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  • Ideas for the best mum!

    Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and is it just me or is time suddenly going at a gallop? If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do with your mum this weekend, or if you feel the need to give others a steer with the planning and booking process, here are some ideas. […]

  • A holiday less ordinary

    Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay.  My fellow Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative […]

  • Helen Reeley’s best places to hug trees in Herts

    Hello March. This morning the sky was ribboned with rhubarb pink and my garden was spangled with frost. What better time to warm up for spring by getting out to embrace the wonders of our county. Helen Reeley, garden designer and lover of all things arboreal, has kindly shared some things to look out for, […]

  • Half term action, and arty pursuits

    Learn about the Krays in the East End, dodo doodles, feed pigs on a farm, and surf the Hemel waves. Collapse in a heap. Half term done.

  • Fromage-free Valentine delights

    In relationship terms, whether you’re a lifer, a newbie, or something in between, 14 Feb can be excruciating. Even if you vow to ignore it, it’s impossible to ignore. The confection of romance can make you wince. Far better to grasp the nettle by doing something different that won’t make you feel like an extra […]

  • Early bird Muddy summer festival guide. Book now!

    The music festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – we haven’t managed […]

  • MY FAVOURITE PLACES: ANDREI LUSSMANN

    Andrei Lussmann grew up in West Africa where he first learned to drink strong espresso and fell in love with Italian food. His father worked for Impresit Bakolori, a construction company owned by Fiat, and the family lived in a version of Little Italy built by the car company in the middle of the desert, […]

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