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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

To mark HRH's Platinum Jubilee, we're celebrating in the best way we know how - a shopping spree! Lizzie would approve.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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The nominations round is now closed. Finals start on 30 May 2022

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Eat

  • 10 local places to eat vegetarian

    10 local places to eat vegetarian

    It’s National Vegetarian Week (16-22 May) so we’ve rounded up the local restaurants and cafés that really deliver on colourful and flavour-packed veggie food that could convert even the most devoted meat eater.

Culture

  • Your summer reading list – sorted!

    Your summer reading list – sorted!

    Need a new read to bring to the beach (or, y’know, to keep on the bedside table)? The literary brains at Muddy have rounded up the best new and upcoming novels to add to your TBR pile.

    • Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

      Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

      Pull up a chair and crack open the wine: from the new season of Stranger Things to a thrilling French boxset, we’ve got your weekly watchlist well and truly sorted.

    • Todd in the Hole festival is back!

      Todd in the Hole festival is back!

      Oh how we’ve missed cavorting in a field to live music. Well the wait is nearly over. Here’s a hot local festival to add to your calendar right now. We caught up with the founders to get the low down.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Eat, sleep, repeat! Food and travel go together like, err, gin and tonic (cheers!) and if you find top nosh plays a key part in making your holiday a success, perhaps it’s time to take things a step further and make it the central focus?

    • The best cruise holidays for 2023

      The best cruise holidays for 2023

      When one destination isn’t enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF – the cruise.

    • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

Home

  • 8 beautiful barn conversions on the market right now

    8 beautiful barn conversions on the market right now

    Ooh, what is it about the combo of an exposed beam and an open-plan room that sets our hearts aflutter? If you’re in the market for a barn conversion, here are eight stunners currently up for grabs

    • Grow your own (like a pro!)

      Grow your own (like a pro!)

      You don’t need to be an expert to have a taste of The Good Life. With this advice even the least green fingered among us can make like Margo! Trugs at the ready? Get growing!

    • 45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

      45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

      Thinking of a redesign? From classic Shaker styles to sleek contemporary cabinets, these kitchen design companies across the Muddy counties know just what they’re doing.

  • Wellbeing

    • 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!

    • Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      In celebration of World Sleep Day, here are our top shopping picks, from pillows and candles to sheets to sliders. If these don’t help you reach the land of nod, nothing will!!

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Life

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  • 🇬🇧Feeling jubilant in Tring! How have your town or village been prepping for the celebrations- we’d love to see you local pics. Tag us @muddyhertsbeds #jubilee #shopwindows @maggie_j_and_co @magnoliaoftring @ourbookshoptring @gracesoftring @lollyandmitch
  • Love the idea of chilling in a field with the fam to the backdrop of some of the country’s best live folk, roots and accoustic music? We’ve got a family pass (for two adults and two kids, worth £143) to give away to @folkbytheoak, in the glorious grounds of Hatfield Park on 17 July. Head to the link in bio to enter! #folkbytheoak #folkfestival #summerfestival #hatfieldhouse #hertfordshirefestival 🌳🎤🎟
  • We’re just a little bit excited to welcome back the fab local fest @toddintheholefestival to Herts this year after a two year break (thanks, Covid!). We caught up with the founders to get the low down on what to look forward to AND we've got VIP tickets worth £500 up for grabs! Click on the bio to read more and enter! 💃👩‍🎤🍻🎧⛺️ #festival #hertsfestivals #localfestivals #musicfestival #toddinthehole #stevenage #hertfordshire
  • Daisy in the daisies.❤️ 
Nothing like an evening walk, with or without a four-legged friend, to clear your head and get ready for a new week.😊
  • ⚓️ Ahoy there! ⚓️ Fancy experiencing Italy, Spain, the French Riviera, the Greek islands, Norwegian fjords, Iceland... @disneycruiseline’s new Summer 2023 adventures could be the answer you're looking for - and they're anchored in luxury. Get the inside line, plus eight more hot cruises to book for next year at the link in bio.
  • You don’t need to be an expert to have a taste of The Good Life. @carpentersnursery have shared their advice (find it at the link in bio) si even the least green fingered among us can make like Margo. Trugs at the ready? Get growing! 🍓🥬🥕🍎 #growyourown #howtogrowyourown #gardeningtips #growfruitandveg

Fashion

  • 5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

    5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

    Threadbare boxers begone! The style gods have spoken (aka Gucci and Harry Styles) and pyjamas for men are in – here are five sets that hit the spot.

    • 10 buys for World Bee Day

      10 buys for World Bee Day

      Hey, if it’s for the little black and yellow fellas, then who are we to argue with a shopping spree to celebrate World Bee Day (20 May)? Here are 10 on-trend buys we’re totally buzzing about

    • Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Seven compelling reasons to head to Bicester Village including up to 20 per cent off prices in April’s renowned Private Sale and the Do-Good pop up boutique. Trust us, no-show is not an option.

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People

  • 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.

    • Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

      Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

      Ex Elle editor, parenting author and mum of four Lorraine Candy talks hormones (yours!), pot-plant parenting, and how adults need to look after their own mental health

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 2022

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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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