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  • Take a walk on the wild side: Fantasy Forest Fest

    Where do elves, knights, superheroes, Cosplayers, mermaids and more gather in July 2021? The Fantasy Forest Festival in Cheltenham of course. Want to know what it's all about (and win tickets)? Read on.

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    What’s On June

    Anyone else jumping for joy it's June? We're so up for some F.U.N. Arm yourself with this month's what's on guide to Glos and Worcs and let's go.

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    On yer bike! 8 Scenic bike rides

    Pack your pannier, hop in the saddle and hit the hills with our hand-picked choice of the best scenic bike rides and e-bike experiences in Glos & Worcs.

  • Their words: what kids really think of online school

    What if you're too scared to put your hand up in class, too exhausted to get out of bed, struggle with SEN, or too busy playing golf? Four kids explain why they made the switch and what they think of life at InterHigh, an online school.

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    Party on! 27 Festivals to book now

    Are you ready to make some noise?! From 80s extravaganzas to chilled retro jamborees and opera weekends, these are the festivals you need on your radar this summer.

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    23 Family fun activities for half term

    Half term incoming! But how to keep the kids entertained and from climbing the walls you ask? Your bespoke Muddy Guide of course. Read on for the coolest stuff for them to do across Glos & Worcs.

  • May’s top releases for Children’s Book Week

    It's Children's Book Week! Need some new reading material for your little bookbugs? These seven new releases should have them captivated (and quiet).

  • Superflashy Newsflash

    It's coming in hot and fast - yes it's your May newsflash! What's going down in Glos & Worcs this month? We have super-cool shop openings, foodie reveals and more. Find out the goss here.

  • The 7 questions everyone asks about online schools

    Where does the social side, sport and extra-curricular come in to virtual education, and what about a timetable and exams? We tackle the big questions about online schools

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    My Favourite Places: Susie Whitfield

    We chat to The Cotswolds Baking Workshop's Susie Whitfield to find out where she chooses to hang out in our glorious shires (and beyond). Read on for fabulous shopping, sipping and sightseeing inspo.

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    12 Beautiful Bluebell Walks

    Trip the light (blue) fantastic with the 12 best bluebells walks near you. The most gorgeous floral pop-ups to bring in Spring.

  • Clear the diary for Living Crafts

    Spring fayres, craft markets and shopping in general - how we've missed it! So news that Living Crafts is coming to Cirencester is hugely exciting, read on for what to expect at this terrific, three-day crafty extravaganza.

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    Sip, shop and scoff: A day at fabulous Five Valleys

    A year of pent-up retail therapy yearning to be sated? Whisk yourself off to the newest and most fabulous retail-meets-dining destination in the Cotswolds.

  • No Easter childcare? We’ve got it sorted

    Can’t bear to have kids lolling around the house over the Easter hols? No fear: help is at hand with the return of Ultimate Activity Camps across the Muddy counties.

  • Half-term hack: the best online courses for kids

    Run out of ways to entertain the kiddos? Check out Muddy's list of the best online classes and workshops that you can do from anywhere across the country, just in time for half-term.

  • Harrow School online – your prayers answered?

    Combining Harrow's heritage with leading online tech, Harrow School Online offers co-ed learning for ages 16-18. We spoke to the new head for the full lowdown.

  • FREE specialist fitness class for tweens and teens

    The brilliant online FitLife Academy focuses on fun classes for 10-15 year olds. Try for free and, if they like it, use our Muddy exclusive deal to keep them active (and out of your hair) all month!

  • Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

    Parenting can be a little fraught when you're essentially under siege in your own house. So we decided to talk to our young people to find out what they think we could be doing better.

  • 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.

  • 10 of the best subscription boxes for kids

    Running on empty when it comes to entertaining the kids? Royal Mail comes up trumps with these brilliant subscription boxes – time to sit with a gin and wait for the postman.

  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • Children's books

    10 books for younger kids

    Kids have had a lot on their plates: no school, no play dates, and slim chance of a summer of fun in the sun. Here's 10 great book for ages 5-8 to create a fictional escape route from the madness.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Parlez-vous teen slang? The language barrier has always been a problem when it comes to parent/child communications. Do you find the way your little darlings speak totally basic or, like, lit?

  • Your ultimate Autumn Walks guide

    Grab your kids, your besties, your dog and anyone else who is free to join you on our first Autumn Walks initiative with Joules - and win coats and wellies for the whole family!

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