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  • 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!

  • A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

    This Mediterranean twist on roast potatoes, with coriander and olives, makes a perfect side dish, or the main event for lunch alongside a crisp green salad.

  • 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 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.

  • Newsflash – Tring Park Prep opens doors to Year 3!

    Think you might have a wannabe actor, dancer, musician or singer on your hands? Great news - this excellent performing arts school in Herts is widening its intake this year. Check out our Q&A for the deets.

  • 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.

  • Incoming: 10 hot new hotels you need to know!

    Tripadvisor has revealed its top ten Travellers’ Choice Hottest New Hotels in the World 2022 - wanna see? From an adult-only Himalayan hideaway to a family favourite in Brazil, it's all the travel inspo we need for the year ahead.

  • 8 gorgeous new gardening books

    Bountiful borders, striped lawn and artfully placed sculptures here we come, but first, sit down, grab a coffee and get lost in the sublime pages of these beauties (those weeds can wait another hour or so)

  • Your new go-to chicken supper dish by Ella Risbridger

    This easy recipe for cardamom and cinnamon chicken rice is a one-pot wonder from Ella's latest cookbook, A Year of Miracles

  • Milsoms

    The Muddy insider guide to Essex

    Close to London yet home to beautiful countryside and a stunning stretch of coastline with in-the-know islands and hidden estuaries, Essex is the underrated jewel of East Anglia and it’s time you paid a visit.

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    The Muddy insider’s guide to Suffolk

    Put down that passport - with gorgeous five-star hotels and unique glamping spots to castles and a stunning coastline, the Costa del Suffolk is holiday perfection.

  • The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

    Stunning beaches, beautiful broads, bijou boltholes and a vibrant main city – Norfolk is one of our favourite year-round staycation destinations. Ready to 'Do Different'?

  • 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.

  • Moulsford School, Moulsford

    A highly-regarded boy’s prep school in South Oxon in a stonkingly lovely setting on the Thames, with a strong reputation for sport and extracurricular activities.

  • Gotta have it! KITRI’s first interiors collection

    Palm Springs calling! Mega-chic fash brand KITRI has launched its first homeware collection, and it's giving us major retro vibes. We love.

  • Sunshine escape: 48 hours in Lisbon!

    Stop the city break search! Portugal’s hilly capital’s bursting with colour, culture and great places to eat, drink and stay (not to mention custard tarts at every turn...).

  • Repton Prep School

    Set in 55 majestic acres of Derbyshire countryside, this rural co-ed day and boarding school is known for its sporting prowess and all-rounder ethos.Set in 55 majestic acres of Derbyshire countryside, this rural co-ed day and boarding school is known for its sporting prowess and all-rounder ethos.

  • The Orange Bakery’s Caramelised Banana Bread

    'Breadsong' is the brand new baking book on the block from Watlington's Kitty and Al Tait (out this week). Read on for your new favourite tea time treat + your chance to win a copy!

  • Review: The Great Shefford, nr Hungerford

    A riverside pub that's full of surprises. The Great Shefford is a gastro gem with a former Hand & Flowers chef at the helm. Intrigued? You should be.

  • Muddy eats: The Factory Kitchen, Ilkeston

    With Michelin creds and hipster-cool interiors, this award-winning restaurant in Derbyshire should be at the top of your hitlist for a brilliant brunch or dinner with friends.

  • Chopsticks ready! 15 best local sushi & Japanese joints

    Did you know Bucks & Oxon are home to some amazing, authentic and under-the-radar Japanese restaurants? Here's where to get your sushi, ramen, katsu and bento box fix

  • Maltman’s Green School

    Formidable facilities with a particular strength in gymnastics make up this effective 12 acre non-selective girls' day school in leafy Gerrards Cross.

  • St Edward’s School

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

  • Summer Fields School, North Oxford

    A top pre prep and prep day and boarding school for boys with small pupil numbers and whopper facilities, hidden away in 70 stunning acres leading to the Cherwell River.

