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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

Tired of your back giving you grief thanks to a shoddy home-office set-up? Work and homeschool in comfort with Muddy's list of Insta-worthy desks and chairs.

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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

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  • Get your finances into shape for 2021

    Get your finances into shape for 2021

    The fallout from Covid has shown how financial wellbeing is vital – and too often overlooked. Muddy limbers up for a money MOT in 2021.

  • Kids

    • FREE specialist fitness class for tweens and teens

      FREE specialist fitness class for tweens and teens

      FitLife Academy focuses on fun,safe online fitness classes for 10-15 year olds. Try for free and, if they like it, use our exclusive deal to keep them active (and out of your hair) all month!

    • Sibford School, Banbury

      Sibford School, Banbury

      A 50 acre Quaker co-ed day/boarding school for kids 3-18, near Banbury. A non-selective school with excellent SEN provision and a large intake of international students, it offers a high level of pastoral care and small class sizes.

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


  • Think you live in the best place in Oxfordshire? Then prove it! Cast your vote in Muddy’s Best Places to Live (link in bio) for the chance to win a year’s supply of artisan gin from local distillery @skywavegin_. Gloating and gin, the perfect combo. What’s your fave gin mixer? 💖
  • 🦞 Fancy a new local fine-dining foodie experience at home? Then let us introduce you to Thame's @ravenous_beasts delivering delicious three course meals (how does steak and lobster bisque sound?) straight to your door. Warning: may cause drooling. P.S they are launching mini beasts (boxes for the little ones) soon too!Link in bio for full review🦞
  • Snapped this pic of the gorgeous sunrise early yesterday morning before the snow fell☀️ Did anyone else enjoy the snow? ❄️
  • Ladies, loosen that corset lest you faint dead away! Regé-Jean Page has got us hot under the collar.... so we've got 12 more historical hotties just hit the link in bio to see 😍
Struggling to keep the littlun’s entertained? Don’t worry we’ve got you! Amazing local authors @goingwild1 have six of their latest books to give away, providing you and your kids with inspo for fun outdoor activities (with little prep you will be pleased to know). Get the wellies at the ready 🥳

📚Follow @goingwild1 and @muddybucksoxon
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📚And don’t forget to share the love by tagging a friend 😘
Competition closes on 12 Feb 2021/ this competition is not associated with Instagram/Entrants must reply within 24 hours to claim the prize/No cash prize alternative
  • Ok I’m not hardy enough to run in this cold! Let’s just admire how pretty the frost us with the fire on today, shall we? 
#buckinghamshire #oxfordshire #morningfrost #winter #lightthefire #wrapup #urbanguidetothecountryside

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