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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

If you want to nail alfresco entertaining, you need lights that can move with the party, whatever the weather. Here's our pick of the best solar, battery and rechargeable lights including some beauties from brilliant local stores

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The Spring Edit

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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Little Black Book

Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

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  • Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    The beginning of the year is always about renewal, resolutions and healthy regimes. But the fallout from Covid has shown how financial wellbeing is also vital – and too often overlooked. Muddy limbers up for a money MOT.

  • Kids

    • Moulsford School, Moulsford

      Moulsford School, Moulsford

      A long term Muddy favourite, Moulsford boys' prep school on the Berks/Oxon border has an idyllic riverside setting and a reputation for sporting excellence. Read our review here.

    • Tumblestone Hollow: the kids’ verdict

      Tumblestone Hollow: the kids’ verdict

      We asked a rabble of 4-10 year olds to road test the towers, treehouse, slides, swings and more at Stonor Park's brand new Tumblestone Hollow. This is what they thought.

  • Gotta Have It: best outdoor party lights
  • Gotta Have It: best outdoor party lights


  • First time out of Berkshire for more than six months. I am here for it. @theofficialselfridges is looking mighty fine in the sunshine. 

#lifeafterlockdown #london #selfridges #nofilter #hellofreedom #londoncalling #letschange
  • Who’s ready to hit the high street this weekend? #HelloFreedom 👠👜
  • Daylight robbery in Sunninghill today 😂. You’ve got to love a locksmith with a sense of humour. So great to see this village high street was buzzing, Ascot was crazy and there were queues into @thelexiconbracknell. Have you ventured out yet? 

#berkshire #sunninghill #ascot #bestofberks #daylightrobbery #locksmith #shoplocal #shopwindow #windowdressing #berkshirelife #berkshiresmallbusiness #saveourhighstreet #hellofreedom #escapeartist
  • How can I have been so on it with pub and restaurant bookings that I neglected the hair appointment? It seems my silvery roots maybe a feature until January 2022 as appointments are rarer than Glastonbury tickets. So if any salons have a slot, hit me up. On a plus side I have new specs from @drvalariejerome in Newbury. They’re PINK 💗and I bloody love them. They were from Valarie’s new Berkshire Collection and frames and lenses were £129. I fear it may mean I’ll build up a collection as big as Elton John’s orTimmy Mallett. In other smug news, I’ve booked my Covid jab and it’s happening tomorrow. Finally a reason to be happy you’re over 40. 

 #berkshire #covidjab #bandbselfie #valeriejerome #eyewear #specs #specsappeal #pink #tickledpink #britisheyewear #newbury #westberkshire #accessories #shoplocal #supportlocal #visitnewbury

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Best Places to Live 2020

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