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  • The Chesterton, Bicester

    Deco styling, black marble bathrooms and oodles of charm make this renovated hotel, just a few miles from Bicester Village, a fashionable overnighter. Here’s what you need to know.

    • The 20 best beachside eats

      Make the most of the British summer at one of our Muddy-recommended coastal eateries. Napkin at the ready? Let's do this!

    • Indian summer

      Take one Michelin chef and interiors by Soho House's design guru, and Atul Kochhar's Hawkyn's is an instant recipe for success.

    • 46 stunning summer pubs

      Fancy sipping a cold one in a pretty al fresco pub with friends or fam? Here are the best of the bunch across the Muddy counties.

    • Wicker basket packed?

      I'm heading off to Bucks & Oxon's 20 top picnic spots to scoff some scotch eggs. Who's with me?

School Reviews

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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  • In all your Finery

    Need a summer party frock? This under-the-radar label majors in cool dresses and jumpsuits. We’ve got £500 worth of Finery goodies up for grabs for 10 lucky Muddy readers – that’s £5k worth of foxy fashion!

    • Gotta Have It

      All things bright and beautiful? When it comes to the new jewellery trend for rainbow-coloured gemstones, you betcha.

    • J’adore/ J’abhor

      So, what's the hot topic currently creating emotional fracking by the office water cooler? This week - velcro sandals!

    • Shopping centre stunner

      It's not just about the frocks! Oxford's Westgate sorts nails, hair, brows and make-up in one fell swoop. Here's where to head for the beauty treatment.

    • Cheap, chic beauty buys

      Quick, raid a teenage girl’s make-up bag! Budget beauty is big news right now. Here are some corkers that’ll only set you back a few quid.

  • The top 10 books of the summer

    Don’t pack your suitcase or load up your Kindle until you’ve read this! Muddy’s books editor Kerry has picked the 10 best books to get stuck into on holiday.

    • Summer Fest Waddesdon

      OMG, I can't wait! Waddesdon's Summer Fest (Sat 6 - Sun 7 July) is going to be *awesome*. Here are the best bits to see, PLUS win 2 family tickets!

    • June’s juiciest reads

      June's best new books are a corking bunch, including Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert's breathtaking new novel. Check out Kerry Potter's reviews - and then win the whole lot!

    • Miley goes mental

      Hello, who's speaking please? This fruity promo for her new album be Miley Cyrus' naughtiest stunt yet. Creative juices flowing or cynical marketing ploy - you decide!

    • Pass the popcorn…

      ...top up the Pimm's and pitch up for a pop-up film night. And now please follow the usher this way for over 100 screenings across Bucks, Oxon and beyond!

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    • Property Flirt’s BACK!

      Is there anything more fun than peering around other people's houses, imagining yourself in situ and guessing the price? Er, nope! Let the nosiness commence.

    • Are you vegan curious?

      If you're toying with ditching meat and dairy, try out this vegan recipe for dinner this week - aubergine schnitzel with magic "cheese" by Chalfont St Peter-based Food From Four. Ooh, clever!

    • 6 best wellbeing festivals

      Turns out festivals aren't just for mainlining pear cider - who knew?! Here are six wellbeing weekends to boost your health this summer. Namaste!

    • Muddy reviews: Indian head massage and reflexology

      We can't resist a wellbeing treatment at Muddy - what's not to like about lying down for an hour? Indian head massage + reflexology at Thame Therapy Centre, please!

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