  • Queen Anne's Lacrosse

    Girl power! Are single sex schools the answer?

    It's the ultimate education dilemma: single-sex or co-ed? We sat down with Queen Anne's new Head to get the lowdown on why she thinks single-sex is more relevant for girls.

  • Our insider guide to Southend & Leigh-on-Sea

    Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Fancy visiting the UK's newest city this spring? Don't miss Muddy's insider guide to this picturesque stretch of Essex coast.

  • ST ANDREWS PANGBOURNE FOREST SCHOOL BUG GIRL MAGNIFYING GLASS

    Mud and guts! 5 reasons to go wild for Forest School

    Have the Persil on standby because bugs, climbing trees, den building and dirt can help your kids flourish. St Andrew's has embraced Woodland Learning and is seeing incredible results…

  • Lunch with a view: 23 top riverside eats

    Ahh, is there anything better than a stroll along the riverside? Actually, yes - a riverside that includes a long lazy lunch an some stonking views across Bucks or Oxon! Come on landlubbers, let's tuck in.

  • d’Overbroeck’s, Oxford

    d'Overbroeck's in Oxford has a first name policy, progressive curriculum, a dedicated Sixth Form campus and a whole clutch of brilliant results. Impressed.

  • Guide to Truro Cornwall

    The Muddy Insider’s Guide To Truro

    Foodie, arty and cultural - Truro is Cornwall's Great Little City and our in-the-know local guide will point you straight to the places to be.

  • Your bang-up-to-date insider guide to Oxford

    Staycationing this spring? Then you'll be needing Muddy's amazing insider guide to the city of dreaming spires, including the tourist classics and hipster hangouts.

  • Muddy’s bang-up-to-date guide to Newbury

    Want to visit this buzzy West Berkshire market town, but have no idea what to see, do and try? I do! I do!

  • CLAIRE COURT JUNIOR BOYS

    Claires Court Junior Boys, Maidenhead

    A unique 'diamond model', Claires Court is a non-selective, family-friendly Berkshire gem for ages 3-18 that's big on values and individuality.

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    Heathfield School, Ascot

    This deliberately small all-girls' school is a stone's throw from Ascot, where boarding is big, opportunities are endless and there are more facilities than you can shake a lacrosse stick at.

  • Aldwickbury School, Harpenden

    Don't be fooled by the trad appearance of this boys' Prep - it has a relaxed and modern outlook, and teaches kindness and humility alongside a curriculum that propels boys into happy and successful futures.

  • Insider Guide: Canterbury

    Perfect for culture vultures, food fanatics, shoppers and families - here's the top things to do whether you're capering around those cobbled streets or relaxing on the river...

  • The Muddy insider guide to Norwich

    Headed to Norwich for a holiday, or a local going "up the city"? Either way, you'll want to check out our brand new insider guide to this irresistible city.

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    This year’s tastiest kitchen trends

    Welcome to the kitchen revolutIon! We want bars, dancefloors, pet corners and organised drawers. John Lewis of Hungerford reveal what's new in 2022.

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    Ding dong! Cracking food at the Five Bells

    With mega-fresh food and cosy country interiors, The Five Bells at Wickham, West Berks, is a classic British pub through and through. It's also pretty darn close to the Bake Off tent.

  • The Retreat Elcot Park Menu

    Tickle your tastebuds! It’s a foodie newsflash

    The UK's hottest new hotel opens, a snazzy new restaurant to spice up your life, a cool new deli and more tipples than you can shake a bottle opener at. It's all going on in Berks

  • Let’s take a day trip to Chelmsford!

    Looking for a top-notch day trip just outside of London? Discover 12 of the best things to do in Chelmsford in our carefully-curated Muddy guide. You’re welcome…

  • Windsor Castle blue skies and stunning gardens Royal Collection Picture Peter Packer

    The Muddy insider guide to Windsor

    Thanks to a stream of Royal weddings, babies and family tensions, the spotlight's fixed on Windsor right now. Ditch the guide book, here's where to hang out during your visit.

