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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 the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of sensational scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn 2021, chock-a-block with smoke and wild woods (and a bit of fun).

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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Culture

  • 7 unmissable things to watch on TV this week

    7 unmissable things to watch on TV this week

    Why scroll through the Radio Times when we know exactly what’s good this week? From Succession’s bold new series to a saucy dating / dancing reality mashup, here’s what to watch.

    • Spine-tingling reads to scare your socks off!

      Spine-tingling reads to scare your socks off!

      ‘Tis the season for eery tomes and grisly page-turners. Here are the new releases guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up… Dim the lights, pull the covers up and prepare for a scare.

    • Six things you’ll want to watch this week

      Six things you’ll want to watch this week

      Roll up, roll up! It’s the cream of the TV crop. From THAT Netflix stalker show to star-studded fundraisers and spooky horror specials, we know exactly what to watch this week.

Little Black Book

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Travel

  • Long-haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Long-haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Where will 2022 take you? We’re all itching to travel overseas once more, so here is some early inspiration in preparation for January’s booking frenzy.

    • Autumn breaks – from 1 to 4 hours away

      Autumn breaks – from 1 to 4 hours away

      Planning a last-minute half term getaway? Here are 6 destinations perfect for the season, plus the chance to win one of FIVE Saltee Skin bundles to take with you, worth £500.

    • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

Home

  • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we’ve partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

    • 9 ways to prep your garden for winter

      9 ways to prep your garden for winter

      Make the most of the last rays of sun this month and get your garden in order for the season ahead with this advice from local biz, Armstrong Landscapes.

  • 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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Life

  • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

  • Kids

    • Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

      Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

      Lights, Camera, Action – and very likely fame. This awesome performing arts school has a to-die-for alumni list and teaches a healthy, sensible work ethic.

    • Half term boredom buster!

      Half term boredom buster!

      It’s that time again – gawd, it rolls around fast, doesn’t it?! But with our guide you can keep everyone, from over-excited tots to mono-syllabic teens, entertained all week long.

    • What’s on: Nov 2021
    • What’s on: Nov 2021

Instamuddy

  • After some weekend recipe inspo? This sweet and sticky Vietnamese cod and vibrant and nutritious roasted cauliflower salad from @thecookingacademy  in Rickmansworth is sure to hit the spot. Find the recipes at the link in bio! 🍜 🤤🌶#asianfood #spice #thecookingacademy #vietnamesefood #healthyrecipes #cod #cauliflowersalad #autumnrecipes #winterrecipes
  • ‘Tis the season for eery tomes and grisly page-turners. Here are the new releases, recommended by @davidsbookslgc (link in bio) guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up… Dim the lights, pull the covers up and prepare for a scare. BOO! 👻💀😈📙#scarybooks #halloweenreads #spookystories #ghoststories #newbooks #newbookreleases #horrorliterature
  • 🎃 Autumn's arrived and Halloween's on the horizon, which can only mean one thing - it's time for a spot of pumpkin picking! Wellies on, wheelbarrows at the ready, find out where to get your seasonal squash in Herts & Beds this month at the link in bio! 🎃 #pumpkins #pyo #pyopumpkins #pumpkinpatch #halloween #herts #bedfordshire
  • Essential pre-Halloween family fun @rumblersfarm today. Do you like these pretty pastel pumpkins or garish gourds best? Spot the mini Mudlet in a wheelbarrow… 🍁🎃🧡💛💚 #pumpkin #pumpkinpicking #pumpkinpatch #autumncolours #autumninherts #herts #familyfun #halloween
  • It's that time again - gawd, it rolls around fast, doesn't it?! But luckily we've found 40+ local things to see and do this Half Term to keep everyone, from over-excited tots to mono-syllabic teens, entertained all week long. Read our round-up at the link in bio! ✨🎃👻🌈🍂🚀#halfterm #halftermfun #halftermideas #halloweenideas #herts #bedfordshire  #thingstodowithkids

Fashion

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Beauty

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

    • 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

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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