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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

We're going dotty over the return of an old favourite print - welcome back, polka dot!

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

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  • REVIEW: The Ultimate Veganuary Treat!

    Pinkies at the ready! Muddy pops in to review the Vegan Full Afternoon Tea at Mallory Court Country House Hotel, nr Leamington Spa.

    • The Bull Inn, Limpsfield

      This community-owned 16th-century pub is the heart and soul of Limpsfield village life. And with great food, a friendly vibe and super-stylish interiors it's one to add to your list.

    • Five of the best mocktails

      Still on the wagon for Dry January? Get our chops around these local mocktails - all the thrill of a cocktail, none of the hangover.

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    FashionView more

  • 3 new online bridal collections

    Here comes the bride… and she’s got next-day delivery! First time online collections from the likes of Matches, Kitri and even a recently revitalised Warehouse that will be right up your aisle.

    • Witness the fitness

      New year, new fitness routine? We're with you! Here's the Muddy edit of stylish sportswear that'll have you in tip-top form in no time.

    • Let it snow

      Heading on a skiing holiday this year? Here's our shopping checklist for looking stylish on the slopes.

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    • J’adore/ J’abhor

      To Ink or not to ink? That is the question that's getting the Muddy office fired up this week. Two editors battle it out (*ducks for cover*).

    • J’adore/ J’abhor

      It's Movember, the month when blokes grow moustaches to raise money for charity. Turns out the Muddy crew have VERY mixed views on men's facial hair. Where do you stand?

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  • Afternoon tea with the cast of The Gift

    The Gift is based on the true story of an African princess adopted by Queen Victoria. Muddy was invited to meet the cast over afternoon tea ahead of a national tour – and we don’t need any encouragement to scoff a scone or two!

    • This month’s best new reads

      What kind of insaniac leaves the house in January? Retire to the sofa pronto and get stuck into one of pro bookworm Kerry Potter's enthralling new literary picks.

    • Book now! The 2020 cultural picks you must not miss

      There's a ridiculous amount of amazing art, books, film, TV, music and theatre landing this year. Muddy's culture vulture Kerry Potter picks out the best of the bunch.

    • REVIEW: The Boy in the Dress

      The RSC’s new musical about a 12-year-old boy who goes to school dressed as a girl, attunes with a modern desire to celebrate difference in a kinder way.

    • Muddy’s 10 best books of 2019

      So many rip-roaring reads, so little time. But Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter has made it easy for you - here's her definitive list of the year's best books. Get stuck in!

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  • Kids
    • J’adore/ J’abhor

      Parlez-vous teen slang? The language barrier has always been a problem when it comes to parent/child communications. Do you find the way your little darlings speak totally basic or, like, lit?

    • Kingswood Prep School and Nursery, Bath

      Muddy says: Children can be children at this co-ed prep and nursery with Scandi-style facilities and more, set in 100-acre of parklands overlooking the city

    • Swanbourne House School, Swanbourne

      Muddy says: 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.

    • Moulsford School, Moulsford

      A long term favourite of mine Moulsford boys' prep school in South Oxon has an idyllic riverside setting and a reputation for sporting excellence. Read my review here.

  • Exclusive interview! Muddy meets…. Laurence Fox

    The actor-turned-singer has been front page news since an incendiary appearance on Question Time last week. In this exclusive interview, he talks midlife crises, death threats and groupies with Muddy’s Kerry Potter.

    • Muddy meets Josie Long

      We caught up with (we reckon) the most positive comedian in the business about motherhood, MasterChef, making people laugh and her new tour, Tender.

    • Where you heading, Curtis?

      From playing Dick Whittington in Wycombe Swan's panto to BBC's The Greatest Dancer the Love Island star has been busy! He talks tans, secrets and AJ's budgie smugglers. Curtis, we're all ears.

    • Muddy meets… Forbes Masson

      Versatile Scots actor Forbes has gone from reading David Walliams' books to his kids to playing scary headmaster Mr Hawtrey in the RSC’s new musical adaptation of The Boy in the Dress.

    • How Helen Glover does it

      Champion rower, mother, partner to Steve Backshall and all round marvel - Muddy meets Helen Glover to talk fitness, family and breaking her Olympic gold medal (oops).

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