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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

It's Christmaaaaas! Treat yourself to some festive glam, and pick up some some gorgeous stocking fillers in one fell swoop at Next Beauty & Home's shopping event (11-12 Dec).

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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  • Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    It’s freezing! Definitely the only excuse you need to catch up on some sofa time. On our watchlist this week: Benedict Cumberbatch’s cowboy “career-best”, on-demand opera, award-winning BBC comedy, and more.

Little Black Book

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



  • Ten bulbs to plant now for a dreamy spring garden

    Ten bulbs to plant now for a dreamy spring garden

    Want to know how the Wormsley Estate in Bucks looks so fabulous come spring? Head gardener Charlotte Tremlin reveals her secret for glorious beds and baskets.

    • Gotta Have It

      Gotta Have It

      Keen to up your ‘shop local’ creds this Christmas? Why not extend that to buying your cards from local designers and artists, too? Here’s our pick of the best from the talented bunch in Herts & Beds

    • Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

      Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

      Choose from these gorgeous artisan present boxes, sent nationwide, from bespoke biscuits to gin and chocolate, and pamper packs to paperbacks. That’s Christmas sorted.

  • Wellbeing

    • Your health questions answered!

      Your health questions answered!

      Don’t understand why the weight won’t shift? Have a back that’s reminiscent of Quasimodo? Muddy puts your questions to Healthily’s chief medical officer, Professor Maureen Baker

    • 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.

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  • 🎄🎟📕Pinch, punch first of the month aaaand it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Scrooges need not apply! We've got your diary sorted for the coming weeks with festive experiences galore happening across Herts & Beds. Check our our guide at the link in bio! #whatsonthismonth #decemberevents #whatsoninherts #whatsoninbeds @hertfordtheatre @zslwhipsnadezoo @southmillarts
  • It's just been named the happiest place to live in the East of England, and we're not surprised! This market town is positively packed with indies, eateries and coffee shops, not to mention pretty cobbled streets and historic architecture. Oh and the commute to London or Cambridge is a cinch. It had to be one of #muddybestplacestolive2022  in association with @struttandparker Read all about it at the link in bio. #hitchin @rubarb_boutique1 @thevintagebayuk @riotlounge @towngardenhitchin @hertscoffeelab
  • Henlow has a SPA (hello @champneysspas!) Need we say more? OK... well, it's also a super-cute village, with fabulous country walks and it's not bad value, either. Definitely 'one to watch', which of course is why it's one of our #muddybestplacestolive2022 in association with Strutt & Parker. Find out more at the link in bio. #henlow #bedfordshire
  • We asked Gemma, owner of quirky local art and gift shop, @thearcbedford, to share some of her favourite places to eat, drink and shop in her hometown of Bedford. Think fab indie gifts, locally roasted coffee and riverside retreats... Read all about it at the link in bio #bedford #shopbedford #shoplocal #bedfordrestaurants #bedfordcafes #bedfordshops @thegallerybedford @epanouilifestyle @bears_and_tales @theembankmentbedford
  • Heartwarming family puppetry production, Under the Frozen Moon, is coming to @southernmaltings  in Ware, with @hertfordtheatre this Christmas. We caught up with the man behind the story and the puppets, Artistic Director of @halfastring, to find out more about creating weird and wonderful worlds and characters. Read more at the link in bio! #theatre #familytheatre #puppets #puppetry


  • Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

    Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

    Madonna’s cone bra is now available to rent! It’s ethical, eco and everywhere… here’s where you can rent, repair and sell-on stylish clothes, from Christmas party outfits to eye-catching clutch bags

    • A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

      A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

      Bright knits, checks, big handbags, even bigger boots. We’ve got your autumn/winter 2021 fashion fix sorted.

    • 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.

  • Beauty


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