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I'm Hero, editor of Muddy Bucks & Oxon, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

If you want to nail alfresco entertaining, you need lights that can move with the party, whatever the weather. Here's our pick of the best solar, battery and rechargeable lights including some beauties from brilliant local stores

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

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  • The best rooftop bars for stylish drinking

    The best rooftop bars for stylish drinking

    It’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it – sitting with friends in a bar. And while it still has to be outside (puffa jackets at the ready), Bucks and Oxon boast a clutch of rooftop options that will raise your cocktail game.

    • Superflashy newsflash: foodie special

      Superflashy newsflash: foodie special

      Heard on the grapevine! From a revamped Cotswolds gastropub to the coolest new local openings (I spy a micro-winery), here's my foodie superflashy special.

    • 30 pub gardens for post-lockdown fun

      30 pub gardens for post-lockdown fun

      Pop the cork! Here's to alfresco meet-ups come 12 April. These are the best pub gardens in Bucks and Oxon from snazzy pods to our favourite local beer gardens. Cheers!

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  • Scandi-chic garden cabins by Ayr. We’re in love. 💕

    Scandi-chic garden cabins by Ayr. We’re in love. 💕

    Still hankering after a garden office or cabin? We’ve found a brilliant company that’s raised the bar on design with its Scandic-Chic aesthetic. And guess what? It’s local!

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    • Beachborough School, near Brackley

      Beachborough School, near Brackley

      Muddy says: Hard to find fault with this lovely co-ed prep school on the Bucks/Northants borders - a family vibe, pretty rural setting and great results.

    • St Clare’s, Oxford

      St Clare’s, Oxford

      A collegiate-style day and boarding school for 14-19 year olds in central Oxford, with a huge international intake (40 nationalities!) a sole focus on International Baccalaureate and strong results.

  • Warwickshire’s best pub?
  • Warwickshire’s best pub?


  • Pub gardens are BACK, the sun’s shining all weekend and I’m ready to quaff a pint of Pimm’s in a lovely pub garden. Who’s with me?! Click the link in bio for my round-up of 30 of the most gorgeous beer gardens in Bucks & Oxon 🍻
  • Blue skies and the Bridge of Sighs, Oxford (hey, I’m a poet and I didn’t know it!). Anyone else taken advantage of the unusually quiet city streets to check out the tourist hotspots?
  • Snow, in April?! ❄️😂 Is it snowing where you are?

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