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Gotta Have It

Counting the days until Christmas? We can help with that. Voila, five of the best luxe beauty advent calendars available to buy right now.

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Fun Finder

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

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  • Ain’t no party like a Muddy party!

    For our office ‘do’ this year, we shimmied over to Stoke Park in Bucks for dinner, dancing and drinking. Here’s how we got on. Anyone got any paracetamol, please?

    • Muddy eats: The Five Arrows, Waddesdon

      We despatched top crime novelist Sharon Bolton to nail three courses at this mid-refurb fine dining restaurant. Was her meal all killer or pure filler?

    • Gastro Heaven!

      30 of the best cookery courses across the Muddy counties to tantalise your tastebuds, and impress even the fussiest dinner guest.

    • The Olive Branch, Clipsham

      For a village pub, The Olive Branch punches well above its weight. We head into the Rutland countryside for a memorable meal as it celebrates its 20th birthday.

    • Kingham Plough, Kingham

      This renowned Cotswold inn has just been relaunched by its new owners - but is it still up to Kingham's relentlessly high foodie standards? Pass the napkin, we're going in.

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  • The 37 coolest party palaces

    Got a big birthday celebration looming? Or fancy a weekend away with your squad? We’ve sniffed out the 37 dreamiest party palaces across the land, available for exclusive hire. Grab your gang and let’s go!

    • The Lygon Arms, Broadway

      Broadway in Worcestershire is arguably the most lovely of the Cotswolds villages - and we know exactly where you should be staying!

    • 24 hours in Matera

      Have you seen the new James Bond car chase scenes around southern Italy? Happens that Muddy was there this summer, checking out the cool places to go. Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while I tell you my insider tips.

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  • Party dressing made easy

    It’s so easy to end up looking like a Christmas tree at this time of year. Muddy’s fashion expert Kerry Potter shows you how to nail going out style.

    • How to do sofa chic

      Never mind all the parties, the thing we're most looking forward to this Christmas is hunkering down at home. Here's what we'll be wearing - just accessorise with a book and mince pie.

    • Shake up your style

      Throw out the rule book, become a fashion rebel and ring the changes this festive season - voilà, our top style tips for rebooting your wardrobe.

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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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  • 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!

    • 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.

    • Lights, camera…

      Waddesdon! The National Trust's 'Jewel in the Crown' shines bright with its Christmas Light Trail. Read my insider tips on what to see while you're there.

    • Muddy reviews: Cinderella on Ice

      The spins, jumps and lifts in this Wycombe Swan production of the classic fairy tale are frankly jaw-dropping. Read my review, grab the kids and go.

    • Muddy meets.. Forbes Masson

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

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    • Muddy’s Christmas Wreath Making at Chatsworth

      Combining feel-good festive creativity with a trip to one of her favourite childhood stomping grounds, Muddy Warwickshire’s Rhiannon Pursall heads north for a wreath making workshop at Chatsworth.

    • How to tablescape like a pro

      Tablescaping basically means making your dining table look nice in case some bugger Instagrams it. Here's how to wow your guests this Christmas.

  • Wellbeing
    • Poppinghole Farm Spa Days, Spa days Sussex, countryside spa days

      Poppinghole Farm Spa

      Ramp up the relaxation on a spa day with your own cottage base included

    • Gastro Heaven!

      30 of the best cookery courses across the Muddy counties to tantalise your tastebuds, and impress even the fussiest dinner guest.

    • 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?

    • The bane of your working life?

      Imposter syndrome is a problem for women in offices up and down the land and it's holding us back. Here's my personal take.

  • Kids
    • Polam Nursery and Pre-Prep School, Bedford

      This is a small school with a big heart, where happiness comes first, which provides a valuable stepping stone for both ambitious and more cautious children towards the next step in their education.

    • Get yer skates on!

      Ice ice baby! Nothing like a whizz around a rink to make you feel festive (followed by a mulled wine obvs). We've rounded up the best ones for your skating pleasure.

  • Where you heading, Curtis?

    The Love Island star slips on his velvetine knickerbockers for his starring role in Dick Whittington at Wycombe Swan this month. He talks tans, secrets and AJ’s budgie smugglers. Curtis, we’re all ears!

    • 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).

    • Q&A with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

      The Sussex resident, starring in a show for half term, talks books, performing, fave local attractions and buying a post office

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