  • 30 best Sunday roasts with the most in Kent

    Bring on the Yorkshire puds! But no point slaving away in that kitchen yourself. Where are the best spots for a weekend nosh up? Here's 30 of the best places to try in Kent...

  • Muddy meets… Ray Mears

    He’s the guy you’d want by your side if you ever, erm, got lost in the wilderness… Yep, it’s Ray Mears, aka the Father of British Bushcraft and he’s coming to our ‘hood with his new show, We Are Nature. We caught up with him to find out more.

  • Review: José Pizarro at the Swan Inn, Claygate

    Spanish chef José Pizarro serves up a feast of tasty tapas at this neighbourhood pub with boutique bedrooms.

  • Feeling stressed? A beginners’ guide to EFT tapping

    Is EFT tapping the secret to managing anxiety and stress? We tapped up (geddit!) Surrey therapeutic coach Michele Poulton to find out more about this alternative practice that's gaining in popularity.

  • Muddy eats: The Filly Inn, Brockenhurst

    To the New Forest! Cosy rooms, hearty dishes and stunning walks right on the doorstep - pull up a chair and join us at the £1m newly refurbed Filly Inn...

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    Make this: Daylesford Vegetarian Chilli

    Did someone order a cockle-warming winter dish that's super healthy to boot? Try this delicious and quick Vegetarian Chilli supper saviour, direct from the Daylesford chefs.

  • Three design trends that will dominate 2022

    Surrey interior designer Helen McClure predicts the trends that will see us through 2022 - including vibrant colour, sustainability and the importance of a harmonious home office.

  • Muddy stays: the Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

    Chances are if you're planning a trip over the next months you're back to thinking - UK, self-catering, countryside. And as it happens, I've just reviewed the perfect cottage for you!

  • Best board games to play with the family this Christmas

    Done Monopoly and Uno to death? Mix up your festive afternoons with these family-friendly games from Norfolk biz Zatu. Sore losers need not apply.

  • Girls with guns: Ladies’ Day at Bisley Shooting Ground

    We're going on a clay shoot. Clay shooting is great fun, but it's even better when you're surrounded by a gaggle of great girls and it includes breakfast, elevenses and lunch.

  • Review: The Magician’s Elephant, RSC

    This captivating family musical is the first to stomp onto the RSC stage since it closed its doors, and the critics are all ears. But what did Muddy think?

  • Sherborne Prep School, Sherborne

    Non-pushy yet achieves academically, strong on music and art and with an innovative approach to sport and fitness.

  • Gotta Have It

    It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of sensational scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn 2021, chock-a-block with smoke and wild woods (and a bit of fun).

  • Who wants to get married at Botleys Mansion?

    I do! Muddy road tests this grand Palladian mansion near Chertsey in Surrey. Here's what you need to know.

  • My Favourite Places – Gyles Brandreth

    The author and TV personality takes us on a literary tour of his favourite Hampshire places and reminisces about childhood holidays on the Isle of Wight

  • Sherfield School, Hook

    A confident all-rounder and pastorally driven co-ed independent day and boarding school set in 76 acres of rural splendour.

  • Muddy goes back to school. Gin school!

    Forget gin tasting, REAL lovers of gin are learning how to make their own. So naturally Muddy heads into the lab at Wessex Distillery in Surrey to get to the bottom of a bottle, I mean, all those botanicals.

  • My Favourite Places: Grace Regan

    Introducing the awesomely cool, gorgeous and talented chef Grace Regan - owner of critically acclaimed London curry house, Spicebox, who lives in Margate. To celebrate her delicious vegan cookbook we got Grace to tell us her fave places to hang out locally.

  • Ready, aim, fire? Let’s go shooting

    More women and children than ever are taking up shooting, so Muddy takes her teenager along to Bisley Shooting Ground and gives it two smoking barrels. Boom!

