The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Wouldn't you though?

We have a soft spot for Sophie Hulme bags, with their gorgeous leather, sleek hardware and the fact that each one comes with a goofy bag charm, in case things were getting too ladylike. Top of the wishlist, pronto.

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How to (finally) write your best-seller

23 Feb 2017

Do you harbour literary ambitions? It seems almost everyone I speak to dreams of being a published author – one friend has put ‘write book’ on her list of new year’s resolutions every year for the last decade, while another has had a file on her computer called ‘Book’ (word count: 0) for as long as she can remember. Making that leap from pipe dream to picking out your dress for your launch party is a tricky business, to put it mildly.

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The Muddy Guide – Thurs 23 Feb to Weds 1 March

22 Feb 2017

It’s with delight, pleasure and a little shiver of excitement that I must inform you that, at the end of this Muddy Guide week to view, we’ll be changing seasons. So with a spring in our step (see what I did there?), let’s go gambolling (and again, see?) to help our social lives fully bloom (OK, even I’ve had enough of this now).

Sheridan Smith, Funny Girl, MK Theatre, Tues 28 Feb – Sat 4 March

 Sheridan Smith is approaching acting royalty these days and it’s a great chance to see her up this way – or at least across at Milton Keynes in Funny Girl, starting next Tuesday.

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The 16 best riverside holiday cottages

22 Feb 2017

Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?

STAY IN… BERKSHIRE

River Arts Club, Maidenhead

Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?

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14 beautiful beach cottages to rent this summer

22 Feb 2017

One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.

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Muddy reviews: Wonderland at New Theatre, Oxford

22 Feb 2017

With Hero mainlining pina coladas on a sun lounger in Barbados (while plotting Muddy’s imminent world domination, naturally), we despatched our resident culture vulture, Sarah Taylor, to Oxford’s New Theatre to review the brand new musical, Wonderland, last night. It’s on until Saturday, so nab those tickets pronto! Over to you, Sarah….

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Move over Bieber! Muddy tries cupping

20 Feb 2017

I’m always on the look out for the stuff that’s slightly new, different or quirky in the area, and blow me down if I haven’t found it! The brilliant Thame Therapy Clinic, which I’ve used on personal level for everything for osteos and acupuncture (my never ending bad back), to some cranial work on my first born when he headbutted my womb wall for 12 hours flat, run the whole gamut of complementary treatments, and they’ve added cupping to their offering since my last visit in 2015.

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Muddy eats: The Astor Grill, Cliveden

20 Feb 2017

I’ve been a naughty blogger. I went on a lovely family walk around Cliveden a month or so ago that is really worth you knowing about, but *sob* haven’t yet posted it. Sorrrryyyy! However, now’s the time to remedy that, particularly as I’ve just had a fantastic meal at The Astor Grill in Cliveden so I’m thinking you can perhaps combine both exploits. And maybe a third now I think about it – Cliveden is due to open its awesome new spa in May.

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A festival of scoffing and quaffing? We’re in!

20 Feb 2017

Food festivals are a huge trend as our tastes have become increasingly gourmet – gone are the days when festival grub consisted of horrible hotdogs from a dodgy van.

A mouth-watering new one arrives in our midst next month – The Chilterns Food & Drink Festival, which runs 25 March – 2 April. I don’t know about you but I’m always available for scoffing and boozing-based activities, funnily enough.

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Holy craparoo! We’re in the UK Blog Awards Finals!

19 Feb 2017

 

It’s been such a crazy year so far that I somehow forgot to tell you some really amazing news from *cough* last month. Oops!

So it’s a massive and heartfelt thank you for those of you who suggested Muddy Stilettos as the UK’s Best Arts & Culture Blog before Christmas, because guess what? We’ve only gone and made the Finals, one of only eight companies in the whole of the UK.

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NEW! Muddy book club: February’s best reads

19 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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