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I'm Rachel, editor of Muddy Berkshire, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Anyone else's kids shot up a few inches during lockdown? We've got you covered with our pick of the coolest, colourful childrenswear to style out the summer.

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Our curated A-Z of the grooviest local businesses

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The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

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  • The pub roast is coming home

    The pub roast is coming home

    Release the Yorkies! No need to slave over a roast or wrangle with the new socially distant dining. We’ve found 10 of the best Sunday lunches all available to takeaway. Eat, drink, stay in your PJs

    • A pimped up chicken salad

      A pimped up chicken salad

      I declare salad season officially open! This hearty chicken one is easy-peasy to make but packed with flavour.

    • Freedom! 22 pubs with fab gardens

      Freedom! 22 pubs with fab gardens

      Praise be, the pubs are opening - and just in time for summer weather! Here are the best pub gardens to enjoy a socially-distanced sip in across Berkshire. Cheers!

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  • Grab yourself a mini masterpiece from £50

    Grab yourself a mini masterpiece from £50

    Virtual paddle at the ready. Here’s your chance to buy small pieces of art by big names. Art On A Postcard 2020’s gone online. Here’s the artists to watch.

    • Culture vulture: my July hit list

      Culture vulture: my July hit list

      Missing the theatre and live venues? OMG, me too. Until normal service resumes for the arts world (your guess is as good as mine), here's my personal culture planner for July - podcasts, books, music and theatre. I'll budge up on the sofa, come and join me.

    • 9 cool drive-in cinemas in Berks and beyond

      9 cool drive-in cinemas in Berks and beyond

      With social distancing de rigeur the summer, the local arts industry has had to find new ways to keep cinema alive. Cue the drive-in cinema - we've cherry picked 10 of the best in Berks and further afield. Tell me about it, stud!

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    • 5 interior design secrets you need to know

      5 interior design secrets you need to know

      Interior design is more than slapping paint on the walls. No clue where to start? Apply the tricks of the design trade and you’ll have a room ready for its glossy mag close-up.

    • 7 steps to better sleep

      7 steps to better sleep

      You've downed a chamomile tea, ignored your phone and mentally shoved your 900th sheep over a gate - but still can't get to sleep. Sound familiar? Time to pandemic-proof your Zs.

    • Things I’ve learnt in lockdown

      Things I’ve learnt in lockdown

      Being confined at home has meant a mixture of soul-searching, recalibration and new skills learnt. After 8 weeks of lockdown, this much I know...

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  • J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    Are you a FaceTime fanatic or a Skype cynic? After months of video call catch-ups, two Muddy editors battle it out over the digital face-to-face.

  • Kids

    • Eton End Prep School

      Eton End Prep School

      Don't judge a book by its cover, Eton End School in Datchet, for ages 3-11, is traditional on the outside but leading the charge when its come to equality and growth mindset.

    • 10 books for younger kids

      10 books for younger kids

      Kids have had a lot on their plates: no school, no play dates, and slim chance of a summer of fun in the sun. Here's 10 great book for ages 5-8 to create a fictional escape route from the madness.

  • 5 reasons we’re loving Stonor this summer
  • 5 reasons we’re loving Stonor this summer
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  • Wear the rainbow (and find gold)

    Wear the rainbow (and find gold)

    The weather’s been pants, but we’re giving Joseph and his technicolour dream coat a run for his money with the best rainbow brights. Prepare to be dazzled.

    • The 9 most stylish face masks

      The 9 most stylish face masks

      Well, who could have predicted THIS as the must-have summer 2020 accessory? If you've gotta wear one, it may as well look chic, right?

    • Trend alert! Artisanal style

      Trend alert! Artisanal style

      Delicate embroidery, expert craftsmanship and dreamy fabrics - we're coveting artisanal chic for summer. Here are 14 items to add to your (handwoven) basket.

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    • Nail it! 5 pretty press-ons

      Nail it! 5 pretty press-ons

      Beauty salons are back, laydee! Jeez, where do we start? Gagging for a mani? I hear you. Why not fake it 'til you make it with 5 sets of pretty press-ons

    • 5 of the best hair masks to buy now

      5 of the best hair masks to buy now

      Split ends up to your ears? We've found five quick-fixes for treating neglected locks - and to stop your hair stylist from screaming when salons finally reopen!

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  • Muddy meets: iconic photographer Nick Knight

    Muddy meets: iconic photographer Nick Knight

    He’s worked with everyone from Alexander McQueen and John Galliano to Lady Gaga and Kanye West – so it’s a surprise to find photography genius Nick Knight’s newest exhibition is of flowers shot from his garden and showing at Waddesdon Manor! Blooming heck Nick, what’s going on?

    • Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

      Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

      Record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo has a new project on his hands - raising money for the NHS in association with UK theatres. Tell us about it, Shlo!

    • What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      Love it or loathe it, lockdown has given us time to learn new skills but has it taught us something deeper? Muddy tapped five busy writers and presenters, juggling careers, babies and even a tumour, to tell all.

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