplenty on the edge of the Somerset Levels

    • Lussmanns, Tring

      Tring’s modern brasserie is bringing sophisticated meat-free dining to the table. Muddy Herts’ resident veggie gives it her verdict…

    • 31 Below, Marylebone

      You can keep Oxford, Bond and Kensington - it's Marylebone High Street and its new watering hole, 31 Below, all the way for me!

    • Dig in! The Mole Inn

      Just five miles outside Oxford, this attractive rural pub hits the mark for both foodies and families. Here's what we made of it...

    • The White Hart, Somerton

      Light lunch or blow out in this relaxed rustic chic pub on the edge of Somerton's ancient Market Square

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  • Muddy stays: The Fleece, Witney

    Cocktails in the Cotswolds? Well, if you insist. Muddy whizzes to Witney to check out a sleek gastro-pub with rooms.

    • Why travel agents rock

      You get one life - don't waste it - eight reasons to use a boutique travel agent.

    • Hampshire hotel hotty

      Shall we count the ways we love you Chewton Glen? Nah, we'll be here for days.. Instead, here's what you need to know about this coastal classic spa and hotel destination.

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    FashionView more

  • Hey sexy pants!

    With Valentine’s Day imminent, we hunted down the sexiest, slinkiest new lingerie around. Bridget Jones enormo-pants, be gone!

    • Witness the fitness!

      Finding it hard to kickstart that hardcore new exercise regime? Buy some slinky new kit and you'll be sprinting around the park faster than Mo Farah (possibly).

    • Powder perfect

      Budget not stretching to Fendi or Chanel on the slopes this year (or frankly *any* year?). Julien Macdonald's collab with Dare2B to the rescue!

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  • Enjoy your trip, Naomi?

    Check out this bizarre but visually brilliant short film by legend Nick Knight starring La Campbell. One hell of a way to promote a hotel! Whaddya think of it?

    • Feb’s best new books

      It was still the dog days of winter last time I checked so there's only one thing for it - let's hunker down with a compelling new book.

    • Well, hello young man!

      It's a Dirty (Dancing) job, but someone's got to do it. Muddy meets Michael O'Reilly, sultry star of Dirty Dancing. Catch him at Wycombe Swan next week - but don't throw watermelons at him, he doesn't like it.

    • Party at the Castle!

      Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on 80s party show.

    • Your unmissable 2019 culture planner

      Want to make the most of 2019? Muddy's culture vulture Kerry Potter has curated the best new TV, music, theatre, film, books and art of the year. Get yer diary out!

    • Race you to the stove

      A speedy supper with excellent health credentials? Bring out this easy-peasy spinach and chickpea curry pronto, garçon.

    • New 2019 BMW X5 SUV driving ini woods

      Feeeeeeel the luxury

      Comfortable, luxurious and practically drives itself. Buckle up, baby, Muddy takes the sexy new X5 for a spin.

  • Wellbeing
    • Run for the hills!

      Actually don't just yet - let me tell about these brilliantly inspiring running books first - all the inspo you need to pull on your trainers on these gloomy winter mornings.

    • Mud Monsters, Sussex obstacle course races

      Mud Monsters fun runs

      Get your muddy kicks on these fun Sussex obstacle course runs - we've a pair of tickets up for grabs!

    • Back to school?

      Feeling the need to feed your brain? There's loads of ace new academic courses now booking in Oxford for 2019.

    • Flexible working – a personal view

      It's a contentious issue, that's for sure! As a full-time working mum and business owner, I can see both sides of that fence. Wanna know what I think?

  • Kids
    • Preparing for exams

      As exam season creeps gradually closer, we have this advice for students preparing for their GCSEs and A-levels - thanks to Ian Thorpe, the headmaster at Downsend School.

    • The 8 most important things to look for in a school

      ... and nope, exam results are not one of them! Here's the insider scoop on choosing the best school for your child from Winchester House School's Emma Goldsmith, Prep Head of the Year in 2018.

  • Well, hello young man!

    It’s a Dirty (Dancing) job, but someone’s got to do it. Muddy meets Michael O’Reilly, sultry star of Dirty Dancing. Catch him at Wycombe Swan next week (but don’t throw watermelons at him, he doesn’t like it).

    • Muddy meets Tom Kerridge…

      ... and talks Marlow's Pub in the Park (Kaiser Chiefs, people), his favourite local eateries, and work life balance issues - yup, he has them too!

    • 10 minutes with Brendan Cole

      Former 'Strictly' bad boy Brendan Cole brings his 'Show Man' tour to Guildford's G Live in March. We grabbed 10 minutes to fire some quick questions his way.

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