  • Royal High School Bath, GDST

    Inclusive, girl-centered education, strong on science, maths and languages, with chic facilities – and the only school in Bath offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • Moving: Student off to uni? SORTED!

    Is your teen one of the thousands heading off to college or Uni after the summer? Or perhaps they're a grad heading off to their new flat or first job? Then you'll want to read this!

  • Insider guide to Cambridge

    This university city with a whole lotta history, fantastic architecture, excellent restaurants and plenty of green space is SO deserving of your next weekend break.

  • Iford Manor Estate – It’s your passport to Italy – bella bella!

    Discover this Italianate garden that's a little slice of heaven on the Wiltshire-Somerset border. The recent addition of a gorgeous cafe equals hard-to-beat day out, and they now have their own holiday cottage so you don't have to leave!

  • Insider guide to Bury St Edmunds

    Staycation alert! If you’re looking to discover somewhere a little bit under the radar, check our up-to-date guide to Suffolk’s historic market town, including where to scoff, shop, sleep, drink and hangout

  • What to drink: Best rosé for a summer barbecue

    Rosé is a great summer wine and works particularly well at a BBQ where it pairs well with the delicate flavours of fish and the more robust smoky meats. Here are nine to order in for your next gathering.

  • What to drink: 9 English wines to taste

    We don't need English Wine Week to celebrate our local wines! Here three Surrey wine merchants share their favourite English tipples. Ready, steady, glug!

  • How to give your kids’ mental health a boost

    If you’re looking for ways to bolster your kids’ mental health in the wake of the pandemic, you’re not alone. Clare Macro, Headmistress of Edgbaston High School shares her expert advice

  • Seafood and eat it! 8 best local fish restaurants

    Spend the summer at the seaside this year - and indulge in lobster, oysters and the finest fish around. From Cambs fisheries to Norfolk fine-dining, East Anglian seafood is some of the best.

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  • Our Sponsor

    We’re thrilled that the Muddy Awards this year are supported by our brilliant friends who share our passion for celebrating local independent businesses.

  • Shazia Mirza is back in town

    She’s an ex-science teacher - “I hated them, they hated me” - yet former student Dizzee Rascal still calls her Miss. This fierce comedian pulls no punches - we catch up with Shazia Mirza as she heads to Norwich.

  • Virtual Open Day, Moreton Hall, Oswestry

    This newly announced winner of the Tes Boarding School of the Year 2021, has a Virtual Open Day on Sat May 8 at 10am.

  • Kimbolton School (Prep School), Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    Muddy says: A highly-regarded co-ed prep school on the Cambridgeshire border in a beautiful rural setting, known for its amazing facilities, extra-curricular activities and its family-orientated atmosphere.

  • Stratford Lit Fest 2021: the line-up

    There are so many fantastic headliners at Stratford Literary Festival’s brilliant Spring Festival (May 8-16), I don’t know where to begin…

  • Muddy meets actor Zoe Lambert

    Zoe Lambert is making her RSC debut in The Winter’s Tale which never opened on stage due to Covid but has been adapted for TV on Sunday April 25, as part of BBC Lights Up.

  • Best outfits from The Winter’s Tale – the RSC’s first TV premiere

    Muddy takes a first look at the gorgeous Mad Men-inspired costumes and stage design of this postponed RSC period piece for BBC Lights up.

  • Laura Wright Opera Singer Park Proms

    Muddy Meets: Soprano Laura Wright

    The rugby-loving opera A-lister tells all about singing for the crowds, royal encounters and post-lockdown footwear dilemmas.

  • Brooke House College

    A new head with exciting new plans for this co-ed day and boarding school for 11-19 year olds in Market Harborough. The school may be small but it has a huge international intake (60 nationalities) and also boasts a top Football Academy.

  • Live theatre is back! RSC’s new ‘garden’ theatre & BBC 4 film

    Hot-off-the-press the RSC has today announced two of 2020's major productions postponed in the pandemic will go ahead!

