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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

Forget colour co-ordination - this year we're dressing our trees with the most bonkers baubles we can find!

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

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  • Best wines to buy for Christmas PLUS a VIP discount!

    Best wines to buy for Christmas PLUS a VIP discount!

    Never know which wines are best to crack out at Christmas time? Or just looking for a change from your usual festive tipple? Luckily, wine doyenne Lynne Levin has picked out the perfect bottle for every special day across the holiday season – read on to find out what to buy when, and how to […]

    • Country pub charm at its best

      Country pub charm at its best

      With 360-degree views across five valleys and a deliciously arcadian feel, it's no wonder the Bear of Rodborough is an iconic Glos landmark. But what's it like as a getaway? Muddy went along to find out.

    • 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

      40 of the best indie coffee roasters

      Can't function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends from indie coffee roasters to kickstart your day.

    • Pear & Blackberry Tarte Tatin

      Pear & Blackberry Tarte Tatin

      Feeling fruity? You will be with this sumptuous September dish. With foragable fruits on every corner we don't blame you for not being able to resist this sexy rustic French dish from Daylesford. Try it now.

    • Muddy Reviews: The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie

      Muddy Reviews: The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie

      Are lashings of glamour a non-negotiable on your dine-out wishlist? Then step this way madam ... The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in Cheltenham is one of the swankiest destinations in town. Muddy popped in to see whether this grandee of grub lives up to it fame.


  • The first -3 morning of the year here in the wilds of the Painswick Valley 🥶. I’ve picked a cracking week to have a new boiler fitted and no heating for 5 days! 🤣😳. But can’t complain when the morning commute looks like this 💙. Met a cow.
  • Who else is getting their🎄this weekend? Look no further, we’ve rounded up the best places to find one! My spirit tree is a 7ft Blue fir, but I always end up bent over it with a saw having to lop off 2 foot to fit the ceiling (I never learn) 🤣. Tag me in on a pic of your tree and I’ll repost! We’d love to see them. In the meantime click link in bio now 👆 ... we’ve found farms with reindeer, ones with mulled wine, sustainable carbon neutral trees! And even really cool potted ones you can rent like these ⬆️ from @rentalchristmastrees found @winstonesicecream 💚. Check them out in bio now.
  • Want to whip up your own wreath this Noel? Hell yeah! You’re not Christmas ready until one of these beauties adorns the door. Have a crack at creating your own (some come with fizz too) at a workshop once lockdown lifts, we’ve got socially distanced IRL ones, virtual masterclasses or order yourself a kit to make it from home like the fabulous one from @petalandpad🎄@theindiestoreuk. Click link in bio now 👆 to find one near you in Glos & Worcs 💚 
They’re going like hot mince pies folks, book one now!
  • 🤶🍸 WIN GIN! 🎅🏻🍸 
Get into the Christmas spirit (ho ho ho) with this fabulous festive giveaway ✨This gorgeous gin is so popular this year, it’s already sold out at Harvey Nicks - but we’ve got our paws on THREE bottles. To win a bottle of orange and gingerbread @snowglobegin - with real gold flakes, no less you know the drill ✨ Click link in bio now to win 😍
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  • Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    You want to ‘shop small’ but lockdown is making it tricky. Not on my watch! Our latest launch, The Indie Store, is all about supporting brilliant local retail, and here’s how you can help too.

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  • 8 places to buy a Christmas tree
  • 8 places to buy a Christmas tree
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  • New season fashion trends: A/W 2020

    New season fashion trends: A/W 2020

    The fashion mavens spoken and, yes please, we’ll take that excuse for new clothes and run with it! Here are the five top trends to help you nail autumn/ winter style this year.

    • Designer vs dead ringer: the leather edit

      Designer vs dead ringer: the leather edit

      Leather is top of the trends this season but the real deal can be a *leetle* unfriendly when it comes to your credit card. Cue our edit of the best dupes for the hottest designer pieces.

    • White hot boots to buy now

      White hot boots to buy now

      Forget your humdrum black and brown, there's a new colour on the block when it comes to winter boots and we're loving it. Here are eight white pairs to add to basket.

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  • Muddy meets Jenni Rivett – PT to the stars

    Muddy meets Jenni Rivett – PT to the stars

    Want to get fit without leaving your front room? Jenni Rivett is the one-woman powerhouse behind the ‘Train like a Woman’ programme. Feted by celebs, and drawing Zoomers from around the globe every week for her workouts, we had to find out more.

    • What’s cooking? Calum Franklin, The Pie Room

      What’s cooking? Calum Franklin, The Pie Room

      Fresh from the launch of his mouth-watering new cookbook, we caught up with the London Pie King himself to talk Scotch eggs, the Breville toastie masker and cooking for Axl Rose.

    • Yes, people, this is Meg Mathews!

      Yes, people, this is Meg Mathews!

      Primrose Hill party queen turned wellness guru? Stranger things have happened! Muddy chats to the always glamorous Meg Mathews about her new book, self-care and, er, vagina facials.

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