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  • Man the forts! The best castles within 90 minutes

    Ready for a right royal day out? Let's admire some moats! We've rounded up 6 of the coolest castles in Essex and beyond that are open for business. Tiara at the ready, let's go!

  • 23 best things to do within 2 hours of home

    Are you ready to (gasp) leave your local area? From safari parks and city skylines to a hotspot for water sports, here are the 23 best outdoors things to do within 2 hours of Essex.

  • What’s on locally this Easter? We know!

    Slowly, slowly things are opening up. Here’s where to take the family locally over the holidays for a very welcome change of scene.

  • 6 fun things to do in the garden with kids

    Make a mini golf course, plant a jam jar garden and measure a tree with your bum! Cabin fever begone with these cool gardening ideas kids will dig.

  • Felsted School, Felsted

    Green space, expansive facilities and a progressive global curriculum to make you swoon at this top co-ed boarding and day school for ages 4-18 in the pretty Essex countryside.

  • 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.

  • St Aubyn’s School, Woodford Green

    Hard to find fault with this lovely co-ed prep school on the outskirts of London - impressive facilities, plenty of green space, an all-rounder education and great results.

  • Chigwell School, Chigwell

    Perched on the outskirts of London and fringing the great, green boughs of Epping forest, this selective co-ed is set in 100 acres of prime Essex countryside and offers a holistic approach to education.

  • 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!

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    Brentwood School, Brentwood

    Striking an unusual balance between co-ed and single-sex learning, this successful independent delivers history and heart alongside its stellar academic record

  • 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.

  • St Margaret’s Prep School, Gosfield

    A small, intimate, 'family' oriented prep school, St Margaret's is the perfect option for those looking for a nurturing environment and all-rounder education for their kids.

  • Ipswich School

    Ipswich School

    This city-based, selective co-ed school for ages 11-18 pulls off the near impossible: amazing results across the board while retaining a happy, creative environment

  • 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 […]

  • 18 new-season buys for kids for under £25

    Don't let your kids' sartorial standards slip as much as yours have this spring with our edit of corona cash friendly buys for little ones

  • 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).

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