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  • woman dancing

    16 Fantastic festivals to party at this summer

    Are you ready to make some noise?! From 80s extravaganzas to chilled retro jamborees, opera weekends and free rock festivals, these are the events you need on your radar this summer. Grab your glow sticks, and let’s go.

  • people sitting down in a theatre

    The Roman craze taking Glos by storm

    An amphitheatre in the Cotswolds? Yep, you heard us right. Perfect for a region that rocks Roman heritage deep in its DNA, this modern day alfresco auditorium is a fabulous place to see theatre, comedy or live music. What's it all about? Find out here.

  • sophie wilding

    12 Celeb businesses in Glos – go star spotting!

    Ever wondered what celebs get up to in their spare time? Well, as it happens, several run successful businesses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. We've scouted out the cream of the crop, check out these entrepreneurial stars on your doorstep.

  • Meet your winners! Muddy Glos & Worcs Awards 2022

    Your votes have been counted and - drumroll please - the results are in. Here are your Muddy Awards 2022 winners. Go say hi, they're local you know!

  • flower fields

    8 Stunning flower displays near you

    Want to wander around a glorious flower field? Head for one of these dazzling floral pop-ups in Glos & Worcs. From luscious lavender and confetti fields to carpets of sunflowers, dahlias and roses, plan one of these trips in.

  • Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

    Thought Disney Cruise Line was all about Miami, Florida and the Bahamas? Here are the coolest destinations for 2023 - and our insider tips on how to maximise the fun while you're in port.

  • How to nail the perfect picnic

    The sun's out - quick, grab the wicker basket! If you're partial to a picnic (I mean, who isn't?) here's some inspo on how to pimp up your al fresco feast - including £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

  • Surf, circus & cinema! At the Costa del Cotswolds

    Why spend 5 hours on the M5 getting to the coast when you've got the UK's largest inland paddling beach right on your doorstep! The Cotswold Country Park & Beach is summer-ready, so what can you do there? From alfresco cinema to the circus, find out here.

  • brewery

    Insider guide: 11 best indie sipping spots

    Love a sundowner in the sunshine? Cheltenham and Gloucester have put themselves firmly on the map for top class taprooms, distilleries and artisan tipple-ries. Check out our insider guide to the best places to take your tankard this summer.

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    Better than socks! 12 Father’s Day experiences

    Can't bear to buy the man in your life yet another aftershave? Pick up one of these days out in Glos & Worcs instead, from husky dog trekking to Michelin-style dining and the Red Devils - you'll get mega brownie points (and hopefully an invite…)

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    The Greenhouse Effect: Scenic Supper review

    Shaking up the food firmament, the coolest way to eat out in the Cotswolds is back for the summer at Todenham Farm. Rustic, revolutionary and epically scenic, Muddy couldn't wait to try out one of its famous glasshouses. Here's what we thought.

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller's Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO 'TACHE, OR NOT TO 'TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

  • Think you know your local gems? Try our hitlist…

    Culture, eating out, shopping, things to do, beauty, fitness... here's your super-local guide to the Muddy Awards 2022 finalists in your area. See who's in your area.

  • 6 surprising perks for teens and adults aboard Disney Cruise Line

    Love the idea of a family cruise but worry that Disney Cruise Line only cater to little ones? From teen spa treatments to on-board adult cooking classes, prepare to be mightily surprised.

  • 6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

    Do you struggle to snooze? We’ve nobbled the pros at Healthily for the latest scientific thinking on how to conquer insomnia. Cue, walnuts, pink noise - and orgasms.

  • 8 beautiful barn conversions on the market right now

    Ooh, what is it about the combo of an exposed beam and an open-plan room that sets our hearts aflutter? If you're in the market for a barn conversion, here are eight stunners currently up for grabs

  • Summer 2023 Ahoy!

    Struggling to nail the perfect family holiday for next year? Drop anchor and relax, Disney Cruise Line and its new European voyages, including departures from Southampton, could be the answer to all your problems.

  • Lady of the manor! 7 stately homes you can stay in

    The new Downton film is here, and we fancy channelling Lady Mary. For a stately staycay, here are seven manors you can overnight in (butlers sadly not included).

  • Hotels we heart! 53 stylish staycations to book now

    Fancy cool interiors, facilities to die for and plenty of space at the inn? Your wish is our command! Feast your eyes on the chicest large hotels the Muddy counties have to offer

  • Your 2022 social calendar – the ultimate Guide

    Diaries out? Read on for our insider guide on where to go, what to do, and - of course - how to nail the dress code with perfect prints and dazzling dresses from Ted Baker.

  • Makeover! How to paint your perfect feature wall

    Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown has transformed her living room from plain white to wonderful with a brave choice of paint. Here's how to revamp your space with paint brush, roller and a splash of colour.

  • How to plan the perfect Thai holiday

    You asked - and we have the answers! From the best spas and beaches, to idyllic family escapes or adventure trips, Thailand expert James Bell from the luxury Turquoise Holidays has the lowdown on how to go east in style

  • Oscar nominations 2022! The ones to watch

    Get ready to walk the carpet and take the best seats in your house for this year's Oscar nominated movies. Here are the ones to watch (and where)…

  • 49 fabulous family-friendly stays

    Looking for a last-minute Easter holiday or planning for the summer? From child-friendly hotels to cool self-catering and glamping stays, here are the best breaks to book across the Muddy counties.

