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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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Gotta Have It

Phew it's been a scorcher, but we have just the thing! Beat the heat in style with one of these pretty yet practical fans, including lovely local buys.

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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Eat

  • Smokin’! Best barbecue restaurants

    Smokin’! Best barbecue restaurants

    Bored of your bog standard burgers and bangers burnt to a crisp? It’s time to elevate your barbecue experience, sister, and we know where to get your fix in Herts & Beds.

    • 60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

      60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

      It’s Afternoon Tea Week (8-14 Aug) and we’ve found the 60 best places across the Muddy counties to get your fix. But you’d better book ’em fast — here today, scone tomorrow.

    • Local stars in the Great Taste Awards

      Local stars in the Great Taste Awards

      Award-winning local food and drink, you say? Hot off the press, the latest Great Taste Award winners have just been crowned. Take a look at the line-up of Herts & Beds producers

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

    Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

    Looking for a Cornish escape for the whole crew with serious wow-factor? It doesn’t come much more stylish or slick than this reimagined country house in St Issey.

Home

  • 6 of the best summer wines

    6 of the best summer wines

    If you’re often found staring at the wine shelves bamboozled by choice, read this expert guide to what to drink in the sun with food, friends and just for fun.

    • 12 blooming gorgeous local flower farms

      12 blooming gorgeous local flower farms

      With sustainability on all our minds, buying locally grown, seasonal flowers is a no-brainer! Herts and Beds have an abundance of flower farms and PYOs that not only sell beautiful blooms, but offer workshops, coffee and cake, too. Here’s our pick of the bunch.

    • How to fill your home with summer scents

      How to fill your home with summer scents

      You don’t need to step into a garden to enjoy summer’s heady fragrances – here are 15 ways to enjoy your favourite flower and herb aromas in your living spaces. Breathe it in!

  • Wellbeing

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Life

  • Pop the corks – it’s the Muddy Awards drinks!

    Pop the corks – it’s the Muddy Awards drinks!

    You did it, they did it, we all did it! The Muddy Awards are over for 2022. See what happened when our local winners came together to celebrate at The Farmhouse at Redcoats. Let the celebrations commence!

  • Kids

Instamuddy

  • Fancy winning a hamper of yummy food to share with five friends in the gorgeous wildflower meadow @carpentersnursery @pottingshedsta? Enter our Reader Treat by Friday (19 Aug) at the link in bio. Can't wait? You can book your luxury picnic experience (until 4 Sept) by emailing enquiries@pottingshedcafe.com with your name and phone number. #picnic #farmshop #nursery #stalbans
  • Dragging your way through the summer hols? Here’s a helping hand from Muddy to keep the kids busy for the next couple of weeks, including town beaches, big screens and activity clubs. The best bit? They won’t cost you a penny! Check them out at the link in bio #freeactivities #kidsactivities #thingstodowiththekids #hertfordshire #bedfordshire
  • Yee-ha! Kevin Costner's ranch drama Yellowstone is the most-watched U.S. TV show ever and Season 4 lands TODAY on @paramountplus. Read why it's Muddy's new TV obsession at the link, then saddle up to binge-watch it yourself 🐎
  • Looking for something fun to do next weekend? Always! Head to Bishop's Stortford for @southmillarts Pride weekend, which kicks off on 19 Aug with LoUis CYfer - London’s Drag King extraordinaire - bringing the (adults only) laughs and a spot of karaoke (participation optional!). Then on 20th there's a free festival with stalls, live music, hip hop dance, tattoo art exhibition, selfie booth and crafts for kids.#pride
  • If you're often found staring at the wine shelves bamboozled by choice (erm, guilty!) read this expert guide from Muddy Award winning bar and wine shop, @weevinoteca, to find out what to drink in the sun with food, friends and just for fun. And you could WIN the lot! Head to the link in bio to read more and enter! 🍷Cheers! #summerwine
  • It doesn't get much better than a traditional English picnic, and this one ticks all the boxes - a luxury hamper of homemade goodies in a beautiful wildflower meadow with friends and family, courtesy of @carpentersnursery  in St Albans. Yes please! Enter at the lin in bio

Fashion

  • Biggest fan! 8 funky hand fans to buy now

    Biggest fan! 8 funky hand fans to buy now

    Phew it’s been a scorcher, but we have just the thing! Beat the heat in style with one of these pretty yet practical fans, including lovely local buys.

    • Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

      Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

      Muddy’s teamed up with luxury open-air shopping destination Bicester Village to explore Oxfordshire’s most gorgeous fashion, eating and shopping destinations. Let’s go!

    • 12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      Want your bikini with full eco credibility but also 100% watertight on style? Make a splash with these brilliant swimwear brands. Just add SPF and a cold drink.

  • Beauty

    • Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Fancy glowing skin, a sculpted jawline or a tighter bum? No need to go under the knife – we’ve scoured the Muddy counties for the best non-invasive treatments in top-rated salons.

    • Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Fancy a new lippie, liner or luxe shampoo? Ready your makeup bags (and your credit card) – we’ve scoured the country for the best new beauty shops and pop-ups this summer

People

  • My favourite places: Gemma Crawley-Roberts

    My favourite places: Gemma Crawley-Roberts

    We asked Gemma, owner of quirky local art and gift shop, The Arc, to share some of her favourite places to eat, drink and shop in her hometown of Bedford.

    • 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!

    • Muddy meets Rogue Otherworld

      Muddy meets Rogue Otherworld

      It’s outdoor theatre as you’ve never seen it before – wild, magical and at one with nature. We caught up with the Muddy Cornwall Award winning theatre co coming to Herts this month, to find out more.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

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