Outdoors

  • Yomp, slurp and chomp through the glorious Chilterns

    At last! The Chilterns Food and Drink Festival! What took them so long? As with all the best ideas, you wonder why nobody had the idea before. It’s an area that has rich pickings, so much so that back in the day, the Chilterns were known as the larder of London. So, where to start? […]

  • Mothering Sunday 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 […]

  • Hope springs. The best places to see snowdrops

    Snowdrops spark hope. The mere sight of them can make the spirits soar. Here are the best places to see snowdrops in the county, and for those of you who don’t mind crossing borders, I’ve included Cambridgeshire and Essex and even – fasten your seatbelts – Suffolk. Get out and enjoy them while they’re here. […]

  • 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, […]

  • Muddy Herts Half Term Survival Guide Oct 2016

    It’s half term — hoorah! And there’s loads on around Herts to keep the smalls occupied and happy. And what do happy smalls mean? You’re doing a fabulous job. So, bask in your own brilliance as a parent — or aunt, or uncle, godparent, grandparent, whatever — and keep ’em smiling…

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