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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

The mercury's rising once again, but we have just the thing! Beat the heat in style with one of these pretty yet practical fans, including a lovely local buy.

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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

  • TV Time! 6 best new things to watch this week

    TV Time! 6 best new things to watch this week

    Remotes at the ready! From the latest unmissable BBC drama starring Nicola Walker and Sean Bean, to a gripping Netflix true crime documentary here’s Muddy’s weekly rundown.

    • Book now: Henley Country Craft Show

      Book now: Henley Country Craft Show

      Diaries out! Indie businesses are popping up in their hundreds in Henley later this month. Here’s everything you need to know plus the chance to bag FREE tickets.

    • Watch these! 6 hot new shows out this week

      Watch these! 6 hot new shows out this week

      Get set for a week of great telly from the latest fantasy DC comic adaptation to Disney Pixar’s Lightyear and the latest remake of Father of the Bride.

    • Tune in! 6 of the best things to watch this week

      Tune in! 6 of the best things to watch this week

      Stream your way through tears with Olivia Colman, a gritty true crime drama with Daisy Edgar Jones and the latest Apple TV miniseries from the director of I May Destroy You

    • First night: Chicago, New Theatre Oxford

      First night: Chicago, New Theatre Oxford

      On the hottest night ever in the UK, I headed off to central Oxford to watch this iconic musical starring Fay Brookes and Lee Mead. But was it sizzling for all the right reasons?

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

    Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

    Looking for a Cornish escape for the whole crew with serious wow-factor? It doesn’t come much more stylish or slick than this reimagined country house in St Issey.

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  • Forget the stilettos 👠👠 (shock horror!), the cotton napkins and, in many cases, the cutlery… I've rounded up the best places for a rustic snack and a saunter in the sunshine in Bucks and Oxon this week. Think fabulous scenery, wholesome food and views you can drink in…
  • Hot off the presses! The latest Great Taste Award winners have just been crowned and we have a whopping 122 products here in Bucks & Oxon from over 30 brilliant businesses that have scooped up either one, two or three stars. Take a look at the full line up, then scoff & quaff your way through them all!
  • 🍰 WIN AFTERNOON TEA! 🫖 Ah, my favourite week of the year - #AfternoonTeaWeek! To celebrate, I've teamed up with @thealiceoxford at The Randolph to give away a Champagne afternoon tea for two, worth £100 - I'm talking smoked salmon sarnies, fresh fruit scones, raspberry macarons… the works! 
To win:
☕️ Follow @muddybucksoxon & @thealiceoxford
☕️ Answer this question in the comments: Wha comes first - Cream or Jam? 
☕️ Tag three friends (1 tag = 1 entry) 
☕️ For an extra entry like and save this post and share to your story

Don't want to leave it to Lady Luck? Head to the site for our round up of the 60 best afternoon teas to book acorss the Muddy counties.

T&Cs: Comp closes 23 Aug | Once contacted the winner will have 24 hours to claim prize | Prize cannot be exchanged for cash | Voucher must be redeemed within 6 months | Comp not associated with Instagram"
  • Did you know @gailsbakery in #Summertown has a gorgeous hidden garden out the back? It's a brilliant coffee date spot - cool, shady, and packed with vegetation and plants. You're also a two minute stroll from South Parade with its indie fashion boutique @vanillaoxford gorgeous little health food and beauty shop @wildhoneylove, @grapemindsoxfordshire – a cracking indie off licence, and the inventive theatre @thenorthwall. 

So, do you fancy a coffee and a croissant? Muddy has £500 in GAIL's vouchers to give away to two Muddy followers - enough for a whole summer of sipping, scoffing - and then some!
  • No drama llama! (OK these guys are actually alpacas - but nothing rhymes with that 🤣)🦙

Fashion

  • Hot specs: seven sexy sunglasses that shine

    Hot specs: seven sexy sunglasses that shine

    Hello heatwave! Protect those baby-blues from the rays and look super-chic with our pick of the loveliest sunnies from local stores and boutiques across Bucks & Oxon.

    • Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

      Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

      Muddy’s teamed up with luxury open-air shopping destination Bicester Village to explore Oxfordshire’s most gorgeous fashion, eating and shopping destinations. Let’s go!

    • 12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      Want your bikini with full eco credibility but also 100% watertight on style? Make a splash with these brilliant swimwear brands. Just add SPF and a cold drink.

  • Beauty

    • Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Fancy glowing skin, a sculpted jawline or a tighter bum? No need to go under the knife – we’ve scoured the Muddy counties for the best non-invasive treatments in top-rated salons.

    • Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Fancy a new lippie, liner or luxe shampoo? Ready your makeup bags (and your credit card) – we’ve scoured the country for the best new beauty shops and pop-ups this summer

People

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • Life lessons with The Guilty Feminist

      Life lessons with The Guilty Feminist

      Love the podcast? Don’t we all? Good news to all guilty feminists – its creator is coming to Oxford this month. We grabbed the super-talented Deborah Francis-White for a Muddy chinwag.

    • My favourite places: Hannah Heys, textiles champion

      My favourite places: Hannah Heys, textiles champion

      Trust an artist to have an eye for lovely local places! With her Hand Crafted exhibition on now at Queen’s Park Arts Centre, textile artist and Bucks local Hannah Heys chats under-the-radar gems.

    • Muddy meets Sleeper frontwoman Louise Wener

      Muddy meets Sleeper frontwoman Louise Wener

      We copied her hairdo and indie style back in the ’90s, now Sleeper singer and guitarist Louise Wener is back on stage with the band: cooler and more confident than ever.

    • Gotta Have It: 90s legends in Lego

      Gotta Have It: 90s legends in Lego

      Can you guess which nineties girl band is being immortalised in a 578 piece Logo brick set 25 years after their iconic album release? Read on to find out!

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

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2022

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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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