  • Dream a little dream: musician Nick Cave joins RSC cast

    Dream, the RSC's new live online theatre and and gaming tech collaboration opens Fri Mar12 leading the way in future audience experience with singer Nick Cave as 'Voice of the Forest'.

  • Home schooling help: Stratford Lit Fest & the RSC

    Stratford Literary Festival and the RSC have created FREE online home schooling content with top UK authors and actors including Michael Rosen.

  • Moroccan Feast

    Yardley Hastings’ special occasion takeaway

    Give yourself a break from being a kitchen slave. The pro team at The Red Lion are laying on swanky takeaways. We donned our stretchiest waistbands and gave their Moroccan Feast a whirl.

  • What’s cooking: 2021’s hottest kitchen trends

    Looking to update your kitchen? If you're scouting for inspiration, you're in the right place. Here's what's hot in 2021.

  • Muddy review: Alexander House, West Sussex

    With a stunning spa and newly launched fine dining restaurant, this five-star country manor house should be at the top of your list for a luxe post-lockdown escape.

  • Book! Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker

    A 90-minute live streamed performance of this enchanting festive tale by BRB's world-class dancers on Fri Dec 18 will sprinkle you with Christmas cheer - without leaving the house.

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    Muddy gets a liver detox with Harry Hewetson

    If you haven't overindulged over the past year we salute you. From swigging rosé as soon as homeschool's over to piling on the Corona rolls because there's nothing to do but eat, we can all forgive ourselves for succumbing. But if you're ready for a health reboot, how about a liver cleanse?

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  • Why Stephen Fry calls Norfolk home

    From sea and sky views to antique bookshops and country pubs, the legendary actor and author lets us in on the secret places he most loves in the county.

  • Weston Hall Northants

    Property flirt! Guess the price.

    Flirt alert! It's time to get nosy on someone else's home. Our idea of heaven. And this time you're in for a treat: we're talking baronets, baby, and a literary heritage to make you drool.

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    St Swithun’s Prep, Winchester

    This prep and pre-prep just outside the city centre has a great academic record, but the focus on pastoral care, positive relationships and unique extra-curricular activities means the overall approach is well-rounded.

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    My favourite places: William Sitwell

    Food writer and MasterChef judge William Sitwell has called the chocolate box village of Weston in South Northants home all his life, with Weston Hall having been in the family since 1714. Fancy a peek into his personal Little Black Book?

  • Hurst College, Hurstpierpoint

    Muddy says: One of the best-known schools in Sussex, set on a large site, with excellent exam results and a ‘have a go’ ethos that seeks to enthuse pupils to excel beyond their books.

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    Muddy Meets Kristina Rihanoff

    We caught up with the jaw-droppingly gorge (yes, even in no make-up after an hour of teaching hot yoga) Strictly pro turned yogini and entrepreneur at her super-slick studio, Soo Yoga in Northampton, to chat about her passion for helping others to prioritise their health and wellbeing.

  • Is this the most elegant B&B in Sussex?

    A top notch dinner and a secluded pool are among surprises at this antique-filled hideaway

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  • Chichester Harbour Hotel – The Ship

    Good value set menus and a Burns Night event coming up make this a great place to beat the January blues. You can even chose veganuary dishes

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    Poppinghole Farm Spa

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

  • The Olive Branch, Clipsham

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

  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong review

    Peter Pan Goes Wrong

    The guys behind the celebrated The Play That Goes Wrong are back with this disaster-filled seasonal comedy

  • 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

  • Tom Gates on stage

    Part play, part living cartoon, part gig, Tom Gates live - in Brighton Wed 2 - Sat 5 Oct - stays pleasingly close to Liz Pichon's best-selling books.

  • Chichester’s bold new Macbeth

    A glass stage, running witches and a fresh take on the lead roles - the exciting new CFT production of Macbeth has plenty of innovations

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    Twyford Prep School, Hants

    Muddy says: This Hampshire prep is a cosy school with a strong sporting pedigree and an impressive curriculum that encourages creative thinking.

