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  • Gift guide for littlies

    Treat the little people! Gorgeous young children's pressies for Christmas, with brands you won't find everywhere else.

  • Gift guide for her

    Aunts, mums, grandmas, sisters and your girl posse all covered for Crimbo, plus some spot-on suggestions for gifts to self. Ho ho ho.

  • Christmas red bauble and pine cone hanging from fir wreath on door of chalet in snow

    18 fab Xmas fairs and markets

    Before we hit the parties and panto, get into the Crimbo spirit with a mulled wine, minced pie and Muddy's pick of the festive markets and fairs.

  • Queen Anne's School Caversham ivy covered frontage red brick queen anne's style mansion house in reading Berkshire

    Queen Anne’s, Caversham

    Muddy says: A top girls' school set in 34 acres with cracking facilities, including a super-cool 6th form, a can-do ethos and great results.

  • Muddy Stilettos Berkshire editor Rachel Jane in black race suit and helmet at Absolutely Karting Maidenhead

    Buckle up, baby

    Race you to the finish line, this wannabe petrol head puts Absolutely Karting Maidenhead through its paces.

  • Eagle House School co-ed prep Berkshire Victorian Hunting Lodge

    Eagle House, Sandhurst

    Looking for a non-selective co-ed school with a strong all-rounder reputation? Well, whaddya know!

  • aerial view of Horris Hill Prep School – a collection of large red brick houses set in 85 acres of wooded heathland

    Horris Hill Prep, Newbury

    Muddy says: A small, high-achieving rural prep with a family-oriented vibe and an emphasis on 'joining in'.

  • Botley kids coding robot

    Cracking the kid code

    Never mind Mandarin, the language most useful to kids is coding. Say hello to this cute coding bot.

    • The Oraotory Prep School Goring Heath Catholic Tudor style main building South Oxfordshire Berkshire

      The Oratory Prep School

      Academically strong with excellent pastoral care, Muddy snoops around co-ed Catholic prep on the Oxon/Berks border.

    • Super-special spa breaks

      When a woman is tired of spas, she's tired of life (Samuel Pepys actually said this). Here's our pick of the day or stay spas.

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