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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

When one destination isn't enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF - the cruise.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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The Muddy Awards are GO! Show your plucky local indie businesses some love by nominating them now - nominations close 20 May

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Arts & Culture

  • Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

    Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

    Pull up a chair and crack open the wine: from the new season of Stranger Things to a thrilling French boxset, we’ve got your weekly watchlist well and truly sorted.

    • Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

      Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

      Need something new to watch this week? You’ve come to the right place! From a freshly funny new talk show to an indulgent crime thriller, this is the best of the best.

    • 9 outdoor cinemas to book now

      9 outdoor cinemas to book now

      Nothing says summer like an alfresco night out watching fab movies under the stars. From gardens to amphitheatres, here’s where to head, popcorn and blanket at the ready

    • The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

      The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

      Sure, the sun might be shining, but the calibre of TV this week is even brighter. From Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent to BBC3’s new Sally Rooney adaptation, here’s what to stay in for.

    • Hot Five: this week’s not-to-miss TV

      Hot Five: this week’s not-to-miss TV

      Colin Firth’s true crime gripper, Mike Myers witty return to screen and a shock-doc on a familiar high street fashion chain

Travel

  • Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Eat, sleep, repeat! Food and travel go together like, err, gin and tonic (cheers!) and if you find top nosh plays a key part in making your holiday a success, perhaps it’s time to take things a step further and make it the central focus?

    • The best cruise holidays for 2023

      The best cruise holidays for 2023

      When one destination isn’t enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF – the cruise.

    • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

Home

  • Wellbeing

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

    • Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      In celebration of World Sleep Day, here are our top shopping picks, from pillows and candles to sheets to sliders. If these don’t help you reach the land of nod, nothing will!!

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Instamuddy

  • Buzzing about Pangbourne Station’s passage glow up! 🐝 The new artwork is to commemorate staffer Helen’s 20th work-iversary for the railway - and how gorgeous is the result?
  • ⚓️ Ahoy there! ⚓️ Fancy experiencing Italy, Spain, the French Riviera, the Greek islands, Norwegian fjords, Iceland... @disneycruiseline’s new Summer 2023 adventures could be the answer you're looking for - and they're anchored in luxury. Get the inside line, plus eight more hot cruises to book for next year at the link in bio.
  • Planning a redesign? Or just like having a snoop inside someone else’s four walls? 👀🙋‍♀️ From classic shaker styles to sleek contemporary cabinets, we’ve rounded up 45+ kitchen design companies across the Muddy counties that know exactly what they’re doing. Click the link in bio - then get started on your dream kitchen Pinterest board! 😘
  • ⚱️‘Cause you are GOLD!⚱️Dare you to walk around this new @britishlibrary ‘Gold’ exhibition without getting @spandauballet stuck in your head… Muddy checked out the press day today (it opens officially tomorrow, 20 May) and it’s a frankly dazzling array of glitzy books, paintings and manuscripts adorned with real gold from across history — fascinating, fancy stuff!
  • What’s narrow, straight as an arrow and too thin for a barrow? That’s right! The narrowest street in the UK, Exeter’s Parliament Street - just 25 inches wide in parts. Talk about a squeeze! @muddy_devon attempted to walk down after a *serious* shopping spree and, well, you can guess the rest… (Is anyone free to go and pull her out 🤣)
  • 💐 BLOOMIN’ HECK! 💐 Who will be crowned the best local Florist? You decide! NOMINATE now at the link in bio - and quick! - the nominations round closes in two days. #MuddyAwards2022  #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily

Fashion

  • 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.

    • 10 buys for World Bee Day

      10 buys for World Bee Day

      Hey, if it’s for the little black and yellow fellas, then who are we to argue with a shopping spree to celebrate World Bee Day (20 May)? Here are 10 on-trend buys we’re totally buzzing about

    • Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Seven compelling reasons to head to Bicester Village including up to 20 per cent off prices in April’s renowned Private Sale and the Do-Good pop up boutique. Trust us, no-show is not an option.

  • Beauty

People

  • 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.

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

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