  • What’s on your bucket list?

    Have you got a travel bucket list? Are these fantastic places on it? They should be!

  • 5 Cool things to do in Wales

    Fancy an activity holiday with the kids or an adreneline fuelled weekend with friends? Snowdonia is my new favourite staycation!

  • Kimbolton School (Snr), Huntingdon

    You'll find 120 acres of glorious grounds and a stunning castle setting at this high-achieving co-ed day/boarding senior school (11-18), with a strong all-rounder rep.

  • GBBO contestant, Priya O’Shea

    We're chuffed that she's repping Leicester on this year's series of The Great British Bake Off. Here's everything you need to know about the amateur baker.

  • The Frogmill

    Big flavours, a big grill and a big, friendly welcome is the order of the day at this newly zhuzhed up country pub near Cheltenham.

  • Hallo Halulu!

    Say aloha to a new surfer-style bar on Teignmouth's sea-front complete with cool graffiti art and amazing sea views.

  • West Buckland School, Barnstaple

    Muddy says: A nurturing, non-hothousey co-ed day and boarding school in bucolic North Devon with acres of healthy air coast and countryside on its doorstep.

  • Summer Survival Guide

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

  • Need a spa day? Check out the best ‘Superspas’ across Glos, Somerset and Wilts

    I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want... a massage, mani and Jacuzzi please, and make it snappy. Whether you’re going with your romantic other, bezzie mates or gloriously solo, here’s our pick of the very best spas near you.

  • John’s House Restaurant

    A few phone calls and a six month waiting list later, I finally made it to 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

  • 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

  • Beach day trips within two hours of Cambridge

    Pack a picnic and bucket and spade and head to the beach for the day. These are the best seaside stunners within two hours or less of Cambridge.

  • Is an independent school right for you?

    Choosing a school for your child can be one of the most important decisions of your parenting life, but have you considered going private?

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    Little Barwick House, Barwick

    Michelin-listed country house fine dining restaurant – with gorgeous rooms and gardens – in south Somerset

  • Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood

    You'll find 280 acres of fresh air and Art Deco heritage at this high-achieving yet well balanced boys school in Herts' Three Rivers District, a mere 30 minutes from central London.

  • Bistro du Vin, Winchester

    Ooh la la! The Bistro du Vin, Winchester serves up très bon French fare in a relaxed Anglo-Gallic ambience.

  • The Green Man, Thriplow

    This community-owned village pub has it all – its own micro farm, a dizzying array of craft ales and - oh joy! -a free taxi service at the end of the night.

  • Muddy meets Terry

    Terry Hall a fan of cream teas and the West Country - who knew? The ska legend talks shopping, selfies and what's on his playlist.

  • The Royal Oak

    Awarded an AA Rosette four years on the trot, Muddy books a table at this Long Whatton pub with rooms to see what all the fuss is about.

  • Review: The Bodyguard

    Alexandra Burke certainly is Queen of the Night in The Bodyguard, now on at the Bristol Hippodrome

  • 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.

  • Property flirt

    Eyes down and look in: a supersized Victorian vicarage with spec-tac-ular kitchen, 7 beds, gym, hot tub and separate coach house in a Somerset village south of Bath

  • MUDDY MEETS SHAPPI

    Comedian Shappi Khorsandi's new tour, her tips on how NOT to be funny and why you should do things that scare you (hell yeah!)

  • Lussmanns, Tring

    Tring’s modern brasserie is bringing sophisticated meat-free dining to the table. Muddy Herts’ resident veggie gives it her verdict…

  • Party at the Castle!

    Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with amongst others, tenor Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on party show - Just can’t Get Enough 80s

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    Highfield and Brookham Schools, Liphook

    Muddy says: This pre-prep and prep school offer a whopping 175 acres of space for kids to run around in while they excel academically.

  • Five Super Cool Norfolk Staycations

    Grab a cuppa, snuggle up under a blanket on the sofa and start planning some Norfolk staycations for 2019.

