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  • Top festive tipples

    Stock up the drinks cabinet for Christmas with these beers, wines and spirits, made in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

  • Best local walks for ‘twixtmas’

    Rally the troops, wrap up warm, grab your walking boots and head for the hills... or woods or fields for that matter, with one of these gorgeous winter walks in Herts and Beds.

  • The Muddy panto and Christmas show guide

    Love 'em or hate 'em, pantos are back this year. Oh yes they are! So hone your heckling skills and book one of these productions in Herts, Beds, and beyond.

  • Muddy review: Rapunzel at South Mill Arts

    There's nothing like a good old-fashioned fairytale, some lively song and dance and cheesy jokes to get you into the festive spirit. My four-year-old Mudlet and I let down our hair for South Mill Arts' Magical Christmas Adventure: Rapunzel.

  • Christmas gift guide: for pets

    We've found 12 fab stocking fillers for the furry (and scaly and hairy) members of the family. Share the Christmas love with these animal crackers.

  • Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

    The Insta-star chef has brought out a gorgeous festive book of baking. Not only has she shared a delish (and pretty) recipe with us, but she's offered three copies of her latest cookbook to Muddy readers!

  • Christmas gift guide: food & drink

    For fine foodies, greedy gobblers, gin-drinkers and sugar-heads alike, this is the ultimate 2021 food and drink gift guide. The turkey isn't the only thing that'll be stuffed this Christmas...

  • Muddy reviews… The Enchanted Woodland Walk at Ashridge House

    Twinkly lights in a magical setting with mulled wine in hand - sounds like the perfect festive evening out! We togged up to check out The Enchanted Woodland Walk at Ashridge House

  • Christmas gift guide: for him

    What to buy the bloke who has everything (or 'wants nothing')? We've sorted his Christmas list with 25 cool gifting ideas from independent brands and businesses across the Muddy counties

  • 10 reasons to visit St Albans this Christmas

    Here's why you should make the historic cathedral city of St Albans your Christmas shopping destination this year and immerse yourself in festive fun, food and local culture while you're at it!

  • Shop local Christmas gift guide: Food and drink

    Stumped by what to buy the foodie in your life? Luckily Herts & Beds has a cornucopia of locally produced gastronomic delights to scoff and quaff. Here's our pick!

  • Shop local Christmas gift guide: For her

    We've got the style savvy women in your life covered this Christmas, with these gorgeous gifts from local designers, makers and sellers.

  • Cracking Christmas markets and fairs in Herts, Beds and beyond

    Ooh we love a good Christmas fair... the twinkly lights, market stalls stuffed with artisan crafts, festive music and delicious smells of mulled wine and gingerbread filling the air. Here are some of the best in our counties and further afield. Re-useable totes at the ready? Let's shop!

  • Your festive guide to the big smoke this Christmas

    Eat, drink, and be merry in the capital this festive season with our holly jolly hitlist. From glam pop-ups and glittering fairgrounds to cocktails and carols, here's the best of the best.

  • 49 lovely light trails across the Muddy counties

    Whether you're home or away this Christmas, the Muddy editors have rounded up the most twinkly trails taking place across the country, including some right here in Herts & Beds - ready, get set, glow!

  • Christmas gift guide: for kids

    Time to get cracking on the Crimbo presents! Nail your shopping for nippers with this curated guide of the sweetest gifts from indie brands and businesses.

  • Christmas gift guide: For Her

    Aunts, mums, grandmas, sisters and your girl posse all covered for Crimbo, plus some spot-on suggestions for gifts to self. Ho ho ho!

  • Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

    Choose from these gorgeous artisan present boxes, sent nationwide, from bespoke biscuits to gin and chocolate, and pamper packs to paperbacks. That's Christmas sorted.

  • John Lewis and M&S Christmas ads are here – which is your favourite?

    It's that time of year again folks! Our two high street favourites are back with their festive telly offerings for 2021 - but which gets your vote?

  • How to tablescape like a pro

    Tablescaping basically means making your dining table look nice in case some bugger Instagrams it. Here's how to wow your guests this Christmas.

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