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  • 58 staycation self-catering stays

    Planning a staycation for when lockdown eases up? It's your resident travel agent here with 58 gorgeous self-catering stays across the 24 Muddy counties.

  • couple kissing

    Top tips on love in a Corona climate

    The confinement we're experiencing right now can make even the most rock-solid of relationships creak. Read on for our expert guide on how to keep love (and lust) going.

  • Stars launch RSC Homework Help

    Today Tamsin Greig, Noma Dumezweni and Patrick Stewart launch RSC Homework Help – the chance for UK students to get RSC actors to help unlock Shakespeare’s plays.

  • House swap – what will £500,000 get you?

    Nothing like a lockdown to make you appreciate your home - or make you want to move when it gets lifted. But what will your money get you across the Muddy counties?

  • How to WFH (without going stir-crazy)

    Working from your home office (or, er, the sofa) for the foreseeable? Don't panic! These top tips will help you stay calm, collected and productive - or at the very least, sane.

  • Killing eve series 3 villeneuve as a clown carrying a red balloon

    18 badass boxsets to binge right now

    Boredom saviour incoming! Step away from the cleaning, eating and Zoom meet-ups. It's time to commit to a TV marathon of epic proportions.

  • Kristina-and-Ben

    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.

  • Dog-friendly stays

    Have pooch, will travel? Here are 43 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly to bookmark for a later date.

  • Oxford Blue Old Windsor parpadelle truffle and mushroom

    Top 50 Gastropubs 2020 revealed

    Whose tripled-cooked chips have got them into the gastropub hall of fame? Roomy pants on, Let's tuck in because FOUR of Berkshire's foodie pubs made the grade.

  • Snowdrops everywhere!

    They're coming out! The loveliest places to catch winter snowdrops across Bucks, Oxon and beyond over the next few weeks.

  • This girl can!

    Juggling motherhood, jiggly bits and the barriers to exercising, This Girl Can is back with its brand new campaign and we LOVE it!

  • It’s phwaor wheel drive fun

    The family car just got a double shot of fun. Muddy revs up the JCW Mini Countryman and discovers compact SUVs can be safe, spacious and sporty.

  • Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

    Superflashy Newsflash

    Hollywood in our 'hood, the end of an era for Parky's pub, openings, closures and a gorgeous swirl of gossip around Berkshire!

  • Home truths

    Buying a house is an emotive act, fuelled by all kinds of desire - protecting a family, starting a new life, following a dream. Three Muddy readers open the door to their homes to share their personal stories.

  • 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

  • Spa time!

    Summer's over, we've all gone back to work and, quite frankly, I'm in need of a spa day. Who's with me? Here's the Muddy guide of the best pamper spots across the Muddy counties. 

  • 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!

  • Woman lemon eyes

    Struggling with a moody teen?

    Lie's in, lemons and focussing on the glass half full will tap into the teen brain and help them feel happier, according to Queen Anne's head Julia Harrington.

  • Queen Elizabeth I crown fur teimmed white coat pearls with eyes closed Christ Levine Artist

    Art’s rising rock stars

    Blank walls but your budget doesn't stretch to an Emin or Hirst? Here's 12 cool, collectable artists who won't require you to sell a loved one. Plus FREE tickets for Muddy readers.

  • Woman jumping for joy by concrete wall

    The magic of ‘me time’

    Frazzled mothers rejoice! Come and hide out with us and let someone look after you for a change. Fitness, fashion, food, wine and unwind. Ahhhh, that's better.

  • SOLENT FORT - SLIDE MENU

    Is this the quirkiest, coolest hotel ever?

    You don't get many hotels more unusual than this. Muddy sets sail for one of the most unique stays we've ever undertaken at No Man's Fort.

  • Isle of Wight Insiders Guide Slide

    Muddy’s Insider Guide to the Isle of Wight

    This sunny little Island may be small in stature but it's packed to the brim with amazing things to check out. We've got the top tips on how to discover the real Isle of Wight.

  • Thames Lido Reading Berkshire infinity pool swimmer in red cap

    Strip off and lido

    Hot or not, the Thames Lido is quirky, cool and like no other spa you've been to. Eat, swim, spa… repeat. It's got Muddy's name all over it.

  • Exclusive first review

    The hottest new five star hotel in Bucks was open a mere day before I reviewed. Here's my verdict on The Langley.

  • 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.

  • BMW Z4 2019 silver on road past stop sign

    Vrooom! A car with zig-a-zig-ah

    Spice up your life with something sleek and sporty – sadly Posh has her mitts on David Beckham, so we'll have to settle for the brand new BMW Z4.

  • Celebrating celebrants

    Just what does a celebrant do? Muddy spoke to a Sussex ceremony star all about the special occasions she's helped create

  • Bistro du Vin, Winchester

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

  • 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.

  • Walhampton Slide Menu

    Walhampton School

    Muddy says: This pre- and prep has a strong academic record, lots of wonderfully quirky features for non-conventional kids and even its very own sailing lake.

  • 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!)

  • 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.

  • Brighton’s Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel

    From silly to sexy, there's plenty of fun to be had at Brighton's unique Hotel Pelirocco

  • Inside The Haunted Castle

    Muddy intrepidly goes in search of the scariest thrills for Halloween at Warwick Castle on a family day out.

  • A Georgian stately home.

    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.

  • Review: Miss Littlewood

    Seven actors joyously depict the life of charismatic revolutionary British theatre director Joan Littlewood in this new RSC musical at The Swan, Stratford.

  • King’s High, Warwick

    Muddy says: One of the UK's top performing independent schools for girls aged 11-18 chosen as The Sunday Times' West Midlands Independent Secondary School of the Year, 2019. This year sees the school moving into a stunning new spacious, green campus.

  • The Kitchen

    So you know your julienne from your chiffonade? Thought not. Muddy sharpens its knife skills and dices like a Don at Chewton Glen's cookery school.

  • Awful Auntie – Live on Stage

    David Walliams’ number one children’s best-seller has its first stage outing – but will it meet fans’ expectations?

  • Moving to Warks?

    Meet Jayne Horton - the Warwickshire & Midlands own answer to Kirsty and Phil.

  • Cliff Cottage, Iken

    Heart-stopping views and an open, airy interior make this secret, Suffolk hideaway very special indeed. Perched high above the River Alde, expect big sunsets and endless, estuary horizons.

  • 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.

  • Rye B&B, East Sussex B&B, Knelle Dower Studio, Sussex B&B

    Knelle Dower Studio, Rye B&B

    Starry, starry night... Get solitude, starry skies and breakfast in a heritage cottage when you check into spacious Knelle Dower Studio at Nothiam near Rye.

  • Rising Star: Dinita Gohil

    Muddy meets the Birmingham actor playing Viola in RSC's new production of Twelfth Night with Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon.

  • The Lost Words & Quentin Blake

    You've only until Dec 17 to check out these two stunning family-friendly illustration-based exhibitions - Quentin Blake's Inside Stories and The Lost Words.

  • Seurat to Riley

    A gloriously trippy afternoon immersed in Bridget Riley, Op Art and eye-popping installations at Warwickshire's Compton Verney.

  • Spring Mischief: Part I

    An interview with Oppenheimer playwright Tom Morton-Smith about his hotly-anticipated new play, The Earthworks, at the RSC’s The Other Place, Stratford until Sat June 17.

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