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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

Move over, chocolate. From gin to jewellery, and options for men and minis, here are the best alternative advent calendars to count down the festive season.

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Little Black Book

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Our curated A-Z of the grooviest local businesses

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Little Black Book

The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

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  • 11 Autumn walks with pubs

    11 Autumn walks with pubs

    Is there anything better than a beautiful Autumnal walk that ends in a pub lunch? (spoiler alert: NO). Here’s my starter for 10 if you want to stroll and scoff your way across Bucks & Oxon.

    • Bakeries we love in honour of GBBO 

      Bakeries we love in honour of GBBO 

      Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can't be bothered? No, quite right. Here are some brilliant bakeries instead.

    • Autumn roasts with the most

      Autumn roasts with the most

      Can't be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs and let the experts do the hard work

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    • Comforting classics from The Pie Room

      Comforting classics from The Pie Room

      Ooh, is there anything more satisfying than good flaky pastry? These two warming recipes from Calum Franklin’s new cookbook The Pie Room will take you into autumn and beyond.

    • This girl can!

      This girl can!

      Juggling motherhood, jiggly bits and the barriers to exercising, This Girl Can is back with its brand new campaign for National Fitness Day and we LOVE it! Take a look at the latest ad here...

    • 8 local arboretums to explore this autumn

      8 local arboretums to explore this autumn

      All change! The trees are turning from green to gorgeous red-brick, crimson and gold - and the best places to see them are these beautiful local arboretums in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.

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  • Back-to-school for grown-ups

    Back-to-school for grown-ups

    The kids may be going back to school but why should they get all the new gear? We all deserve shiny winter boots and bags too. Here’s our pick for back-to-school style.

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    • Shop this autumn’s trends at Westgate Oxford

      Shop this autumn’s trends at Westgate Oxford

      Want to update your wardrobe, home and kids' clobber in one fell swoop? Pick up the new season's updates with a nifty one-stop jaunt around Westgate.

    • 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?

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Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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