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  • 30 Ways to entertain the kids this 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, from toddlers to teens.

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    Jubi-glee! 20 brilliant Jubilee events near you

    It's the knees-up of the century. The Queen's Platinum celebrations are taking place across a four day Bank Holiday from 02 - 05 June. Want to know where to take your tiara? Try these. From garden parties and parades to a Royal Variety Show and regatta. Spiffing!

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    12 Beautiful local bluebell walks

    Blooming 'eck! Bluebells are popping up in their thousands across Glos and Worcs. Here's where to find the best of them on your sprightly springtime walk.Trip the light (blue) fantastic with these 12 bluebell stunners.

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    14 Egg-cellent Easter eggs

    No need to go hunting - we've found the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful Easter eggs up for grabs on the high street and locally this season.

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    What’s On April

    April is a bumper month for fun, want to know what's worth getting out of bed for? We have the insider line. Check out these brilliant things to do in Glos & Worcs, from a star-studded benefit gig for Ukraine to a top interiors and vintage fair, Giffords circus and more.

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    30 Egg-cellent things to do this Easter

    Looking for ideas to keep the cherubs entertained this Easter? You're in luck - here are 30 brilliant things to do as a family over the holidays. The lowdown on what's on, what's fun and where to go. Easter cabin fever - begone!

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    Muddy Reviews: Talland Bay Hotel, Cornwall

    Ready to be whisked away to somewhere quite extraordinary? Talland Bay Hotel boasts a secluded stretch of Cornish coast, stand-out food, the best views in the West Country and a wonderland vibe. Intrigued? Read on.

  • What’s Cooking? With Susie Whitfield

    In this Muddy regular, we bring you the best of the counties' makers and bakers to spill the beans about their work, lives and cooking. DIshing it up this week is passionate baker Susie Whitfield from The Cotswolds Baking Workshop.

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    Muddy reviews: Abbey College, Malvern

    Looking for a unique and quintessentially English day and boarding school with a dazzlingly international feel? Abbey College in the stunning Malvern foothills is an academically-driven yet nurturing choice, and something slightly different for your teen scholar.

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    20 Ways to say I love you on Mother’s Day

    Treating your mum? Hope to be treated yourself? Either way, we have some brilliant ideas to spoil the lady in your life on 27th March. From afternoon tea set to a grand piano to glorious gardens, cool classes and a mamas & mimosas spa day (ooo!). Find some lady-shaped fun here.

  • Stressed or unhappy child? Here’s how to help

    Have a kid that's struggling with their feelings? Take five and read these five nuggets of advice from author Poppy O'Neill before you tear your hair out.

  • Kids & eco anxiety: how to tackle it

    Getting past the doom and gloom to focus on positive action isn't always easy - but here's how from Leisa Stewart-Sharpe, who's written books for Sir David Attenborough's TV series

  • Myddelton College, Denbigh, North Wales

    A go-getter, non-selective co-ed boarding school based in jaw-dropping natural surroundings. Myddelton's emphasis on elite sport and all-rounder credentials are an immediate attraction.

  • Christmas gift guide: for tweens & teens

    Wondering what to get those mopey teens? From TikTok gadgets to trendy fashion to the all-important skincare, here are 28 hand-picked gift ideas they'll love (even if they won't admit it).

  • Adcote School for Girls, Shropshire

    This small, non-selective school manages to be a triple threat in academics, sports, and pastoral care all at once. The last five years have seen it turn from middle-of-the-road to national contender.

  • Does the world need another online school?

    Pearson Online Academy UK Global thinks so! With the launch of the educational behemoth's founding school in September, Muddy gets the lowdown from Principal Jo Vigneron

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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

  • 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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