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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

Hands never been cleaner - and more in need of a decent moisturiser? Treat yourself to a small dollop of comfort with these beautiful handcreams.

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Our curated A-Z of the grooviest local businesses

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The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

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Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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  • Restaurants with rooms

    Restaurants with rooms

    Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We’ve scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

    • A boutique masterpiece

      A boutique masterpiece

      The Artist Residence in the hamlet of South Leigh, Oxfordshire with its slick styling and cleverly chosen art, is a welcome antidote to traditional Cotswolds inns. Muddy loves.

    • Holiday planning? 10 European-style staycations

      Holiday planning? 10 European-style staycations

      Love a continental jaunt but staying in Blighty this year? These 10 UK holiday spots have a distinctly European feel.

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  • How to buy jeans

    How to buy jeans

    Because let’s face it, it’s always a nightmare, right? Wrong! Thanks to this brilliant styling service at John Lewis, Westgate. Tricky customer Kerry Potter gives it a whirl – here’s how she got on.

    • 5 of the best… trench coats

      5 of the best… trench coats

      It's a style classic for a reason - the trench is probably the most chic, useful piece you can buy (banish all thoughts of Inspector Clouseau). Here are our new season favourites.

    • 5 of the best… French slogan jumpers

      5 of the best… French slogan jumpers

      Bonjour, sexy new knitwear! These chic slogan jumpers are guaranteed to add a little je ne sais quoi to any ensemble - we adore.

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  • Review: Holes

    Review: Holes

    An exhilarating new stage adaptation of Louis Sachar’s award-winning ‘90s YA hit novel Holes, that will enthrall both kids and adults.

    • The funniest show on TV is back

      The funniest show on TV is back

      The Cotswolds is all creamy stone cottages, exquisite gastropubs and picture perfect villages, right? Erm...

    • Jeeves with added (Wooster) sauce

      Jeeves with added (Wooster) sauce

      Up for some jolly japes, an avalanche of comic effects and a gentle skewering of the upper class? Then you might just love this anarchic reimagining of the P.G Wodehouse classic. 

    • The 5 best books out February

      The 5 best books out February

      Muddy's pro bookworm Kerry Potter has got five Feb fancies for your delectation. Read all about 'em - and then win the lot!

    • Nothing bleak about that!

      Nothing bleak about that!

      Creation Theatre's new musical adaptation of Bleak House, set in Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford, is a classic. Read on for the verdict.

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  • How to work from home (without going stir-crazy)

    How to work from home (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.

    • How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

      How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

      It’s International Women’s Day on Sunday so we had a chat with one of our favourite women - author and comedian Viv Groskop - about redefining female ambition for 2020. Need a life reboot? Viv can help with that.

    • Win £2000 to kickstart your business dreams

      Win £2000 to kickstart your business dreams

      Have a brilliant business that needs a helping hand? We’ve teamed up with business banking alternative, Tide, to offer a whopping two grand (yes, you read it right) to give you the boost you need. Competition now closed.

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  • My favourite places

    My favourite places

    Renowned floral stylist, local gal and friend of Muddy, Willow Crossley, knows some stylish local spots that she thinks you’ll love. Ready to take notes?

    • Muddy meets: opera star Julia Mintzer

      Muddy meets: opera star Julia Mintzer

      Welsh National Opera’s charming, straight-talking soprano siren on drinking, costume malfunctions and the art form’s new foxiness (spoiler: ‘it's all about the sex’ apparently!).

    • My Favourite Places

      My Favourite Places

      Founder of Rush trampoline park Samantha Williams jumped to it when we enquired about her secret hang-outs, both local and beyond. She's got some brilliant spots for you to visit.

    • Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

      Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

      It turns out the healthy cooking queen has culinary disasters too! Melissa spills the beans (then whips them up into a tasty frittata) on burnt pans, how to waste less food and keeping an endless supply of cookie dough in the freezer.

    • The 4 funniest people on social media

      The 4 funniest people on social media

      Fancy a giggle? These Instagram and Twitter accounts are happy to oblige.

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