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  • 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: 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...

  • 47 adult courses to book this summer

    Fancy learning a new skill? From mastering mixology to crafting jewellery to keeping bees, Muddy has the lowdown of all the best and brightest adult courses to book this summer.

  • The best of outdoor art in Bucks and Oxon 2021

    From Ai Wei Wei to street art and Henry Moore, we've rounded up the best temporary and permanent art you can enjoy en plein air (beret optional)

  • 11 outdoor cinemas to book now

    So long, tiny TV screen; hello, massive outdoor cinema with classic films, sing-a-long action and boozy picnics to boot. Here are the best in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.

  • 27 of the best beaches in East Anglia

    Summer's here so we've got the inside scoop on the best East Anglian beaches for all tastes. Buckets at the ready, sandwiches packed, bring on the sun!

  • 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.

  • Royal Ascot 2021 Second Hand Clothes

    Royal Ascot 2021: It’ll be a vintage year

    And we're off… to the charity shop for a stylish and sustainable Royal Ascot. This year's all about second-hand style, so here's where to buy and rent the chicest outfits.

  • City slickin’: what’s on in London this summer

    London's shaking off the lockdown cobwebs with a host of awesome events. Bag yourself the best tickets now with our guide to what's on in the capital.

  • Man the forts! The best castles within 90 minutes

    Ready for a right royal day out? We've rounded up 9 of the coolest castles in Bucks, Oxon and beyond that are open for business. Tiara at the ready, let's go!

  • 96 ultimate outdoor meet-ups

    Walking is sooo Lockdown 3. Come March 29, we’re ready for some new outdoors activities with friends or family. Try one of these fresh ideas from the Muddy counties.

  • The best local delis (and nearby picnic spots)

    From 8 March picnics on benches are THE hottest social event. Dig out your hamper and waterproof blanket, and order your sausage rolls from these divine Bucks & Oxon delis.

  • Bring the bar to you: how to have a virtual night out

    Counting down the days until that chilly pub garden come April? God, us too. Here's the next best thing: bar-quality cocktails, perfect ambience, and a whole lot of glam.

  • Half-term hack: the best online courses for kids

    Run out of ways to entertain the kiddos? Check out Muddy's list of the best online classes and workshops that you can do from anywhere across the country, just in time for half-term.

  • Boredom begone: online courses & classes to do right now

    Bored at home? No longer! Muddy's been hard at work finding you the very best online class to do in your county. From computer coding to nipple tassels, we've got it all.

  • What to watch online this week

    Your weekly boredom buster is here with all the best and brand spanking new TV, film, music and theatre to keep you entertained from the sofa.

  • Staying in saviour – what to stream this week

    If the sofa is your No.1 destination this week (rain, rain go away!) then you'll be needing my guide to the best telly, theatre, film and online festivals.

  • Staying in? The best of what’s on

    Virtual beauty masterclasses, hot new Netflix releases, high brow theatre (and low brow Love Island) - it's all going on online this week. Stream if you wanna go faster!

  • The staying in boredom buster

    It's a bit nippy for the sunlounger this week so head for the sofa instead - and get stuck into this week's best new at-home culture picks.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Art’s rising rock stars

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

  • Stratford Lit Fest 2019: What’s on for children?

    Looking for a cultural family-friendly jaunt this spring? There's a brilliant line-up of best-selling and much-loved children's authors and illustrators at the 12th annual festival. Before you book, check out our top picks..

  • Lee Mead Q&A

    The Joseph and Holby City star talks career, pinch yourself moments and wardrobe malfunctions to Muddy ahead of his My Story shows coming to Sussex

  • South Downs stargazing festival

    Find an event near you for a spot of guided stargazing or a family-friendly workshop over the 2019 Dark Skies Festival

  • Inside The Haunted Castle

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

  • What’s On in Sussex in October

    30+ things to do in Sussex in October including bargain feasting, touring musicals, performance poetry, comedy, a David Walliams story on stage, Halloween highlights & more

  • What’s On in February in Sussex

    Feb 2018

  • South Downs stargazing festival

    Catch astronomy events throughout Sussex during the South Downs Dark Skies Festival this February

  • The secret gardens

    Head to the stunning gardens at Ramster Hall near Chiddingfold this half term - kids are free and there's a lovely teahouse.

  • sharp angular architecture at Silverstone racecourse stairs leading to entrance

    OMG braaaaake!

    For new drivers or those of us who *sniff* may have had a prang or two, go pass the Silverstone driving test.

  • Further Afield

    MON 29 MAY - SUN 4 JUNE 2017

  • Don’t Miss Sussex Modernism

    You’ve just a couple of weeks to catch the free London exhibition Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion on at Two Temple Place until 23 April. I visited a few weeks ago and found it really tied together various bits and pieces I knew about the county’s cultural heritage. There were several items that were familiar to me […]

  • Muddy reviews: The Glass Menagerie, London

    If you’ve ever had a relative nag you about settling down, or a friend who is an unsubtle matchmaker, you’ll get an extra layer of cringe from Tenneesse Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. There’s a great production of the play on at The Duke of York’s Theatre in  London until April 29, directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning John Tiffany and I […]

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