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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

It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

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

  • 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.

    • Review: The Hideaway Retreat

      Review: The Hideaway Retreat

      Uninterrupted views from a luxury shepherds hut in its own private field in Hunningham – but does Hilltop Hideaway’s latest venture pass the Muddy test?

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      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.

Home

  • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      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!

    • The top 10 trending autumn colours

      The top 10 trending autumn colours

      Planning on pimping your walls this autumn? Save yourself hours of scrolling through Pinterest and paint charts: Muddy reveals the top ten trending colours this season.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 🏡 BRAND NEW on #MuddyBestPlacestoLive2022 in Warwickshire (in association with @struttandparker), this buzzing market town on the River Avon ticks all the boxes for idyll: gorgeous castle, handsome architecture and a thriving hospitality scene and indie shops (hello Muddy award winners @hatton_harding and @warwick_books). Link in bio
  • Looking for something a bit different to do today? Check out Romeo & Juliet danced to Radiohead in Carlos Curates: R&J Reimagined at the @brumhippodrome. Get your tickets quick though today’s the last day 👯‍♀️
  • Had a blast at the @bondslifestyle event last night. If you haven’t been before, what are you waiting for? Also had the pleasure of meeting the lovely @alexjameshq who was launching his #britpop cider - keep your eyes peeled for a Muddy interview 🎸
  • Wondering where to pick your own pumpkins in Warwickshire? We’ve got a roundup of all the best places 🎃 link in bio
  • Diaries ready! Get planning for October with our What’s On Guide - link in bio 😘

Fashion

  • 6 of the best… trench coats

    6 of the best… trench coats

    It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

  • Beauty

    • 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

    • How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      Forget pale and interesting… we’re channelling the St Tropez vibe, minus the orange tint. Here are some lotions and potions for a natural-looking tan without the UV damage

People

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • Muddy meets actor Zoe Lambert

      Muddy meets actor Zoe Lambert

      Zoe Lambert is making her RSC debut in The Winter’s Tale which never opened on stage due to Covid but has been adapted for TV on Sunday April 25, as part of BBC Lights Up.

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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