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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

Oxford-based Jessica Tucker has already won an A-list following after taking her skills from the movie industry into her cheeky candle-making business

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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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Eat

Culture

  • Review: 9 to 5 the Musical, New Theatre Oxford

    Review: 9 to 5 the Musical, New Theatre Oxford

    9 to 5 the Musical will be making its living at the New Theatre Oxford until 22 Jan, so Muddy stumbled outta’ bed to catch opening night – but was it worth the high heels and 80s hairspray?

    • Culture’s calling! What to see in London in 2022

      Culture’s calling! What to see in London in 2022

      Thrilling theatre, exhilarating art, fantastic festivals – these are the tickets you need to book now. Settle in for a capital city culture hitlist, and a jam-packed 2022.

    • 20+ fab and free things to do this month

      20+ fab and free things to do this month

      Great intentions but small bank balance this month? We’ve got your back with a ton of ideas for a day out with mates, family or solo – from art and artefacts to winter walks and chatting books with a glass of wine.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

    Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

    Introducing the hottest new hotel openings around the world. Warning: contains images of sexy bedrooms, turquoise seas and infinity pools.

    • Green for go! 10 sustainable holidays

      Green for go! 10 sustainable holidays

      Want to do your bit for the environment while enjoying your hols? Check out these eco-friendly hot spots which are clean, green and keen on a bit of luxury too.

    • The must-read Muddy skiing guide

      The must-read Muddy skiing guide

      Want to book a ski holiday this year but not sure where to go? Snow problem! Whether you’re a family with beginners, hitting the après ski with friends or want an extreme mountain peak adventure, read on.

Home

  • Recipe: tasty vegan chocolate muffins

    Recipe: tasty vegan chocolate muffins

    Who says veganuary is no fun? These moist and light muffins from Oxon’s Muddy Award-winning Mrs Bun the Baker are super easy and the perfect guilt-free treat

    • House swap – what will £850k get you?

      House swap – what will £850k get you?

      Considering a move or just need a bit of escapism from the same four walls? We’ve popped £850k in the fantasy property pot, but what does that buy you across the Muddy counties?

    • 5 hottest interiors trends for 2022

      5 hottest interiors trends for 2022

      January means spending a lot of time hunkering down at home and with all that hunkering comes some hankering – and this month, we’re after a little interiors update. Here’s what’s hot for 2022.

  • Wellbeing

    • Megan Rossi’s Prebiotic Rocky Road

      Megan Rossi’s Prebiotic Rocky Road

      A traybake that’s actually good for your gut and tastes like a treat? Look no further than this clever recipe from the gut health expert’s new book

    • Commit to fit: 2022 events to train for now

      Commit to fit: 2022 events to train for now

      On your marks, get set, and go! Fancy challenging yourself in the new year? Then get booking onto these Bucks and Oxon races and triathlons. Lace up your trainers, take a breath, and dig deep.

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Life

  • 5 mistakes you’re probably making with your pension

    5 mistakes you’re probably making with your pension

    Buried in paperwork and sticking your head in the sand? Yup, us too… We asked the pros at Oxon’s Wise Investment about where we’re going wrong with that glam retirement plan and how to help make the pot bigger

  • Kids

    • Magdalen College School, Oxford

      Magdalen College School, Oxford

      An academically outstanding day school for boys 11-18 years and girls 16-18 years in the centre of Oxford.

    • 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!) and strong results.

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

Instamuddy

  • Slipped and ‘fell’ into a bottle of Pinot Grigio on girls’ night over the weekend? 😰 No fear, Muddy to the rescue with the definitive list of the best local bars to drink when you’re NOT drinking to nail your #DryJanuary goals. Insta-worthy mocktail for me, please!🍹Link in bio.
  • ✨ GIVEAWAY! ✨ Want to up your #shelfie game? (I’m pretty impressed with mine, if I do say so myself). Then you’re going to want to win one of these gorgeous bespoke candles from Oxford’s independent @tuckersfxcandles (Stormzy is a fan!) in either a cheeky booty or rose design, in a choice of colour and divine scent. I have two up for grabs worth £28 each - here’s how to win: 
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✨ Follow @tuckersfxcandles and @muddybucksoxon 
✨ Post your favourite emoji in the comments 
✨ Tag three friends 
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T&Cs: Comp closes 8 Feb | Once notified the winners will have 24 hours to claim prize | Prize cannot be exchanged | Comp not associated with Instagram
  • Now this is my kind of #BlueMonday! Introducing the hottest new hotel openings around the world at the link in bio (warning: may contain images of sexy bedrooms, turquoise seas and infinity pools) 💙 I’m thinking Mexico, New York then a first class flight to Greece - what about you? 😍
  • ✏️ WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW! 🖌 Want to write the next Bridgerton? Then click the link in bio to enter our latest Reader Treat to 💞WIN💞 a romance writing course with top creative writing agency @curtisbrowncreative worth £510. Saucy bestselling book series and Netflix deal, here we come!
  • Giving Veganuary or meat-free Mondays a go? From Insta-worthy plates and brilliant brunch to pub classics and fine dining, these 14 local veggie and vegan-friendly eateries pack a plant-based punch 🌱 Link in bio 🌱
  • ✨'Anything you need, Muddy Stilettos has got it!' ✨The fabulous @davinamccall and @mdlondon chat why they LOVE Muddy on this week's @makingthecutpodcast - from the power of the Muddy Awards 💪 to why Davina will be checking out Best Places to Live next time she moves house 🏡 Go listen!

Fashion

People

  • We’re hooked! Pantomime time with Jake Wood

    We’re hooked! Pantomime time with Jake Wood

    Eastenders is behind you! Muddy chats madcap pantos and Christmas plans with soap legend and Strictly star Jake Wood, ahead of his run as Captain Hook at the Wycombe Swan.

    • Muddy meets comedian Ed Byrne

      Muddy meets comedian Ed Byrne

      Why he gave up horticulture for comedy, plus his best warm-up joke… Funny man Ed chats to Muddy ahead of hitting the stage in High Wycombe and Milton Keynes…

    • Muddy meets Dom Holland (aka daddy Spiderman)

      Muddy meets Dom Holland (aka daddy Spiderman)

      Writer, funny man, and father of big star Tom Holland. Muddy sat down with Dominic Holland to chat life in the shadow of your eldest, stand up faux-pas, and his upcoming set at The Potters Arms.

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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Little Black Book

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

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