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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 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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Weekend Escapes

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It’s all about the staycay! Our handpicked selection of the hippest hotels, pubs, restaurants and cottages to help you book that well-deserved break

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  • Caffeine boost! 39 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Caffeine boost! 39 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Can’t function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends, from indie coffee roasters across the Muddy counties, to kickstart your day with a caffeine boost. 

    • 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.

    • Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

      Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

      On its opening day, Muddy's ed-in-chief Hero Brown was the first to eat lunch at the brand new Pig hotel in Harlyn Bay (what a trooper!). So what was the verdict?

    • Eat out to help out

      Eat out to help out

      Anyone up for some half price haute cuisine? Or just dreaming of eating anything that someone else has cooked!? *raises hand*. Then check out this list of places you can get 50% off at in the government's new Eat Out to Help Out scheme.


  • Half Term is on the horizon! Fancy a break? .. Head over to our brand new Weekend Escapes for a curated selection of self-catering cottages, kid-friendly hotels, pubs, restaurants and activities across the 25 Muddy counties for a family getaway 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Staycations are where it’s at people!
  • Yes, it’s her! ... Primrose party queen @megmathewsofficial_ has turned wellness guru (the new British Gwynnie?) and Muddy caught up with her to chat about her new book on the menopause ‘The New Hot’, self-care, living through the 90s (and surviving 😂) and other rather *ehem* fruity subjects ... want to read it? Hit link in bio.
  • No filter needed in the Cotswolds this morning ....😍 (dog had to pose as there’s no filter for the 6.45am look). Found this incredible sunrise at the end of a hidden pontoon 🌅 Check out my stories for the full HD pick-me-up ...
  • EAT, DRINK, STAY, PLAY! 🍜 🍷 🌅 💃 Muddy’s brand new Weekend Escapes has the inside line on the best local foodie outposts, coolest bars, hottest hotels and headline attractions across 25 counties. Ready to plan your trip? Let’s go! 

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  • 🦙 W I N! 🦙 ...Want to know what happened when Muddy Glos Ed Sophie went Alpaca Trekking? Then click link in bio and read all about this amazing experience with the fabulous @tibbiwellalpacas.
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Walk through the beautiful lanes of Painswick with your own alpaca - what could be better?! And we wager there aren’t many places this side of Peru you’ll get a hug with one of these fellas. 
W I N!!! An Alpaca trekking experience for up to 4 people worth £120!! ... all you need to do is

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  • Holidays abroad are off the cards for a while, but a lovely staycation is just the ticket. Fancy it? Then you’ll be needing Muddy’s brilliant, brand new Weekend Escapes - the ultimate destination for planning your trip, with our inside line on the best hotels, self-catering stays, bars, pubs, inns, restaurants, spas and experiences across 25 Muddy counties. Start your search here. 💼 👠
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    • Light it up! 42 cool indie candle brands

      Light it up! 42 cool indie candle brands

      The arrival of autumn means darker evenings snuggled indoors by candlelight. Looking for a new scent? Try one of these gorgeous indie candle brands from across the Muddy counties.

    • Muddy goes alpaca trekking

      Muddy goes alpaca trekking

      Combine a pack of camelids with one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds and what do you get? The coolest experience this side of Peru. Muddy Glos Editor Sophie swapped heels for hooves for a morning's alpaca trekking.

    • 10 Awesome autumn walks

      10 Awesome autumn walks

      Hot chocolate by the gallon, cosy woollen scarves and scrunchy leaves beneath your wellies ... well hello autumn! Little compares with an autumnal walk. Read on for the best places to go for a colour-popping stroll.

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  • Back-to-school for grown-ups

    Back-to-school for grown-ups

    The kids may be going back to school but why should they get all the new gear? We all deserve shiny winter boots and bags too. Here’s our pick for back-to-school style.

  • Kids

    • 10 of the best subscription boxes for kids

      10 of the best subscription boxes for kids

      Running on empty when it comes to entertaining the kids? Royal Mail comes up trumps with these brilliant subscription boxes – time to sit with a gin and wait for the postman.

    • 18 Screamingly good Halloween ideas

      18 Screamingly good Halloween ideas

      Trick or treating is so 2019, but that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of fiendish fun to be had. Check out our safe and socially distanced picks for Halloween, from pumpkin flotillas to ghost trains and werewolf walks ... we dare you.

  • White hot boots to buy now
  • White hot boots to buy now
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  • White hot boots to buy now

    White hot boots to buy now

    Forget your usual 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.

    • Sustainable fashion gets sexy

      Sustainable fashion gets sexy

      Ethical, eco and everywhere - with the likes of Selfridges now pushing a new sustainable outlook, here's where you can rewear, repair and renew your wardrobe in style.

    • New season fashion trends: A/W 2020

      New season fashion trends: A/W 2020

      The fashionistas have spoken! Add pieces from these five trends to your wardrobe to nail autumn/ winter style this year.

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    • Best beauty advent calendars

      Best beauty advent calendars

      It's beginning to look a lot like advent calendar season! We've rounded up the top makeup, skincare and fragrance picks to get your hands on before they sell out.

    • The essential no make-up make-up kit

      The essential no make-up make-up kit

      It’s a trend that’s not going away anytime soon; make-up so subtle that it just makes you look like a brighter and better version of yourself. Here’s the Muddy guide.

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