The May Bank Holiday is nearly here, so take this great opportunity to walk amongst carpets of colour with my guide to 5 of the prettiest local bluebell landscapes – and, just as importantly, the best place to refuel after…Read more
Looking for a gorgeous holiday stop for families or larger groups? Hang on, I’ll just get out my magician’s hat and wand and, er… abracadabra! The best rental properties across 18 counties, conjured up by your in-the-know Muddy editors.
The Coach House, Ascot
Pass me a kaftan and a glass of fizz (make that a bottle), I feel the need to waft.Read more
Do you want to break free? Go on, unplug yourself from the vacuum cleaner, put on your fake Freddy moustache and inflatable breasts and release yourself from the confine of your county. You’re bound to get at least half an hour down the road before someone arrests you.
Urban Festival, Southbank, London
Breakdancing battles, dance residencies, workshops, lots of free family events, workshops and parties at the South Bank Centre’s Urban Festival showcasing the best in street culture from 1 – 17 April.Read more
Take your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about holidays. Hey, I saw you roll your eyes and do that whole ‘Pah! I don’t do cruises thing’. But have you heard about the new kind of cruise – boutique river cruises, like this one (pictured) from L.A-based travel agents Uniworld? This is their Bordeaux, Vineyards and Châteaux cruise option, that takes you round South of France’s Bordeaux region, where you’re onboard a small, luxe riverboat (no big ocean faring vessels here) for a week of wine tasting and five-star food.Read more
Last week saw an historic gathering of power players for a day of diplomatic discussions. EU leaders discussing the terms of Brexit? Nah, I’m talking Muddy Stiletto’s national conference, obviously! With your local superblog now boasting 18 (yes flippin eighteen!) regional editions, us editors convened en masse in the smoke to um, drink quite a lot of prosecco.
Our venue for the day was The Harcourt, a chic Grade 2-listed, five-storey Georgian townhouse which is a bar, restaurant, meeting and private dining space – and is now officially our new favourite London haunt.Read more
You may be getting the idea that we’re totally into spreading the news of anything remotely groovy, cool or quirky the moment it hits. And I thought, you’d defo want to know about these 7 cool new happenings. So, hello and welcome to the Muddy o’clock Superduper Newsflash – bringing you the latest reports on new openings – from a luxury spa/hotel to a cool new country clubhouse… We are SO ON IT! (Just saying…)Read more
I don’t know about you, but as I’ve got older I’ve realised that time, rather than money, is a more precious, sought after commodity (deep, yes, I know). I used to think that hours googling holiday destinations would save me pennies, but now I’m not so sure that’s the case. And anyway if there’s an expert that can do the job for me, efficiently and get it right at no extra expense then I’m in.Read more
Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search, as chosen by the people in the know – the regional Muddy editors.
Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury
If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.Read more
Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay. The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!Read more
Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the week before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).Read more