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  • My possibly not that helpful Xmas survival guide

    Are you a notorious festive failure? I hear you. Here's how I muddle through (spoiler: lashings of booze).

  • green hill and wetlands in Cookham Berkshire

    Muddy’s best winter walks

    Climbing the walls after the turkey fest? It's time for walkies! Here's where I'll be running for the hills this Boxing Day and beyond.

  • Arch of neon light and trees

    30 things to do between Xmas and New Year

    The days between Xmas and New Year can be a bit of a drag but we've found 30 lovely things for you to do in social limbo land.

  • Gotta have it

    Woohoo! It's time to partaaaaay. Down tools and dive head first into the bubbles from now until New Year – and we've only found one that tastes like Veuve without the price tag. You're welcome.

  • Lind and Lime Gin pale blue ribbed bottle lying on its side

    Christmas Drinkies!

    Usually face-down in a vat of Baileys? You can do better than that! Nail your Christmas drink choices like a pro. Bottoms up!

  • Top 10 book for young adults

    The magnificent indie bookshop Mostly Books has scoured the shelves, and selected its Top 10 books for the miracle of a tween/teen no-screen Christmas.

  • XMAS: Top 10 kids books

    The Top 10 books for kids this Christmas - lovingly chosen by The Book House, purveyors of one of the top kids sections in the home counties!

  • Aladdin Hexagon Reading Justin Fletcher dame dressed as egyptian pharaoh and so she with mummies

    Panto review: Aladdin

    It's all back to Justin's House for a panto party. Aladdin at The Hexagon in Reading will be cleaning up this year with a show that's fun, festive and very silly.

  • Cast of Dick whittington and his cat South Hill Park Bracknell Berkshire 3D set designs of London

    Muddy reviews: Bracknell’s Dick Whittington

    Rat infestation? Call in Rentokil, Dick! Oh too late. Here's my hot-off-the-panto press verdict on Bracknell's Dick Whittington and His Cat.

  • Gifts for teens

    Those pesky tweens and teens are a nightmare to buy for, but relax, we have it, like, totally covered with added hashtags and emojis :)

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