  • The White Hart, Somerton

    Light lunch or blow out in this relaxed rustic chic pub on the edge of Somerton's ancient Market Square

  • Out-of-Season Scilly with Kids

    Cornwall meets the Caribbean on this unspoilt archipelago just 28 miles from Land's End. Here are my top tips for visiting with the family in 2019.

  • The best house party in the mountains

    Ready for more partying after the Xmas season is over? How about heading for the Alps for the best party you can imagine?

  • St Lucia, beyond the beaches

    As the nights draw in and the weather gets bloomin' chilly, what's the best thing to do? Book a holiday, of course! Fancy something with loads of adventure for the kids? It's got to be St Lucia, baby!

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    Meoncross School, Stubbington

    Muddy says: This independent co-ed for ages 2.5 - 16, is situated just outside of Fareham with a rural feel and family vibe.

  • The Queens Arms, Corton Denham

    Night out or weekend away at a cracking Somerset village pub with cosy rooms and great atmos, Michelin-listed nosh – or just a handmade pork pie from the bar.

  • The wonderful Wizard of Oz

    This isn't Kansas, it's Somerset, in a clever re-working of the iconic tale at The Brewhouse in Taunton

  • 2019’s Michelin Stars

    It's the accolade that all chefs want – so who's reached for the stars in Glos, Wilts and surrounding counties this year?

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    West Hill Park School, Fareham

    Muddy says: A happy, romping countryside prep, where children develop in a kind, secure environment & gain regular scholarships to top public schools.

  • Muddy’s fave new hangout, The Priory

    After a stylish gastro pub for lunch or dinner? We've found just the joint down Loughborough way.

  • The Big Beautiful Beach House

    This impressive family home was the setting for Richard Curtis' film, About Time and now you can rent it out and make your own memories here. Shall we have a snoop around?

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    The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds

    One night at the Northgate Hotel was the perfect respite to recharge my batteries. Less than one hours drive from Norwich and it felt like a proper luxurious escape!

  • Muddy visits Ragdale Hall

    An open air Rooftop Infinity Pool, a Thermal Spa, 50 treatment rooms and more. Muddy checks in!

  • There’s a chef in my kitchen!

    Planning a special celebration in Cornwall? Hire this brilliant private chef and let the restaurant come to you.

  • The Longstore, Charlestown

    You had us at steaks and seafood! This Cornish harbour-side eatery was named ‘Best Restaurant’ in this year’s Muddy Awards. Here's why...

  • Muddy heads to Britain’s Forest Fest

    Midnight gigs, campfire storytelling, outdoor theatre, laughing yoga, fascinating forest talks and no wellies in sight! Timber Festival reviewed.

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    Stay Here: Cliff House

    One of our fave luxury self-catering stays in South Devon has just re-opened after a snazzy refurb. So what's new? Well, *that* hot tub for starters...

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    The Daneway

    This one-time rural boozer near Cirencester is full of rustic charm and too-good-to-miss gastro-pub inventions.

  • Make a dash for the seaside

    You don't have to hop on a plane to enjoy a little beach time this summer. Here are 8 stylish British staycations for inspiration

  • Cotswold House Hotel

    This boutique townhouse hotel in Chipping Campden gives its country house cousins a run for their money.

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    Helen Browning’s Royal Oak

    Homespun charm, yummy, wholesome food and dreamy rooms to overnight in, there is NOTHING not to like here!

  • Spa bliss

    Need a cheeky spa break? Me too! And if there's a Diamond Life Infusion Facial thrown in, all the better – my face needs it!

  • How to grow happy kids

    How can you help your kids find the holy grail of happiness? We’ve found an expert who has previous in the matter…

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    Exam time? Grab the Juicer

    Forget the endless late-night bowls of cornflakes - help your teen juice their way through exam stress. Here's why.

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    Blanket love

    Want to make your home cosy, inviting and super stylish all year round? We’ve found just the person to show you how.

