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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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What’s on this month

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Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • Roux with a view: The Scenic Supper reviewed

    Roux with a view: The Scenic Supper reviewed

    Rustic and revolutionary; welcome to the Cotswolds coolest new dining experience. Famed for its glasshouses, the Scenic Supper has moved for the winter. Muddy took a trip to find out what the fuss is all about. Read our review here.

    • Muddy reviews: Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud

      Muddy reviews: Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud

      Searching for an award-winning overnighter in the countryside with top nosh on demand? Escape to this 19th century, boutique manor house in the heart of the Cotswolds. Muddy packed the bags and checked in for the night.

    • Review: Brasserie Blanc, Cheltenham

      Review: Brasserie Blanc, Cheltenham

      What do you get if you combine fancy French cuisine dreamt up by a top Michelin chef with a laid-back Cheltenham vibe? A whole lot of oh là là! Come with us to Brasserie Blanc and see what it’s really like (and WIN a signed copy of Raymond Blanc’s cookbook).

Culture

  • 25 Festive films to get you in the Xmas mood

    25 Festive films to get you in the Xmas mood

    ‘Tis the season to hit the Baileys and get on a Christmas movie marathon. Here are 25 festive films for your viewing pleasure – full fat cheesy and dairy free.

    • Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

      Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

      It’s freezing! Definitely the only excuse you need to catch up on some sofa time. On our watchlist this week: Benedict Cumberbatch’s cowboy “career-best”, on-demand opera, award-winning BBC comedy, and more.

    • 10 Best Christmas Markets in Glos & Worcs

      10 Best Christmas Markets in Glos & Worcs

      Is it even Christmas if you haven’t eaten scalding chestnuts from a chalet hut? Do your festive shopping right this year with these 10 merry markets worth a visit within an hour of Glos & Worcs.

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Travel

  • Cool yule! Muddy guide to Christmas in Edinburgh

    Cool yule! Muddy guide to Christmas in Edinburgh

    Ice rinks, Santa Land, fireworks and castles…For cracking Christmas celebrations and a helluva Hogmanay, head north of the border this winter.

    • Muddy reviews: Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud

      Muddy reviews: Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud

      Searching for an award-winning overnighter in the countryside with top nosh on demand? Escape to this 19th century, boutique manor house in the heart of the Cotswolds. Muddy packed the bags and checked in for the night.

    • The best Black Friday travel deals!

      The best Black Friday travel deals!

      Staying in a gorgeous hotel or lying on a tropical beach never fails to make us happy, which is why we’re excited to bring you all the best discounts around the world. Just think of us as your BFF when it comes to BF!

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  • 8 Experiences to gift this Christmas

    8 Experiences to gift this Christmas

    Stumped for what to put under the tree this year? All hail the saviour! It’s our hand-picked guide to the best experiences to gift instead. From charming alpaca treks to Michelin-style dining in a heated greenhouses, save Christmas right here.

    • Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

      Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

      The Insta-star chef has brought out a gorgeous festive book of baking. Not only has she shared a delish (and pretty) recipe with us, but she’s offered three copies of her latest cookbook to Muddy readers!

    • Shop these! 20 Lovely local gifts to buy

      Shop these! 20 Lovely local gifts to buy

      Ker-poww! It’s your ultimate local gift guide. Want to buy something for that spesh person in your life and support local bizzies at the same time? Step away from that Amazon basket and try these 20 gifts for him, her and them.

  • Wellbeing

    • 11 Incredible autumn colour walks

      11 Incredible autumn colour walks

      Hot chocolate by the gallon, cosy scarves, crunchy leaves beneath your wellies. Little compares with an autumnal walk. Want to know where to catch the best colour this season? Find the most spectacular strolls (with pit-stops) here.

    • 6 Best on-demand workout classes

      6 Best on-demand workout classes

      Tear your eyes away from Netflix and get moving with these streaming fitness classes. No excuses now! Here are the best on-demand workouts to do now.

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Life

  • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    What better inspo for giving your career a shake-up than the story of a creative genius who defied her generation and became a living legend. We’ve found the best books that embrace the Clarice Cliff spirit…

  • Kids

    • 15 Twinkly light trails to visit

      15 Twinkly light trails to visit

      You glow, girl! At least, you will at one of these fabulously festive light trails to visit across Glos, Worcs and beyond. Scarf on, hot choc at the ready, time to head out on a magical wintery walk.

