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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

It's Christmaaaaas! Treat yourself to some festive glam, and pick up some some gorgeous stocking fillers in one fell swoop at Next Beauty & Home's shopping event (11-12 Dec).

Gotta have it

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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  • 20 Autumn roasts with the most

    20 Autumn roasts with the most

    Can’t be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs and let the experts do the hard work


  • Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    It’s freezing! Definitely the only excuse you need to catch up on some sofa time. On our watchlist this week: Benedict Cumberbatch’s cowboy “career-best”, on-demand opera, award-winning BBC comedy, and more.

    • Review: Rapunzel at Chipping Norton Theatre

      Review: Rapunzel at Chipping Norton Theatre

      A princess in Doc Martens, a rockstar weasel, pirates, parsley and general pandemonium – this year’s panto has officially arrived at Chippy Norton. But did Muddy like it? (Spoiler: Oh, yes we did!)

    • Stumped? Here’s 6 new books for gifting

      Stumped? Here’s 6 new books for gifting

      On the lookout for a new read, or scouring the shelves for Christmas gifts? The team at Gerrards Cross Bookshop are in the know – here’s their pick of the hot new releases to buy now, from memoirs to thrillers to sport and music

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  • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    What better inspo for giving your career a shake-up than the story of a creative genius who defied her generation and became a living legend. We’ve found the best books that embrace the Clarice Cliff spirit…

  • Kids

    • Radley College, Abingdon

      Radley College, Abingdon

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

    • Stowe School, Stowe, Buckinghamshire

      Stowe School, Stowe, Buckinghamshire

      A stunning setting across 750 acres, incredible facilities and a growing reputation for its academics has put all-rounder co-ed Stowe School on must-see lists.

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


  • ‘I love Muddy?’ Who doesn’t?! 😉 Loving these neat water bottle covers from @bottle_soc for a stocking filler this year. And the clincher? They’re local - based in Wallingford! Staying hydrated never looked so stylish - link in bio 😘
  • 🍔 GIVEAWAY ALERT 🍔 Fancy a festive feast for your next date night?🎄Then you’re going to want to win this meal kit for two from Muddy fave @dirtyboneslondon featuring the Truffled Mac Daddy burger (available for veggies or carnivores), fried tater tots, crispy roasted sprouts (*drool*) and Rum Baby Rum cocktail - all delivered down your chimney wrapped in a neat little bow (ok, it’s to your door but you get the picture!). Here’s how to bag yourself this festive treat: 

🎄 Follow @muddybucksoxon & @dirtyboneslondon 
🎄Comment your favourite Christmas song 
🎄Tag three friends 
🎄And for an extra entry share and save this post (hit the bookmark icon) 

T&Cs: Competition closes 8 Dec 2021 | Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize | Competition not associated with Instagram | Competition open to UK residents only| Entrants must be 18+
  • 😍 Yurt goals! 😍 Starting life as a café back in 2017, @theyurtatnicholsons has recently been transformed into a chic, rustic restaurant (Insta-catnip or what?!). I stopped for lunch to test out the new menu - read my review at the link in bio🍴😋
  • Here comes the sun… starting the day right with a frosty morning walk and something strong in my thermos flask (I mean coffee, duh!)



  • 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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Muddy Stiletto Awards 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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