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I'm Laura, editor of Muddy Warwickshire & West Midlands, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

With luxury designer Anya Hindmarch launching a bag for the big supermarkets, it's time to raise your shopper game. Check out these seven beauties.

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • The best Black Friday travel deals!

    The best Black Friday travel deals!

    Staying in a gorgeous hotel or lying on a tropical beach never fails to make us happy, which is why we’re excited to bring you all the best discounts around the world. Just think of us as your BFF when it comes to BF!

    • Review: The Arden Hotel

      Review: The Arden Hotel

      Luxurious, steeped in history and smack bang in the centre of town. This impressive hotel is a solid choice when visiting Stratford-upon-Avon.

    • Escape by rail to these 7 heavenly new hotels

      Escape by rail to these 7 heavenly new hotels

      No flight, no faff… hop on the train to these gorgeous new hotels from the newest Pig Hotel to a Peaks treehouse and a cheeky little number in Paris

Home

  • Ten bulbs to plant now for a dreamy spring garden

    Ten bulbs to plant now for a dreamy spring garden

    Want to know how the Wormsley Estate in Bucks looks so fabulous come spring? Head gardener Charlotte Tremlin reveals her secret for glorious beds and baskets.

    • Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

      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.

    • Five ways to pimp your home office

      Five ways to pimp your home office

      With WFH now the norm, the dining room table just isn’t cutting it any more, but we’ve got the answer – a glam garden room is what you need. Here’s where to get one and how to style it.

  • Wellbeing

    • Headline walks in Warwickshire

      Headline walks in Warwickshire

      Looking for an autumn walk worthy of front page news? Check out these 10 headline-grabbing walks from the highest points and best views to stunning autumn colour and pub stops

    • 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

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Life

  • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    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…

  • Kids

    • Adcote School for Girls, Shropshire

      Adcote School for Girls, Shropshire

      This small, non-selective school manages to be a triple threat in academics, sports, and pastoral care all at once. The last five years have seen it turn from middle-of-the-road to national contender.

    • Where to pick your pumpkins in Warwickshire

      Where to pick your pumpkins in Warwickshire

      C’mon, it’s time to prep for Halloween! Head to one of these local farms and make the kids put the legwork in before they can start carving.

    • Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve
    • Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Instamuddy

  • A clutch of indie shops, outstanding local schools, historic high street and lively pubs secure this market town a coveted spot on Muddy’s Best Places to Live 2022, in association with @struttandparker . Link in bio.
  • Home to England's most romantic ruined castle, one of Warwickshire's three Michelin-starred restaurants (hi @thecrossatkenilworth ) and with plenty of stunning walks - is it any surprise Kenilworth is one of our best places to live, in association with @struttandparker - link in bio
  • Ohhh we’ve been waiting for this one! Stock up on the popcorn and tune into @skytv Cinema to watch the hottest British actress on the block, @phoebedynevor, star in the brand new Clarice Cliff biopic #TheColourRoom out TODAY, plus five more new releases to watch this weekend at the link in bio. That’s your Friday night in sorted.
  • Muddy EXCLUSIVE! Bridgerton’s @phoebedynevor stars as trailblazing ceramicist Clarice Cliff alongside the queen of indie film, @kerryfoxacts, in #TheColourRoom - the hot new @skytv Original film on Sky Cinema. We caught up with both actresses to talk Covid kissing protocol, brave film choices and 1920s girl power ahead of its release TOMORROW. Watch the trailer here (we can’t wait!) and head to the link in bio for the full interview
  • Part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there's gorgeous gardens, some awesome pubs and a great community feel. Any wonder it's one of our #muddybestplacestolive2022 in association with @struttandparker ? Link in bio.

Fashion

People

  • Juggling family life and a business? Here’s how to nail it

    Juggling family life and a business? Here’s how to nail it

    Muddy meets inspirational Warks mums Alice Stanek and Louise Hanson, whose meeting at the school gates was the start of a beautiful business

    • Muddy meets celeb ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

      Muddy meets celeb ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

      He won America’s Got Talent and is finally back on tour. Muddy talks to ventriloquist Paul Zerdin about weird fan mail, dressing up as Maggie Thatcher and his beef with Barney the Dinosaur.

    • 5 minutes with Emily Atack

      5 minutes with Emily Atack

      We caught up with the actress/comedian ahead of her new stand up show, Emily Atack: Has Left the Group, at The Albany Theatre where she’ll discuss dating disasters and her love of a WhatsApp group.

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

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 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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