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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

Inspired by Wimbledon last week? Us too. So here's to sharp blazers, pretty dresses, and pleated skirts - and where to buy them!

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  • 12 Alfresco picnic spots

    12 Alfresco picnic spots

    What can top a delicious picnic on a summer’s afternoon? Pack the scotch eggs and fizz and head for these supremo snacking spots for a fabulous alfresco picnic in a gorgeous beauty spot.

    • Muddy meets royalty! Peter Phillips epic new festival

      Muddy meets royalty! Peter Phillips epic new festival

      There's a hot new festival coming to Glos and it has a fabulously royal stamp. Muddy chats to Peter Phillips (son of HRH Princess Anne) about his new 'baby' - a food and drink festival with a sustainable twist. Want to know the royal MC's plans (and his own favourite foodie spots in the county?! ). Read on.

    • No passport required: Go globe-trotting in Stroud

      No passport required: Go globe-trotting in Stroud

      How much have you missed travel? Scratch that wanderlust itch at Five Valleys, the newest and coolest 'shop and scoff' destination that takes you around the world without even having to step foot outside the shires. Buckle up and come with us ...

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  • What’s on August

    What’s on August

    IIt’s awesome August! Here are 20 brilliant ways to have fun this month across Glos and Worcs, from festivals and theatre to live music and unmissable shows … find your fun now!

    • Book This: The Malvern Autumn Show

      Book This: The Malvern Autumn Show

      It may be all flip flops and SPF now, but Autumn's just around the corner (we'll be knee deep in pumpkins and blackberry gin before you know it!). If you want something to look forward to as we head into dark evenings and chilly days, pay a visit to the Three Counties Malvern Autumn Show. Want to know what it's all about? Read on.

    • Escape the heat: this week’s best TV

      Escape the heat: this week’s best TV

      Sometimes, when the mercury is pushing 30 degrees, the only thing to do is open all the windows, shut the curtains, draw yourself a long, cool drink and shelter in-living room. Here’s what to watch while you do it.

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  • TravelView more

  • Muddy Reviews: Tewkesbury Park Hotel

    Muddy Reviews: Tewkesbury Park Hotel

    Want a getaway that’ll set your heart racing? Then put this stunning bolthole on your wishlist. With stand-out food, stylish decor and a truly cinematic setting Tewkesbury Park Hotel is a big hitter. Want to know what it’s like to stay? Read our review here.

    • Best beaches in the South & South West

      Best beaches in the South & South West

      Heading south for the summer? Then you'll be needing our guide to the 18 best beaches including the inside line on the best activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots.

    • The Muddy insider guide to The Cotswolds

      The Muddy insider guide to The Cotswolds

      Plotting a UK staycay this year? Head to the Cotswolds - the honey-tinged heart of England. Curate your summer holiday in this glorious AONB with our bang-up-to-date, in-the-know guide on where to head.

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  • Buffalo Mozzarella with Clementine Salad

    Buffalo Mozzarella with Clementine Salad

    Need a new speedy lunch? Try this 15 minute fab mozzarella salad from Tart London – the super-cool caterers of choice for the fashion set (plus Naked Wines at 63% off).

    • New wines to try this summer

      New wines to try this summer

      Naked Wine sommelier and Gordon Ramsay alumnus Ray O'Connor spills the grapes on why he won't pay thousands for wine, what's in his cellar - and how to dodge hangovers.

    • Pan-fried sea trout with chilli and saffron broth

      Pan-fried sea trout with chilli and saffron broth

      Simple to make, yet a showstopper on the plate, this fragrant fish dish is a winner for impressing dinner party guests - especially when served with Naked Wines (at 63% off, natch).

    • Your health questions answered!

      Your health questions answered!

      Don’t understand why the weight won’t shift? Have a back that’s reminiscent of Quasimodo? Muddy puts your questions to Healthily’s chief medical officer, Professor Maureen Baker

    • The anti-anxiety guide: 9 top tips

      The anti-anxiety guide: 9 top tips

      Tired of pushing your problems under the proverbial carpet? Working from her studio in Stow-on-the-Wold, Lisa Cartlidge is a hypnotherapist with a passion for helping people. Want to know how to get out of a rut? Read her advice here.

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  • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do’s and Don’ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

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    • Does the world need another online school?

      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

    • Sun, sand and surf: It’s the Costa del Cotswolds!

      Sun, sand and surf: It’s the Costa del Cotswolds!

      Think you have to schlep to the coast to bask on a beach, ride a pedalo or go wild in a wetsuit? You'd be wrong. Welcome to the Cotswolds Country Park Beach - a slice of beachy heaven on your doorstep. We donned our flippers and headed down to see what you can get up to there.

  • What’s on August
  • What’s on August

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  • Happy weekend everyone, I’ve come to @muddycornwall’s backyard for a cheeky little holiday ... this is @mouseholeharbour the prettiest fishing village I’ve ever visited and the first stop on a Cornish roadtrip ⚓️🧚‍♀️ Perfect if you need a reset ... fresh sea air, boats bobbing about in the harbour, fresh crab buns on the little beach as the tide goes out - a heavenly place 💙 (Two kids dodging traffic on a hover board / asking repeatedly about wifi codes not in shot 🤣) ... Love this lunar-like beach here where people come and build these dreamscape stone sculptures ...
  • This week I’ve been chatting to royalty 👑... you’ll know Peter Phillips as the Queen’s eldest grandchild and son to HRH Princess Anne, but did you know he’s bringing a hot new foodie festival to Glos? 🤩. 
We caught up with him (in between cool festival bookings) to find out the big plans for the @gatcombeparkfestival. Hit link in bio to find out why he’s turned Royal MC and where he goes for secret Sunday lunches 🍗😝
Plus 🎉WIN!!! 🎉... We’re giving away a family ticket for 4 to the fest AND an artisan hamper packed with amazing festival food - worth £110.
To win:
🎏 Like this post and follow us and @gatcombeparkfestival 
🎏 Tag in someone you’d love to party with and your fave emoji.1 tag = 1 entry 
🎏 Thats it .  but head to link in bio to enter there too for an extra 3 entries!

📸 Pic by @matt.bigwood @stroudtimes
  • FashionView more

  • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

    Rent your clothes like Carrie!

    Ethical, eco and everywhere – with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here’s where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it's the Med or the back garden, it's time to splash out. Whether it's eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we've found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

    • Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      The weather's perked up - time for new sunnies! We have you covered with our guide to the hottest frames to suit your face shape this summer.  Just don't sit on them. 

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  • Muddy meets royalty! Peter Phillips epic new festival

    Muddy meets royalty! Peter Phillips epic new festival

    There’s a hot new festival coming to Glos and it has a fabulously royal stamp. Muddy chats to Peter Phillips (son of HRH Princess Anne) about his new ‘baby’ – a food and drink festival with a sustainable twist. Want to know the royal MC’s plans (and his own favourite foodie spots in the county?!) Then read on.

    • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

    • Grape escape: The mum & daughter winemakers

      Grape escape: The mum & daughter winemakers

      Ever dreamt of living on a vineyard? We chat to the mother and daughter team behind the vines at Woodchester Valley Vineyard who do just that. Plus WIN! a wine tasting tour worth £45.

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