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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

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.

Gotta have it

The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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Eat

  • Local bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO 

    Local 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? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these 11 drool-worthy bakeries instead.

    • Review: Pluma, Old Amersham

      Review: Pluma, Old Amersham

      Is this the best tapas restaurant in Buckinghamshire? Read on for the Muddy lowdown on Muddy Awards 2021 finalist Pluma in elegant Old Amersham

    • 30 pub gardens for late summer lounging

      30 pub gardens for late summer lounging

      Summer ain’t over yet! Here’s to alfresco basking and plenty of booze. These are the best pub gardens in Bucks and Oxon from snazzy pods to our favourite local beer gardens. Cheers!

Culture

  • Feet up! What to watch on TV this week

    Feet up! What to watch on TV this week

    Don’t miss our weekly round-up of the best things on the box. Iconic panel show reboots, big-budget sci-fi, and a cheeky little baking competition… here’s what to watch this week.

    • Autumn reads: 8 new books for September

      Autumn reads: 8 new books for September

      Page turners, psychological dramas, a who dunnit and the latest book from the writer of Big Little Lies. We’ve got your next book club/sofa/commute read… sorted.

    • New TV alert! 6 shiny things dropping this week

      New TV alert! 6 shiny things dropping this week

      We’re getting into prime autumn telly season, with three — count them, three! — hotly-awaited series returns this week. Read all about them (as well as the other shiny new releases) here…

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

    • The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      Stunning beaches, beautiful broads and bijou boltholes plus a vibrant capital city – Norfolk is one of our favourite year-round staycation destinations. Ready to ‘Do Different’?

Home

  • 10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    Fell in love with rural life on your staycay? Us too. Quick, before the market turns: check out these absolutely stunning farms to snap up across the Muddy counties (and beyond).

    • Gardening jobs to do in September

      Gardening jobs to do in September

      Who better to advise on what to plants, prune and ignore than Charlotte Tremlin, head gardener at Wormsley, the Getty family’s private estate in the Chilterns

    • Expert tips to ease the stress of moving home

      Expert tips to ease the stress of moving home

      Making your property sale smooth and speedy is all down to forward planning and asking the right questions. We got the inside track from our friends at local solicitors, Lightfoots

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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.

    • Ashfold School, Dorton, Mid Bucks

      Ashfold School, Dorton, Mid Bucks

      Muddy says: This bucolic co-ed prep school for day pupils and boarders in the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire is family-oriented with a deserved reputation for its all-rounder offering.

    • Winchester House School, Brackley, Northants

      Winchester House School, Brackley, Northants

      An excellent non-selective co-ed day and boarding school (3-13 yrs) on the Bucks/Oxon/Northants borders with a strong all-rounder reputation and an impressive head.

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

Instamuddy

  • Did someone say heart shaped glitterball? In case you missed this year’s @henleyfestival take a look at what went down at the boujie festival 💃 Don’t forget to keep an eye out to book tickets next year, pass us the champers 😍

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  • Don’t mind me lurking by the bar (hey, there’s a 35-strong Spanish wine list)😂 The latest addition to Old Amersham’s excellent growing foodie scene (hello @artichokechef, @gilbeysoldamersham, @thegrocershops, @griffinamersham) I think Muddy Awards finalist @pluma_amersham may well be the best tapas joint in the whole of Buckinghamshire! Read my brand new foodie review at the link in bio.
  • 🍁 GIVEAWAY 🍂 To celebrate the leaves changing from green to  gorgeous red-brick, crimson and gold from this month we’re giving away FIVE copies of brand new children’s book ‘When Plants Took Over The Planet’ by Dr Chris Thorogood, a botanist at University of Oxford. Beautifully illustrated, the book explores the magical, mystical world of plants throughout the ages and is a lovely way to get kids engaged in reading and the outdoors this season.
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  • The coolest bench ever! And the advice worked. I stopped, snapped my photo, then talked to the nice lady sitting on it. Thanks for the social prompt, #Abingdon.
  • Wanna raise the next @emmaraducanu? (Seriously, how amazing was her performance over the weekend - we are in awe?!) 💫 Hit the link in bio for the Muddy round-up of the best local next-level tennis centres, with everything from whizzy indoor facilities to pro training facilities and top coaches 🎾💫
  • Even more #MuddyAwards2021 content for your Saturday scrolling (we can’t help it, we want to do it all over again!) 👠

Fashion

  • Are you ready for the great 70s comeback?

    Are you ready for the great 70s comeback?

    9 to 5 The Musical, with Louise Redknapp no less!, is part of this season’s 70s mania – it’s on the fashion and beauty pages, our Pinterest boards and even on our plates.

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

    • How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      Forget pale and interesting… we’re channelling the St Tropez vibe, minus the orange tint. Here are some lotions and potions for a natural-looking tan without the UV damage

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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