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JULY 2018

  • Cocktail time! Oxford’s best bars

    Because sometimes we want something with a bit more pizzazz than a country pub, right? Make mine an Aperol Spritz, cheers.

    • Mexican wave

      Sombreros and amigos at the ready? Then let's go eat at Cocina, the hot new Mexican restaurant at Xscape in Milton Keynes

    • Jacob’s Plough, Bicester

      Best-selling crime writer Sharon Bolton turns her forensic eye to this stylish, family-friendly pub in Bicester.

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      Wicker basket packed?

      On the back of National Picnic Week we're scoffing scotch eggs and heading off to Bucks & Oxon's 20 top picnic spots.

    • Waddesdon’s Fab Feast

      It's not just scoffing on offer Waddesdon Manor's Feast. Check out these performers and book in for this unique festival on Sat 16 - Sun 17 June.

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  • Tick tock

    Watch out! All the coolest girls wear men’s timepieces, doncha know. Don’t know where to start? Read THIS.

  • Beauty
    • The 100 day moisturiser

      Want to avoid botox and fillers but after some medical intervention for the dreaded wrinkles? Muddy's Nicky Richardson tries microneedling.

    • Ready for a chop?

      Can a fringe really knock 15 years off your age? Lead me to Anne Veck salon in Bicester, I'm about to find out.

  • Let’s hear it for the boys

    The musical Jersey Boys, about the rise of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, has won plaudits a-plenty, but is this one that you should leave to the grannies? Read my review and find out – you may be surprised!

    • Perk up your frazzled garden

      Wilted borders and a lawn resembling the Gobi desert? Yup, us too. But happily we've got all the heatwave-combating garden tips.

    • Garden in a Day

      ... good enough for us! Local garden designers Nicholsons have a series of high profile clients...

  • Wellbeing
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      Study among the spires

      Kerry Potter brushed up on her holiday French with a course at Oxford's Continued Education arm. If you want to upskill too, or learn something new, book up for September.

    • Splash! 6 outdoor swimming spots

      You might just have noticed that it's a bit hot out there. So it's a good time to dive into our guide to the best open water swimming locations in Bucks and Oxon. Just kindly refrain from bombing, running or petting please!

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    Want to intern at Muddy HQ?

    Muddy Bucks/Oxon is looking for a brilliant intern and self-confessed culture vulture. Is it you, or someone you know?

  • Kids
    • 22 Fab Family Day Trips

      Hey day trippers! We've scoured the best places to take the fam within 2 hours of Bucks & Oxon. Off you go - just make sure you're back before tea.

    • School holidays ahoy!

      Feral kids? Check. Valium? Check. All you need now is the Muddy Top 10 child-friendly days out in Bucks & Oxon!

  • Love Island – yes or no?

    It’s the talking point TV of the summer but the Muddy office is divided on Love Island. What about you? Time for a heated debate!

    • World Cup Wonders

      Far be it from us to objectify the World Cup's hottest footballers. Instead we've found you the smartest. Seriously!

    • My Favourite Places: Tim Henman

      Tim Henman, party animal - who'd have thought it? Ahead of Wimbledon, the British tennis legend talks wine, his local hangouts and, er, more wine with Muddy's Kerry Potter.

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