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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

There's loads of fab new sportswear in the shops and online at the moment. Hop, skip and jump this way for the Muddy edit.

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

  • 10 best local restaurants for Veganuary

    10 best local restaurants for Veganuary

    If you’ve been thinking about reducing your meat intake to help the environment, there’s no better time than the start of the new year. Try these local vegan restaurants and menus for size – they tick the eco-friendly box and deliver on taste, too.

Culture

  • 12 fun things to do this week

    12 fun things to do this week

    At a loose end over the next few days? Here’s Muddy to the rescue with the best of what’s on for the whole family across Herts & Beds.

    • Your 2022 local culture planner

      Your 2022 local culture planner

      Listen up culture vultures! The 2022 calendar is looking hot, with music, theatre, art, dance and more coming to Herts & Beds. So grab your diaries and read on to find out what you need to have on your radar this year!

    • The 7 best things on TV this week

      The 7 best things on TV this week

      We’ve got highbrow; lowbrow; cutting-edge starts; triumphant returns. All the TV worth watching — from the final series of Ricky Gervais’ After Life to a sweeping Shakespeare adaptation — is right here.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

    Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

    Introducing the hottest new hotel openings around the world. Warning: contains images of sexy bedrooms, turquoise seas and infinity pools.

    • Green for go! 10 sustainable holidays

      Green for go! 10 sustainable holidays

      Want to do your bit for the environment while enjoying your hols? Check out these eco-friendly hot spots which are clean, green and keen on a bit of luxury too.

    • The must-read Muddy skiing guide

      The must-read Muddy skiing guide

      Want to book a ski holiday this year but not sure where to go? Snow problem! Whether you’re a family with beginners, hitting the après ski with friends or want an extreme mountain peak adventure, read on.

Home

  • House swap – what will £850k get you?

    House swap – what will £850k get you?

    Considering a move or just need a bit of escapism from the same four walls? We’ve popped £850k in the fantasy property pot, but what does that buy you across the Muddy counties?

    • 5 hottest interiors trends for 2022

      5 hottest interiors trends for 2022

      January means spending a lot of time hunkering down at home and with all that hunkering comes some hankering – and this month, we’re after a little interiors update. Here’s what’s hot for 2022.

    • Spinach and ricotta ravioli – revamped!

      Spinach and ricotta ravioli – revamped!

      Fresh from the new book by gut health expert Dr Megan Rossi is a surprisingly filling and easy-to-make pasta supper – maybe this health kick isn’t going to be so tough after all?

  • Wellbeing

    • 10 places to get active (if you hate the gym…)

      10 places to get active (if you hate the gym…)

      Not a fan of the treadmill or pumping iron in a sweaty gym? Get your adrenalinehit and get fit without noticing (you’ll be having too much fun!) at one of these high-energy activity centres… and they’re all local, too!

    • Megan Rossi’s Prebiotic Rocky Road

      Megan Rossi’s Prebiotic Rocky Road

      A traybake that’s actually good for your gut and tastes like a treat? Look no further than this clever recipe from the gut health expert’s new book

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Life

Instamuddy

  • 📓👠Muddy's Little Black Book is our curated guide to THE best businesses and brands across Herts & Beds, from bars and cafés to hair salons and hotels and everything inbetween. Know a fabulous local business (or run one yourself) that deserves a place in the Little Black Book? Get in touch!
  • Ok, we might not be as bendy as we used to be - a few more creaks here and clicks there - but with this fabulous Reader Treat from @nuyoupilates in Hertford you could reach new levels of flex appeal (or your toes, at least!) in no time. Enter at the link in bio. #pilates #getflexible
  • Feeling a bit meh? Need to put a rocket under your life? Personal development experts, @edgenlp1 , can help! We've teamed up with them to give away a one-to-one virtual coaching session, worth £240, to one lucky Muddy reader. Enter now (link in bio) and you could be bossing it in no time! #coaching #personaldevelopment #nlp #nlpcoaching
  • 📆👩‍🎤💃🎧🎟 Hey there, culture vulture! The 2022 calendar is looking hot, with music, theatre, art, dance and more coming to Herts & Beds. So grab your diaries and click on the link in bio to find out what you need to have on your radar this year. @russianstateballetoperahouse @grovetheatredunstable  @southmillarts @albanarena @ballettheatreuk @radlettcentre1 @henrymoorestudios @palomafaith @hatfield_house @bedfordparkconcerts
  • 📆 📕 We're less than 10 days in to the new year and those positive intentions for 2022 are already looking a liiiittle shaky, but panic not, it's time to rip up the rule book on resolutions, with this advice from @edgenlp1 - who's with us? Check out their tips at the link in bio!
  • 🥕🍗 Need to stock up for the Sunday roast? Why not hotfoot it to one of your local farm shops, where you'll find all manner of wonky fruit and veg, butcher-fresh meat, homemade puds and local booze to boot - what more could you want? Find our pick of the best farm shops in Herts and Beds at the link in bio. #farmshops #farmfresh #shoplocal

Fashion

People

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 2021

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2021

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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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