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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

Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

Gotta have it

The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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Eat

  • 9 Drool-worthy bakeries in Glos & Worcs

    9 Drool-worthy bakeries in Glos & Worcs

    Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can’t be bothered? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these 9 drool-worthy bakeries instead.

    • Daylesford Kefir Blackberry Smoothie

      Daylesford Kefir Blackberry Smoothie

      Mmm, what to do with all those blackberries? Make this super healthy smoothie with blackberry, mint and honey of course! Turn your juicy foraged finds into a go-to drink this Autumn.

    • 17 Beautiful pub gardens

      17 Beautiful pub gardens

      Bank Holiday incoming! (*prays to the sun gods*) head for the best spots in the shires with our curated pick of the best pub gardens for supping that spritz.

Culture

  • Superflashy Newsflash

    Superflashy Newsflash

    If it’s new, exciting and happening in the Glos & Worcs ‘hood, it’s right here. Cue the trumpeter, all hail the Muddy newsflash with some delicious gossip – from a brand new boutique cinema to foodie news that will have you drooling.

    • Feet up! What to watch on TV this week

      Feet up! What to watch on TV this week

      Don’t miss our weekly round-up of the best things on the box. Iconic panel show reboots, big-budget sci-fi, and a cheeky little baking competition… here’s what to watch this week.

    • New TV alert! 6 shiny things dropping this week

      New TV alert! 6 shiny things dropping this week

      We’re getting into prime autumn telly season, with three — count them, three! — hotly-awaited series returns this week. Read all about them (as well as the other shiny new releases) here…

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Revealed: The 7 Wonders of Worcestershire

    Revealed: The 7 Wonders of Worcestershire

    Didn’t know Worcestershire harboured its very own wonders? Turns out it’s been hiding some frankly fabulous spots and landmarks. Want to know where has made the grade? Find out here.

    • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

Home

  • 10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    Fell in love with rural life on your staycay? Us too. Quick, before the market turns: check out these absolutely stunning farms to snap up across the Muddy counties (and beyond).

    • 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).

    • Glug! New wines to buy and try

      Glug! New wines to buy and try

      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

    • 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.

    • Back to school blues? 10 essential survival tips

      Back to school blues? 10 essential survival tips

      A new term beckons and so do the tears. Whether it’s early years or teens, it’s time for a whole new set of challenges. We find out how to survive (you and them) from parenting coach Julie Cresswell. Don’t enter the gates without this A* advice.

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Life

  • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

    • Myddelton College, Denbigh, North Wales

      Myddelton College, Denbigh, North Wales

      A go-getter, non-selective co-ed boarding school based in jaw-dropping natural surroundings. Myddelton’s emphasis on elite sport and all-rounder credentials are an immediate attraction.

    • Back to school blues? 10 essential survival tips

      Back to school blues? 10 essential survival tips

      A new term beckons and so do the tears. Whether it’s early years or teens, it’s time for a whole new set of challenges. We find out how to survive (you and them) from parenting coach Julie Cresswell. Don’t enter the gates without this A* advice.

    • Superflashy Newsflash
    • Superflashy Newsflash

Instamuddy

  • 🥐 Bake Off’s back! Who did you like? My money’s on Jurgen or Prue #2. All that pastry has got us craving carbs so here are the 9 Best Bakeries you need to visit in Glos & Worcs. If you haven’t tried one of these amazing places you’re missing out. Click link in bio to see 🥐 and swipe for a sneak peak (we’re talking passionfruit cruffins, salted caramel doughnuts, rosemary focaccia and more) *hides scales*. Have a fave? Tag them here!
  • Love this unusual Autumnal capture of Gloucester Cathedral through the leaves 🧡. Visit it between Oct 4 - 17 when it will be lit up in vibrant purple to mark Wolrd  Mental Health Day 2021. And click link in bio to find 9 other things to do this Autumn 🍂
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📸 by @dale_hodgetts
  • We’ve been @dog_fest in Cirencester today and it was so much fun. The furry fiend only went and won the ‘Lovliest Fella’ category. Swipe to see us in action 😂. I think he’s going to start demanding his own agent soon. It’s a fantastic show and on till tomorrow too so head down with your pooch. Swipe to see the amazing action - agility dogs jumping through fire, have-a-go dogstacle courses, aqua doggos, great food and drink and more.
  • It’s a wrap! 🏆Want to see what happened at the Muddy Awards 2021 Drinks? Swipe to see a snippet of what went down and hit link in bio to see it all ☝️ and the people behind your fave local businesses. This is me (l) and Suzanne (r) a few glasses in! Huge congrats to all our winners it was such a pleasure to meet everybody and a big thank you to @mgallerycheltenham for hosting us in the beautiful Summer Garden - here’s to the next ones in 2022. 🥂
Photos by @rebeccanorthwayphotography 
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  • 🧡Want to see the 9 things you can’t miss this Autumn in Glos & Worcs? The days are getting darker and the chunky boots and heating are  going on so let’s embrace all things Autumn-y with my top picks for unmissable fun … from PYO pumpkins, wreath-making workshops and Autumn festivals to photo shoots and saucy Halloween masquerade parties (oo!) find your fun in the link in bio now☝️

Fashion

  • 10 Autumn trends you need on your radar

    10 Autumn trends you need on your radar

    It’s Autumn! That means pumpkin lattes, cosy log fires, and wails of ‘****! I’ve got nothing to wear!’ across the nation. Step forward Jo Gaffney and Sophia Carter, House of Colour stylists, with all you need to vanquish your wardrobe woes.

    • 10 Autumn trends you need on your radar

      10 Autumn trends you need on your radar

      It’s Autumn! That means pumpkin lattes, cosy log fires, and wails of ‘****! I’ve got nothing to wear!’ across the nation. Step forward Jo Gaffney and Sophia Carter, House of Colour stylists, with all you need to vanquish your wardrobe woes.

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

People

  • 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!

    • 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.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

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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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2021

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Little Black Book

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

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