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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

It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Culture

  • Feet up! Six things to watch this week

    Feet up! Six things to watch this week

    Pop that corn! We’ve got Christopher Walken in a dinky British comedy, the best performance of Carey Mulligan’s career, a genre-defining horror classic, and more on this week.

    • 7 unmissable things to watch on TV this week

      7 unmissable things to watch on TV this week

      Why scroll through the Radio Times when we know exactly what’s good this week? From Succession’s bold new series to a saucy dating / dancing reality mashup, here’s what to watch.

    • Six things you’ll want to watch this week

      Six things you’ll want to watch this week

      Roll up, roll up! It’s the cream of the TV crop. From THAT Netflix stalker show to star-studded fundraisers and spooky horror specials, we know exactly what to watch this week.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Muddy reviews: Feuerstein Nature Family Resort, Italy

    Muddy reviews: Feuerstein Nature Family Resort, Italy

    Looking for an easy to reach, hassle-free, action-packed family getaway? This South Tyrol playground ticks all the boxes for a year-round Muddy escape.

    • Top five family travel trends

      Top five family travel trends

      From far-flung adventures to amazing festivals and multi-generational getaways, here’s the definitive Muddy Travels guide of where to head next with your brood.

    • A taste of Valletta

      A taste of Valletta

      Malta’s capital has a food scene on fire right now so we just had to sample it on a whirlwind city break, enjoying the amazing architecture, culture and buzzy bars along the way.

Home

  • Make this harissa roasted aubergine tonight!

    Make this harissa roasted aubergine tonight!

    The perfect light, cosy autumn supper, this dish is quick but packs a big flavour punch. Finish with a hefty hit of chilli oil from the Oxford-based Fino, just ranked in The Times’ top 50 tastiest foods.

    • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

      Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

      Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we’ve partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

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Life

  • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

  • Kids

    • Half Term: Spooky Stonor Park for kids

      Half Term: Spooky Stonor Park for kids

      A spooky outdoor treasure trail, pumpkin carving and stone-baked Halloween pizzas? Mini Muddies will be screaming for all the right reasons thanks to Stonor Park’s half term offering

    • The 24 best fireworks displays across Bucks and Oxon

      The 24 best fireworks displays across Bucks and Oxon

      Kaboom! Enjoy Bonfire Night in style with our pick of the top local events. Much better than DIY-ing it: fun, food, and no chance of the rockets falling over and shooting into the house (guilty!)

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

Instamuddy

  • 🧀 CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE PLEASE! 🧀 We’ve teamed up with @barburyhill (your one stop shop for the best of British foodie independents) to give one Muddy follower this £45 hamper of small-batch organic cheese and cured meats - perfect fodder for your dinner party nibbles or autumn picnic. 
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TO WIN 
🧀 Follow @muddybucksoxon & @barburyhill 
🧀 Let us know your favourite cheese in the comments 
🧀 Share the love by tagging three friends who would love to win 
🧀 For an extra entry save this post (hit the bookmark) and share this post to your story! 
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T&Cs: Competition closes 3 Nov 2021 | Once notified the winner will have 24 hours to respond and claim their prize | Prize cannot be exchanged for cash | Competition not associated with Instagram
  • This picture perfect village BRAND NEW on Best Places to Live 2022 in Buckinghamshire has a super-cool Scandi café (with some of the best cinnamon buns in Bucks), the longest wine wall in Bucks, stunning @turn_end_trust gardens to explore, an annual scarecrow competition (swipe to see Cliff Richard in hay form 😂) and super-speedy commute to London. Want to know where it is? Swipe for clues and hit the link in bio to see if you’re right (and read why it’s so good). In association with @struttandparker 🏡
  • 🔥Foodie news coming in HOT🔥 On the menu this week: sexy new pubs and restaurants (including brand new @thealiceoxford at @macdonaldrandolphhotel - how gorgeous are these interiors?!), Danish juice bars (hello @joeandthejuice!) and more slathering deliciousness all around Bucks & Oxon. Tuck in at the link in bio🍴
  • This is not a drill, grab the Kleenex as @adele is BACK (and seriously, how amazing does she look in this @britishvogue shoot?!) with her first single in five years Easy on Me 🎶 The song dropped at midnight and has already racked up over 21 MILLION views on YouTube - but is it worth the hype? Watch the video at the link in bio and let us know what you think in the comments👇 Now we wait for the album on 19 Nov…
  • 💥🏡 BRAND NEW on  #MuddyBestPlacestoLive2022 in Oxfordshire (in association with @struttandparker), this buzzing town on the Oxon/Glos border by the River Windrush ticks all the boxes for the Cotswolds idyll: handsome stone architecture, ANOB vistas and a thriving shopping and hospitality scene (hello Muddy Award-winning The Lamb Inn @cotswoldinns!). Take the tour at the link in bio.
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Would you live here? Let us know in the comments 👇
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Fashion

  • 6 of the best… trench coats

    6 of the best… trench coats

    It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

    • Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      With autumn being peak PJs-on-the-sofa season – hey, it’s raining again, let’s stay in!- it’s the ideal time to round up our favourites to buy now. Just add slippers.

    • Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      With autumn being peak PJs-on-the-sofa season – hey, it’s raining again, let’s stay in!- it’s the ideal time to round up our favourites to buy now. Just add slippers.

  • Beauty

People

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

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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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2021

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2021

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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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