  • Grey’s Brasserie

    Whatley Manor’s revamped eaterie is cutting quite a swathe with its chic European interiors and innovative menu.

  • Amanda Barlow’s Favourite Places

    Love a spa day? Scenic walk? Seafood with a view? We tapped Made For Life Organics MD, Amanda for some top local knowledge. Here are the Cornish places she loves best.

  • Tour travel: could it be for you?

    Group touring has come a long way from guides waving umbrellas in the air! Increasing popular, there are now lots of small and perfectly formed far-flung travel options...

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    Deliciously Ella’s Honey & Lemon Breakfast Bars

    With a crunch and a zing, it's off to work we go. Deliciously Ella's breakfast bars are also good to munch on mid afternoon when you're having idle KitKat thoughts.

  • 15 Collingwood is just ‘fabulous’

    Beautiful mid-century and modern movement design classics mixed with industrial and reproduction furniture, it's all high quality, but most notably (to Philistine Muddy at least), it's VERY affordably priced.

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    The Ivy Cheltenham

    Cheltenham’s new The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie delivers on food, drinks, service and glitz. Muddy was there to review it first.

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    Gordon House: artist and designer of The White Album

    Gordon House, the designer of the Beatles' White Album grew up in Letchworth. We talk to curator Laura Dennis, ahead of a new exhibition.

  • Cornwall’s Healthy Eating Haunts

    12 Cornish cafes and health food shops that will help you eat better and feel positively saintly, as recommended by the experts.

  • 185 Watling St…

    Revisited this gem in Towcester - a great spot for groups of friends looking for a good bar vibe in the evening and a classy dinner. Nom!

  • Soup for the soul

    A hearty soup recipe to warm you up this winter from Leicestershire born food writer, cook, stylist and presenter Jo Pratt.

  • REturning to work from a career break

    A Guide to Returning to Work

    Going back to work after a break is never easy. Karen Daly-Gherabi from Springboard Consultancy shares her tips on making it a little less daunting.

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    Award winner alert!

    We’ve been road-testing Elemental Herbology, the Beauty Shortlist Award winners. The verdict-we want the lot!

  • Reviews: The Addams Family

    If you're at a loose end this week and want to entertain you, the kids, the partner, your girlfriends, please see this!

  • Fashion stylist on our doorstep

    Heidi's in Wellingborough offers a refreshing change from high street chains. The girl has style and knows how to use it

  • Muddy reviews: I Capture the castle

    Wonderful musical adaptation of Dodie Smith's first novel at Watford Palace Theatre.

  • The Potager Garden & Café

    This idyllic cafe near Falmouth serves up delicious, organic, veggie food, fresh juices and gluten-free cakes - you can't help but feel good here.

  • The George Townhouse

    Officially Warwickshire's Best Pub (and who knows what will happen at the National Pub & Bar Awards grand final), this Shipston-on-Stour inn is a winner.

  • A Cornish Cookery Course for Seafood Lovers

    There is nowhere better to master the finer points of fish cookery (and eat like a queen) than at Rick Stein's Padstow school.

  • Muddy Eats: The Alford Arms rises from the ashes

    The fire that closed The Alford Arms in Frithsden earlier this year left good food and beer lovers across this end of the county howling and bereft. And understandably so. But it's back -- and it's just as lovely, as welcoming, as comfortable, and as popular as it ever was...

  • My Favourite Places: Tricia Stewart

    You might not necessarily recognise the name Tricia Stewart straight away -- but, sure as jam is jam, you'll know about the whole Calendar Girls phenomenon. The original calendar featuring artfully-concealed ladies from the Women's Institute, the hit movie with Helen Mirren, the West End show, and so on...

  • My Favourite Places: Freya North

    Today -- publication day for her 14th novel! -- Freya North is sharing her favourite places with us here at Muddy Herts. Most of them are in Herts, too, where she lives out in the countryside with her two children, two dogs, and a horse...

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