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  • 7 perfect days of summer – just add gin!

    Ableforth's Bathtub gin looks cool, tastes even better and will rev you up for a summer of fun. Here, win a case (yup, six bottles of it!) and find out for yourself.

  • In all your Finery

    Need a summer party frock? This under-the-radar label majors in cool dresses and jumpsuits. We've got £500 worth of Finery goodies up for grabs for 10 lucky Muddy readers - that's £5k worth of foxy fashion!

  • 46 stunning pubs for summer

    Everyone knows that one of summer's great pleasures is sipping a cold one in a pub garden. So here's the best of the bunch across all the Muddy counties. Cheers!

  • Sleep in style

    Finding it hard to sleep when it's light at 4am? Banish insomnia in style with these chic eyemasks. Zzzzzz.

  • 10 Summer style sizzlers

    Chuck this lot in your suitcase and - bingo! - you're ready to go on holiday. Don't forget to send us a postcard.

  • 40 Quirky Stays for Summer

    Fancy an escape that's a leetle bit different? From yurts to lodges, shepherd's huts to helicopters (not even joking!), the Muddy editors have pulled together the most charming, unusual escapes across 21 counties. Book in once you've taken your jaw off the floor.

  • Quentin Jones X Habitat

    I've got my eye on this gorgeous graphic cushion, part of Habitat's new collaboration with supercool artist Quentin Jones. Wanna see more?

  • St Ives – the dreamiest staycation in the UK

    As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. OK, not really. What I did meet with though was a whole lot of FUN! Here's six reasons why you should take a trip to the Cornish coast this summer.

  • A cool Cornish hotel – without the crowds

    The Polurrian on the Lizard has had a style makeover - and then some. Fancy winning a 3 night £1800 stay at Cornwall's best kept secret?

  • First time fashion

    Ready for an adventure? Us too! At Muddy we’ve committed to new experiences this summer (both cultural and clothes related, natch). Read on for inspo - and win a sizzling £400 hush wardrobe while you’re at it!

  • Summer essentials

    This brilliant (and local) new sunscreen is among our top picks to refresh your summer beauty routine. Summer, we're gunning for you.

  • Cute babywear

    Is there a new little prince or princess in your family too? Click this way for the cutest newborn clothes around. Awwww!

  • Muddy meets Nik Kershaw

    Nik Kershaw is laconic, laid-back, and *very very* funny - read on for his views on Live Aid, embarrassing his kids, the Let's Rock the Moor pecking order and (OMG) being a grandfather!

  • Wonderful Weddings

    Planning a wedding? Don't do anything until you've consulted our comprehensive wedding guide for all 21 Muddy counties. The dreamiest venues, florists, photographers and more - you're welcome!

  • Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth

    A girls' day and boarding school with stellar results, that's perfectly placed for Herts and Bucks but also deliciously close to London.

  • Lussmanns, Tring

    Tring’s modern brasserie is bringing sophisticated meat-free dining to the table. Muddy Herts’ resident veggie gives it her verdict…

  • How to be happy in 2019

    New Year, new chance to give yourself a great big shot of positive energy with one of these 28 inspirational ideas.

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    Deliciously Ella’s Honey & Lemon Breakfast Bars

    With a crunch and a zing, it's off to work we go. Deliciously Ella's breakfast bars are also good to munch on mid afternoon when you're having idle KitKat thoughts.

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    Gordon House: artist and designer of The White Album

    Gordon House, the designer of the Beatles' White Album grew up in Letchworth. We talk to curator Laura Dennis, ahead of a new exhibition.

  • Muddy reviews: I Capture the castle

    Wonderful musical adaptation of Dodie Smith's first novel at Watford Palace Theatre.

  • Muddy Eats: The Alford Arms rises from the ashes

    The fire that closed The Alford Arms in Frithsden earlier this year left good food and beer lovers across this end of the county howling and bereft. And understandably so. But it's back -- and it's just as lovely, as welcoming, as comfortable, and as popular as it ever was...

  • My Favourite Places: Tricia Stewart

    You might not necessarily recognise the name Tricia Stewart straight away -- but, sure as jam is jam, you'll know about the whole Calendar Girls phenomenon. The original calendar featuring artfully-concealed ladies from the Women's Institute, the hit movie with Helen Mirren, the West End show, and so on...

  • My Favourite Places: Freya North

    Today -- publication day for her 14th novel! -- Freya North is sharing her favourite places with us here at Muddy Herts. Most of them are in Herts, too, where she lives out in the countryside with her two children, two dogs, and a horse...

  • St Albans’ Odyssey: gorgeous, grown-up cinema

    The newly-renovated Odyssey Cinema in St Albans only opened at the end of last year, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to pop over there ever since. So when Mr C came up trumps with tickets for my birthday, I was extrememly impressed that he’d taken the hint...

  • My Favourite Places: Felix Camfield-Walker

    Felix Camfield-Walker was born and raised in Hitchin – and he’s got no intention of going anywhere else anytime soon.  Farley’s Hair Emporium is about as relaxed as getting your hair cut is going to get – serious vintage décor, a quirky mix of music, and some properly strong coffee or the offer of a glass […]

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