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  • The best open air theatres

    Go on, breathe in the culture! The Bard, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll and Edith Nesbit get the outdoor theatre treatment in some of the loveliest locations in Bucks & Oxon this summer. Don't forget your picnic...

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    Wicker basket packed?

    On the back of National Picnic Week we're scoffing scotch eggs and heading off to Bucks & Oxon's 20 top picnic spots.

  • Popcorn + Pop-up

    The best outdoor cinemas in our 'hood this summer. Just add popcorn, a hot date and that all-important brolly.

  • Summer hols saviours!

    Desperately seeking summer holiday activities for your little darlings? The good news is there's loads going on and you're not too late. Sporty, arty or just plain feral, we've got something to suit all tastes.

  • Step into my office…

    We've adjourned to the outdoor meeting room here at Muddy HQ now the sun is shining. Here's our top garden furniture picks to snazz up your summer.

  • Gardener’s paradise

    It feels a bit strange writing about a trip outdoors on a day as miserable as this, but the weather is supposed to perk up over the next few days, so my optimism may yet prevail. I visited Rousham Gardens over the summer with my mum (below, demonstrating the biggest tree trunk I’ve ever seen), […]

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    If you have grand designs for your garden this year, check out the striking work of award-winning Oxfordshire sculptor David Harber. I've got my eye on this bronze beauty - isn't she pretty?

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    See this: Christmas at Blenheim

    I think it's fair to say that when Blenheim Palace decides to do something, it does it with bells, whistles, fanfares and a whole lot of style. The new illuminated Christmas walkway is no different.

  • Let’s PARTY!!! Cornwell Manor opens for guests

    Whoo-hoo! I’m so excited to tell you about this because I know Cornwell Manor – I had a sneaky peaky around it last year (friend of a friend stuff) – and I’m not kidding, it’s one of the loveliest manor houses in the Cotswolds. It’s a total stonker. Cornwell Manor is close to Chipping Norton […]

  • Watlington: small but perfectly formed

    I haven’t had a Muddy day out in one town for a while – the last one was Chipping Norton last summer – but they’re good fun to do and always surprising too, because what you see from the car window on the main road never tells the story. That’s definitely the case for Watlington, […]

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