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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

Out with the scratched melamine, in with stylish cups, cocktail shakers, candelabra, and cutlery. Here's our guide to the wow accessories that will make your alfresco meal sparkle

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  • Easy slow-cooked lamb for a spring feast

    Easy slow-cooked lamb for a spring feast

    Looking for a low-effort crowd pleaser for a post lockdown get-together? This melt-in-the-mouth lamb recipe with polenta chips is just the ticket, slow-cooked for five hours.

    • 58 things to glam up your garden

      58 things to glam up your garden

      Garden parties are go, people! But, oh God — is that really the state of the patio? Glam up the garden and impress your guests with these 58 must-have garden objects.

    • Downsizing in later life? 9 things to consider

      Downsizing in later life? 9 things to consider

      Got aging parents thinking to downsize? It pays to do your research. Here are 9 key things to look out for when you’re helping your parents find their next home

    • Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

      Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

      Having trouble sleeping? Us and half the world right now! Here's what the Muddy team have in their shopping baskets to help with some much-needed shut-eye.

    • 7 Steps to beat insomnia

      7 Steps to beat insomnia

      Can't get no sleep? You're not alone. For World Sleep Day (19th March) we chatted to a sleep expert about how to pandemic-proof our Z-time. Want to beat those bleary-eyed starts? Read on.

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  • Clear the diary for Living Crafts

    Clear the diary for Living Crafts

    Spring fayres, craft markets and shopping in general – how we’ve missed it! So news that Living Crafts is coming to Cirencester is hugely exciting, read on for what to expect at this terrific, three-day crafty extravaganza.

    • What to watch on TV this week

      What to watch on TV this week

      Stacey Dooley reinvents Through The Keyhole, plus rock and roll comebacks, Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan on the small screen and more in our round up of the best TV this week

    • This year’s 12 must-see Oscar movies

      This year’s 12 must-see Oscar movies

      Cinemas are shut, popcorn consumption is dangerously low but the Oscar noms are in. We have the skinny on what, where and when you can watch this year's best in show.

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  • 18 Best pubs for Alfresco April

    18 Best pubs for Alfresco April

    Ready for your first pint of FREEDOM!? It may be a chilly start to normality, but throw on the thermals and head out for a tipple at one of these lovely pub gardens from Monday 12th.

    • Sip, shop and scoff: A day at fabulous Five Valleys

      Sip, shop and scoff: A day at fabulous Five Valleys

      A year of pent-up retail therapy yearning to be sated? Whisk yourself off to the newest and most fabulous retail-meets-dining destination in the Cotswolds.

    • Top 50 gastropubs 2021 revealed!

      Top 50 gastropubs 2021 revealed!

      What better week for the reveal of the country's best gastropubs than the start of lockdown easing? See who's made it in and where you should setting your satnav for. We'll race you to the table.

  • Clear the diary for Living Crafts
  • Clear the diary for Living Crafts

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  • But in what order?! #HelloFreedom
  • 1921 - 2021 ... A sad farewell to HRH Prince Phillip at the age of 99. The enigmatic man behind the monarch whose amazing contribution to UK life (from his conservation and founding of the @wwf to Duke of Edinburgh Awards) will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen, his children, grandchildren and family today.
  • 😍 WIN! 😍 A £750 stay in a HOT TUB cottage on the West Somerset coast! 
You’ll win a 3-night getaway for up to 8 people at this former sweet shop and C17th cottage turned luxury holiday cottage with outdoor bubbles. Even the bedrooms are named after favourite sweets! And get a jar of sweets and homemade cake when you arrive too 😍. Want to win? (I do!) Click link in bio to enter now - good luck 🤞
  • it’s not the Muddy garden .. but it IS the 18 Best Pub Gardens for Alfresco April!🍹🍻🥂. 
Hit link in bio to see where’s open and ideas for where to stake your spot from Monday 12 April.
Where will you be heading on beer garden liberty day?!
  • How beautiful are these bakes?!(swipe for more 🐑) ... I’d love to say I whipped this little lot up in my lunch hour but these are real entries for our #muddyspringbakes competition 🧁. If you haven’t submitted your tasty creations for #MuddySpringBakes with @lakelanduk yet - fear not, there’s still time! Snap your bake, post a photo with the hashtag and be in with the chance of winning a £250 voucher to spend on bakeware and kitchen goodies from Lakeland (P.S. remember to keep your profile off private and tag us so we can see your entries 😘). For the record the last one IS my own bake! (Just for fun of course but shows what you can do when you literally can’t bake a biscuit 😂)
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  • My Favourite Places: Gem designer Ros Watts

    My Favourite Places: Gem designer Ros Watts

    Where does seriously stylish jewellery designer Ros Watts get her inspiration? These local hangouts, of course! Join us for a peek inside Ros’s very own little black book.

    • Clutter cleanse! 10 tips to master the mess

      Clutter cleanse! 10 tips to master the mess

      Feel like you're swimming against a constant tide of stuff? The battle to stop clutter piling up is real. We chat to Gloucestershire declutter expert Ruby Monro - known as The Organiser -for her pro-tips on mastering the mess in our homes.

    • My Home comforts: meet the Cotswold Candle Co

      My Home comforts: meet the Cotswold Candle Co

      Nothing adds a sense of 'aah' to a home more than a luxury, scented candle. We chatted to candle-maker Polly Oswald from Cotswold Candle Co about her beautiful, hand-poured candles (inspired by the scents of the Cotswolds), and find out what makes a house a home for her ...

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  • 30 Outdoor meet-ups within 2 hours

    30 Outdoor meet-ups within 2 hours

    Are you ready to (gasp) leave your local area? From A
    aqua parks and city skylines to llama treks, theme parks and boating lakes, here are the 30 best outdoors things to do within 2 hours of Glos and Worcs.

    • 6 Places to go blossom-bathing

      6 Places to go blossom-bathing

      Head for one of these gorgeous, sweet-scented walks near you. As these candy-crush stunners sweep into life through our shires we've found the best places to go blossom-bathing.

    • 11 UK stay-cays that could be abroad

      11 UK stay-cays that could be abroad

      Get ahead of the crowds for when we can take a stay-cay *crosses everything* with these 11 UK holiday spots with a distinctly foreign feel - can you guess where they are?

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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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