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I'm Katrina, editor of Muddy Herts & Beds, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Muddy Awards 2022

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  • 7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

    7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

    The faintest whiff of summer sun and you’ll find us out in the garden, chilled spritz in hand. And to sit at? One of these seven totally chic bistro sets, darling!

    • How to nail the perfect picnic

      How to nail the perfect picnic

      The sun’s out – quick, grab the wicker basket! If you’re partial to a picnic (I mean, who isn’t?) here’s some inspo on how to pimp up your al fresco feast – including £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

    • 10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf

      10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf

      It’s World Gin Day on 11 June, so what better way to celebrate than with a glass of the good stuff? Here’s our pick – including some local ones of course – that’ll look as good on your shelf as they taste in your tonic.

  • Wellbeing

    • 6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      Do you struggle to snooze? We’ve nobbled the pros at Healthily for the latest scientific thinking on how to conquer insomnia. Cue, walnuts, pink noise – and orgasms.

    • 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!

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  • Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists!

    Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists!

    Your nominations have been totted up and the results are in! Here are your amazing Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists in Herts & Beds. Vote to crown your local champions now!

  • Kids

    • Seven reasons your kids will love Camp Beaumont this summer

      Seven reasons your kids will love Camp Beaumont this summer

      Wondering how to keep your child entertained during the long summer school holidays? Camp Beaumont offers fun, flexibility and a feast of fabulous activities for kids and teenagers.

    • St Columba’s College, St Albans

      St Columba’s College, St Albans

      This Catholic school puts equal stock in moral guidance as it does in academia, making for well-rounded young people, eager to reach their full potential and give something back to the wider community.

    • Summer holidays – sorted!
    • Summer holidays – sorted!

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  • Wondering how to keep your child entertained during the long summer school holidays? @campbeaumont_daycamps offers fun, flexibility and a feast of fabulous activities for young kids and teens. Find out more at the link in bio. #holidaycamp #kidscamps #summerholidays #schoolholidaycamps
  • Choosing a family holiday is never easy – you want culture and great food, your other half wants to sunbathe, the kids demand a waterslide, and your teens want to ignore you! The good news is that @disneycruiseline will tick all of those boxes, and then some. Even better, it’s introducing brand new European travel routes for 2023 and Muddy has the inside track. Link in bio.
  • If you're after an authentic country pub with a warm welcome (inc kids and dogs - the more the merrier!) hidden gem @alfordarms on the edge of Ashridge Forest, ticks all the boxes. A favourite with walkers and foodies alike, thanks to its seasonally changing menu packed with local ingredients, it's got a well-earned spot in Muddy's Little Black Book, too. Read all about it at the link in bio. #countrypub #hertfordshirepub #muddystilettoslittleblackbook
  • Fancy a fun family day out @gbfoodfestival in Knebworth Park on 16-17 July? There'll be celeb chef demos, a bake stage, craft stalls, kids' activities, foraging walks... and that's before you get to the 100+ street food stalls hawking tasty treats. Want a slice of the action? Enter now at the link in bio! #foodfestival #greatbritishfoodfestival

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People

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • Gotta Have It: 90s legends in Lego

      Gotta Have It: 90s legends in Lego

      Can you guess which girl band is being immortalised in Lego 25 years after their iconic album release?

    • Muddy meets… Ray Mears

      Muddy meets… Ray Mears

      He’s the guy you’d want by your side if you ever, erm, got lost in the wilderness… Yep, it’s Ray Mears, aka the Father of British bushcraft and he’s coming to our ‘hood with his new show, We Are Nature. We caught up with him to find out more.

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