  • REVIEW: new skincare that’s gorgeous – and works!

    Let us introduce you to WOAH - your favourite new vegan skincare line, tried and tested by Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown. See our edit, then win the entire collection, worth over £200.

  • Ready for your 2022 fashion refresh?

    Seven reasons to head to Bicester Village this month - from brilliant brands opening to awesome new season arrivals. Oh, and did we mention £1000 to spend while you're there?

  • 5 hottest interiors trends for 2022

    January means spending a lot of time hunkering down at home and with all that hunkering comes some hankering – and this month, we're after a little interiors update. Here's what's hot for 2022.

  • Best spa breaks to book now

    Robe and fluffy slippers at the ready! It's time to revitalise for the new year with some serious pampering, and these spa breaks are the best way to do it. Meet you in the jacuzzi...

  • 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...

  • 6 reasons to watch The Colour Room

    This Autumn’s hottest new film release comes courtesy of Sky Cinema and it's a corker! A period drama with real punch and passion, here's why you need to make time in your diary or on your sofa to watch it.

  • Muddy meets: Phoebe Dynevor & Kerry Fox

    The hottest new UK actress and the queen of indie film star in the new Sky Original biopic The Colour Room. They talk kissing protocol, brave film choices and 1920s girl power.

  • Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

    Choose from these gorgeous artisan present boxes, sent nationwide, from bespoke biscuits to gin and chocolate, and pamper packs to paperbacks. That's Christmas sorted.

  • John Lewis and M&S Christmas ads are here – which is your favourite?

    It's that time of year again folks! Our two high street favourites are back with their festive telly offerings for 2021 - but which gets your vote?

  • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

    Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we've partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

  • 4 simple, stylish ways to revamp your home

    'Tis the season to make your house beautiful - so kickstart your dream project with our tips on what's trending right now, PLUS £500 to spend at the brilliant Brewers Decorator Centres

  • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 47 adult courses to book this summer

    Fancy learning a new skill? From mastering mixology to crafting jewellery to keeping bees, Muddy has the lowdown of all the best and brightest adult courses to book this summer.

  • Their words: what kids really think of online school

    What if you're too scared to put your hand up in class, too exhausted to get out of bed, struggle with SEN, or too busy playing golf? Four kids explain why they made the switch and what they think of life at InterHigh, an online school.

  • 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.

  • Wealth – how to get it, grow it, and keep it in the family

    From university fees to care homes and to buying property, families are stepping in like never before to beat the tax man and help their relatives. Here's what you need to know to join them.

  • Letterbox cheer: best gifts by post

    Share the love in lockdown (we’re almost there!) with one of these fun letterbox gift ideas, from book bundles and candles, to beauty boxes and wine.

  • Half-term hack: the best online courses for kids

    Run out of ways to entertain the kiddos? Check out Muddy's list of the best online classes and workshops that you can do from anywhere across the country, just in time for half-term.

  • Alexa’s got a new, hunky look

    Seen Amazon's new Alexa ad? You're not going to want to miss it. Hello, Michael B. Jordan. We're desperate to know when we'll be able to purchase something like this IRL...

  • 5 ways you can master your finances

    It’s February and you’re still skint. In this most miserable of months cheer yourself up by plotting your ultimate financial comeback. It's easier than you think!

  • Boredom begone: online courses & classes to do right now

    Bored at home? No longer! Muddy's been hard at work finding you the very best online class to do in your county. From computer coding to nipple tassels, we've got it all.

  • harry styles

    Is that who I think it is…?! Our favourite music video cameos

    In need of some light-hearted fun? Er, hell yeah! Here, check out Harry Styles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge dancing around in sparkly suits (plus five more brilliant music video cameos).

  • Ultimate dream properties for 2021

    Let's face it. We’ve been staring at our walls, like, forever and we’ve completed every last bit of DIY imaginable. So you know what that means? That’s right: time to move. See if any of these incredible properties take your fancy.

  • Is it time to start your own business?

    2020 has forced many of us to radically rethink our careers, goals and dreams. Muddy meets four inspiring women who took control and started their own businesses during Covid. Is it time we joined them?</a

  • Fancy a Weekend Escape?

    Well, you're in the right place! Check out brand new, brilliant guide to help you find the perfect break - from a relaxed family hotel to countryside self-catering, easy day trip or a special occasion space. Now go forth and staycay!

  • The Muddy insider guide to Cornwall

    Planning to staycay this summer? Our curated guide to Cornwall is packed with our in-the-know tips and up to date openings. Just add flipflops and sunshine.

  • 58 staycation self-catering stays

    Planning a staycation for when lockdown eases up? It's your resident travel agent here with 58 gorgeous self-catering stays across the 24 Muddy counties.

  • House swap – what will £500,000 get you?

    Nothing like a lockdown to make you appreciate your home - or make you want to move when it gets lifted. But what will your money get you across the Muddy counties?

  • Dog-friendly stays

    Have pooch, will travel? Here are 43 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly to bookmark for a later date.

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