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  • Where to PYO pumpkins in Herts & Beds

    Whether you've got little ones eager to carve some ghoulish grins or want to create a seasonal display with gorgeous gourds, these are the Herts & Beds PYO farms and patches to head to for your pumpkins this month.

  • 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

    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.

  • Autumn trends: easy tweaks to update your interiors

    Fed up of staring at the same four walls already? (It's not even winter yet - sob!) Fear not - give your home a fresh new look with these ideas from local interior designer, Alpine Rose.

  • 5 of the best… sofas

    Kick those shoes off and settle in: it's the speed-round Muddy edit of the most important thing you'll ever buy — a sofa. Squashy, stylish, easy to clean...how do you like 'em?

  • 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.

  • Wow house: how to style (and shoot) your home like a pro

    We scrolled through the fabulous portfolio of photographer Ellie Walpole to glean her top tips and tricks for making your interiors stand out.

  • How to hang art in your home

    Left-a-bit-right-a-bit. Yup, that's it.... we speak to the experts at an award-winning gallery to demystify the art of hanging art. Rawlplugs at the ready?

  • 4 simple, stylish ways to revamp your home

    'Tis the season to make your house beautiful - so kickstart your dream project with our tips on what's trending right now, PLUS £500 to spend at the brilliant Brewers Decorator Centres

  • What’s on: Oct 2021

    Autumn's here and the Muddy calendar is bursting at the seams with spooky happenings, clever new musicals, creative dance, plus art, food, film and more... fill your boots!

  • Raise a glass: it’s the Muddy Awards drinks

    You did it, they did it, we all did it! The Muddy Awards are over for 2021 - and what a year it's been! See what happened when our amazing local winners came together to celebrate at the fabulous Ashridge House. Pop the cork and let the celebrations commence!

  • 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.

  • Wedding special: 18 stunning venues in Herts & Beds

    Planning a wedding? Don't book anything until you've checked out our guide to the most stunning venues across Herts & Beds.

  • 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.

  • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

    Have pooch, will travel? You betcha! Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly, from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

  • 16 of the best places to holiday in the UK

    Choosing a UK holiday? 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.

  • Hitchin lavender gin

    6 of the best local gins

    Gin is the in thing and what better way to refresh the palate on a hot summer’s day (if the sun ever comes out that is!) than with a G&T? We’ve sniffed out the best local, small batch and craft gins for your delectation – just add tonic and ice!

  • The ultimate guide to afternoon tea in Herts & Beds

    Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, (9-15 Aug), by making your way through Muddy's definitive guide to the best afternoon teas in our counties. Don't mind if we do!

  • Does the world need another online school?

    Pearson Online Academy UK Global thinks so! With the launch of the educational behemoth's founding school in September, Muddy gets the lowdown from Principal Jo Vigneron

  • 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

  • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

    “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Affordable French skincare for va-va-voom glow

    We've unearthed eight French pharmacy brands with that certain je ne sais quoi. Here's your passport to a natural glow a la Marion Cotillard... and the best bit? It won't break the bank

  • Nine divine holiday rentals to book now for an autumn break

    If you didn't have sharp enough elbows to get your summer holiday staycation nailed, fear not. Here are the holiday rentals to book now for an autumn weekend escape

  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

    The rainclouds may be out in force (seriously spring, what's going on?!), but this sunny griddled pineapple with vanilla and cinnamon ice cream should brighten up your day.

  • Jason Atherton’s Spanish Chicken Casserole

    Michelin-starred casserole for dinner? Yes please! Make this Spanish dish from chef Jason Atherton, plus save up to 63% on Naked Wines to pair with it. Muy bueno!

  • Waffles for breakfast? Yes please!

    What do you get when you cross a chocolate brownie, a waffle maker and a handful of strawberries? Heaven on a plate! Sate your sweet tooth with this delicious recipe.

  • Weekly watchlist: the 10 best things on TV this week

    Comfies on! We've compiled ten of the best things on TV this week, ripe and ready for you to binge. From monster-packed rom-coms to Oscar-buzz dramas, it's your pick...

  • 15 must-have accessories for outdoor dining in style

    Out with the scratched melamine, in with stylish cups, cocktail shakers, candelabra, and cutlery. Here's our guide to the wow accessories that will make your alfresco meal sparkle

  • 58 things to glam up your garden

    Garden parties are go, people! But, oh God — is that really the state of the patio? Glam up the garden and impress your guests with these 58 must-have garden objects.

  • This year’s 12 must-see Oscar movies

    Cinemas are shut, popcorn consumption is dangerously low but the Oscar noms are in. We have the skinny on what, where and when you can watch this year's best in show.

  • Two Minute Truths: School Fees

    Worried about your child's education? Watch our brand new Two Minute Truths video on how to plan for school fees, in association with Schroders Personal Wealth.

  • Cheaper than therapy: self-help books for 2021

    Being stuck inside for a year hasn’t done us a ton of good, but help is at hand. Try one of these tomes designed to get our work, home and head space in order.

  • Wear the rainbow! Bright knits for a lockdown lift

    Lockdown monotony getting you down? Here's a fun idea: brighten up your Zoom calls (and your mood) with a different rainbow knit for every day of the week.

  • Boredom begone: online courses & classes to do right now

    Bored at home? No longer! Muddy's been hard at work finding you the very best online class to do in your county. From computer coding to nipple tassels, we've got it all.

  • The all-time sexiest period drama heroes

    Ladies, loosen that corset lest you faint dead away! Regé-Jean Page has got us hot under the collar.... so here are 12 more historical hotties, and a sneak-peak at what's coming in 2021.

  • Grab the sunnies: our 2021 travel bucket list

    It's been so long, holidays have taken on a rather emotional hue. So we asked our editors how they really want to spend their annual leave. Expect cocktails, cities, and plenty of sun.

  • Two Minute Truths: Financial care for parents

    Organising care for ageing parents can be a tricky topic to handle – and expensive too. Watch our video for the insider info you need to plan properly for this lifestyle stage.

  • The Simple Life: pared-back properties in nature

    Looking to get away from it all? Try one of these dreamy pared-back properties for a taste of pastoral living. From projects crying out for TLC to sprawling listed mansions, we've got it all.

  • Best new fitness tech for 2021

    Need something to help those workouts along? Itching for some new tech in the new year? Read on for the Muddy edit of the best flashy fitness buys of 2021.

  • Best wellbeing podcasts for 2021

    Want to boost your wellbeing? Hell yeah! While we can’t go to the gym right now, we can go on long solo walks with inspirational podcasts. Here's our pick.

  • The foxiest fitness gear for 2021

    New year, new fitness routine? We're with you! Here's the Muddy edit of stylish sportswear and accessories that'll have you in tip-top form in no time.

  • Two Minute Truths: Going Single

    Decided to call time on your relationship? Watch the first video in our brand new Two Minute Truths series for expert advice on planning financially for your new beginning.

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    How to give yourself a DIY facial at home

    With salons closed until December, we're retreating to our own bathrooms for a stress-busting DIY facial treatment. Fluffy white robe and cucumber slices optional.

  • Cookbooks 2020

    The best cookbooks to buy now

    Sick of making the same seven dinners, week in, week out? Or just a sucker for tempting pictures of food? If any of the above apply, we’ve got you covered.

  • 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Can't function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends, from indie coffee roasters across the Muddy counties, to kickstart your day with a caffeine boost. 

  • Where’s the remote? 14 must-watch shows

    Already running out of things to do as the darkness draws in? Well, put away the chess board and engage with these 14 new televisual delights instead.

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