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3-20 MAY 2022

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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

When one destination isn't enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF - the cruise.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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Culture

  • Local art we’re lusting after

    Local art we’re lusting after

    It’s Oxfordshire ArtWeeks and all around the county the familiar yellow and blue bunting is popping up. Here’s our pick of ceramics, glass, sculpture, painting and more

    • Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

      Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

      Need something new to watch this week? You’ve come to the right place! From a freshly funny new talk show to an indulgent crime thriller, this is the best of the best.

    • 9 outdoor cinemas to book now

      9 outdoor cinemas to book now

      Nothing says summer like an alfresco night out watching fab movies under the stars. From gardens to amphitheatres, here’s where to head, popcorn and blanket at the ready

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Eat, sleep, repeat! Food and travel go together like, err, gin and tonic (cheers!) and if you find top nosh plays a key part in making your holiday a success, perhaps it’s time to take things a step further and make it the central focus?

    • The best cruise holidays for 2023

      The best cruise holidays for 2023

      When one destination isn’t enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF – the cruise.

    • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

Home

  • 45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    Thinking of a redesign? From classic Shaker styles to sleek contemporary cabinets, these kitchen design companies across the Muddy counties know just what they’re doing.

    • A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      This Mediterranean twist on roast potatoes, with coriander and olives, makes a perfect side dish, or the main event for lunch alongside a crisp green salad.

    • 8 gorgeous new gardening books

      8 gorgeous new gardening books

      Bountiful borders, striped lawn and artfully placed sculptures here we come, but first, sit down, grab a coffee and get lost in the sublime pages of these beauties (those weeds can wait another hour or so)

  • Wellbeing

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

    • Review: Bodhi Tree Spa, Chalfont St Peter

      Review: Bodhi Tree Spa, Chalfont St Peter

      Seeking relaxation? With its eastern inspired, holistic approach to beauty and wellness (and excellent treatment list) this bijoux Muddy Award-winning day spa is the perfect place to zen out.

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Life

  • 5 ways weddings have changed for 2022 and beyond

    5 ways weddings have changed for 2022 and beyond

    How does the big white wedding look in a post-pandemic world? We asked the Muddy Award-winning team behind The Tythe Barn in Bicester.

  • Kids

    • Cokethorpe School (Prep), Witney

      Cokethorpe School (Prep), Witney

      A selective, co-ed independent school set in 150 acres of dreamy Oxfordshire parkland. Though academics are well looked after, there’s a refreshing emphasis on letting kids enjoy being kids.

    • Radley College, Radley

      Radley College, Radley

      With its stunning 800 acre grounds, seriously impressive facilities and strong results, this prestigious all boys full boarding school needs no introduction

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

Instamuddy

  • Get a moooove on (sorry couldn’t resist 🤣) - you only have until Friday 5pm to nominate your fave #Bucks & #Oxon indies in the first round of the #MuddyAwards2022! 🐄 Click the link in bio to nominate now 😘
  • 💐 BLOOMIN’ HECK! 💐 Who will be crowned the best Florist in #Bucks & #Oxon? You decide! NOMINATE now at the link in bio - and quick! - the nominations round closes in two days. #MuddyAwards2022  #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @lightfoots_solicitors
  • Guess where I’ve been! (No don’t, it’s too easy). It’s the fourth time I’ve seen The National Theatre’s multi award-winning ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime’ and I’m still loving it. Took my 13 and 14 year olds to @wycombeswan for the first night and they were blown away - it’s a great play for teens if you’re looking for something to take them to -  so much physicality and energy (and swearing). Go if you get the chance. 
#curiousincidentofthedoginthenighttime #playsforteens #bationaltheatre #wycombeswan #buckinghamshire #contemporarytheatre #urbanguidetothecountryside
  • Staycationing this summer? From sunny seaside escapes ☀️to stylish city breaks 👠, click the link in bio for 23 bang-up-to-date insider guides to the hottest UK holiday destinations across the Muddy counties for 2022 (including #Oxford), curated by Muddy’s on-the-ground editors. Nobody knows it better than Muddy Stilettos! 🤩
  • We’re spoilt for choice for fabulous restaurants in #Bucks & #Oxon - but which one do you love the most?🍴Cast your gastronomic NOMINATION for your favourite fine dining spot or informal restaurant with a great buzz at the link in bio. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @lightfoots_solicitors

Fashion

  • 10 buys for World Bee Day

    10 buys for World Bee Day

    Hey, if it’s for the little black and yellow fellas, then who are we to argue with a shopping spree to celebrate World Bee Day (20 May)? Here are 10 on-trend buys we’re totally buzzing about

People

  • The Guilty Feminist on tour!

    The Guilty Feminist on tour!

    Love the podcast? Good news – 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, local artist

      My favourite places: Hannah Heys, local artist

      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.

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