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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

Out with the scratched melamine, in with stylish cups, cocktail shakers, candelabra, and cutlery. Here's our guide to the wow accessories that will make your alfresco meal sparkle

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The Spring Edit

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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Little Black Book

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

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  • Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    The beginning of the year is always about renewal, resolutions and healthy regimes. But the fallout from Covid has shown how financial wellbeing is also vital – and too often overlooked. Muddy limbers up for a money MOT.

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    • St Margaret’s School, Bushey

      St Margaret’s School, Bushey

      Muddy says: A history-rich independent co-ed day and boarding school for pupils aged two to 18. Excels in the arts, empathy, diversity and sport, in addition to its strong academic results.

    • What’s on locally this Easter? We know!

      What’s on locally this Easter? We know!

      The Easter holidays are upon us, so fill the diary with egg hunts, cutey-pie animals and loads of fun-packed activities. Hop to it then!

  • 10 Brilliant Beer Gardens in Herts & Beds
  • 10 Brilliant Beer Gardens in Herts & Beds

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  • And they’re OPEN!!! 🛍🍽💇‍♀️💅🏻Happy re-#openingday and good luck to all our fabulous #local #shops, #salons, #pubs and #restaurants. We’ve missed you! Here are a few of my local ones that I passed on the nursery run this morning with their fab #windowdisplays (obviously there are tonnes more not pictured here!) We can’t wait to visit again! Where are you most looking forward to getting back to in your local area?Share your faves with us! @emmaustring @fancythattring @maggie_j_and_co  @themarkethousetring #shoplocal #buylocal #loveyourlocal #openforbusiness
  • But in what order?! #HelloFreedom
  • Happy Easter! 🐰🐣😍
  • The girls had great fun racing around Ashridge House's Alice in Wonderland Easter trail y'day - complete with chockie egg each at the end (sausage rolls for the grown-ups at the cafe, which is open for takeaway). To find out more or to take a looksie at other Easter fun to be had around Herts & Beds over the hols, just click the link in the bio! 

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#easter #easterholidays #easteractivities #eastertrails #easteregghunt #family #eastersunday
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  • Six lockdown heroines to celebrate IWD

    Six lockdown heroines to celebrate IWD

    It’s been a bit of a year so to mark International Women’s Day 2021, we thought we’d big up six women who have impressed, delighted and inspired us over the past 12 months.

    • Your local Indie Store heroes: Part Two

      Your local Indie Store heroes: Part Two

      As lockdown slowly lifts, it’s more important than ever to support local. Here, some of our Indie Store businesses in Beds recount their journey and show what makes them special.

    • The talented locals behind The Indie Store

      The talented locals behind The Indie Store

      As we gingerly step back into the real world, it’s more important than ever to support local. Here, some of our Indie Store businesses in Herts recount their journey and show what makes them special.

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

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2019

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2020

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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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