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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

It's time to start ticking off your list! Luckily, Muddy's done the hard work for you - here are the best stocking fillers for under £30, all available from The Indie Store.

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  • It's true, 2020 has been horrific - but we refuse to be beaten! This year the Muddy elves have put together our biggest Christmas Reader Treat ever– a whopping £5000 of gifts to win over 13 days (because why stop at 12?), curated from the brilliant businesses featured on @theindiestoreuk

You can enter as many of the Reader Treats as you like on any of the 13 days, with winners picked on 14 Dec and gifts delivered to your door in time for Christmas morning. First up a beautiful for her bundle worth £652 😍 

Get entering, just click link in bio!
  • Going wild for Christmas this year? Although I appear to be fashionably late to the tree decorating party, today is the day (*ignores family protests). Every year I add a couple of baubles to the collection and stylish has been replaced with bonkers. Here are four of my absolute favourites. Hit the link in the bio for the rest. The question is, is anyone out there actually waiting until December to put up their spruce (faux or real)? 

#berkshire #christmastree #berkshirechristmas #christmasdecorations #christmas2020 #baubles #kitschchristmas #whalesofinstagram #treedecs
  • Baby, it’s cold outside. While I fight the urge to mainline mince pies on the sofa, it’s probably a good time to whip up something healthy and hearty. @rivercottagehq Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall to the rescue with his new cookbook, Eat Better Forever: 7 Ways to Transform Your Diet. It's not out until the 31 Dec and is full of recipes using ingredients lurking in your cupboards. We’ve got two #winter warming #recipes - a veg-packed soup or hot pot to tickle your tastebuds. Hit the link in the bio, dinner is sorted. 

#homecooking #hotpot #cooking #winter #onepotmeal #hughfearnleywhittingstall #comfortfood #rivercottage #berkshire
  • In electric shock? Last week Boris announced new petrol and diesel cars are toast in just 9 years. And hybrids face the green gallows 5 years later. But are electric cars a realistic option for all? Yes they are the future and I can totally see the appeal whizzing around town, but what if you live in the sticks? Will you get a big shop, your kids and a couple or dogs in the back? Will you be a prisoner to the range? Are there even enough charging points? Blatantly unqualified to answer these questions, we asked car pros Fleet Elite instead. Put your foot down and click the link in the bio for all the answers. Let me know in the comments below, if you’re ready to plug into the green revolution and choose electric? 

#electric #electriccar #electriccars #berkshire #countryside #plugin #greenrevolution #ecofriendly #eco #gogreen #cars #newcars #carsifinstagram #hybrid
  • The only thing that cheers a girl up more than diamonds? Diamonds that are paid for with a voucher! That’s right, Muddy has teamed up with online auction experts @fellowsauctions to give away £500 to spend at any of their 2021 auctions 💎 Hit the link in bio to enter.

#diamonds #diamond #diamondring #diamondearrings #finejewellery #jewellery #designer #auction #fellows #fellowsauctions #win #berkshire #auctions #win #competition #bling #blingiton
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  • 8 of the best Christmas escapes

    8 of the best Christmas escapes

    Festive, fun and stress free. A Christmas mini break where you rock up to eat, drink, sleep and be merry could be just the antidote to a rubbish 2020.

    • Is this the ultimate family escape?

      Is this the ultimate family escape?

      A five star hotel so fab you and your kids will never want to leave. Pack your bags, Coworth Park is calling for fresh air, great food and post-lockdown fun on tap.

    • Muddy reviews One Aldwych: London

      Muddy reviews One Aldwych: London

      Overnighter in the Big Smoke or planning a post-pandemic theatre jaunt? Treat yourself with a stay at this stunning, super-luxe hotel, just a stone's throw from the West End.

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  • Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    You want to ‘shop small’ but lockdown is making it tricky. Not on my watch! Our latest launch, The Indie Store, is all about supporting brilliant local retail, and here’s how you can help too.

  • Kids

    • Pangbourne College, Berkshire

      Pangbourne College, Berkshire

      A co-ed day/boarding school with naval traditions nr Reading, Pangbourne College's emphasis is on courage, community and creative thinking. Tick, tick, TICK

    • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

      6 reasons to consider InterHigh

      If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

  • Fun things to do this December
  • Fun things to do this December
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  • Walkies! Cool cold weather gear

    Walkies! Cool cold weather gear

    Gyms are closed (as is practically everything else), so we’re getting our exercise fix with some long winter walks. Here’s all the gear you’ll need to stretch those legs this season.

    • Cosy treats for dark days

      Cosy treats for dark days

      It’s cold, drizzly and dark at 5pm so it’s time to up the comfort factor with these must-have items for days indoors, including plenty of opportunities to #supportlocal.

    • Designer vs dead ringer: the leather edit

      Designer vs dead ringer: the leather edit

      Leather is top of the trends this season but the real deal can be a *leetle* unfriendly when it comes to your credit card. Cue our edit of the best dupes for the hottest designer pieces.

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  • What’s cooking? Calum Franklin, The Pie Room

    What’s cooking? Calum Franklin, The Pie Room

    Fresh from the launch of his mouth-watering new cookbook, we caught up with the London Pie King himself to talk Scotch eggs, the Breville toastie masker and cooking for Axl Rose.

    • Yes, people, this is Meg Mathews

      Yes, people, this is Meg Mathews

      Primrose Hill party queen turned wellness guru? Stranger things have happened! Muddy chats to the always glamorous Meg Mathews about her new book, self-care and, er, vagina facials.

    • 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?

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