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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

Summer is coming and boy do we need some sunshine and some good vibes. Make everyone smile with these terrific Ts.

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The most coveted awards for indie businesses across 25 counties. Vote from 6th July!

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  • Review: Cooking & Carafes Cookalong

    Review: Cooking & Carafes Cookalong

    If you’re stuck in a foodie rut or lack a bit of confidence in the kitchen, Cooking & Carafes’ virtual cookalongs offer a relaxed way to up your skills and have fun while you’re at it. I logged on to give one a try.

    • 10 ways to take the drama out of divorce

      10 ways to take the drama out of divorce

      We know the 'D' word isn't a pleasant one but it doesn't have to become a drama-fuelled slanging match if you follow this expert advice.

    • 10 ways to feel fabulous for summer

      10 ways to feel fabulous for summer

      Waistbands on your summer threads feeling a little tighter than they used to? Give yourself a break - ditch the post-lockdown diet and follow these feel-good tips from Registered Nutritionist, Charlotte Radcliffe, instead

Little Black Book

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

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  • Revealed! The winner of our £1,000 Tide competition

    Revealed! The winner of our £1,000 Tide competition

    Last year wasn’t all a disaster! Meet Joanne Cuckson, founder of an innovative job search website, and find out how she plans to use her winnings to increase gender diversity in her sector.

  • Kids

    • Their words: what kids really think of online school

      Their words: what kids really think of online school

      What if you're too scared to put your hand up in class, too exhausted to get out of bed, struggle with SEN, or too busy playing golf? Four kids explain why they made the switch and what they think of life at InterHigh, an online school.

    • Bedford School, Bedfordshire

      Bedford School, Bedfordshire

      One of the top independent boys’ schools in the country, Bedford School excels in sport, the arts and empathy, has a glittering alumni and offers exceptional preparation for the future.

  • Review: Cooking & Carafes Cookalong
  • Review: Cooking & Carafes Cookalong

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  • Ding dong! From intimate private rooms to rustic barns and stunning hotels, NOMINATE the most gorgeous wedding venue in your locale by clicking the link in bio 💒  Supported by @debenhamsottaway #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
  • The battle for the best Local Producer (Food/Drink) has begun! NOMINATE (link in bio) the dedicated foodies who bring you the eggs, meat, artisan beer, gin, wine, cheeses, oils and more for a Muddy Award 🧀 🍷 Supported by @debenhamsottaway #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
  • Which Photographer will snap up a prestigious Muddy Award this year? You decide! NOMINATE the creative talent behind that perfect family shot, stunning landscape or lifestyle image now, click the link in bio 📷 Supported by @debenhamsottaway #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
  • What Interiors Store do you rely on to deck out your casa with the coolest, quirkiest homewares and furnishings? Show your local champion some love by nominating them now (link in bio) 😍 Supported by @debenhamsottaway #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
  • Ohhh we love a good Restaurant - and we’re spoilt for choice in our locale. Cast your gastronomic NOMINATION for your favourite fine dining spot or informal restaurant with a great buzz 🍽️ Supported by @debenhamsottaway #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
  • Want to say a big thank you to the Hair Salon that transformed your lockdown tresses? Then NOMINATE them for a coveted Muddy Award this year. Click the link in bio 💇 Supported by @debenhamsottaway #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
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  • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

    Rent your clothes like Carrie!

    Ethical, eco and everywhere – with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here’s where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it's the Med or the back garden, it's time to splash out. Whether it's eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we've found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

    • Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      The weather's perked up - time for new sunnies! We have you covered with our guide to the hottest frames to suit your face shape this summer.  Just don't sit on them. 

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    • How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      Forget pale and interesting... we're channelling the St Tropez vibe, minus the orange tint. Here are some lotions and potions for a natural-looking tan without the UV damage

    • Brilliant Brazilian – Muddy bares all

      Brilliant Brazilian – Muddy bares all

      Summer's here and the bikini's going on (even if it is just in the garden for now), but not before some serious de-fuzzing. After years of using razors and hair removal creams, I signed up to my first. ever. wax... Read on to find out more.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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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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Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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