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I'm Sophie, editor of Muddy Gloucestershire & Worcestershire, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Who needs foreign shores when you can bring the Med to your living room? Here are the best destination-inspired candles money can buy.

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Little Black Book

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Our curated A-Z of the grooviest local businesses

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Little Black Book

The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

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  • Eat out to help out

    Eat out to help out

    Anyone up for some half price haute cuisine? Or just dreaming of eating anything that someone else has cooked!? *raises hand*. Then check out this list of places you can get 50% off at in the government’s new Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

    • Recipe: posh tomato salad, m’lady?

      Recipe: posh tomato salad, m’lady?

      You too can be a gourmand in your own kitchen with this Heston Blumenthal recipe. Spot on for a summer's evening, get stuck into this moorish salad (it's all in the prep).

    • 14 Best Pub Gardens

      14 Best Pub Gardens

      From rural vistas and waterside backdrops to swanky river-view pods! We've cherry-picked the best alfresco beer hangouts - come join us on a digital pub crawl.

    • In the pink: the rosé revolution

      In the pink: the rosé revolution

      Welcome to the rosé renaissance. Once dismissed as "lady petrol" (ugh), it's now officially the drink of the summer. Read on for top tips on buying the best bottles and that all important question - does it give you a hangover?

    • Giffords Cauliflower Salad and Eton Mess

      Giffords Cauliflower Salad and Eton Mess

      Roll up, roll up! ... Put some razzle-dazzle back into mealtime monotony with a double whammy of scrumptious, summery dishes from Giffords Circus new cookbook.

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    • 8 unusual herbs to spice up your life

      8 unusual herbs to spice up your life

      Or your cooking and cocktails at the very least! Get your chops around these unusual herbs, perfect for everything from pepping up your barbecue to sweetening your mojito. Arriba!

    • 20 wonderful Spring walks

      20 wonderful Spring walks

      It's National Walking Month! Sling on your boots, pack the flask, and get a much needed boost on one of our wonderful walks.

    • 7 steps to better sleep

      7 steps to better sleep

      You've downed a chamomile tea, ignored your phone for an hour and shoved your 900th sheep over a gate - but still can't get to sleep. Sound familiar? Time to pandemic-proof your sleep with our guide to getting some Z's during lockdown.

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  • J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    Are you a FaceTime fanatic or a Skype cynic? After months of video call catch-ups, two Muddy editors battle it out over the digital face-to-face.

  • Kids

    • 10 books for younger kids

      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.

    • 7 Best PYO Farms

      7 Best PYO Farms

      Can we tempt you with something juicy and plump? ... we're talking about Pick Your Own Farms of course (cheeky). It's peak PYO season so get yourself down to one of Glos and Worcs fruity farmsteads and fill up those punnets pronto.

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    • Best at-home pedi kits

      Best at-home pedi kits

      It's starting to feel a lot like peak summer and with the mercury knocking 25 degrees on a regular basis, it means it's also time to expose The Feet. Ready, set, attack!

    • 5 of the best hair masks to buy now

      5 of the best hair masks to buy now

      Split ends up to your ears? We've found five quick-fixes for treating neglected locks - and to stop your hair stylist from screaming when salons finally reopen

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  • Gin genie … Muddy Meets Sarah Gordon-Jones

    Gin genie … Muddy Meets Sarah Gordon-Jones

    It’s World Gin Day (our new favourite day of the year) so we caught up with Cheltenham’s gin genie about how she swapped the rat race for the ‘still’ life … and her profesh cocktail tips of course.

    • Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

      Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

      Record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo has a new project on his hands - raising money for the NHS in association with UK theatres. Tell us about it, Shlo!

    • What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      Love it or loathe it, lockdown has given us time to learn new skills but has it taught us something deeper? Muddy tapped five busy writers and presenters, juggling careers, babies and even a tumour, to tell all.

    • Muddy gets chefy with Olivia Burt

      Muddy gets chefy with Olivia Burt

      We catch up with the 'Masterchef: The Professionals' finalist to find out her backstage goss, favourite dishes and top spots to eat in London.

    • The 4 funniest people on social media

      The 4 funniest people on social media

      Social media can be a depressing place at times but these Instagram and Twitter accounts never fail to make us smile – go funny up your feed with these guys.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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