    • Naughty or nice? 15 Places to meet Santa

      Naughty or nice? 15 Places to meet Santa

      Want to see the big fella this Christmas? Up the magic factor and book in to see Santa at one of these places in Glos & Worcs. From Santa Trains and making gingerbread with his elves to Santa on skies! Pick your experience here.

    • 8 Experiences to gift this Christmas
    • 8 Experiences to gift this Christmas

Instamuddy

  • The great phone box restoration stepped up pace this weekend! As a village we  bought back this wonderful old K6 phone box recently (it had been ripped out years ago and was languishing in a pretty bad state in a council yard), it’s been a bit of a labour of love with people stripping, painting, fixing over the past 2 months but with just 1 week until it’s official relaunch as a community library / swap shop / flower stall I had to get a shake on. I’ve been gold leafing the 4 crowns (note to self: never gold leaf in winter, you will spend half your time running down the road chasing said gold leaf 😂.). But finally they are  all done now and looking all shiny and regal again. So lovely to be bringing one of these national treasures back to life ❤️ Swipe to see some befores.
  • It's Christmaaaaaas! Not feeling festive yet? This should help: the Muddy elves have put together our biggest Christmas Reader Treat EVER over 16 days (because, hey, why stop at 12?). We're talking a whopping £7,000 of luxury gifts and experiences - from incredible hotel stays to boozy bundles and luxe skincare.

You can enter as many of the Reader Treats as you like until midnight on 16 Dec, and unlike a normal advent calendar, you can open all the doors at once without spoiling the fun (or crashing from a sugar overload). Hit the link in bio to get entering!
  • Shall we just skip to the good bit? Christmas in the Cotswolds came early today. How pretty do Ciren, Painswick & Broadway look in the flakes today ?❄️💙
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📸 @octavias_bookshop 
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📸 @lygoncotswolds
  • ✨Want to see the Enchanted Trail lights  @westonbirtarb ? Swipe to see what it’s like, we walked around with hot chocolates piled high with marshmallows and cream and mulled wine (ok well I did!) this one’s really family friendly, with talking trees, actors popping up everywhere, twinkly lights and vintage rides. Then head to link in bio now 👆to see 14 more bright and beautiful light trails to go to this weekend right here in Glos & Worcs
  • 🌲 👀 … its 💯 respectable to get your tree up we say - who’s cracking open the Chrissie decs box this weekend? Wondering where to get a tree, see our guide to the 12 best places to find one near you - hit link in bio now 👆

Fashion

  • Sustainable swap shop! 7 ways to help the planet

    Sustainable swap shop! 7 ways to help the planet

    Fashion doesn’t have to be fast. Infact it’s a win-win shimmying into a dreamy new buy, but knowing you are helping the planet at the same time, right? Meet Shalize Nicholas, from Madia & Matilda, leading the pack in zero-waste fashion she shares her top swaps for looking good this season.

    • Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

      Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

      Madonna’s cone bra is now available to rent! It’s ethical, eco and everywhere… here’s where you can rent, repair and sell-on stylish clothes, from Christmas party outfits to eye-catching clutch bags

    • Pyjama party! 9 best pj sets to buy

      Pyjama party! 9 best pj sets to buy

      With autumn being peak PJs-on-the-sofa season – hey, it’s raining again, let’s stay in!- it’s the ideal time to round up our favourites to buy now. Just add slippers.

  • Beauty

People

  • My Favourite Places: Silversmith Anna Davenport

    My Favourite Places: Silversmith Anna Davenport

    Want the prettiest of jewellery that’s bang on-trend with the eco-vibe of 2021? Look no further. Artisan silversmith Anna Davenport crafts exquisite, ethically-sourced silver jewellery, using real shells and botanicals from beaches, to reconnect us with nature. Where does this creative genius get her inspo? See her 10 favourite places here.

    • Party on! Glos’s A-list fixer tells all

      Party on! Glos’s A-list fixer tells all

      Hang outs with Michael Hutchence, runs ins with Frank Sinatra and late nights with Amy Winehouse. Party fixer and Subscription Rooms Director Hugh Phillimore’s life sounds like a blast. We chat celeb tales and find out what hot events are coming to Stroud.

    • It’s a wrap! The Muddy Awards Winners Party

      It’s a wrap! The Muddy Awards Winners Party

      You did it, they did it, we all did it! We all voted for our favourite local businesses in Glos & Worcs and after a fierce competition, it was time to celebrate. Pop the cork and cue the drinks – here’s what went down at The Muddies 2021 Winners Party!

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