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Gotta Have It

The grimmest day of the year is here. But here's how to make Blue Monday blue in a pleasingly different way this year (not like that, you pervs!)

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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.

    • 13 places to eat yourself slim

      No need to put a lock on the fridge and banish all fun for January - we've scoured Bucks & Oxon for the best 'skinny' places to pig out in peace.

    • 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?

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  • Call me Cupid! 46 romantic stays across the Muddy counties

    In the mood for love? Of course you are, pussy cat! Here, allow us to assist with the rumpy pumpy with 46 romantic boltholes across the Muddy counties.

    • 5 West Country wellbeing stays

      Looking for a Devon, Cornwall or Somerset escape? Hell yeah! Check out these stunning self-catering properties, all with on-site extras, from yoga and wine tasting to massage.

    • 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!

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  • 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.

    • 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.

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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
    • 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

    • Waverley Prep School, Wokingham

      A modern day school in Wokingham for boys and girls, aged 0-11 years. This family focussed prep is ranked highly in the Sunday Times Top 100 for its superb academic record.

    • 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.

  • 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).

    • 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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