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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

I've got my eye on this gorgeous graphic cushion, part of Habitat's new collaboration with supercool artist Quentin Jones. Wanna see more?

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

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  • John’s House

    A few phone calls and a six month waiting list later, I finally made it to John’s House, Leicestershire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant…but was it worth the wait?

    • The Old Crown Inn, Kelston

      Cracking pub classics in an atmospheric 400-year-old inn on the edge of Bath, with a large garden, outdoor bar, fire pit, lodge – and bee house

    • The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis

      Best-selling author Clover Stroud dons the elastic-waistband trousers before getting fully acquainted with this friendly Ridgeway pub.

    • Do Henley Regatta in style

      The annual rowing fandango is fast approaching (3-7 July), and this year there's a flash VIP experience that's got Muddy's name written all over it. Shall we?

    • Monkeying around in Bray

      A new hotel brasserie in Bray with an ex-Simpson’s on the Strand head chef. We felt it our duty to nail three courses *ahem* actually make that five.

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  • 40 Quirky Stays for Summer

    Fancy an escape that’s a leetle bit different? From yurts to lodges, shepherd’s huts to helicopters (not even joking!), the Muddy editors have pulled together the most charming, unusual escapes across 21 counties. Book in once you’ve taken your jaw off the floor.

    • St Ives – the dreamiest staycation in the UK

      As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. OK, not really. What I did meet with though was a whole lot of FUN! Here's six reasons why you should take a trip to the Cornish coast this summer.

    • The Langley is… OPEN!

      Superluxe The Langley in South Buckinghamshire opens its doors for the first time today! Here are 6 reasons why you should put it to the top of your hotel wish list.

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  • All hail the Pearly Queen

    Claudia Bradby is the chic jewellery designer who’s put the pizzazz back into pearls, with celeb fans including Helen Mirren and Kate Middleton (who’s also a pal!). Go meet her at Biagio’s Prosecco and Pearls night, but start here first – it includes goss on the Royal Wedding!

    • First time fashion

      Ready for an adventure? Us too! At Muddy we’ve committed to new experiences this summer (both cultural and clothes related, natch).

    • Well, hello you!

      How has Keanu Reeves not aged in 30 years?! The laconic Hollywood star is back in a fashion campaign that's got social media a-swooning.

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    • Summer essentials

      The brilliant new Saltee sunscreen is among our top picks to refresh your summer beauty routine. Summer, we're gunning for you.

    • Natural fit

      Organic, vegan, super-pure beauty products used to be worthy but not that effective. Well, not any more! Meet your new favourite no-nasties brands.

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  • The books you MUST read this summer

    June’s best new books are a corking bunch, including Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s breathtaking new novel. Check out Kerry Potter’s reviews – and then win the whole lot!

    • Miley goes mental

      Hello, who's speaking please? This fruity promo for her new album be Miley Cyrus' naughtiest stunt yet. Creative juices flowing or cynical marketing ploy - you decide!

    • Eliot *who?*

      Eliot Hodgkin, duh! (OK I didn't know him either). A surprise hit with my kids, this charming exhibition at Waddesdon Manor re-introduces the celebrated 20th century still life and landscape painter. Well worth the detour to the Coach House.

    • Need a brilliant new read?

      A stunning debut novel, a futuristic thriller and an exquisite memoir are among books editor Kerry Potter's marvellous May picks. And you can win the lot!

    • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

      Melly Still and Rona Munro’s adaptation of Louis de Bernières classic novel is a triumph of theatre - turning a glorious mixture of drama, dance, movement and music into a satisfying whole.

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    • Property Flirt’s BACK!

      Is there anything more fun than peering around other people's houses, imagining yourself in situ and guessing the price? Er, nope! Let the nosiness commence.

    • Through the keyhole

      A sprawling quirky property bursting with character ready to be transformed into the home of your dreams – with your own business too if you wish – in Somerset's most fashionable town

  • Wellbeing
    • How to flex your life

      Is life an exhausting loop of sleep, work, chores, repeat? Yep. Need to make a change but now sure what or how? Er, yes. Read our interview with hot new self-help author Annie Auerbach.

    • Mud Monsters Run tips

      Tackling this super muddy obstacle course this June or thinking about it? Here's how to prep and what to expect on the day.

    • Sexy stationery

      Stationery is one of my specialist subjects. And - whoop! - it's National Stationery Week. Check out this sexy lot. Hubba bubba!

    • Calling all creatives!

      Networking used to be naff but new collective The Creative Duck is anything but. Plus they sell stylish gifts handmade locally by their talented members.

  • Kids
    • Summer Survival Guide

      Summer holidays are coming, stock up on the gin! You’ll cruise it with the Muddy survival holiday guide from The Parenting Partnership

    • Hey, parents, leave those kids alone!

      A new parenting manual urges us to back off and let our kids take the lead. Veteran teacher (and mother of three) Esther Wojcicki on why being a ‘panda mum’ is the way forward.

    • St Edward’s School

      Looking for a city school? St Edward's School in Summertown, Oxford is a corker, with half the cohort taking the IB over A-levels. Read on for the Muddy verdict.

    • Cute babywear

      Is there a new little prince or princess in your family too? Click this way for the cutest newborn clothes around. Awwww!

  • Female flat racing jockey Hollie Doyle in riding hat and purple silk

    The toughest woman in sport

    She’s lost teeth and blacked out, but nothing will stop jockey Hollie Doyle getting back in the saddle. Muddy talks to racing’s pocket rocket in the run up Ladies Night at Windsor Racecourse.

    • All hail the Pearly Queen

      Claudia Bradby is the chic jewellery designer who's put the pizzazz back into pearls, with celeb fans including Helen Mirren and Kate Middleton. Muddy is impressed!

    • Muddy meets Nik Kershaw

      Nik Kershaw is laconic, laid-back, and *very very* funny - read on for his views on Live Aid, embarrassing his kids, the Let's Rock the Moor pecking order and (OMG) being a grandfather!

    • The Guilty Feminist

      Love the podcast? Good news - its creator is coming to a theatre near you this spring. We grabbed Deborah Francis-White for chinwag.

    • No, Tom, Noooooo!

      Is this the most excruciatingly cringey celebrity advert ever? Quite possibly Mr Hiddleston, quite possibly!

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