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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

When one destination isn't enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF - the cruise.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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The nominations round is now closed. Finals start on 30 May 2022

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Culture

  • Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

    Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

    Pull up a chair and crack open the wine: from the new season of Stranger Things to a thrilling French boxset, we’ve got your weekly watchlist well and truly sorted.

    • Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

      Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

      Need something new to watch this week? You’ve come to the right place! From a freshly funny new talk show to an indulgent crime thriller, this is the best of the best.

    • 9 outdoor cinemas to book now

      9 outdoor cinemas to book now

      So long, tiny TV screen; hello, massive outdoor cinema with classic films, sing-a-long action and boozy picnics to boot. Here are the best in Berkshire.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

    23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

    Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

    • The best cruise holidays for 2023

      The best cruise holidays for 2023

      When one destination isn’t enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF – the cruise.

    • Sunshine escape: 48 hours in Lisbon!

      Sunshine escape: 48 hours in Lisbon!

      Stop the city break search! Portugal’s hilly capital’s bursting with colour, culture and great places to eat, drink and stay (not to mention custard tarts at every turn…)

Home

  • 45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    Thinking of a redesign? From classic Shaker styles to sleek contemporary cabinets, these kitchen design companies across the Muddy counties know just what they’re doing.

    • A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      This Mediterranean twist on roast potatoes, with coriander and olives, makes a perfect side dish, or the main event for lunch alongside a crisp green salad.

    • 8 gorgeous new gardening books

      8 gorgeous new gardening books

      Bountiful borders, striped lawn and artfully placed sculptures here we come, but first, sit down, grab a coffee and get lost in the sublime pages of these beauties (those weeds can wait another hour or so)

  • Wellbeing

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

    • Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      In celebration of World Sleep Day, here are our top shopping picks, from pillows and candles to sheets to sliders. If these don’t help you reach the land of nod, nothing will!!

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Life

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  • Kickstarting Monday and continuing the Muddy Awards count-athon @gailsbakery #wokingham  Cinnamon bun and coffee for stamina. 

Thank you to everyone who nominated and good luck to all the brilliant #berkshire businesses who have been shown lots of local love. 

#muddyawards #inlovewithlocal #berkshirebusiness #mondaymotivation
  • ⚓️ Ahoy there! ⚓️ Fancy experiencing Italy, Spain, the French Riviera, the Greek islands, Norwegian fjords, Iceland... @disneycruiseline’s new Summer 2023 adventures could be the answer you're looking for - and they're anchored in luxury. Get the inside line, plus eight more hot cruises to book for next year at the link in bio.
  • Hungerford is floating my boat in the sunshine. Waterway to spend an afternoon! The Kennet & Avon Canal passes through this pretty market town alongside the River Dun. There are several gorgeous boutiques, cafes, pubs and more antiques dealers than you can shake your family heirloom at. Worth a visit 

#hungerford #westberkshire #kennetandavoncanal #river #riverside #markettown #placestovisit
  • 💐 BLOOMIN’ HECK! 💐 Who will be crowned the best local Florist? You decide! NOMINATE now at the link in bio - and quick! - the nominations round closes in two days. #MuddyAwards2022  #InLoveWithLocal Supported by @newburyracecourse and @wearehealthily
  • 🐝 Buzzing about Pangbourne Station’s passage glow up. How gorgeous is this? And it was created to celebrate the wonderful Helen’s 20 years’ service working for the railway. 

Helen has worked in the ticket office at Pangbourne and was the ray of sunshine I saw every day on my London commute. 

To mark her work-iversary she wanted to brighten up the place… literally. Working with her managers, The Bee Friendly Trust and an artist this is the result. Flowers have been planted too. 🐝🌸🌺🌼

Hands down, beats a gold clock.

#pangbourne #berkshire #westberkshire #publicart #streetart #trainstations #bees #beesofinstagram #urbanart #subwayart #beeart #prettypassages #summerflowers
  • We’re spoilt for choice for fabulous restaurants in our locale - but which one do you love the most?🍴Cast your gastronomic NOMINATION for your favourite fine dining spot or informal restaurant with a great buzz at the link in bio. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal Supported by @newburyracecourse and @wearehealthily

Fashion

  • 5 STYLISH SLEEPWEAR SETS FOR HIM

    5 STYLISH SLEEPWEAR SETS FOR HIM

    Threadbare boxers begone! The style gods have spoken (aka Gucci and Harry Styles) and pyjamas for men are in – here are five sets that hit the spot.

    • 10 buys for World Bee Day

      10 buys for World Bee Day

      Hey, if it’s for the little black and yellow fellas, then who are we to argue with a shopping spree to celebrate World Bee Day (20 May)? Here are 10 on-trend buys we’re totally buzzing about

    • Your kids’ summer wardrobe sorted

      Your kids’ summer wardrobe sorted

      Trying to save the planet? We’re doing it for the kids! If you’re looking for sustainable, ethical kids fashion, shop the Muddy new season edit. Well, it is Earth Day after all

  • Beauty

People

  • The Guilty Feminist on tour!

    The Guilty Feminist on tour!

    Love the podcast? Good news – its creator is coming to Reading this month. We grabbed the super-talented Deborah Francis-White for a Muddy chinwag.

    • Muddy meets comedian Ed Byrne

      Muddy meets comedian Ed Byrne

      Why he gave up horticulture for comedy, plus his best warm-up joke… Funny man Ed chats to Muddy ahead of hitting the stage at South Hill Park in Bracknell

    • Gotta have it: 90s legends in Lego

      Gotta have it: 90s legends in Lego

      Can you guess which girl band is being immortalised in Lego 25 years after their iconic album release?

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2022

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2022

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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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