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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 Christmaaaaas! Treat yourself to some festive glam, and pick up some some gorgeous stocking fillers in one fell swoop at Next Beauty & Home's shopping event (11-12 Dec).

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

The Royal Ballet The Nutcracker

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • A cocktail, garçon, and make it snappy

    A cocktail, garçon, and make it snappy

    Is it even party season if we’re not head to toe in sequins working our way through the cocktail menu? No it is not. Here are 16 of the best bars in Berkshire. Ibuprofen at the ready?

    • Muddy eats: The Hind’s Head, Bray

      Muddy eats: The Hind’s Head, Bray

      Step into Heston Blumenthal’s culinary time machine. The HInd’s Head in Bray takes its inspiration from the past to bring you an elegantly eccentric menu of comforting classics.

    • Review: The Halfway Inn, nr Newbury

      Review: The Halfway Inn, nr Newbury

      The Halfway Inn nr Newbury, West Berkshire, has had a stylish revamp. The result? A buzzy pub with a growing reputation for tasty seasonal food! Muddy dons her lucky napkin and tries it out

Culture

  • Pass the remote: 6 things to watch this week

    Pass the remote: 6 things to watch this week

    It’s freezing! Definitely the only excuse you need to catch up on some sofa time. On our watchlist this week: Benedict Cumberbatch’s cowboy “career-best”, on-demand opera, award-winning BBC comedy, and more.

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Home

  • Fir real! Where to buy your Christmas tree this year

    Fir real! Where to buy your Christmas tree this year

    Time to untangle the fairy lights and haul in the Norwegian spruce. We’ve found the best local options, from pick your own and potted firs to tree rentals. Up she goes!

    • Christmas wreath-making workshops – updated

      Christmas wreath-making workshops – updated

      There’s nothing like a wreath-making workshop to let off some creative steam and get into the festive mood. Before you say it’s too early, they’re selling out already, sweetie! Grab your tickets now.

    • A quick and tasty mid-week veggie supper

      A quick and tasty mid-week veggie supper

      Ruby Tandoh is known for her fuss-free, delicious recipes like this dish of gnocchi with harissa butter and broccoli. Plus, you’ve got a chance to win a copy of her latest book, Cook As You Are

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Life

  • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    What better inspo for giving your career a shake-up than the story of a creative genius who defied her generation and became a living legend. We’ve found the best books that embrace the Clarice Cliff spirit…

  • Kids

    • Caversham Prep School, Reading

      Caversham Prep School, Reading

      As a dedicated iPad school, this small co-ed prep offers an innovative approach to learning using tech and traditonal methods to achieve academic success.

    • St George’s, Windsor Castle

      St George’s, Windsor Castle

      More than just a chichi address, St George’s is leading the charge in educational reform as the UK’s first IB prep. It’s a school with academic rigour, royal links and a place where kindness is king.

    • What’s on in Berks this December
    • What’s on in Berks this December

Instamuddy

  • 👑 There's nothing I love more than a snoop around Windsor Castle at Christmas. The huge tree from @windsorgreatpark, twinkly lights, festive garlands and, for the very first time, this year you can see the Queen and Princess Margaret's panto costumes in front of the panels in the Waterloo Chamber where they performed 80 years ago. No amount of corsetry or a mince pie ban could squeeze me into one… they're tiny. Anyway, you have until January to have a nose. 

Also on this week…

🎄Don't miss #Newbury's Victorian Christmas Fayre this weekend (3-5 Dec).

🎅 It's curtain up @thehexagonrdg panto Beauty & The Beast on Sat 4 Dec 

🌟 Reading's @twilight_trail opens on 4 Dec. 

Oh and there's more, hit the link in the bio to find your festive fun this week.

#berkshire #windsor #windsorcastle #royalfamily #christmasatwindsorcastle #panto #christmas #queenelizabeth
  • Move to #Wokingham and you'll be healthier, wealthier and more beautiful – two out three ain't bad. This pretty market town is a hit with families for the excellent #schools, buzzy social scene, surrounding countryside and easy road and rail links. Hit the link in bio to discover why it deserves to be on Muddy's Best Places To Live 2022, in association with @struttandparker 

#countryliving #bestplascestolive #berkshire #wokingham #country #townandcountry #leavinglondon
  • When the spa restaurant @fairmontwp looks this beautiful you can only imagine what the rest of it looks like. I had a sneaky peak at the facilities and it is one of the most exciting spa openings ever. Wellness is very much the order of the day - Himalayan Salt Room, pool with infra red heated beds set into the water, 18 treatment rooms, @thefacebible 
aesthetics and skincare clinic, hair salon barbers and the dreamy Greens restaurant. Opening soon. 

Get the lowdown and more hot goss. Hit the link in the bio for celeb news, festive fun and a cocktail bar that'll leave you shaken and stirred.
  • LET THERE BE LIGHT...and also mulled wine, giant baubles, tasty street food and more! 

I mean can we give some love for the twinkly gorgeousness @westgreenhouse in Hartley Whitney that opens next week (27 Nov). @windsorilluminated got it’s shimmer on this week and Reading’s biscuit themed @twilight_trail will glow up on from 4 Dec. 

Want more? Hit the link in bio and find 18 of the best light trails in #Berkshire and beyond (all doable in 90 minutes or less).

#berkshire #windsor #readinguk #hook #christmaslights #illuminations #twilighttrail #nightsout

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